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Design

Jean-Baptiste Levée

Release Date

2014-07-22

Team

Yoann Minet
Quentin Schmerber
Hugues Gentile

Version

1.501

Awards & distinctions

Type Directors Club New York Certificate of excellence 2015
Typo365 best of 2014
Club des Directeurs Artistiques shortlist 2014
Typographica’s favourite of 2014
Typefacts Best of 2014

About this font

How does one reference Cubism in a typeface? The most obvious tack would be to disassemble each letter and render it broken and abstracted. That might produce something interesting to look at, but not something that can be used. Minotaur is more practical, but no less interesting. Initially created for a Paris art museum, Minotaur Sans and Serif is a family of straight lines inspired by the Cubist movement. Its roots are Venus, a landmark Grotesque from the era that gave rise to Cubism, and two serif models: Bruce’s Scotch Roman and A. V. Hershey’s series for early vector-based computing. Not only are the letters’ outlines atypical, but their set number of widths – derived from historical technical limitations – play with expectations too.
Despite their seemingly primitive restraints, these fonts are legible at any size. And they have their own beauty too: Minotaur Serif, in particular, balances its harsh contours with the elegant skeleton of its early 20th-century model.
Minotaur offers a richness not found in most type; one that rewards viewers in new ways as they step closer to the canvas.

Formats

Static (OTF, TTF, WOFF, WOFF2)

Language support

[object Object]

About the designers

  • Jean-Baptiste Levée is a type designer with a strong focus on corporate and bespoke typefaces.

    Jean-Baptiste Levée

    CEO, founder

    Jean-Baptiste Levée (1981) has designed over a hundred typefaces for industry, moving pictures, fashion and media. He is the founder of the independent foundry Production Type.

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