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Roger Excoffon

Roger Excoffon

French typographer
Roger Excoffon
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Intro French typographer
Was Graphic designer Artist Designer Type designer Poster artist
From France
Type Arts Creativity
Gender male
Birth 7 September 1910, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Death 30 May 1983, Paris, arrondissement of Paris, Île-de-France, France (aged 72 years)
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Biography

Roger Excoffon (7 September 1910 – 30 May 1983) was a French typeface designer and graphic designer.

Excoffon was born in Marseille, studied law at the University of Aix-en-Provence, and then moved to Paris to apprentice in a print shop. In 1947, he formed his own advertising agency and concurrently became design director of a small foundry in Marseille called Fonderie Olive. Later, he co-founded the prestigious Studio U+O, named in reference to "Urbi et Orbi".

Excoffon's best-known faces are Mistral and Antique Olive, the latter which he designed between 1962 and 1966. Air France, one of Excoffon's largest and most prestigious clients, used a customized variant of Antique Olive in its wordmark and livery until 2009, when a new logo was introduced.

Excoffon's faces, even the sober Antique Olive, have an organic vibrancy not found in similar sans-serif types of the period. His typefaces gave voice to an exuberant body of contemporary French and European graphic design.

Typefaces

These foundry types were produced by Roger Excoffon:

  • Chambord (1945-51, Fonderie Olive)
  • Banco (1951, Fonderie Olive)
  • Mistral (1953, Fonderie Olive), also released by Amsterdam Type foundry in 1955.
  • Choc (1955, Fonderie Olive), also released by Amsterdam Type foundry in 1964.
  • Diane (1956, Fonderie Olive)
  • Calypso (1958, Fonderie Olive)
  • Antique Olive (1962-1966, Fonderie Olive)
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http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no2011111555
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http://www.katranpress.com/stamps_excoffon_1_1.html
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http://www.roger-excoffon.com
https://d-nb.info/gnd/142586536
https://rkd.nl/en/explore/artists/112800
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