|The Décennie origins
Originally conceived for an Australian newspaper
that required a condensed body typeface, the Décennie
project took on a life of its own.
For the PC, it is one of the best-hinted families
available, taking into account growing web usage. Perhaps oddly,
it is slightly condensed, but Jack Yans own tests showed
that the roman and bold weights remained very legible despite
the lower resolution of the screen, and allowed for greater copyfittingnot
always a consideration for web designers.
Close up, outlines consist of curves and straight lines running
into each other, although at small sizes this is not evident.
The typeface family was released in December 1997, 10 years after
the founding of Jack Yan & Associates.
A family is born
In 2000, Yan designed the Décennie Titling,
partly inspired by Jean-François Porchezs Le Monde
Titrage created for the French daily. Previously, Jack Yan
had developed his first sans serif typeface for his own foundry,
although he had completed work on several others for clients.
Décennie Express has many of the traits of the original,
including the stroke contrast and even some characters (e, o,
t). The curves-meet-straights idea of the seriffed Décennie
is retained here and is more obvious. Like the original, screen
usage was a priority for the PC versions, although less so for
the Macintosh ones. It has since become one of JY&A Fonts
most popular families.