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Free Download: Jean-Luc typeface by Atelier Carvalho Bernau

Jean-Luc typeface

by Atelier Carvalho Bernau

Here is a great Christmas goody — the Jean-Luc typeface — a free download from Atelier Carvalho Bernau, an independent practice for graphic design, typography and typeface design, based in The Hague, The Netherlands. This font comes in multiple formats, including webfonts! Yes indeed, the .zip folder contains the font in the .otf, .svg, .eot, and .woff formats. So if you like getting sexy with your .css3 font embedding, you can use the Jean-Luc font on your next website. Better yet, use it in your own film titles in your next Jean-Luc rip-off or Breathless spoof. Be sure to read the .pdf license documentation in the .zip folder before doing any radical commercial/corporate work and branding, i.e., think twice if you’re planning on incorporating this font in your Pepsi re-branding strategy project.

Bon Anniversaire, Jean-Luc!

Our favourite director turns EIGHTY, and we want to celebrate (with) him, with everyone.

We were always in love with the title sequence lettering to Godard’smovies Made in U.S.A. and2 ou 3 choses que je sais d’elle. So as an hommage toJean-Luc, to the Nouvelle Vague, to Seberg, Karina,Faithfull & Cie., we present you our Jean-Luc typeface, as a birthday gift for everyone. Voilà!

We didn’t find out who originally made the lettering for these two movies. Some speculate it could have been Godard himself – Godard’s interest in graphic design and typography is clear, with many of his other films employing such strong typography-only titles and intertitles. They are almost a self-sufficient entity, another character in the movie, another comment.

This style of lettering is so interesting to us because it is such a clear renunciation of the “pretty”, classical title screens that were common in that time’s more conservative films. It has a more vernacular and brutishly low-brow character; this lettering comes from the street. — Atelier Carvalho Bernau

Download the typefaceDownload .pdf


The fonts can be embedded in other software files, such as Portable Document Format (PDF) or Flash files, but you will take all reasonable care to embed the fonts in such a way that they cannot be extracted from the files you create. Web-embedding is allowed under this licence with Cufon and sIFR, and with @font-face and CSS it is permitted using the .woff, .eot, the special version of the .otf and .svg fonts we provide (not with the normal .otf fonts), under the condition that following immediately under the @font-face declaration block of the CSS file, or under the javascript call statements of your web pages, or equivalent, you append this text as a comment in the source code:

“The Jean-Luc typeface was designed and made by Atelier Carvalho Bernau on the occasion of the 80th birthday of Jean-Luc Godard. It is available free of charge from http://www.carvalho-bernau.com/jlg/.”

Jean-Luc typeface Copyright © 2010 Atelier Carvalho Bernau

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