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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. All of our designs are developed with the awareness of type history in unison with a forward thinking vision of contemporary visual strength.

Staff & Designers

Permanent staff

Anton Studer
After graduating in graphic design in 2006 he started his first type project at the CAS Type Design at the Zurich University of the Arts, ZHdK. In 2009, he worked on a type project with André Baldinger in Paris and started his studies in the ‘Master of Advanced Studies in Type Design’ programme at ZHdK, which he successfully completed in 2011. From 2012 to 2015 he was working as teaching assistant at the University of the Arts Zurich where he is staff member since 2015. His typeface designs were rewarded with numerous prestigious international prizes such as the Type Directors Club New York. Besides a life dedicated to designing and drawing letters, he is a passionate cyclist and gardener.

Clovis Vallois
studied in visual communication in Freiburg, Germany. In 2008 he completed the CAS Type Design at the Zurich University of the Arts. 2011 he co-founded Nouvelle Noire GmbH with Anton Studer. Between 2012 and 2013 he was designer in the architecture office Ateliers Jean Nouvel / HW Architecture in Paris. He worked on the design development of the signage system (in cooperation with Studio Apeloig) for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Today he holds an assistant position at the Zurich University of the Arts and is working for this beautiful type foundry. In his free time, he is doing an MA by Research in Type Design at the University of Reading.

External designers

Philippe Apeloig, Studio Apeloig, www.apeloig.com
Born in 1962, Philippe Apeloig studied arts in Paris. After two internships at Total Design in Amsterdam, he became Graphic Designer for the Musée d’Orsay in 1985. In 1987, he moved to Los Angeles to work with April Greiman. In 1993, he was granted a fellowship for the Villa Medici, where he created typefaces for the first time, and won the Tokyo Type Director Club’s Gold Award. He taught in Paris, at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, and was the curator of the Lubalin Study Center for Design and Typography. In 2009, he won the Overall Prize at the International Society of Typographic Designers Award in London. In 2013 and 2015, two majors retrospectives are held: ‘Typorama’ at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and ‘Using Type’ at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Amongst others, he designed Hermès Slim watch’s numbers; bespoke typefaces and the visual identity for Issey Miyake’s new 2017 seasonal perfumes; compositions for Manufacture de Sèvres’ porcelain pieces; Marrakech Yves Saint Laurent Museum’s logo.

Prof. Rudolf Barmettler
R. Barmettler is a long-standing faculty member of the Department of Visual Communication at the Zurich University of the Arts, ZHdK. He was head of the Department of Visual Communication from 1999 to 2008. Rudolf Barmettler studied in Graphic Design at the Lucerne School of Arts and Crafts, afterwards he completed an internship at Pentagram Design in Zurich. Upon graduating, R. Barmettler carried out several research projects together with Hans-Rudolf Lutz. Later he worked in Paris in the design studio of Jean Widmer. R. Barmettler taught as an assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, in the Department of Architecture. Later he graduated in documentary film at the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film (University for Film and Television) in Munich. Since 2005 he is the head of the CAS/MAS Type Design and Typography at the Zurich University of the Arts. He is an expert in type history www.swisstypedesign.ch, fine typography and layout. He also teaches evening classes in his letterpress workshop in Zurich.

Marc Droz, Dreh GmbH, www.dreh-gmbh.ch
Marc Droz lives and works in Zurich. In 1989 he completed his apprenticeship as a graphic designer in the Studio U. Hiestand. From 1990–2011 he ran his own studio and worked in the field of print- and motion design as well as architectural visualization. 2011 he graduated in CAS Type Design at the Zurich University of the Arts, ZHdK. In 2011 he founded with Regula Ehrliholzer the graphic design studio ‘dreh gmbh – bureau for professional deformation’. In 2015 Marc Droz received the European Design Award, Bronze, for his typeface Colroy.

Awards & Publications

Awards
2015 European Design Award, Bronze, for Colroy
2015 German Design Award, Winner, for Apeloig Type Library
2014 Joseph Binder Award, Bronze, for Rekja
2014 Typographica’s Favorite Typefaces of 2013, Rekja was selected as an honorable mention
2014 Typographica’s Favorite Typefaces of 2013, for Apeloig Type Library
2014 Typefacts Best Fonts of 2013, for Apeloig Type Library
2013 German Design Award, Nomination for Medien
2012 Granshan, International Type Design Competition, Latin Text typeface, Silver for Medien
2012 Type Directors Club Tokyo, Type Design, Selected to the Annual Book, for Rekja
2012 European Design Award, Original Typefaces, Bronze for Medien
2012 Type Directors Club New York, Certificate of Excellence in Type Design for Rekja

Articles & Publications
2018 Slanted No. 32, Dubai Issue, NN Rektorat
2018 Page Magazine August/2018, article about the development of NN Rektorat and the bespoke typeface for the Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich
2018 Novum Magazine, article about NN Rektorat
2018 Hochparterre 1-2/2018, article about the development of the typeface for the
Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich
2016 Is What I See What I Get? — Math & Optics in Type Design (Typographica)
2015 Fine + Dandy, some words on the ‘R’ from The New Yorker’s masthead, grafik.net
2015 Obscure Beauty, why I can’t get the ‘g’ of ABF Petit out of my mind., grafik.net
2015 European Design Award Annual 2015 Slanted Yearbook of Type II, Niggli Verlag
2014 Slanted No. 23, Swiss Issue, Apeloig Type Library
2013 Page Magazine, 2/2014, Making of Apeloig Type Library, Page 66-68
2013 Eye Magazine, Type Special, No. 86, Apeloig Type Library
2013 Typodarium, Verlag Hermann Schmidt
2013 Yearbook of Type I, Niggli Verlag
2012 Typodarium, Verlag Hermann Schmidt
2012 Japanese Typographic Association Journal, Interview

Talks, Teaching & Exhibitions

Talks
2018 ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale), Antwerp
2018 Typografische Gesellschaft München
2018 Typostammtisch, Zurich
2017 Fachhochschule Düsseldorf, class of Prof. Andreas Uebele
2015 Journée Romande de la Typographie, Nyon
2014 Projektraum Kassette, Zurich
2013 Tag der Schrift, Berufsschule für Gestaltung, Zurich
2013 Creative Mornings, Zurich
2013 Typografische Gesellschaft München, Munich
2012 Swiss Graphic Design Association, Basel

Teaching & Workshops
Zurich University of the Arts, ZHdK, CAS and MAS classes in Type Design www.zhdk.ch
2018 Zurich University of the Arts, Summer School, Workshop
2018 Museum für Gestaltung Zurich, Workshop

Exhibitions
2019 Museum für Gestaltung Zurich, Rektorat 25.1. – 14.4
2013 “Typorama” Philippe Apeloig, Apeloig Type Library, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

 

Contact

Nouvelle Noire GmbH
Typedesign and development
Adolf-Lüchinger-Strasse 97
8045 Zurich
Switzerland

info@nouvellenoire.ch