Duration: I have been a freelance designer for four years.
Location: Paris, France.
Education: BFA in graphic design and MFA in art direction with a specialization in type design, École de Communication Visuelle, Paris, France.
Career path: Before entering university, I had no artistic background and had to start from scratch. I was actually studying biology at Université de Rennes 1 before I switched to design school. For the first two years, it wasn’t easy. Though I was the worst student in my class, I worked hard. My environment was a real motivator: my friends and my boyfriend are also graphic designers!
Artistic influences: Everything that inspires me predates my time! I have a very classical approach; my first references were old typefaces and specimens. I also find a lot of inspiration in old covers and book bindings.
Favorite projects: All my typefaces and editorial projects, which are what I prefer to design. For each project, I can take a week to design only one page of a book or two letters of a new typeface. I love to take my time designing something I can be proud of.
Work environment: I travel frequently. I have lived in Paris for seven years now, but as soon as I can, I want to return to my home in Normandy where I was born and raised, with a big garden by the sea. Nature fascinates me, and I find it so calming. However, I’m also torn between France and New York City. After the few months I spent with Paula Scher at Pentagram, all I want to do is go back there!
Aspirations: In the next five to ten years, I want to own my own studio in Brooklyn, where I can work with plenty of desire and passion.
Philosophy: Keep working a lot—all the time. Look carefully at things. Travel. Walk. Get inspired.