As part of the Graphisme en France 2014 program, the Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP, National Center of Visual Arts) has commissioned a new typeface to be freely downloadable by the public at large.
In addition to fostering the creation of a new typeface, this public commission also provides an opportunity to raise general awareness of type design. Although exposed daily to a wide range of typographical creations, many people are still oblivious to the type designer’s craft, to the skills and know-how required to practice this profession.
The Infini typeface conceived by Sandrine Nugue is a decidedly contemporary design. Inspired by epigraphic writing, its various styles – roman, italic and bold – are the upshot of a fruitful dialogue with the history of typography, whose milestones are retraced by Sébastien Morlighem below in a brief history of writing. Infini also admits of a creative and playful use of words, pictograms and ligatures.
The various studies, sketches, notes and digital files produced by Sandrine Nugue in the course of her creative undertaking have now been added to the CNAP collection. This public commission attests to the CNAP’s interest in contemporary type design and gives Infini a permanent and inalienable place in the history of Western typography.