Rémi Volclair’s type designs are charged with an irresistible playfulness
Remi fell in love with typography and hasn’t stopped experimenting since. Here, we find out how his ever-evolving practice is influenced by the things around him.
- Roz Jones
- 6 December 2022
What better experience could there be for a designer than to play around with the alphabet, the wellspring of modern communication? We know that experimental designer Rémi Volclair certainly agrees. Wonderstruck and intrigued by the “colours and contrasting fonts” on event posters, Rémi says he applied for his local art school on a whim. Still brimming with excitement for the craft, the nomadic artist now produces custom typefaces and displays them in electric compositions.
Starting with the letter E or sometimes R – depending on how he’s feeling – Remi hand draws the shapes. He elaborates on that shape until it resembles every other character. The shape, like his practice, constantly evolves, mooring only for a short time. “Recently I have been inspired by surrealism,” he says. But he still finds himself returning to David Rudnick’s intricate designs and the work of Amsterdam-based designer Johnathan Castro. “Favourite projects for me are those that allow me to keep learning and evolving; work that stretches me and allows my artistry to continue developing,” he tells It’ Nice That.
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About the Author
Roz (he/him) joined It’s Nice That for three months as an editorial assistant in October 2022 after graduating from Magazine Journalism and Publishing at London College of Communication. He’s particularly interested in publications, archives and multi-media design.