May 4, 2010
I'm proud to announce the released of Harfang, my most recent typeface family. This second typeface — ITC Migration Sans was the first one —, was created with the invaluable advice of Xavier Dupré, Chris Lozos and of course Rod Cavazos (PSY/OPS Type Foundry).
My goal for Harfang was to create a serif typeface that would be easy to read at text sizes, while having a strong personality at larger sizes. The initial design had a purely rounded style, but with each development pass I introduced some angularity. The final result is a typeface that is easy to read in long texts, advertising copy, annual reports and the like; but one that also provides a crisp and stylish appeal in more prominent display settings. I chose the name Harfang (Harfang des neiges — Snowy Owl or Great White Owl) because after my first typeface, Migration, I wanted something with a thematic relation. On a more personal level, Harfang is the avian emblem of Québec and recalls the long winters and the breathtaking white landscapes of the place I call home, Abitibi.
Finally, many thanks to my wife Constance and my daughter Jade. —André Simard