Hello Margot! Please introduce yourself.
Hi Charlotte ! I started working two years ago as a freelance graphic designer. I’m based in Paris at the moment. I am also a student in a type design master at ECV Paris supervised by Jean François Porchez and his team.
How, when and why did you start working in the type design field?
This is the first year learning full time how to draw typefaces. Already being a graphic designer, I wanted to do type design to be able to take more freedom in my job, not being trapped by several fonts, and also be able to draw custom logotypes for example. For me, a good graphic designer is a good type designer. My goal is not to become a full time type designer, but only to become a (good) graphic designer!
What did your first selfmade typeface look like? Feel free to send an image 🙂
I did not know much about typography, so before moving into a typographic master, I decided to take a weekend in February 2017 for a workshop, offered by Sebastien San Filippo in Brussels (Love-Letters). During this workshop I did my first revival, Stane. I was quite satisfied by the result, except that I did revers the serif of the d. We had a good laugh about that.
How and why did you approach designing your typeface Reliqua?
My first typeface, Reliqua, has been designed from September to November 2017. And it is not finished yet. I would like to finalize it with what I would have learned during my master's degree, and why not selling it after that. It is a school project where we had to take inspiration from a Parisian spot or monument. I chose the Sainte-Chapelle, a historical monument, for its beauty, its mystery, its curves. I immersed myself on the spot, questioned people, trying to understand this place as a whole. Finally, my design is built using the architectural codes of the place. For the last step, I changed the endings giving it a more baroque atmosphere. I had a lot of requests for Reliqua. It was really surprising and satisfying to have this kind of return for my first vectorized typeface !
Typography/Type Design is a pretty male dominated topic. How do you experience that?
At the present time, with social networks and internet, I do not have this feeling that typography is a medium where men dominate. I am aware that this was the case (and that it always is), but naively I remain convinced that behind the forms, the question of gender does not exist. Take the test on Instagram: if we hide the account’s name, would you be able to recognize the gender of the designer ? For me, in design, everything is allowed. Typography is a material where the curve is neither masculine nor feminine!
Do you see a gender in your own designs?
This question is not obvious, haha. I don’t really see a gender. If a female graphic is reduced to color patterns, and the masculine to typography with a predominance of black and white, then my design is masculine ! It doesn’t matter. For me graphic design does not raise the question of gender, but of personality.
Which song would you like to translate into a typeface? What would that look like?
Tribute to the French singer France Gall : "Résiste"
How do you feel about the ongoing type design trend and the democratization of type design?
There are many trends, especially visible on Instagram. I think it's a good thing because the networks allow us to go further, to inspire and be inspired, but above all permits great visibility. It's a chance for my generation. At the present time, we can reach clients more easily, and we can be visible with a single project, without being a big foundry or a massive studio. On the other hand, I think that we must keep the "feet on the ground" and not see only that. We can be easily tricked by likes and followers about the real design quality. We are quickly seduced by the likes and the notoriety. It remains very subjective.