Ian Party & Emmanuel Rey (Swiss Typefaces), Lausanne
Friday, 27 May, 5pm, Auditoire Leenaards, ECAL
Their passion is type design. Having studied graphic design at ECAL, Ian Party and Maxime Buechi founded Swiss Typefaces in 2003, a company that designs typefaces that can be purchased from their online shop. They create complete alphabetic character sets that are comprised of about 800 different signs, which in part are composed of upper and lower case letters along with numerals.
These two friends have known each other since their teenage years, 14 years old to be exact, they used to graffiti the streets of Lausanne together. Always knowing they wanted to be independent to create their art, they established themselves under the name B&P Typefoundry and gained some notoriety as a great force in the type design world when creating some custom typefaces for publications and companies like Vogue, L’Officiel, Esquire, SangBleu, Mugler and more recently SKY TV and the City of Stockholm.
As of 2011, Emmanuel Rey who also studied graphic design at ECAL joined the team and is now co-CEO and design director, with Ian Party. The company was renamed Swiss Typefaces the same year. These two designers now sit on the board of directors and oversee all affaires and creative decisions for the company.