The Éditions deux-cent-cinq have undertaken to publish the first book on the Scriptorium de Toulouse. This workshop for typographic and calligraphic art, created within the Toulouse School of Fine Arts in 1967 by the architect and painter André Vernette, has left a lasting mark on the French typographic landscape.
This book, carefully documented, traces this unusual educational adventure. It is the result of a four-year research project initiated by Juliette Flécheux — graphic designer and author — at the Institut supérieur des arts de Toulouse, and continued at the Atelier national de recherche typographique.
The book exposes the background that preceded the opening of the workshop and outlines the state of type design in France and abroad. Through the testimonies of students, the book takes a look at the humanist pedagogy of Bernard Arin (1938–2019), André Vernette’s successor from 1982 and director of the workshop until its closure in 2005.