How did the project come about – was there a pitching process?
There was indeed. At the end of 2016, the Centre National des Arts Plastiques launched an open call for applications to all independent type designers working in France. This was in fact the second commission of this kind by CNAP – the first one had resulted in the launch of the Infini typeface by Sandrine Nugue back in 2015, which had been a great success.
This time, the call for applications was carried out in partnership with the French Imprimerie Nationale, the idea being that the selected designer should design a typeface inspired by the Imprimerie Nationale’s patrimonial collections. Anyone who qualified as an independent type designer could send a portfolio of their work, and from these submissions, three designers were pre-selected: Yoann Minet, Thomas Bouville and myself.
The three of us were taken for a visit to the Imprimerie Nationale in Douai, in the north of France, to get to know their amazing collections of metal typefaces and printed material, in order to find some inspiration for our designs. We were then given two months to come up with a project, which we presented in February 2017. I was lucky to be the one selected to carry on developing my project, which became Faune, the typeface family that was released on 30 January 2018.