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Nouvelle Noire is a type design and development studio based in Zurich, Switzerland. Working in a traditional way, we design type with an emphasis on modern technique and technical options. All of our designs are developed with the awareness of type history in unison with a forward thinking vision of contemporary visual strength.

Staff & Designers

Permanent staff

Anton Studer
After graduating in graphic design in 2006 he started his first type project at the CAS Type Design at the Zurich University of the Arts, ZHdK. In 2009, he worked on a type project with André Baldinger in Paris and started his studies in the ‘Master of Advanced Studies in Type Design’ programme at ZHdK, which he successfully completed in 2011. From 2012 to 2015 he was working as teaching assistant at the University of the Arts Zurich where he is staff member since 2015. His typeface designs were rewarded with numerous prestigious international prizes such as the Type Directors Club New York. Besides a life dedicated to designing and drawing letters, he is a passionate cyclist and gardener.

Clovis Vallois
studied in visual communication in Freiburg, Germany. In 2008 he completed the CAS Type Design at the Zurich University of the Arts. 2011 he co-founded Nouvelle Noire GmbH with Anton Studer. Between 2012 and 2013 he was a designer in the architecture office Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris. He worked on the design development of the signage system (in cooperation with Studio Apeloig) for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Between 2015 and 2018 he was teaching assistant at the Zurich University of the Arts in Type Design and Typography. He worked in the Graphic Design Collection of the Museum für Gestaltung Zurich and dedicates most of his time to this beautiful Foundry. Clovis holds an MA by Research in Type Design from the University of Reading (UK). His thesis focussed on “Early Roman Types in Basel 1468–1500”.

External designers

Philippe Apeloig, Studio Apeloig, www.apeloig.com
Born in 1962, Philippe Apeloig studied arts in Paris. After two internships at Total Design in Amsterdam, he became Graphic Designer for the Musée d’Orsay in 1985. In 1987, he moved to Los Angeles to work with April Greiman. In 1993, he was granted a fellowship for the Villa Medici, where he created typefaces for the first time, and won the Tokyo Type Director Club’s Gold Award. He taught in Paris, at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, and was the curator of the Lubalin Study Center for Design and Typography. In 2009, he won the Overall Prize at the International Society of Typographic Designers Award in London. In 2013 and 2015, two majors retrospectives are held: ‘Typorama’ at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and ‘Using Type’ at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Amongst others, he designed Hermès Slim watch’s numbers; bespoke typefaces and the visual identity for Issey Miyake’s new 2017 seasonal perfumes; compositions for Manufacture de Sèvres’ porcelain pieces; Marrakech Yves Saint Laurent Museum’s logo.

Prof. Rudolf Barmettler
R. Barmettler is a long-standing faculty member of the Department of Visual Communication at the Zurich University of the Arts, ZHdK. He was head of the Department of Visual Communication from 1999 to 2008. Rudolf Barmettler studied in Graphic Design at the Lucerne School of Arts and Crafts, afterwards he completed an internship at Pentagram Design in Zurich. Upon graduating, R. Barmettler carried out several research projects together with Hans-Rudolf Lutz. Later he worked in Paris in the design studio of Jean Widmer. R. Barmettler taught as an assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, in the Department of Architecture. Later he graduated in documentary film at the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film (University for Film and Television) in Munich. Since 2005 he is the head of the CAS/MAS Type Design and Typography at the Zurich University of the Arts. He is an expert in type history www.swisstypedesign.ch, fine typography and layout. He also teaches evening classes in his letterpress workshop in Zurich.

Arnaud Chemin, www.arnaudchemin.com
Arnaud Chemin is a young emergent French type designer. Born in 1994, he started studying design in 2009, attending the applied Arts courses in Reims. In 2012 Arnaud moved to Paris, where he was formed as a print graphic designer. These initial studies led to a bachelor’s degree from the ÉSAD Amiens in 2018, where he delved into interactive media and typography. In 2019, he completed an MA in type design at ÉCAL in Lausanne. In 2020, he graduated from the Type and Media master’s degree program at the KABK in The Hague. While studying, Arnaud worked as an intern for Typofonderie under the guidance of Jean-François Porchez. He also worked for Black[Foundry], where he was involved in custom type design projects. To this date, he maintains an author’s practice by publishing retail projects such as Didot Modern. As an independent type designer, Arnaud is quite critical regarding his work and places quality over quantity, no matter the time required. Besides designing typefaces, Arnaud occasionally teaches calligraphy and layout design, or gives lectures at type design conferences.

Marc Droz, Dreh GmbH, www.dreh-gmbh.ch
Marc Droz lives and works in Zurich. In 1989 he completed his apprenticeship as a graphic designer in the Studio U. Hiestand. From 1990–2011 he ran his own studio and worked in the field of print- and motion design as well as architectural visualization. 2011 he graduated in CAS Type Design at the Zurich University of the Arts, ZHdK. In 2011 he founded with Regula Ehrliholzer the graphic design studio ‘dreh gmbh – bureau for professional deformation’. In 2015 Marc Droz received the European Design Award, Bronze, for his typeface Colroy.

Jost Hochuli, www.vgs-sg.ch
Jost Hochuli (born in 1933) in St.Gallen (CH). Apprenticeship between 1955-1958 as a typesetter. Since 1959 own studio for graphic design with a focus on institutional and book design in St.Gallen. 1979 Hochuli co-founds the VGS (Verlagsgenossenschaft St.Gallen) a small co-operatively run publishing company where he was president for 25 years and worked as a designer for 30 years. From 1967-1996 Jost Hochuli was a part-time teacher for writing and lettering at the school for Arts and Crafts in Zurich and St.Gallen. In Zurich, he succeeded his former teacher Walter Käch, a Swiss master calligrapher and typographer.
1988 appointment as professor for typography at the University Essen, Germany – non-acceptance of the appeal. Various exhibitions in Switzerland and abroad. Numerous publications, of which the most famous title The detail in Typography is available in 17 languages.
Hochuli was awarded numerous prestigious international prizes: Icograda honorary prize at the International Book Art exhibition IBA 1989 in Leipzig, Gutenberg Prize of the city of Leipzig 1999, Jan Tschichold Prize of the Federal Department of Home Affairs.
He designed numerous award-winning books awarded at the Most beautiful Swiss Books and Best Book Design from all over the world competitions.
He is a Honorary member of the Double Crown Club, London and Senator of the International Gutenberg Society, Mainz. Further he is a Honorary Fellow of the International Society of Typographic Designers, London (HonFISTD).

Roland Stieger, TGG, www.tgg.ch
Roland Stieger grew up in Kobelwald (CH). Apprenticeship as typesetter at the ‘Rheintalische Volkszeitung’, Altstätten (CH). Subsequent training as a typographic designer with Jost Hochuli and Max Koller. 1993 foundation of the design studio TGG Hafen Senn Stieger together with Dominik Hafen and Bernhard Senn with focus on typography and book design. Further expansion of the field of activity to exhibition design, signage systems, corporate design and interactive media. TGG works for corporate clients as well as for cultural institutions. 2008-2010 Certificate of Advanced Studies in Type Design, Zurich University of the Arts. Together with Jost Hochuli and Jonas Niedermann design of the typeface Allegra.

Awards & Publications

2018 Typographica’s Favorite Typefaces of 2018, for Rektorat
2015 European Design Award, Bronze, for Colroy
2015 German Design Award, Winner, for Apeloig Type Library
2014 Joseph Binder Award, Bronze, for Rekja
2014 Typographica’s Favorite Typefaces of 2013, Rekja was selected as an honorable mention
2014 Typographica’s Favorite Typefaces of 2013, for Apeloig Type Library
2014 Typefacts Best Fonts of 2013, for Apeloig Type Library
2013 German Design Award, Nomination for Medien
2012 Granshan, International Type Design Competition, Latin Text typeface, Silver for Medien
2012 Type Directors Club Tokyo, Type Design, Selected to the Annual Book, for Rekja
2012 European Design Award, Original Typefaces, Bronze for Medien
2012 Type Directors Club New York, Certificate of Excellence in Type Design for Rekja

Articles & Publications

2021 Grafik Magazin about the type siblings NN Alena and NN Allegra, by Jost Hochuli and Roland Stieger (TGG)
2020 Novum – World of Graphic Design 10.2020 notes about the release of NN Nouvelle Grotesk
2020 AIGA Eye on Design, TypeTuesday, Do We Really Need Another Grotesque? The Answer’s in the Details
2019 Eye Magazine No. 98, NN Rektorat and the custom version for the Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich. See preview here
2018 It’s Nice That, Rektorat: a type family adapted from letterings discovered during a renovation
2018 Slanted No. 32, Dubai Issue, NN Rektorat
2018 Page Magazine, NN Rektorat
2018 Novum — Word of Graphic Design, About the Release of the typefamily NN Rektorat
2018 Hochparterre about the development of the custom typeface for the Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich
2016 Is What I See What I Get? — Math & Optics in Type Design (Typographica)
2015 Fine + Dandy, some words on the ‘R’ from The New Yorker’s masthead, grafik.net
2015 Obscure Beauty, why I can’t get the ‘g’ of ABF Petit out of my mind., grafik.net
2015 European Design Award Annual 2015 Slanted Yearbook of Type II, Niggli Verlag
2014 Slanted No. 23, Swiss Issue, Apeloig Type Library
2013 Page Magazine, 2/2014, Making of Apeloig Type Library, Page 66-68
2013 Eye Magazine, Type Special, No. 86, Apeloig Type Library
2013 Typodarium, Verlag Hermann Schmidt
2013 Yearbook of Type I, Niggli Verlag
2012 Typodarium, Verlag Hermann Schmidt
2012 Japanese Typographic Association Journal, Interview

Talks, Teaching & Exhibitions

2019 Tÿpo St. Gallen
2018 ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale), Antwerp
2018 Typografische Gesellschaft München
2018 Typostammtisch, Zurich
2017 Fachhochschule Düsseldorf, class of Prof. Andreas Uebele
2015 Journée Romande de la Typographie, Nyon
2014 Projektraum Kassette, Zurich
2013 Tag der Schrift, Berufsschule für Gestaltung, Zurich
2013 Creative Mornings, Zurich
2013 Typografische Gesellschaft München, Munich
2012 Swiss Graphic Design Association, Basel

Teaching & Workshops
2022 FHNW, Institut Architektur Masterstudiengang, Type Design Workshop
2019 Zurich University of the Arts, Summer School, Type Design Workshop
Zurich University of the Arts, ZHdK, CAS and MAS classes in Type Design www.zhdk.ch
2018 Zurich University of the Arts, Summer School, Workshop
2018 Museum für Gestaltung Zurich, Workshop

2019 Museum für Gestaltung Zurich, Rektorat 25.1. – 14.4.2019
2013 “Typorama” Philippe Apeloig, Apeloig Type Library, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris



Nouvelle Noire GmbH
c/o Clovis Vallois
Amerbachstrasse 18
4057 Basel

Nouvelle Noire GmbH
Adolf-Lüchinger-Strasse 97
8045 Zurich