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A hebrew family of 7 weights and an extra latin font
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An Hebrew-French fonts design projects. 7 hebrew styles (with niqqud)  : some exhibit similarities, other stark contrast, for a wide range of options in text layouts or brand design. An extra: 4 Latin fonts.

— There some english subtitles in the video, you just need to activate them. — The french text is below the english version.

Look at the rewards at the end ! If you participate, you can have cards, fonts or time with me to explore calligraphy and typography.

STEP ONE 

  • The Hebrew light

"The flow" : letters just flow smoothly, the lines become alive and follow the movement. I’ve preserved a human touch, the sense of movement one can find in a calligraphic pen producing stroke variations depending on the pressure applied. The Hebrew light font is almost complete, alternate glyphs are contained in the font.

  • The Hebrew Bold 

font has stronger and bolder strokes with less pronounced modulations but keeps its energetic nature. This work is advanced enough to show the first result of the intermediate weights that have been interpolated, as presented below. 

  • The regular and medium version

As a result : 4 Hebrew fonts (light, regular, medium, bold)

Light version
Light version
Text with light version
Text with light version
First sketchs for the bold version
First sketchs for the bold version
Bold version
Bold version

STEP TWO 

  • The titling version + hybridization between the light and the titling fonts

A titling font to balance the softness of the previous ones. I’ve investigated several options with squarer and bolder, almost sharp strokes. As a final step, I’ll experimentally generate two intermediate weights resulting from the hybridization between the light and the titling fonts. The drawing of each letter thus generated will need to be fine-tuned by hand, but how excited to explore this variety and unpredictability!

First interpolations between the light and titling version
First interpolations between the light and titling version
A different tsadi…
A different tsadi…

A FULL-RANGE TYPE HEBREW FAMILY

A family with four weights and a titling font to generate two additional hybrid versions. In total, 7 styles will be released: some exhibit similarities, other stark contrast, for a wide range of options. 

THE LATIN VERSION 

The objective is to produce the latin typeface (light, regular, medium, bold) as a joint creation. I’ve drawn some preliminary characters in order to set the tone and initiate a joint creation with another French type designer, Laurent Bourcellier. We just hit the same wavelength on this project. Once we finalize the light and bold fonts for the Latin typeface, we’ll generate two intermediate weights in the same way as in the Hebrew section. 

If the campaign is funded beyond our expectations, we will produced the latin version (4 weights): the surplus will compensate Laurent’s working time.

How to thank you for your help and support? With goodies and fonts for you!

Mini cards, cards, fonts or time with me to explore calligraphy or typography (Paris, France).

Serigraphy card - 10,5 x 14,8 cm
Serigraphy card - 10,5 x 14,8 cm
"Shalom - Hello" mini cards - 70 x 28 mm - 4 colors
"Shalom - Hello" mini cards - 70 x 28 mm - 4 colors
Embossed text
Embossed text
    

Why the Hebrew type design?

Because of my dual culture, the Hebrew alphabet has always exerted a strong attraction on me. This Hebrew typeface creation builds on nearly 20 years of research. Everything started with my participation in the “Bomberg” project at the University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France. This is where I designed my first Hebrew font. Thanks to that experience, I pursued my research of a Hebrew-Latin font family for one year at the prestigious Académie de France—Villa Médicis—in Rome and continuously from that time.

THE BOMBERG PROJECT + ATYPI International Prize in Type design

The “Bomberg” project, which aimed at publishing a critical edition of the Hebraic Bible and Masoretes. Therefore, the designed font had to be legible at very small sizes with an optimal readability. As this font includes all signs of the biblical text, I was able to determine a specific configuration to ensure correct positioning for each sign. And finally, I created Hebrew-Latin layouts. This typeface is called “Nathan” and has received an award from the ATYPI in 2001. It has been released in Israel. 

BIOGRAPHY OF LAURENT BOURCELLIER

Laurent Bourcellier is a graphic and typeface designer. His main professional incentives are both sharing his knowledge and engaging in collaborative work. In parallel of his job as a university teacher and professional course instructor, he has been involved in many collaborative and independent projects around the corporate graphic design and typographic creation. Since he graduated from the École Estienne, he has developed a deep passion for non-Latin scripts and regularly embark on multilingual fonts design projects.

****************************** FRENCH VERSION

Une famille typographique hébreu et latin. 7 styles hébreux : une large variété pour les mise-en-pages. En extra, 4 versions latines déclinées sur la base de l'hébreu.

— Les récompenses pour vous remercier sont indiquées à la fin et accessibles dans la colonne latérale de droite —

Vue d'ensemble du projet
Vue d'ensemble du projet

ÉTAPE 1

The Hebrew light "The flow" : letters just flow smoothly, the lines become alive and follow the movement. I’ve preserved a human touch, the sense of movement one can find in a calligraphic pen producing stroke variations depending on the pressure applied. The Hebrew light font is almost complete, alternate glyphs are contained in the font.

—La version light en hébreu : Légèreté des lettres, la ligne est vivante et fluide. Le "flux" provient de recherches calligraphiques sur le rythme préservant ainsi une touche humaine grâce aux variations de pression de l’outil créant des modulations dans le tracé. Des glyphes alternates sont présents dans la casse. ainsi que le niqqud.

— La version hébreu bold, garde cet aspect énergique, elle est plus large et massive, les modulations dans le tracé étant moins marquées. EAssez avancée, elle permet déjà de voir les résultats des graisses intermédiaires générées par interpolation, en voici quelques exemples :

Au final, 4 versions (light, regular, medium et bold).

Version light
Version light
Premiers croquis de la version bold
Premiers croquis de la version bold
Première version du bold
Première version du bold

ÉTAPE 2

La version de titrage + une hybridation entre le light et la version de titrage

Version titling. Plus grasse et plus structurée, voire incisive, elle est plus carrée et massive . Enfin, souhaitant aller plus loin, je génèrerais de manière expérimentale deux graisses intermédiaires résultantes de l’hybridation entre la version light et la version titling. Chaque lettre générée devra faire l’objet d’une retouche dans le dessin mais la variété et la surprise des formes générées est enthousiasmante !

Hybridation du style de la version light et de la version Titling
Hybridation du style de la version light et de la version Titling

Au total, 7 styles en hébreu seront créés. 

THE LATIN VERSION

Version latine
Version latine

 L'objectif est de produire la version latine associée en light, regular, medium et bold. J'ai dessiné les premiers caractères pour donner le ton et poursuivi la création avec un autre typographe français, Laurent Bourcellier. Si la campagne dépasse nos espérances, nous finaliserons les 4 graisses, finançant ainsi le travail de Laurent, ma participation n'étant pas rémunérée.

Comment vous remercier ?

Des minies cartes, cartes sérigraphiées, des typographies et des rencontres/atelier avec moi pour explorer la calligraphie et la typographie sont proposées (Paris, France). Ces "rewards" sont accessibles dans la colonne latérale sur la droite. 

Carte de voeux sérigraphiée
Carte de voeux sérigraphiée
Minies cartes - Hello / Shalom
Minies cartes - Hello / Shalom
Carte avec embossage
Carte avec embossage

Pourquoi la typographie hébraïque ? Le projet Bomberg et le prix International en création typographique de l'ATYPI (2001)

Ce projet de typographie hébraïque s’inscrit dans la continuité de recherches menées depuis presque 20 ans, et débutées par avec le projet «Bomberg», de l’Université Pierre et Marie Curie pour lequel j’ai eu à en dessiner une, destinée à la mise en page d’une edition critique de la Bible et de la Massorah hébraïque. La typographie, appelée le «Nathan», a été récompensée en 2001 par l’ATYPI, elle est diffusée en Israël.

J’ai poursuivi mes recherches de famille hébreu/latin pendant une année en résidence d’artiste, à l'Académie de France - Villa Médicis - à Rome, ainsi que de manière continue.

BIOGRAPHY OF LAURENT BOURCELLIER

Biographie de Laurent Bourcellier Laurent Bourcellier est graphiste et dessinateur de caractères. Collaborer et transmettre sont deux de ses principales volontés professionnelles. Enseignant, il mène, en parallèle de cours universitaires et de formations professionnelles, des projets collaboratifs ou indépendants autour du graphisme corporate et de la création typographique. Depuis son diplôme de l’École Estienne il est passionné par les systèmes d’écritures non-latins et co-développe régulièrement des fontes multilingues.

Merci d'avoir lu cette page !

Risks and challenges

THE CAMPAIGN
FUNDING GOAL
2100 euros: completion of the 7 Hebrew fonts, rewards production and shipping, funding of the Kickstarter fees (5%)

STRETCH GOAL
3200 euros: drawing of the 4 Latin fonts in joint creation with another French type designer, compensation for his working time (I don’t take any compensation for my own working time).

TO INFINITY AND BEYOND
It could be the launching pad to restart mothballed projects (and they are many!!!). Why not eventually create a Hebrew-Latin ++ type foundry? One thing I know for sure: you and I are at the starting point of a great adventure :D.

!TIME!
Typographic creations take many time.

PLEDGES
Financial support or dissemination of information, all contributions are welcome. As this project specifically focuses on the Hebrew type design, the more it is shared, the better are the chances for it to find its audience.
My heartfelt thanks in advance for your support. Comments and encouragement to pursue this work are more than welcome.

———— FRENCH VERSION ————

Étape 1
2100 euros : pour financer la création des 7 versions en hébreu, la réalisation et l’envoi des rewards ainsi que les Kickstarter fees (5%).

Étape 2
Si la campagne est réussie et atteint 3200 euros, le latin dans ses quatres versions sera produit en co-création avec un autre typographe et ce, afin de le rétribuer. Je ne me paye pas.

Et après ?
Cela sera peut-être le point de départ à la mise au point d’autres projets esquissés, et j’en ai des tas !!!!! et pourquoi pas, à terme, d’une typofonderie hébreu/latin ++…
Ce n’est peut-être que le début d’une longue histoire à laquelle vous prendriez part :D

PARTICIPATIONS
Toutes les contributions sont bonnes, qu’elles soient financières ou en tant que partage de l’information. Ce projet étant bien particulier autour de la typographie hébraïque, plus il est partagé et plus il aura de chance de toucher son public.
Merci d’avance pour votre aide. Les commentaires et encouragements à poursuivre ces recherches sont également les bienvenus.

Merci d'avoir lu cette page.

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    (Early birds) All Hebrew and Latin fonts—Latin made available if the stretch funding goal is reached—(worth 468 euros). This includes a desktop license for one user and a web license.
    A desktop and web licences for two users for the seven hebrew fonts if the stretch funding goal isn't reached.

    (Early birds) L’ensemble des typographies hébraïques et latines (si celui-ci est financé). Valeur 468 euros. Incluant la licence desktop et web pour un utilisateur unique.
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