Despite showing early prowess in calligraphy, Jean-Renaud Cuaz studied for a degree in sciences. This was swiftly followed by study at the Supérieure d'Arts Graphiques in Paris, one of France's top design schools. He also attended the Atelier National de Création Typographique in Paris, where he studied under eminent French designers Ladislas Mandel and José Mendoza.
He published his first typeface in 1985 and since has created more than 25, including ITC Cerigo and ITC Ellipse. Cerigo is the result of a challenge that Cuaz set himself: to create a typeface with the grace of Renaissance calligraphy but different to the Chancery scripts. In 2001 he won a prize for Stancia in the Bukva:raz! competition, run by the Association Typographique Internationale to celebrate the United Nations Year of Dialogue among Civilisations. Currently, he is director of design studio, Setori.
[LC, November 2009]