Since 1994, researchers, critics and graphic design professionals in France have been sharing their viewpoints and research on the major themes that animate the graphic design field in the annual publication Graphisme en France published by the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (Cnap).
The 26th issue has been designed by Théo Miller, graduate of the École Estienne (Paris), and focuses on the link between the work of graphic designers and the notion of writing, considered as a matter to compose and shape, but also as a means for expressing the thinking of graphic designers, a tool which allows one to structure and define this domain and its history. It includes texts by Léonore Conte, Ellen Lupton, Nolwenn Maudet, Richard Niessen, and Vivien Philizot.
The graphic design of this issue structures the various contributions with particular attention paid to reproducing the images in formats that make them legible, in order to confront the texts of the authors and the texts present in all the iconography.
Five typefaces are used across the whole publication: Ductil (Marion Sendral), Grandmaster (Lucas Descroix, The Designers Foundry), Grtsk (Ilya Naumoff and Benjamin Blaess, Black[Foundry]), Minotaur and Minotaur Sans (Jean-Baptiste Levée, Production Type). These choices express a certain typographical plurality, referring to the diversity of writings present in this issue. In the same way, four different covers have been drawn, displaying a sort of “visual table of contents” of the various articles of the publication. These images-texts with multiple authors give form to an “enunciative polyphony”, accentuated by a work of editing, cutting and collage.
The publication is available for download in French and English. Editorial direction and coordination: Véronique Marrier, head of the graphic design department; and Béatrice Salmon, director of the Centre national des arts plastiques.