Anisette Std Petite 3 styles
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When Jean François Porchez has decided to create lowercases for Anisette the story became more complicated. His stylistic references couldn't be restricted anymore to the French Art-déco period but to the shop signs present in our cities throughout the twentieth century. These signs, lettering pieces aren't the typical foundry typefaces. Simply because the influences of these painted letters are different, not directly connected to foundry roots which generally follow typography history. The outcome is a palette of slightly strange shapes, without strictly not following geometrical, mechanical and historical principles such as those that typically appear in typefaces marketed by foundries. As an example, the Anisette Petite r starts with a small and visible sort of apex that no other similar glyphs such as n or m feature, but present at the end of the l and y. The famous g loop is actually inspired by Chancery scripts, which has nothing to do with the lettering. The goal is of course to mix forms without direct reports, in order to properly celebrate this lettering spirit. This is why the e almost finishes horizontally as the Rotis – and the top a which must logically follow this principle (the original version of this a is present in the stylistic set 3) and is drawn more round-curly. This weird choice seemed so odd to its designer that he shared his doubts and asked tfor advise to Jeremy Tankard who immediately was reassuring: "Oddly, your new top a is fine, it brings roundness to the typeface, when the previous pushes towards Anisette
Foundry Typofonderie
Designers Jean François Porchez
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