Interview: Xavier Dupré

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Xavier Dupré is a world-renowned type designer. After studying calligraphy and typography at the Scriptorium de Toulouse, France, he collaborated with Ladislas Mandel. Since then, he has established himself in Cambodia where he designs typefaces with as much freedom as possible. He appreciates Licko’s creativity, as much as the fluidity and calligraphic tensions in Slimbach’s works, and the simplicity of the design of Carter or Unger. Xavier began type design on screen but then moved back to pencil drawings on tracing paper and even painting with gouache.

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This Week in Fonts

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An American Gothic from Type Supply, smooth and balanced forms by Typefolio, an innovative face from Optimo, an Art Deco inspired gothic by Neil Summerour, a dynamic slab-serif from FontFont, a calligraphy style face by Great Lakes Lettering, a brush flavoured script from Fontfabric, and a hand-lettered family by Debi Sementelli.

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This Week in Fonts

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A contemporary serif from Klim, a hand crafted family by Laura Worthington, a modern classic from Linotype, a transitional serif by Canada Type, a technical sans from The Northern Block, a handmade face by LeType, a humanistic sans from GarageFonts, and a beautiful script by Insigne.

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This Week in Fonts

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A brush script from Sudtipos, a unicase face by Latinotype, a graceful script via Fairgoods, an optimized serif from Nootype, a plump display by Fontyou, a functional sans from The Northern Block, a strong family by Colophon, a modern rounded sans from Typedepot, another exotic face by Fontyou, and a delicate sans from Tipo Pèpel.

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This Week in Fonts

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A sultry script from Positype, a new level of trimming by Letters from Sweden, a confident sans from Rene Bieder, compact headlines by Typodermic, a layered family from S-Core, a new sans by Wiescher Design, a handwritten serif from La Goupil, and a classic didone by dooType.

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This Week in Fonts

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Calligraphic flair by DSType, a geometric stencil from Talbot Type, a tempered sans by MVB Fonts, a warm slab courtesy of Dada Studio, a fluid script from Sudtipos, some hand-drawn lettering by Mike Rohde, an art deco inspired face from Tilo Pentzin, a vintage sans by Hold Fast Foundry, geometric forms from HVD Fonts, and a tribute to Ladislav Sutnar by Suitcase Type Foundry.

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This Week in Fonts

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An energetic upright from Type Together, a geometric sans by Lucas Sharp, a neutral sans from Wordshape, a graceful script by Giuseppe Salerno, a family full of character from Exljbris, a good humoured face by OurType, a Japanese inspired family from Thinkdust, a soft script by Maximiliano Sproviero, a Eurostile inspired sans from TypeManufactur, and a friendly family by Nootype.

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A Typographic Carousel

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Ahhhhhh…! That wonderful aha moment when we see the spark in our students’ eyes—when they realize that typography reaches far beyond the font list under the type menu on the computer. The tricky part is getting to that aha moment! When students are learning about typography, is it far too easy for them to simply type out words, choose a typeface and go. The problem is, some novices stretch the type until it becomes so oddly distorted that it looks like a reflection from the “fun house” mirror; some may increase the size larger than the design was ever intended to be; some load free fonts that are so poorly designed with awkward shapes and spacing that one who knows and appreciates typography can actually feel the acid in his or her stomach turning; some simply use Myriad on their designs because it is the default typeface (a good reason to suggest never to use that typeface unless it is backed up with a very good reason). The ultimate goal is for our students to love, honor and respect typography, but getting to that point can be an arduous task and sometimes a painful experience.

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This Week in Fonts

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Delicate yet solid curves courtesy of Sudtipos, a sturdy serif from FontFont, a cosy type family by FDI, a whiskey & gin inspired face from Hold Fast Foundry, tetragonal splinters from Benoît Bodhuin, a Dieter Rams inspired face by The Northern Block, a minimalist sans from Mostardesign, a dotted typeface by Nina Stössinger, a versatile sans from Hoftype, and a new softened slab by Insigne.

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This Week in Fonts

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A deco style numbers font from Joshua Mayfield, a calligraphic text family by District, a ligature packed display face from Nootype, a contemporary stencil by Atlas Font Foundry, a family of contradictions from Typotheque, a flexible gothic digitized for the first time by Hamilton Wood Type, and a single face with 9 fonts within from DSType.

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