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Sébastien Morlighem

Professor of the history of typography and type design at Ecole Estienne in Paris (since 1997) and, since 2009, at the Ecole supérieure d'art et de design d'Amiens. Born in 1971, he was trained at the same school by Franck Jalleau and Michel Derre in type design and calligraphy. He holds a PhD from the University of Reading. Morlighem lives in Paris.

At ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, he spoke on the contributions of José Mendoza to French typography. José (Martin Majoor and Sébastien Morlighem, introduction by Jan Middendorp, 2010, Bibliothèque typographique) describes Mendoza's contributions.

In 2010, Sandra Chamaret, Julien Gineste and Sébastien Morlighem wrote Roger Excoffon et la fonderie Olive.

In 2012, he was a Ph.D. student at thE university of Reading and had as thesis topic 'The 'modern face' in France and England (1780-1830): typography as an ideal of progress.

Author of the essay Robert Thorne and the origin of the modern fat face (2017, 28 pages): It is usually believed that the typefounder Robert Thorne (1753-1820) was the first to have introduced in the early 19th century the fat face, a swollen offspring of the new modern types then in vogue. Sébastien Morlighem's essay intends to reassess his precise role in its development as well as other English founders. It is built on a re-reading of several key texts and a careful survey of original specimen books from the Thorne, Caslon & Catherwood, Fry & Steele and Figgins foundries. Co-edited with Alice Savoie in the Poem Pamphlet series.

Speaker at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo on the topic of The Sans Serif in France: The Early Years (1834-1844).

Sébastien Morlighem
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