Production Type is operated by French type designer Jean-Baptiste Levée who is a board member and the country delegate for France at ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale) alongside teaching at Amiens school of Arts & Design and at the University of Corte and fulfilling the role as columnist and editor for Pointypo.com. Production Type is a digital type foundry based in Paris which produces a range of typefaces for brands and publications — their work can be seen in both print and online.
It’s not just Jean-Baptiste Levée who keeps this type foundry running, there’s a whole team of skilled designers behind this typographic force — Yoann Minet, Sandra Carrera, Yohanna My Nguyen, Emmanuel Besse, Mathieu Réguer and Loic Sander, who all have skills ranging from stone carving to graphic design, teaching and editorial. It’s this breath in skills that set Production Type out from the crowd.
They very kindly sent us a copy of their latest type specimen, Gemeli Micro which includes “a very small history of very small types”, an essay by historian Sébastien Morlighem: a study about the origins of microscopic types. It is beautifully designed by Julien Lelièvre and printed in France using dual color printing, saddle-stich binding, perforation on Arctic The Volume 120gsm paper and a 350gsm grey cardboard insert. Very nice indeed — see the images below.