Jean-François Rey was born in december 1975. He entered the Superior Art School in Amiens in the early 1990s, at a time when digital design tools were becoming more widely accessible and their use common in a number of creative fields. (…) He was still a student when, in 1997, his work entered the catalogue of the canadian foundry 2rebels (founded by Denis dulude & Fabrizio Gilardino) with Kidy & Freysk typefaces. (…) His first foray into the field of lettering for comic strips was in 2000, when he was contacted by Éditions Cornélius, who were looking to produce adaptations of that countercultural monument, Robert Crumb, in a way that was as rigorous and as respectful as possible. Over the years, he has worked with many authors & publishers, commissioning him y to develop new typefaces or improving existing ones.
Excerpt from “LSD 02 – A Typographic Issue” with a focus on the work of the font designer Jean-François Rey and his 2020 exhibition “Typography and comics” at Le Signe, Centre National du Graphisme, France (Published by Le Signe Design and les presses du réel, 2021, Bilingual, French-English).