Panorama is not a family, it is a typeface system. It pushes beyond the
usual barriers that limit familial proportions, elaborating a core
design into an expansive gamut of widths (six) and weights (eight). The
project began in 2003, exploring the malleability of typographic
shapes. How far can one stretch a face before it breaks from its basic
nature as a quiet, congenial sans? Levée let his imagination (and
mechanical automation) wander, interrupting only when necessary to
correct a curve or maintain the spirit of the original design. The
result is an unusual kit of parts. An arsenal of nearly boundless
possibilities, from ethereal thin to blinding black, with an uncommonly
handy series of steps in between. Panorama is the first typeface to enter a French national public art collection.
Check out the Panorama minisite.
Awards & distinctions
The Next Web best of 2014
Fontwerk Die besten Schriften 2014
Design: Jean-Baptiste Levée. Team: Yohanna My Nguyen, Xavier Majewski, Benjamin Vesco.