July 31, 2015 - Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap) - Graphisme en France 2015 & the Infini booklet
July 31, 2015

Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap)

Left: Cover of Graphisme en France 2015, English version. Design: Juliette Goiffon and Charles Beauté. Right: Cover of Infini, English version. Design: Sandrine Nugue..

Graphisme en France 2015 & the Infini booklet


As part of its promotion of graphic design, the Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap) is pleased to announce two new digital publications:

Graphisme en France 2015
The latest issue of the journal Graphisme en France is now available in English, devoted to the subject of art direction and the press.

The Infini booklet
Infini is a publicly-commissioned typeface created by Sandrine Nugue, freely available for download. The booklet is available in English.

Free download:
Graphisme en France 2015
Infini booklet
-Infini typeface
–For iPad, using the Art, Book, Magazine (ABM) digital library app, available from 1 September

Graphisme en France 2015
The 21st issue of the journal Graphisme en France has been published by the Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap), it covers the subject of art direction and the press and presents a remarkable collection of essays from distinguished experts in the field.

Art director and author Véronique Vienne, interviewed numerous art directors in France and abroad, deciphering their practices and presenting a panorama of their work.

Director of the publication Magazine Angelo Cirimele, takes a second look at the challenges and the development of digital in this realm.

Art director and author Francesco Franchi, presents how the art director’s work is organised in relation to editorial, in light of the changes brought about especially by digital tools.

Author and teacher Pierre Ponant, takes a second look at the history of two magazines which were founders in art direction (Vogue and Vu).

Each issue of Graphisme en France is created by recently graduated graphic designers. This year’s edition has been designed by Juliette Goiffon and Charles Beauté who studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris and the Haute école des arts du Rhin. They co-founded the Ultragramme studio in September 2014. Their work alternates between commissioned work and art projects or installations questioning the status of the image and its representations.

For this issue, they have used three typefaces (Trianon and Origin created by Production Type and Wigrum created by the Bureau des affaires typographiques); these three alternate throughout the articles, giving a certain rhythm to the contributions. Through their choices choice of paper, printing and layout, they play on art direction codes to offer an intentionally versatile object. The Cnap maintains a continual presence beside graphic design's major players, to provide an ever-growing audience with information to better know on these practices, to assume its place alongside and to support authors, distributors and the institutions where graphic designers learn their craft.

Infini, by Sandrine Nugue, public commission of a typeface
The typeface Infini has been created by Sandrine Nugue, as part of a public commission of Cnap. This contemporary typeface enters into a dialogue with typography through the ages, drawing its sources and lines of force from Greek epigraphic writing, and pictograms and ligatures both classic and modern. Infini is a true original creation, ambitious and fun, but also to accessible.

Beyond the creation of the typeface itself, this commission also gives the opportunity to focus on the awareness on the profession of the typeface designer although confronted on a daily basis with the most varied typographical creations, we often ignore the reality of these jobs and the qualities and skills required to practice them.

A 48-page booklet of Infini has been published. It contains a text by Sébastien Morlighem, a historian, teacher and researcher specialised in the history of typography. A website has been created where Infini may be downloaded at no cost. This also permits discovery of all the typeface's possibilities.

A very great deal of research and extensive fine-tuning goes into the creation of a typeface design. Sandrine Nugue's notebooks, sketches and studies as well as her source files are now fully part of the Centre national des arts plastiques’ collection. This project manifests the institution’s interest in contemporary typeface design, definitively and lastingly giving Infini its place in history.

Information: graphisme.cnap [​at​] culture.gouv.fr

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