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Jean-Baptiste Levée

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Ilya Ruderman
Yury Ostromentsky
Emilios Theofanous
Yoann Minet
Hugues Gentile

Awards & distinctions

Type Directors Club New York Certificate of excellence 2015
Type Directors Club Tokyo Selection 2015
Hiii Typography Merit Award 优异奖 2014
Typecache best of 2014
Typo365 best of 2014
Typographica's favourite of 2014
Typefacts Best of 2014
Fontwerk Die besten Schriften 2014

About this font

Over the last hundred years or so, utilitarian typefaces have shed most of their quirks and eccentricities on the way to becoming more versatile and universal. That makes some sense, but there’s no reason type can’t be both steadfast and peculiar. Drawing from an early German sans serif used for catalog text, Proto Grotesk revives an era when clunkiness was a virtue. Its pedigree is varied, vacillating between Egyptian and Modern, round and edged, even sans and slab. Despite these contradictions, its posture is nothing less than sturdy and forthright. Proto Grotesk is strange but steady.


Static (OTF, TTF, WOFF, WOFF2)

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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Useful type with an edge.

Useful type with an edge.

Production Type provide retail as well as dedicated creative services in typeface design for brands.

Based in Paris and Shanghai, Production Type is a digital type design agency. Its activities span from the exclusive online distribution of its retail type for design professionals, to the creation of custom typefaces for the industrial, luxury, and media sectors.
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