SpMillot ( Philippe Millot), was born in 1968 in Angola. He lives and works in Paris.
After studying art at l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Nancy, Millot attended the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris, with teachers such as Peter Keller, Rudi Meyer, and Jean Widmer. He then taught typography at l’École supérieure d’art et de design d’Amiens. Millot started his work as an independent graphic designer in 1992, with Radio France as one of his first clients, for which he designed catalogues, posters, and recreated a whole graphic line, from 1992 to 2003. He also worked extensively for Centre Georges Pompidou, la Maison de Victor Hugo and éditions Cent pages.
In 1999, Millot became a teacher at L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD), within the graphic design and the multimedia departments. From 2000 to 2006, he participated in L’Atelier national de recherche typographique (ANRT).
Since 2000 he has been a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and signs his creations SPMillot. In 2009, Millot completed a one-year residence at the Villa Medicis. In 2012, le Centre National des Arts Plastiques acquired a set of 93 objects (end structures and models) created by the graphic designer.
He was selected, in 2006, to participate in the exhibition La Force de l’Art, presenting young talents at the Grand Palais, and has received numerous awards over the years: International Typographic Awards (1996, London), winner of the contest for the most beautiful French books (2007, 2008 Paris), bronze medal contest for the most beautiful books in the world (2007, 2008, Leipzig), and Prix de la Nuit du Livre (2008, Paris).
Millot says that his work is strongly influenced by the French graphic book clubs of the ‘50s and ‘70s (Pierre Faucheux, Robert Massin, Daniel Jacques). His style combines the rigor of typographic construction with an almost surreal sensibility.