Philippe Apeloig

Philippe Apeloig was born in Paris in 1962. He studied graphic design at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués "Dupéré" and the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (Ensad). He was an intern at Total Design in Amsterdam before moving to Los Angeles to work with April Greiman. He set up his own design studio in Paris in 1989, working basically in the cultural domain. His clients have included the Carré d’Art de Nîmes, Culturesfrance, the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA), the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme, the Musée du Louvre, the Musée Rodin, the Théâtre du Châtelet, etc. What sets him apart is his renewed use of lettering and his original typeface designs, which are very geometric in nature, and which play with visibility particularly in the register of the poster.

"Due to its perfection and the fact that every aspect has been so well studied, Garamond is difficult to surpass."

His artistic approach to graphic design and typography earned him a fellowship at the Villa Médicis in 1995, where he worked on type design. He has won awards at many festivals both in France and abroad, and regularly exhibits his work. His creations have been acquired by international cultural institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art. Apeloig taught typography at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris until 1998, and at Cooper Union in New York until 2002, and he lectures at schools around the world. He has worked for a number of French publishers, including La Martinière, Phaidon, Le serpent à plumes and Robert Laffont. For NiL éditions, he created the collection "Exquis d'écrivains", starting in 2007, which celebrates Matthiew Carter's Galliard typeface.