For this typeface commission for France’s Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Savoie drew upon 18th century scientific texts, from an era when there was a growing cultural need to analyze, name, and classify nature’s wealth so as to better understand it (and, at the end of the day, to conquer it). She proposed a new typographic ecosystem based on three classes of vertebrate animals: a viper, a ram, and a black ibis. The variety of these animal forms—sinuous curves, frizzy wool, feathers, and long skinny legs—sparked an original approach to type design. Faune is available in six basic styles for print and screen, but can also be interpolated to express the more reptilian, earthbound, or aerial aspects of each family, in case your text lies somewhere between fish and fowl.

Images via :eyeondesign.aiga


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here