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Paroles pour adolescents by Françoise Dolto

Contributed by Stéphane Darricau on Dec 6th, 2019. Artwork published in .
    Paroles pour adolescents by Françoise Dolto
    © Grapus/Éditions Hatier. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Founded in 1970, French graphic design collective Grapus were arguably much more famous for their posters, heavily influenced by Polish master Henryk Tomaszewski (1914–2005), than for their practice of book design. Nevertheless, they made several of them, one of the most striking being Paroles pour adolescents, ou le complexe du homard [Words For Teenagers or, The Lobster Complex], a seminal text by renowned psychoanalyst and pediatrician Françoise Dolto (1908–1988), published posthumously by her daughter Catherine Dolto-Tolitch.

    Breaking from their usual diet of painterly hand-lettering and typewritten text (James Victore is a fan), on the cover of the book Grapus opted for a surprisingly structured typographic arrangement, pairing two strongly contrasting typefaces, Franklin Gothic ExtraCondensed and Stempel Garamond (twice in Bold, once in Italic).

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    • Stempel Garamond

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