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The Atelier national de recherche typographique

When Thu 18 Sep 1215
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Who Thomas Huot-Marchand

The Atelier National de Recherche Typographique (ANRT) was created in 1985 with the aim to ‘contribute to the development of type design and typography’. Originally established at the Imprimerie Nationale, and later in the Ensad Paris, the ANRT is now based in Nancy. Directed by Peter Keller from 1990 to 2006, it has trained about one hundred researchers, contributing to the dissemination of French type design and typography, and to the structuring of typographical education in schools of art and design. After a pause of 6 years, the ANRT has reopened in 2012 with a new academic project, a new teaching staff and a new director, Thomas Huot-Marchand. Six research grants are allocated every year: 4 for individual projects, and 2 for research programmes conducted in collaboration with partner laboratories. The first programmme concern the development of an extended phonetic typeface for the digitisation of a highly complex gallo-roman lexicon, with a leading laboratory in linguistic research (ATILF) The second one explore, with mathematicians and engineers specialized in image analysis (LORIA), the effectiness of a set of algorithms in defining the geometrical properties of letterforms’ outlines in an OCR process. This talk could be divided in two parts: the presentation of the history of the ANRT (1985-2006) and the new project, with the first results of the reasearch programmes, with a focus on the interdisciplinary approach.

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