Alice Savoie, Lyon and Paris, France
Centre National des Arts Plastique & Imprimerie Nationale
KERNING AND MONT MASTERING: Roxane Gataud
ILLUSTRATIONS: Marine Rivoal
DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE MICROSITE: Prototypo.io
TYPEFACE FAMILY MICROSITE: cnap.graphismeenfrance.fr/faune
Faune explores the plurality of the animal world and the diversity of its morphologies. It is based on two magistral reference works that were produced by the French Imprimerie Nationale: Histoire Naturelle by Buffon (1749–1788) and Description de l’Égypte, commissioned by the Emperor Napoleon I (1809–1830). Three categories of animals found in these books (reptiles, birds, and mammals) formed the basis for a heteroclite typographic grammar: A sinewy viper inspired the design of the Display Thin variant, while a stocky ram dictated the design of the Display Black and a black ibis gave rise to the very particular design of the Display Italic. These three founding members of the type family were then rendered “genetically compatible” through an interpolation process that resulted in three hybrid variants (Text Regular, Italic, and Bold), which are perfectly adapted to continuous reading at text sizes.