|Was||Graphic designer Artist Designer Type designer Poster artist|
|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)|
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.
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)