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Designed by Franck Jalleau, Scripto is the fruit of a work on gesture and its resulting trace, along with the research on new rhythms. It steers away from usual cursive typefaces through bold and radical choices.
As a reaction to statism of typography, the dynamics and freedom of handwriting are a vast field of research to typeface designers. Franck Jalleau designed Scripto as a mean to address those ancient concerns by unubiquituous proposals. Scripto is the fruit of a work on gesture and its resulting trace, along with the research on new rhythms. It steers away from usual cursive typefaces and takes some liberty in that respect: in Scripto, slope angle is not steady, instead it features a great variety of shapes, steepness angles and counterangles. The silhouette of each word is made by assembling characters with different energies and slopes.
In order to create a rich and lively pace, characters are not systematically ligatured. Many so-called ligatures in Scripto are born from the plain connection of characters and their respective shape designs. However, a few rare characters, combined or doubled, have been ligatured to emphasize animation and differences in the setting.
Scripto is a contemporary typographic writing, vivid and brisk reflecting its author's personality. It is also a timeless typeface that has its roots and influences in some of Antique Rome cursive alphabets.
A charming demonstration of Franck Jalleau's skills, Scripto is meant for display copy or short texts.
Initially designed in 1996, the typeface was awarded a first prize at the Morisawa competition.