ITC Matisse

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About ITC Matisse Font
ITC Matisse was born out of an editorial layout that Gregory Gray was designing for Madame Figaro~ a supplement to the Figaro newspaper published in Paris. While working on a special issue featuring the work of Matisse~ Gray fashioned his typeface out of paper with an X-Acto knife~ and then scanned these cut-outs into a computer. While Gray does all the calligraphy for captions in Madame Figaro~ this was his first full typeface design. Like the Matisse cut-outs on which this typeface is based~ ITC Matisse seems to dance along the page. Gray included many alternate characters for letters that lend themselves to several versions. The spirit of this type design also comes in part from Gray’s passion for African art~ with its extreme contrasts from flat areas to protruding surfaces. Gray envisions ITC Matisse for offbeat display uses~ as initial caps~ or for music-related designs projects like CD covers.