THE VOGUE COMPANY (December 17, 1892)
Quality & Modesty
Henri II Estienne (1528–1598), fils de Robert, est l’imprimeur le plus célèbre de la famille.
La familia ilustre de la “typographie parisienne” imprime en Ginebra.
My brand had quite a coincidental beginning – it started out with a small thrift store find in a summer vacation; a childrens loom. After some months of trying it out, this was replaced by a bigger loom on which I could create a variety of textiles to use in making different pieces of clothing.
Cette boutade de charles-maurice de talleyrand, rappelée par le professeur Paul Guichonnet dans l’introduction de son Histoire de Genève, exprime bien le destin exceptionnel de la cité. ville-etat repliée sur un territoire aux dimensions exiguës, dépourvue d’arrière-pays, de la puissance démographique et de la force matérielle ou militaire qui font une grande capitale, Genève a su se hisser parmi les métropoles les plus connues au monde. Cette évolution est bien le résultat de son histoire singulière, mais aussi de l’ouverture d’esprit dont ses habitants ont généralement fait preuve. Genève rayonne aussi par son prestige intellectuel, par la qualité de son université et de ses centres de recherches, notamment dans les domaines de la médecine et des sciences de la vie. Grand centre marchand depuis le moyen age, la ville-etat, devenue canton Suisse, s’est progressivement convertie en un lieu d’implantation attractif pour les sociétés multinationales, en raison notamment du cosmopolitisme de sa population et de la qualité de la vie sur les bords du Léman et les rives du Rhône.
The first volumes of the 28-volume set were released in June 1972, and the last in 1975. The set is organized as follows: 20 volumes of comprehensive articles, 6 volumes that constitute a Reference Guide (designed to give the reader essential details in brief form), one volume devoted to the comprehensive General Index, and a one-volume Reader’s Guide devoted to bibliographies arranged according to subject and to selected-reading lists and instructions for individual study. The Buritanika Kokusai Daihyakka-jiten makes extensive use of the materials in Encyclopædia Britannica, supplementing these with articles of specifically Japanese interest. The modern encyclopedia was developed from the dictionary in the 18th century. Historically, both encyclopedias and dictionaries have been researched and written by well-educated, well-informed content experts, but they are significantly different in structure. A dictionary is a linguistic work which primarily focuses on alphabetical listing of words and their definitions. Synonymous words and those related by the subject matter are to be found scattered around the dictionary, giving no obvious place for in-depth treatment. Thus, a dictionary typically provides limited information, analysis or background for the word defined. While it may offer a definition, it may leave the reader lacking in understanding the meaning, significance or limitation of a term, and how the term relates to a broader field of knowledge. The most important source is perception, which refers to the usage of the five senses. Many theorists also include introspection as a source of knowledge, not of external physical objects, but of one's own mental states. Other sources often discussed include memory, rational intuition, inference, and testimony. According to foundationalism, some of these sources are basic in the sense that they can justify beliefs without depending on other mental states. This claim is rejected by coherentists, who contend that a sufficient degree of coherence among all the mental states of the believer is necessary for knowledge. Many different aspects of knowledge are investigated and it plays a role in various disciplines. It is the primary subject of the field of epistemology, which studies what we know, how we come to know it, and what it means to know something. The problem of the value of knowledge concerns the question of why knowledge is more valuable than mere true belief. Philosophical skepticism is the controversial thesis that we lack any form of knowledge or that knowledge is impossible. Formal epistemology studies, among other things, the rules governing how knowledge and related states behave and in what relations they stand to each other. Science tries to acquire knowledge using the scientific method, which is based on repeatable experimentation, observation, and measurement. Many religions hold that humans should seek knowledge and that God or the divine is the source of knowledge.

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Specimen for Thesaurus

Thesaurus was inspired by the typographic history of the city of Geneva, based on the metal types that Robert Estienne brought from Paris, and which were used by his son, Henri II Estienne, for printing the famous book Thesaurus Græcæ Linguæ in 1572.

This typeface blends the particular features of the original metal types used by the Estienne family with contemporary characteristics such as a large x-height, narrower forms and increased modulation. Unlike the original types that inspired it, Thesaurus grew to become a super-family of 16 fonts, which comes in four weights and two optical sizes (Text and Display). The result is a versatile typeface with a rational flavour, with one foot in the past and one in the present.

Thesaurus received the Gold Award (first prize) at the European Design Awards 2018 and the Gold Award & Best Project of Category at the Latin American Design Awards 2019. It was one of four projects (of 444) awarded the Mention of Excellence at the 8th Latin-American Type-Design Biennial by Tipos Latinos (TL8). It was also awarded Gold in the Graphis Type 4: Typeface Design Competition.

Thesaurus was originally published by Typotheque in January 2017. Now, it is distributed exclusively by Fuerte, under a new license model and with a new character set.

To find out more about the origin and development of Thesaurus, see the article Fermin wrote for Typotheque – here.






Fermín Guerrero

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