Proto Grotesk and Slab are Jean-Baptiste Levée’s exploration into early “grots” and “egyptians”, the rough-and-ready jobbing typefaces of the 19th century. These four-weight families translate antique styles into a useful contemporary vernacular without abandoning their eccentricities. Proto Grotesk was released in 2014 with a single weight. It was extended to two weights in 2015, and then four to match the new Proto Slab. With compatible weights and proportions, the two families are made to be used together.

Design: Jean-Baptiste Levée. Team: Donald Choque, Yoann Minet, Adrien Tétar, Quentin Schmerber.

Proto Collection specimen