by Jean Alessandrini
In June 2019, during a meeting in his apartment located in Strasbourg, Jean Alessandrini (b. August 3rd of 1942 in Marseille, France) shared with us his passion for sci-fi drawings. Today, we are honored to present for the first time, in Diorama No.2, some of his, yet, unpublished designs. Emblematic graphic and type designer in France, Alessandrini is also a writer and a draftsman. His anachronistic and futuristic worlds inhabited by words reflect the vision of a technological and polyphonic future, rich from its cultural and historical hybridizations, far from the concept of unique and holistic vasarelian folklore.
As children of myths fostered by sci-fi, it was a great pleasure for us to share with Jean our research as well as the typographic video game in Mesh typeface that we developed for this issue. Echoing with his own practice, a collision between our two generations occurred and it gave birth to the design of his Typomondo. Our exchanges on common hopes for a world of fantasy and expressions are embodied in this book, where his words and ours intertwined, so that our dreams can live and be transmitted. We thank him warmly and are proud to have him as one of our contributors.