In 2018 and 2019, research residency by the graphic designers Charles Mazé & Coline Sunier.
To conceive CRAC Alsace's graphic design and writing system, Charles Mazé & Coline Sunier designed the Waggis typeface. A prominent figure of the Basel Carnival, the Waggis is a caricature of an Alsatian peasant. The Waggis typeface is composed of two versions (roman and cursive) that cohabit and bear witness to Alsace’s geographical situation as a territory occupied in turn by Germany and France. This polarizing situation was particularly tangible in the 19th and early 20th century, as evidenced by the simultaneous use of Roman and Gothic alphabets in text written by the same hand with the same tool. A former Gymnasium then a high school, the building that hosts CRAC Alsace was once a place of learning where students successively wrote in German and in French, and where the various writing models in use from one period to another were the expression of a political domination exercised through language.
Coline Sunier & Charles Mazé are graphic designers and typographers. Between 2008 and 2018 they lived and worked in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy, and are now based in Marseille and Paris. They were residents at French Academy in Rome—Villa Medici in 2014-2015 and are currently graphic designers in residence at CAC Brétigny and CRAC Alsace. Coline Sunier teaches at institut supérieur des arts de Toulouse (isdaT). Charles Mazé teaches at Atelier National de Recherche Typographique (ANRT) in Nancy. They are co-founders of the editorial platform <o> future <o>.