Orientation Collection

Typefaces are commonly used for applications beyond the typical screen and printed page, but it is less common that a typeface begins its life intended for a different medium. Orientation, a stencil typeface designed by Sandrine Nugue, was originally commissioned by Paris-based designer Thanh Phong Lê with the simple brief of creating a geometric typeface that could be fabricated as stencils for the wayfinding system of a new student housing building in Roubaix, France. Orientation was subsequently expanded to a full family of three weights and matching italics. As the weight range progresses from light to bold, the characters become increasingly abstract, even pushing the bounds of legibility, but in the context of words they are surprisingly readable.