Jean-Baptiste Levée was born in 1981, and studied visual communication at the École Estienne before switching over to type design, where he learned from Franck Jalleau, Michel Derre and Margaret Gray. His research has dealt with ligature systems and the use of letters in signage, and he has maintained a strong interest in traditional printing techniques. He began his professional career working in Christophe Badani's workshop (Le Typophage), studio where he developed several visual identity characters. He set up on his own studio in 2005, and worked with Jean-François Porchez at Typofonderie. At the same time as he works a font developer, he specialises in creating lettering and logos. He also studies historical typefaces, such as Acier de Cassandre and pure contemporary creations. In 2010, he joined the Bureau des Affaires Typographiques, the leading French firm for the creation and Internet-based distribution of typefaces. The same year, the musée de l’Imprimerie de Lyon and the Klingspor Museum in Offenbach (Germany) acquired his creations for their collections.
"Garamond is an idea, a concept."
Jean-Baptiste Levée is a French delegate to the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI). He is chair of the Zone Opaque association, a collective of traditional and digital printers, and a member of Rencontres de Lure and the Graphê association for the promotion of typographic art, among others. He is a research director at the Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Corte and lectures in typography at the École supérieure d’Arts et Médias de Caen (Esam); he offers workshops at various art schools on a regular basis.