About Raisonne

Raisonné is a contemporary sans-serif typeface, designed by Benjamin Critton over the course of several months during the summer of 2010. Its single weight—demibold—was drawn for use at all scales.

Raisonné was initially conceived as a typeface that would comprise the written portions of of a comprehensive catalogue raisonné, the creation and publishing of which is required of each MFA candidate in the Department of Graphic Design at the Yale School of Art.

The typeface is parodic-serious, intended to be a bit dumb, blunt, candid, affable—honest in the same way Modernism liked its materials. It pays homage here and there to noteworthy precedents, among them Rudolf Koch's Kabel, Sol Hess' Twentieth Century, Joseph Churchward's Crossbred, and Herb Lubalin's Avant Garde.

Raisonné is published with a full set of upper & lowercase letterforms, as well as a full latin character set and several stylistic alternates; it is distributed in OpenType format.