Highlights from Bold Type, Our Celebration of French Typography

This fall, Kickstarter and the French graphic design and visual culture magazine étapes: teamed up to launch Bold Type, a celebration of typography in France. From September 1 to October 31, we invited artists, designers, and type enthusiasts of all stripes to launch typography projects on Kickstarter.

Twenty creators took part, creating inventive new typefaces, playful typographic illustrations, new design publications, and more. To date, they’ve found support from over 1,200 backers, who have pledged more than $ 75,000 to help bring these projects to life. (There’s still time to support a few of them!)

Read on for a selection of standout live and successful projects from the Bold Type initiative, and to hear from a few of the creators who joined in.

Home stretch

Just a few days left to support these projects.

Pierre di Sciullo: The Book 

Discover the work of famed French typeface designer Pierre di Sciullo through 256 pages of sketchbooks, collages, and research, some of which has never been published before.

Blaze Type Specimen N°1

Type designer Matthieu Salvaggio is celebrating the first anniversary of his design studio with this limited-edition book. It’s part comic, part design volume, and part type specimen.

Typographic Experimentation with Hebrew and Latin 

Art director and type designer Sylvie Chokroun has created a set of seven Hebrew fonts and four matching Latin fonts, letting you create sleek design materials in both Hebrew and Roman-alphabet languages.

“What I’ve learned from launching this campaign is how my work is actually perceived by other people, and that’s very valuable information,” Chokroun says.

Mimikus 

There are infinite ways to customize this free modular font. How will you use it?

Loufoquerie 

Designers Cássia D’Elia and Tassiana Nuñez Costa became fascinated with language and colloquialisms after moving to Paris from their native Brazil. Their new book compares idiomatic expressions in French and Brazilian Portuguese through playful typographic illustrations. 

More to explore

A few of our favorite successful Bold Type projects.

2019 Mr. Cup Letterpress Calendar 

“Kickstarter has its very own way of working,” says Mr. Cup creator Fabien Barral. “Connecting with your backers, involving them in the creative process and along the campaign are indispensable elements for its success.” His seventh successful Kickstarter campaign, for a limited-edition letterpress calendar featuring inspirational quotes, was supported by over 300 people from all over the world.

RADDAR: Design Annual Review 

RADDAR is a multidisciplinary journal for people who are fascinated by how design touches every aspect of our lives. Over 120 people pledged more than €6,000 to help launch the publication.

Naoko 

On her project page, designer Emilie Rigaud shares how a few quick sketches developed into this spacey sans-serif typeface. It’s a delightful behind-the-scenes look at the creative process.

Diorama Digital 

The print magazine Diorama, which got its start on Kickstarter, launched a second campaign to make the publication available online. “Launching this Kickstarter campaign allowed us to maintain regular touch points with our community and gain visibility,” say creators Marie-Mam Sai Bellier and Guillaume Sbalchiero. “We see that our community is expanding and getting more and more involved. We are very grateful!”

The Bold Type initiative may be over, but you’re welcome to launch a typography project any time. Start your project here—we can’t wait to see it!

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