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Jean-Baptiste Levée Typographie


Two superb recent projects from Jean-Baptiste Levée — typefaces produced for Réunion des Musées Nationaux · Grand Palais and Vanity Fair France


Jean-Baptiste Levée is a typeface designer with a focus on exclusive corporate fonts. He is a co-founder of the Bureau des Affaires Typographiques, the first French typeface design & distribution company on the Internet. He designed over a hundred typefaces for industry, moving pictures, fashion and publishing. His designs are featured in the permanent collections of the printing Museum in Lyon (France) and the Klingspor Museum in Offenbach (Germany). He is also the country delegate for France at ATypI. He is a regular lecturer and teaches typeface design at the Caen-Cherbourg school of Arts & Media, at the Amiens school of Arts & Design and at the University of Corte. He is the president of Zone Opaque, artists’ books factory in Pantin (FR). He is a typography writer and editor on

Réunion des Musées Nationaux · Grand Palais

RMNGP Constellation is the bespoke typeface of Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais for their on-site, online and printed communication.

The dots structure of the typeface is deployed in three versions: Grande, for display sizes (numerous dots, high level of details, narrow proportions, narrowed spacing); Petite for small sizes (reduced amount of dots, low detailing, large proportions, generous spacing.

The last version, Random, mixes several randomized parameters. Based upon the Mersenne Twister algorithm*, the dot sizes vary. Upon the same scheme, several variants of the same character appear during typesetting.

Vanity Fair France

Vanité is a sans-serif for Vanity Fair France. Its shapes recall the classic elegance of the twenties and thirties. Some spiky details are directly taken from the logotype and evoke the journalistic tone of the magazine. Many letters with alternate designs or width allow for a quick typesetting of mini-logotypes.Art direction Yorgo Tloupas for Vanity Fair France, assistance Yohanna My Nguyen.


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