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Franck Jalleau

French type designer, calligrapher, and stonecutter, b. 1962. Franck Jalleau studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Toulouse and at the Atelier national de Création typographique (ANCT), where he subsequently worked as an instructor until 1990. A type designer, he works primarily in the publishing field and on French administrative documents (the General Tax Code, passports, identity cards, car registration documents, etc.). Since 1990, for the Imprimerie Nationale, he oversees the adaptation of the typographic holdings for digital typesetting. For this effort, the Imprimerie's Garamond was one of the first typefaces he rehabilitated, along with the grecs du Roi. Currently, Franck Jalleau teaches at Ecole Estienne in Paris.

Franck designed several typefaces for Agfa, Editions Magnard, city of Brive-la-Galliarde, for the NGO ATD Fourth World Movement, etc. In 1987, he engraved the Movement's message in stone, which was installed first at the Place de Trocadéro in Paris, and then at the United Nations in New York, the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the Basilica of St. John Lateran and in Reims Cathedral. Franck Jalleau won the Prix des Graphistes in 1988 and has received several international awards, including the Morisawa Award (Japan) in 1987 and 1996. He has taught type design at the École Estienne since 1991, and he offers training courses in character design in art schools both in France (Toulouse, Caen, Amiens) and abroad. His typefaces:

  • As an OEM for the Imprimerie, he designed some fantastic fonts between 1990 and 1998, including Arin (1986; Morisawa award 1987), Garamont (1995), Grandjean (1997), Jalleau (1996), Perrin (1997), Roma (1996), Scripto (Morisawa award 1996), Virgile (1995, Agfa) and Oxalis (1996, Agfa).
  • Francesco (1998) is based on the letters of Francesco Griffo. Perfectly executed, it is a Venetian renaissance revival face---although first designed in 1998, it was published only in 2010 at BAT Foundry, which Franck helped co-found. It also covers Greek and Cyrillic. Interestngly, it features random counter shapes to give that 15th century look. Among Francesco's historical sources is the famous Hypnerotomachia Poliphili printed in 1499 by Aldus Manutius. Subsequently, Francesco was republished by Production Type.
  • In 2002, he created Le Brive, commissioned by senator and mayor Bernard Murat of Brive-la-Gaillarde.
  • In 2005, he digitized the Grec du Roi based on original characters and ligatures by Claude Garamond for François 1er, 1544-1550.
  • In 2009, he created Le Maghrébin based on material in the Imprimerie Nationale. The original from 1846 and 1850 was cut by Marcellin Legrand. This version of Arabic is also called western, or African (africain), and features many ligatures.
  • In 2016, he designed the monospace sans typeface family Aubusson. Initially designed as a custom typeface by Franck Jalleau for the Cité internationale de la tapisserie d'Aubusson, the monowidth proportions are linked to pattern and tiles arrangements used in tapestry. The retail version of Aubusson offers four weights with matching italics. It was published by Black Foundry.
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