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Pierre Nguyen, Paris-based graphic designer. I like to work aro… read more
Pierre Nguyen, Paris-based graphic designer. I like to work around the notion of abstraction, mixing experimental processes. Architecture is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for me and I like to convey the precision and rationale in architecture in my work.
A short description about the font:
Papercut is based on the square form. Each square is composed from a grid of 36 other squares (6x6). Several cuts and folds in this grid transformed each square into a letter.
What was the main idea behind designing the font?
Papercut is a self- initiated project. I wanted to create a font that reversed the writing process – rather than paper being the medium for displaying the letters, the letter actually comes from the paper.
How would you characterize your style?
I’m a minimalist. In my mind, a straight line is the most beautiful thing.
Is there a story behind the name of your font?
It comes from the two main ingredients – paper and cutting, and I wanted it to be short and simple, just like the font.
What inspires you?
Anything, but if I have to choose one, it’s definitely architecture.
Which is the bigger challenge: working on your own personal project or for a client with a strict briefing?
Working on personal projects is not really a challenge for me. It’s more a type of entertainment. I think the bigger challenge is to work for a very straight-minded client who has a lot of requests.
Do you have a working routine? What are your ideal conditions for you to work in?
I work for different clients who have different missions and little constraints so I’m able to increase my level of output.
What is the ideal usage of your font?
Logos, headlines for magazines or titling on posters. But feel free to use it wherever and however you like!
Where does the font end, where does the image begin? Is there a line to draw?
I perceive typography like an image. A letter is a letter just because you can read and understand it, but it stills an image.
Any future plans?
Create, again and again…