Custom fonts and typographic branding.
When Swiss precision meets French elegance.
During the early decades of typography, the ‘Nonpareille’ fonts were so small in size (c.5–6 points) that not all type manufacturers could cut them. Hence this name, meaning ‘unmatched quality’ (literally ‘none such’).
Nowadays, as text is everywhere, any good communication needs specifically-designed typefaces. Matthieu Cortat helps you shaping the best letters for your needs, aesthetically, optically, technically, whether you are a brand, a design agency, a publisher, or anyone who isn’t mad enough to not take care of this major element of today’s communication. Let’s talk. Let’s design. With accurate mind and eyes.
Nonpareille retail fonts are available at 205tf.
Born in 1982 in Delémont (Switzerland), Matthieu Cortat studied graphic design in Lausanne (Écal, Switzerland) and joined in 2005 the Atelier National de Recherche Typographique (ANRT) in Nancy, France. He moved to Lyon (France), carrying out both his work as a typeface designer and as a mediator, then scientific advisor in the Museum of Print and Graphic Communication (Musée de l’Imprimerie et de la Communication graphique) in Lyon.
Since 2016, Matthieu Cortat is the Head of the new «Master in Type Design» created at ECAL, University of Arts, Lausanne. With a team of passionate colleagues (François Rappo, Bruno Maag, Kai Bernau, Marie Lusa, Roland Früh, Wayne Daly…) and numerous guests coming for workshops and lectures, he transmit to his students the passion of designing type, and designing with type. Typography takes concentration. It takes imagination. It takes time and patience. But all the best things do.