Le gobelet de cristal is the first essay by Thierry Chancogne. It was published in the collection of “Petites mythologies du graphisme” (Small mythologies of graphic design) by Tombolo presses, where Chancogne is the editor in chief:
The purpose of this essay has been to research the founding texts of graphic design focusing on the new traditionalists type designers of the Monotype Corporation in general and on Beatrice Warde in particular. The strong and unusual Beatrice Ward became the First Lady and queen of “modern” typography. It is through the study of her Crystal Goblet, a philosophical tale, that Thierry Chancogne takes an interest in how graphic design can call for ethics of function and full transitivity: a tale for transparent typography.
For the typography of cover and interior, design studio Spassky Fischer used a single style of Trainer Grotesk. Thomas Spieler created the 3D “transparent sphere” effects.