Reviving PS Fournier

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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Fournier letter 'a'

In a free, public event, Stéphane Elbaz will present his project of reviving and digitizing a classic typography of the French eighteenth-century. Fournier le Jeune, Parisian printer and typefounder of the pre-French Revolution era, shows one of the most influential bodies of work of his time. At the end of his career, there is very little in the field of typography that Fournier left untouched. Nevertheless, the fame of the French "complete typographer" has been somehow shadowed, and for a long time, very few digital interpretations of his alphabets were available to the contemporary designers.

The event is free, but registration is required.

Originally from Paris, Stéphane Elbaz works and lives in New York since 2008. In the last few years, he devoted much of his time to typography and digital publishing platforms. He recently joined Work & co where he serves as a Design Director. In 2018, Stéphane launched General Type Studio, a new type foundry along with 4 new typefaces: Pilat, Cambon, Mier, and General Grotesque. With Typofonderie, he published the Geneo type family and PS Fournier—a large type revival project based on the work of Pierre Simon Fournier.

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

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