For our first 4+1 in GVA, we took a quick trip to Lyon, France where we visited Matthieu Cortat, one of the curators of the Musée de I’lmprimerie.
Born in 1982 in Delémont, Switzerland, Matthieu Cortat is a type designer and graphic artist. A graduate of the School of Art in Lausanne (ECAL) and the National Workshop of Typographical Research (ANRT) of Nancy, Cortat now divides his time between type design and his work for the Musée de l’Imprimerie.
It was during his tenure at the Musée that Matthieu created the French typography Corpus and has collaborated in the written content for the website celebrating the 450th anniversary of the passing of Claude Garamond. He is regularly involved in various art schools, workshops and conferences across the country. Next to this, Matthieu is the founder of the “Nonpareille” foundry. Base collaborated with him to develop the exclusive Caran d’Ache, Basetica and Eastpack fonts.
The Musee de l’Imprimerie, founded in 1964 by the master printer Maurice Audin, has become over the course of fifty years a key partner to the graphic world, both for the richness of its collection and its temporary exhibitions and numerous, high-profile international collaborations.
The selection of documents and objects on display, from the very first prints found in Korea to the digital fonts of today, tell the story of graphic communication. By presenting for each period the techniques, use of printed matter and the aesthetic developments, the exhibitions stress the importance graphics have had on society across all sectors.
As we progressively leave the world of print in favor of an increasingly digital world, it was fascinating to (re)discover the basics and techniques of what continues to be a very important part of our business.
We should not leave out that we had the chance after the tour to discover the infamous and notorious gastronomy of Lyon!