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Modern, Parisian, musical

Fournier ODP for the Orchestre de Paris responds to a leading historic institution’s desire to be very much involved in modern life. This Parisian type family keeps a classical spirit alive by borrowing from different alphabets made by Fournier and adding its own tropes. Fournier ODP reflects a special program that caters to an increasingly demanding audience, making this venerable orchestra a shining star on the French scene. Production Type’s crosscutting approach has produced a letterform that is halfway between Fournier modernism and contemporary typography.

The typeface is named after Pierre-Simon Fournier, aka “Le Jeune” (1712 - 1768), punchcutter and typefounder. Famous for his musical founts, the Parisian Pierre-Simon Fournier is considered one of the first French “Moderns”.
The typeface borrows from the numerous alphabets produced by Fournier, retaining only the finest cuts and adding its own peculiarities: anachronical ampersand, reversed letters in reverence to poster ephemeras of the times…The “Graphiques” series are designed to allow for polychromic settings. “Gothic” series are a nod to the residues of modernism. Faithful to the tradition of optical sizes, different designs have been assigned to different scales of use.

The Fournier ODP has the classical Serif style. The lighter weights are especially based on Fournier’s Cicero Poetique, a narrow series designed to fit a 12-syllabus poetry line in a specific length. Bolder weights are more connected to his Gros Canon, a fierce design with generous x-height for titling purpose. The companion Sans is a delicate contrasted serifless design, while the supportive act is played by a less contrasted Gothic, a wink to Fournier’s modernity.At the tipping end of this 45 members type system are the Graphique series, a high-contrast design that is invisibly stenciled to allow for multicolor and playful typesettings.

While Fournier is definitely a contemporary brush up of a timeless classic, historical touches have been scarcely allocated, such as italic d, g and z alternates that refer to Fournier’s mannered yet radical cursives. More funny are the reversed letters that are typical mistakes of hasty (or lazy) typographers of the seventeenth century: caught in the rush of an emergency poster typesetting, they would carelessly flip metal letter blocks. This results in odd-looking, offset words that recall the charm of a lighthearted jobbing work. Fournier’s emblematic ornaments have been digitized anew and embedded in the fonts.
  • Type design

    Jean-Baptiste Levée

  • Production Type team

    Yoann Minet, Mathieu Réguer, Laurent Bourcellier, Roxane Gataud.

  • Agency

    FutureBrand Paris (Visual identity & logotype)

  • Art director

    Karl Saffré

  • Awards

    Type Directors Club Tokyo Prize Winner 2015

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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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