Vendôme

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Credits

Designer(s)
François Ganeau
Foundry(ies)
Fonderie Olive
Release Year
1952
Country of Origin
France
Classification
Serif, Old Style, French Old Style
Original Format
Metal (Foundry)
Distributor(s)
Linotype, Image Club, Monotype
Tags
beaks, garalde, old face, serif, sharp, violent

Background

Vendôme, a quirky typeface designed in 1952 by François Ganeau while working at Fonderie Olive. Possibly named for Place Vendôme, a square in the 1st arrondissement in Paris, the face itself is inspired by 16th and 17th century type by Claude Garamond and Jean Jannon, although its tone is distinctly “Jannonesque”.

The type is characterized by its fantastically violent beaks and its unabashedly classic design. It’s like what Trajan’s drunkle might look like after several glasses of Knob Creek on a cold winter day. A great (pseudo-) contemporary use of the type is the album art of Magzine’s “The Correct Use of Soap”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Correct_Use_of_Soap

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