Bruce Kennett, author of W. A Dwiggins: A Life in Design and a previous Lubalin lecturer, returns to Type@Cooper on the 16th of October for a tour of typeface designer and artist Roger Excoffon's joyful and passionate work.

Born in Marseille in 1910, Excoffon studied law at the University of Aix-en-Provence, and then moved to Paris to apprentice in a print shop. In 1947, he formed his own advertising agency and concurrently became design director of a small foundry in Marseille called Fonderie Olive. Later, he co-founded the prestigious Studio U+O, named in reference to Urbi et Orbi.

Excoffon's best-known faces are Mistral and Antique Olive, the latter which he designed between 1962 and 1966. Air France, one of Excoffon's largest and most prestigious clients, used a customized variant of Antique Olive in its wordmark and livery until 2009, when a new logo was introduced.

“Excoffon's faces, even the sober Antique Olive, have an organic vibrancy not found in similar sans-serif types of the period. His typefaces gave voice to an exuberant body of contemporary French and European graphic design” notes Wikipedia. 

Vanity Fair creative director Chris Dixon is exiting the magazine after eight years reports The Hollywood Reporter of the departure that makes headlines in the printing and creative industry today.

Patrick Thomas, the graphic artist, and professor at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart brings his silkscreen printed artivism on display at A—Z: the PULP series.

Compiled by Lars Harmsen and Raban Ruddigkeit and published by Verlag Hermann SchmidtTypodarium 2020 -“a writing system for diplomacy and tolerance, a writing system that brings down the walls in concrete heads and tears down political or military boundaries” is more relevant than ever. 

Meow, meow, hurray! Celebrate any World Animal Day with Adieu Smalls, a custom typeface inspired by cats and their playful attitude.