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Nouvelle Noire is a type design and development studio based in Zurich, Switzerland. Working in a traditional way, we design type with an emphasis on modern technique and technical options. Our work is deeply rooted in the traditional practice of type design. All of our designs are developed with the awareness of … Read More
Nouvelle Noire is a type design and development studio based in Zurich, Switzerland. Working in a traditional way, we design type with an emphasis on modern technique and technical options. Our work is deeply rooted in the traditional practice of type design. All of our designs are developed with the awareness of type history in unison with a forward thinking vision of contemporary type design.

The name Nouvelle Noire is the French allusion to newspaper printing, while in English it translates to 'The black novel'. The name refers to the spread of information and knowledge by means of type. Since early times, the this spread is closely connected to writing and typefaces. It also refers to the black ink in which the letters are written or printed with. So it's not surprising that the art of writing, punchcutting and designing type is called 'The Black Art'. Today, black still remains the most popular colour for written language, which is so embedded in our psyche that it has spread across new media and digital. Type is far more than just a combination of written or printed letters on a sheet of paper or displayed on a screen. There is playfulness between printed and blank areas, light and dark, positive and negative space, forms and counter forms. In western culture, the letter is the smallest unit of the written language, it is building block of human communication and this is the idea that Nouvelle Noire is based on. Read Less
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