Xavier Dupre is a French-born type designer who has created original faces for FontFont and Emigre. Based in South-East Asia, has also designed Khmer language typefaces in Cambodia. Dupre believes ITC Mendoza roman to be the most beautiful French typeface of the 20th century, his favorite letterform being the lowercase ‘a’. “It has a strong impact and is well balanced,” he says, “very masculine and aggressive on the outer part of the counter with a dark bulge on the left part, a foot straight and deep in the ground but without any angles, all is rounded, feminine, the closed counter is quite informal.” José Mendoza y Almeida designed this family in 1990. The 3 weights have been drawn by hand. “A masterpiece,” he says.