Instant is a type family with no common distribution of roman, italic and their respective heavier or lighter fonts. Instead, a ‘diagonal’ has been adopted: from thin, informal, quick handwritten letters to stable, black typographic shapes. Each of the five styles correspond to a specific stroke speed and weight: Vivid, Quick, Regular, Slow, Heavy. Started as research project in 2005 at National Atelier for Typographic Research [ANRT, Atelier National de Recherche Typographique] France, hommage to the poet, painter and writer Henri Michaux (1899–1984), it questions type family consistency and the relation and usage of roman, italic and bold faces. The talk will go back to it’s genesis and drawing process as well as discussing type classification and fundamental aspects of letter constructions.
Jérôme Knebusch works in visual art, graphic design, editorial design, typography and type design. He teaches graphic and type design at the Lorraine School of Fine Arts, Metz, and is regulary visiting the post-graduate National Atelier for Typographic Research [ANRT], Nancy, both in France. He lives and works in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Instant, published by BAT Foundry Paris, was selected favorite typefaces of 2012 by Typographica and best ten fonts of 2012 by Fontwerk.