Jean-Baptiste Levée: biography (english)

Jean-Baptiste Levée (b. 1981) pursued an education in Visual Communication at the école Estienne. In 2002 he began studying type design on the DSAA (Advanced Typography) course under the guidance of tutors such as Franck Jalleau, Michel Derre & Margaret Gray. His interests currently extend from ligature systems and signage-oriented type design — all the way to traditional letterpress printing and related processes.

Upon leaving College, Jean-Baptiste Levée worked for Le Typophage, under whose direction he developed several corporate fonts, then leaving to establishing himself as a freelance designer, in 2005. Until 2009, Jean-Baptiste Levée has worked at the Porchez Typofonderie and equally as a freelance designer. Whilst continuing his work as a font developper, he specializes in lettering and logotype design and concurrently develops his own type designs. In 2010, he co-founds the Bureau des affaires typographiques, first French company for type design & distribution on the internet. The same year, his work enters the collections of the Lyon Printing Museum (France) and the Klingspor Museum in Offenbach (Germany).

Jean-Baptiste is the country delegate for France at ATypI and is copy editor & writer for, a collaborative type blog in French & the ATypI France online section.

He also is president of the association Zone Opaque, a fine arts-focused letterpress printshop which succeeds in combining the digital with traditional printing processes.

He is professor of typography at the University of Corte and at the Caen school of Arts & Media. He regularly gives workshops in graphic arts schools.

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