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Stéphane Meurice, Sébastien Delobel, Xavier Meurice, Guillaume Berry and Baptist… read more
Stéphane Meurice, Sébastien Delobel, Xavier Meurice, Guillaume Berry and Baptiste Servais make up Atelier télescopique. It is a close-knit group of artists, designers and creators based in Lille, France who have created groundbreaking work in various media from print and motion to art exhibitions. They are also the creators of unique typefaces and have their own type foundry Ainsifont.
A short description about the font:
Peindice is a single weight font that was designed in 2003 for the identity of the French music festival Festi'Val de Marne. The ‘heavy’ appearance of Peindice makes for great headlines in large point sizes. Built from a modular grid, the curvaceous contours give the font a smooth outline.
What was the main idea behind designing the font?
There were two main goals – to create a strong identity that matches the information and to tell a sort of fairytale.
How would you characterize your style?
Eclecticism, both in subject and working areas that result in sharp coherent visual answers. It’s much more fun and desirable to work this way than follow a style.
How did you come up with the name of the font?
This is a well-kept secret – a very elaborate process based on typical French puns, an art called "Calembours".
What inspires you?
Our influences are wide and stretch beyond graphic design because we are always curious.
Which is the bigger challenge: working on your own personal project or for a client with a strict briefing?
The biggest challenge is to be able to switch between the two.
Do you have a working routine? What are your ideal conditions for you to work in?
With almost ten years of experience, of course we have small working habits but the ideal remains: have a firm belief in what we do.
What is the ideal usage of your font?
We applied the font to create identities for two different music festival identities. We won’t tell you how to use the font. We can’t wait to see how it’s used in other applications.
How would you describe the state your handwriting is in?
Our hands are in good shape and it seems our brains are not able to understand this question...
Where does the font end and where does the image begin? Is there a line to draw?
The design process often starts with the creation of a whole visual identity. We work on the appearance of the letters, the harmony or the clash between the meaning of the word and its shape. In the same way, an unreadable character may be interesting with the intention you put in it.
Your future plans/projects?