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Jean-Baptiste Levée


Jean-Baptiste Levée works methodically in a process where history and technology are approached altogether within the nuances of artistry.

He manufactures functional, yet versatile digital platforms for designers to build upon.

Levée has designed over a hundred typefaces for industry, moving pictures, fashion and publishing. His work has won multiple awards and has been shown internationally in group and solo shows. It is featured in the permanent collections of the French national library (BnF) and the National Center of arts (Cnap); of the Newberry Library in Chicago, and several printing museums in Europe. He is a board member at ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale). Levée curates exhibitions on typeface design, organizes research symposiums and teaches typeface design at the Amiens school of Arts & Design and at the University of Corte. He is a typography columnist and editor on

A designer perspective on OpenType Font Variations—chances and risks

A welcomed news across the type world, the introduction of variable fonts naturally brings its contigent of new potentials, questions, and doubts for type designers. Jean-Baptiste Levée will explore some of the possibilities that could be exciting for the designer and beneficial to the user, while proposing some thoughts on the ways to promote, price and license the new format.

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