Font Designer – Jean-Renaud Cuaz

The French designer Jean-Renaud Cuaz (born 1959) created the Fonts ITC Cerigo™ (1993) and ITC Ellipse™ (1996).

ITC Cerigo is the result of a challenge which Jean-Renaud Cuaz set for himself: to create a typeface with the grace of Renaissance calligraphy but different from the numerous Chancery scripts. He calls Cerigo a ’vertical italic’ and based it on 15th century calligraphic forms. The weights are carefully designed to complement each other and are made more flexible by a number of italic swash capitals. The flexible ITC Cerigo is suitable for both text and display.

For the design of ITC Ellipse, Jean-Renaud Cuaz used his special knowledge in visual identity programs combining graphic and typographic design. Cuaz contends that the ellipse has become prevalent in current design as a result of software which makes it possible to manipulate circular forms. ITC Ellipse is an excellent display typeface whose classical structure and proportions make it flexible enough for a variety of applications.
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