Maxeville

Background Information

Maxeville is a neo-grotesk typeface with geometric properties, inspired by the visual language that accompanied art and design movements from the early 20th century, such as De Stijl (The Netherlands) and Union des Artistes Modernes (France). Concentrating on the work of Gerrit Rietveld and Jean Prouvé.

The origins of Maxeville lie with a poster design for a lecture about Gerrit Rietveld. Where constructed type - as a modern reinterpretation of the typographic work from fellow Stijl member Bart van der Leck - seemed like an appropriate representation of Rietveld's work.

The font family refers to the area where the French designer and architect Jean Prouvé built his factory; the Maxéville Design Office. Construct is a reference to 'Constructeur, Jean Prouvé' and the manual 'How to Construct Rietveld Furniture'. As Maxeville's characters are supposed to appear constructed, rather than a stenciled font. Not all characters are opened up like you would find with most stencil fonts, some characters are built with closed shapes.

Maxeville Family (14 Fonts)
Sans-Serif. Original Release 2017
Ver. 2.0 Release 27.01.2021
Designer Mark Niemeijer

Maxeville is designed by Mark Niemeijer, as an Open Studio project. Starting in 2014, V.1 (SM Maxéville) was released in 2017 and V.2 (Maxeville) in 2021. The Maxeville Family contains 14 fonts; Maxeville Tekst, Tekst, Regular, Bold, Construct, Bold Construct with corresponding italics. Additional to the regular styles Maxeville Mono consists of Regular, Bold, Construct and Bold Construct.

Language Support

Afrikaans, Albanian, Basque, Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Faroese, Filippino, Finnish, French, Frisian, Friulian, Gaelic, German, Greenlandic, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Kinyarwanda, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Māori, Montenegrin, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh Western Frysian, Zulu and more.

Additional Information

Maxeville is a neo-grotesk typeface with geometric properties, inspired by the visual language that accompanied art and design movements from the early 20th century, such as De Stijl (The Netherlands) and Union des Artistes Modernes (France).

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