Matthieu Cortat was born in 1982 in Delémont, Switzerland. He enrolled at the École d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL), where he studied typography with François Rappo and the founders of the Norm studio, Dimitri Bruni and Manuel Krebs. His final thesis was the creation of a typeface, Stockmar, a revival of a German Baroque font. As an intern at the Atelier national de Recherche typographique (ANRT) in Nancy, he was able to learn from Philippe Millot, Jean Widmer and, above all, Hans-Jürg Hunziker, and added three italic fonts to his Stockmar. Since 2007 he has been working in Lyon as a typographer and a graphic designer, working primarily for publishers.
"Typography is a public art, in the Latin sense of the term. Everyone may appropriate it”.
He has created the typeface Stuart, a contemporary Humanist face designed in several sizes, which is used as the body type for the magazine Le Tigre. Bonesana was designed for publications of the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon; it has an extremely wide register, which includes Greek, Cyrillic, and characters used to transliterate Arabic and Sanskrit. Henry, his latest creation, is a garalde based on personal research into the Garamond from the Deberny & Peignot type foundry. As a docent/lecturer at the Musée de l’imprimerie de Lyon, Matthieu Cortat created and researched, as part of a digitisation plan by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the "French Typographic Corpus", which catalogues all typefaces designed in France since 1850. He frequently lectures in national art schools (Amiens, Metz, Nancy, Bellecour, etc.) as well as at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon. He has published a number of articles in Revue suisse de l’Imprimerie, Azimuts, Étapes, and Ink.