Reversed contrast
Thomas Huot-Marchand
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Minérale is a typeface designed with unusual stems, whose sides intersect. It was originally conceived as a geometrical exaggeration of the structure of traditional serif faces, where the central part of the vertical stems are thinned. Here this phenomenon is pushed to its limits: rather than a flared rectangle, the stem becomes two triangles connected at their tips, creating a clear, almost luminous zone around the central line of the letterforms.

Fairly sober in its thinnest versions, the typeface becomes more exuberant in its heavier weights: the contrast is tilted, resulting in a silhouette close to the old “Italian” typefaces, with horizontal stress.

The italics share a similar structure, but display a design of their own. Their curvy stems turn around a vertical line. Almost upright in the lighter weight (5°), the axis becomes extreme in the heaviest weight (21°).

The whole family is multiplexed: from ExtraLight to Black, in both uprights and italics, all weights share exactly the same widths and kerning tables. This way any variant can be substituted to another, without impacting textflow.

Thomas Huot-Marchand (1977) divides his time between teaching, the creation of typographical characters and graphic design. He is director of ANRT (Nancy) since 2012.