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Type design in France

[Illustration by Georges Wolinski, the Charlie Hebdo illustrator murdered on January 7, 2015]


123 Buero
[Timo Gaessner]

123 Buero is Timo Gaessner's graphic design studio, est. 2002 in Berlin. Gaessner studied at the Kunstacademie in Maastricht, at the University of Arts, Berlin, and at G. Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. He was a founding member of Balcony Magazine in Paris in 2001. His typefaces include 123Naiv (2004), 123Queen (2004), 123Sweater (2005), 123Julia (2001). All of these are characterized by minimalist shapes. Fonts like 123Naiv can also be bought at Die Gestalten. Free font: Naiv-Fat (2007). Since 2010, partner with Alexander Meyer in Milieu Grotesque. At MilieuGrotesque (or: Meyer&Gässner, Zurich), his fonts Maison (2010, grotesque family) and Chapeau (2010, rounded) can be bought.

In 2014, Timo designed Patron at Milieu Grotesque, a typeface inspired by type designers Günther Gerhard Lange and Roger Excoffon. [Google] [More]  ⦿

205 Corp (or: 205tf)

French type foundry with headquarters in Lyon that sells typefaces made by French type designers Matthieu Cortat, Roxane Gataud, Damien Gautier, Thomas Huot-Marchand, Yoann Minet, and Alice Savoie. These include:

  • Matthieu Cortat: Petit Serif, Louize (+Display), Henry, Helvetius, Stuart, Basetica, Stockmar, Brett, Cosimo, Battling, Anacharsis, Bonesana, Chrysaora.
  • Roxane Gataud:
  • Damien Gautier: Heliuum, Maax (+Display, Rounded, Raw, Mono), La Chaufferie, Robin, Plaak, Le Beaune, Caporal, Colonel, Amiral, Beretta (Sans, Serif).
  • Thomas Huot-Marchand: Minérale, Minuscule, Garaje, Album Sans, Album Slab.
  • Yoann Minet: Clifton.
  • Alice Savoie:
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[Thomas Huot-Marchand]

256tm is the foundry of Besançon, France-based designer Thomas Huot-Marchand (b. Dole, France, 1977). He studied under Peter Keller at the ANRT in Nancy, and teaches at the École d'Art de Besançon. He has been Director the Atelier national de recherche typographique (ANRT) in Nancy since 2012.

His typefaces are distributed by 205tf (was: 205 Corp, or 256tm):

  • The 72-weight Garaje (from Garaje 55 to Garaje 100; Garaje 53 Unicase Black is free).
  • Minuscule. A ten style family for small print, which won an award at the TDC2 2005 type competition. In Comedia he writes about legibility and the creation of Miniscule, which was optimized to be read at 2 to 6 points. His research for this at the ANRT was based on the theory of "compact typography" put forth by Emile Javal, a French ophtalmologist who explained his ideas in "Physiologie de la lecture et de l'écriture" (1905). For examples, see here and here.
  • The experimental typeface Minerale (2017). Minerale won an award at the Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition 2019.
  • In 2021, he released Album Sans and Album Slab. These fonts were based on designs by Walbaum. He explains: Justus Erich Walbaum (1768-1837), a confectioner by trade, carved his own cake molds. Quite gifted, he became a specialist, developing an activity as a punch-cutter, and eventually bought Ernst Wilhelm Kirschner’s type foundry. Considered to be one of the foremost creators of his time, he engraved gothic letters and Antiqua type, similar to those of Didot and Bodoni. But his romans had a different flavor, and for some, they contain the origins of the Grotesques that followed. In 2010, Thomas Huot-Marchand and SPMillot were asked to develop the typographic identity of the Musée d'Orsay that had been based on Berthold Walbaum since its very beginnings. They proposed adding distant cousins in later typographic styles: a bold grotesque and a thin slab serif, but these typefaces would ultimately remain unused. In 2020, Thomas Huot-Marchand decided to redesign them while developing an extended family. Album is a subtraction of Walbaum: with no serifs for Album Sans and with no contrast for Album Slab. Its silhouette retains some memory of the particular proportions and slightly flattened curves of Walbaum. Album Sans proposes a new reading of grotesques with an extended range of weights: the horizontal terminations of the R and the a, the binocular g, the junction of the k along with the singular design of the numbers, distinguish it from usual forms. The duplexed italics have a reduced slant.

Abstract Fonts link. Home page. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

[Grégori Vincens]

Grégori Vincens is the French type designer who designed the text fonts Albia in 1997, and Firenzia in 1998. He lives in Viroflay, near Paris. He won a judge's award at the Sixth Morisawa type competition in 1999. In 2002, he received a nomination for "Lipton Ice Tea", a corporate identity font, at the Trophées d'Or du salon Intergraphic de Paris. In 2003, he set up 4-Paris, a graphic and typographic design company.

In 2013, he started Fontyou, where he is CEO of a commercial font coop.

Brief bio. [Google] [More]  ⦿

4px.me (was: CtrlAltF12)

French designer (b. 1978) of the dingbat fonts Social Shapes (2015, social media icons), World CXup 2k14 (2014), Social Logos (2011), Clubz (2007, shields of European soccer teams), 2006 Team (2006, soccer team emblems), IT Logos (2005), OpenLogos (2007) and Illustrate IT (2005). Dafont link. Yet another URL. Old URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Fabrice Bats]

5ive is the design studio of Fabrice Bats, a Parisian who has moved to Oslo. His lettering includes a couple of alphabets called Kinky (2010). Dafont link. Devian Tart link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

60 Kilos (or: Sesenta Kilos)

Spanish designer of the hipsterish display typeface Belle de Mai (2020), a variable display typeface inspired in the cultural shock between high cost zones and the lowest suburbs near big metropolitans cities like Paris, and in the French culture, especially in the hood of La Belle de Mai, where it takes the name from.

Typefaces from 2021: Galipo or Galipos (a Latin / Cyrillic display typeface inspired by Andalusian society and culture). [Google] [More]  ⦿

A. Bardi

Type designer who created various alphabets and showed them in Publicité Vignettes Lettres Chiffres Monogrammes et Rehauts Modernes (Les Editions Guérinet, Paris, 1931) [reprinted in 1986 by Dover (NY) as Authentic Art Deco Alphabets]. Examples include

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A collective

A group of designers at Velvetyne who published some free fonts. These include:

  • Resistance (2015). A brutalist sans typeface by these students at ENSAD Paris: Pauline Cormault, Esther Michaud, Claire Mucchieli, Merlin Andreae, Raphaël Maman, Pedro Gomes-Cardoso, Juliette Nier, Gabrielle Meistretty, Damien Bauza.
  • Saintjean (2017). A font created from ampersands received during a workshop from about one hundred participants.
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A Is For (was: Aisforapple)
[Emilie Rigaud]

Émilie Rigaud is a French designer who obtained an MA in typeface design from The University of Reading (2009), based on her typeface Coline, a family of seven typefaces intended for pocket books. Before Reading, at ENSAD, she made the simple monoline sans family La Miss Ulm (2006).

In 2007, she started work under the guidance of Alejandro Lo Celso and Philippe Millot on a revival of the first type printed in France, at the Sorbonne, by Ulrich Gering. This work is based on a 1478 edition of Virgilius.

Grotesque 6 (2009) is based on a typeface published in 1880 by Stephenson Blake.

In 2010, she founded Aisforapple, where she published Jaakko (signage), Coline Cursive, Coline Première, Coline Extrême, Grotesque 6, David (2014) and BTP (polygonally-outlined typeface).

In 2016, the type foundry published Knif Mono Regular, which was designed by Axel Pelletanche-Thévenart under the art direction of Guillaume Grall and Benoit Santiard. It was produced by Emilie Rigaud.

In 2017, Émilie Rigaud published the sharp-edged typeface Tongari, which was modeled after samurai blades. Tongari Display followed in 2020.

In 2018, she designed Naoko, a 7-style wide sans with short descenders, named after astronaut Naoko Yamazaki.

Typefaces from 2020: Pachinko (six rounded almost typewriter styles including many monospaced fonts and italics), Olympe Mono (a monospaced and monolinear typeface revived from an old typewriter).

Speaker at ATypI 2017 in Montreal. Old URL: Mouton Sauvage. Klingspor link. Personal site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

A. Laplace et cie

Bordeaux-based foundry. Their work can be found in Épreuves des caractères de la fonderie A. Laplace&cie (Paris, Bordeaux, ca. 1860) and in Épreuves des caractères de la Fonderie bordelaise. A. Laplace&comp (Bordeaux, Imp. de mad. V. Laplace, née Beaume, rue du Parlement, 19. [ca. 1850]). [Google] [More]  ⦿

A. Marty

Type designer at Deberny & Peignot who, with P. Roy, cut Cochin, Moreau-le-Jeune, and Nicolas Cochin (1912) at Deberny & Peignot. Moreau-le-Jeune was later copied by Ludwig & Mayer as Sonderdruck. [Google] [More]  ⦿

A. Pinard

Typefounder in Paris. His work can be found in Quelques caractères de la fonderie Pinard, rue de la Harpe, 88. Paris (Paris, ca. 1840). No full type showings in that publication, which mostly has filets, borders and vignettes. [Google] [More]  ⦿

A. Renaudin

Designer of the French school font AA Cursive. [Google] [More]  ⦿

A. Saintignon

Typefounder in Paris. His work can be found in Fonderie typographique A. Saintignon (Paris, 5, rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs, 1889). This small booklet has no full character sets. [Google] [More]  ⦿

A six is not a six: the Landis case

An analysis of the handwriting in the Floyd Landis Tour de France doping case shoots down at least one of the arguments of Landis's lawyer. By yours truly. [Google] [More]  ⦿

A Tribute to Pierre Bézier (1910-1999)
[Pierre Bézier]

This tribute to Bezier states: At least two mathematicians solved the problem before Bezier: Airplane designer James Ferguson, and engineer Paul de Casteljau who worked for Citroen. The latter's work is mathematically equivalent to Bezier, in fact the formula listed above is De Casteljau's. Unfortunately, their discoveries were closely guarded industrial secrets and were not published until after Bezier. [Google] [More]  ⦿


The association of Assyro-Chaldeans in France offers an archive of Assyrian fonts, including CarloAtor (1997, Timm Erickson, Summer Institute of Linguistics), GabrialAtor (1997, Timm Erickson, Summer Institute of Linguistics), Issa-&GilianaClassic (1997), Nisibus (1998, a font modified by Tony Khoshaba), SPEdessa (1998, based on Leiden Peshitta, Estrangela). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aakash Verma

Art director in New Delhi and Paris who created the illustrative New World Typeface (2012) and DaKali Font (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

ABC Typo (was: Bonté Divine)
[Olivier Nineuil]

Olivier Nineuil (b. 1964) created Bonté Divine around 1998, and renamed it ABC typo in 2001. He teaches at the La Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris. Olivier does custom work and has published fonts in the Agfa Creative Alliance such as Comedia.

Other typefaces by Nineuil: P'tit François, Bolobolo, Cassecroute, Garatoi, Maboul, Fiston, Jeuve-upa, Faidodo, Badaboum, Bigoudi, Japapeur, Giboulette, Garamome.

Custom work: Club Med (1996), Hachette Multimédia (1998), Polaris (1995, Autoroutes). Bonté Divine fonts: Picasso (1997), Bonté Divine! 007 (1996), Bonté Divine! 015 (1996), Bonté Divine! 022 (1996), Bonté Divine! 031 (1996), Bonté Divine! 036 (1996), Bonté Divine! 044 (1996), Bonté Divine! 061 (1997), Bonté Divine! 066 (1997), Bonté Divine! 077 (1997), Bonté Divine! 092 (1997), Bonté Divine! 097 (1997), Bonté Divine! 105 (1998), Bonté Divine! 112 (1998), Bonté Divine! 117 (1998), Bonté Divine! 121 (1998). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Abed Loutfi

French graphic designer Abed Loutfi created the octagonal typeface Antec (2011), the honeycomb-inspired Mecanorganic (2011) and the piano key typeface Muse (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Abneurone Typografix (or: Abneurone Trauma Types, or: Neurone Error, or: Abneurone Fluid Types, or: Cirque Traumaccord)

French foundry on the margins of type society, obsessed with psychotherapeutic experiments, hyper-experimental, and indeed mental, typefaces. This outfit goes under various names. At FontStruct, where most of its fonts are produced, it is known as Neurone Error. At Dafont, it is known as Abneurone Fluid Types. Its commercial branch at MyFonts is called Abneurone Typografix or Abneurone Trauma Types.

Their first commercial fonts are ATT49 Fanfare, ATT48 Thrax, ATT47 Candies, ATT46 Exlixir, ATT45 Transfix, ATT44 X-Cute, ATT43 Small Proteus, ATT42 Childhook, ATT41 Arcane, ATT40 Lysergic4a, ATT39 Liquor, ATT38 Once Upon A Damned, ATT37 Innocence, ATT36 Kidding, ATT35 Bestiaire (2011), ATT34 Lysergic 2a (2011), ATT33 Koan (2011), ATT32 Faun Call (2011), ATT31 Paraphilia (2011), ATT30 Lysergic 1b (2011), ATT29 Mad Hatter (2011), ATT28 Minimori (2011), ATT27 Tripton (2011), ATT26 Lysrergic3a (2011), ATT25 Multicoloured Rythm (2011), ATT24 Swallow (2011), ATT23 Artlien (2011), ATT22 Dopamine (2011), ATT21 ABTOY (2011), ATT20 Rankle (2011), ATT19 Ink Lust (2011), ATT18 Overabundance (2011), ATT17 Ink Circus (2011), ATT16 The Orgians (2011), ATT15 For Whom The Bell Tolls (2011), ATT10 Stereo (2011), ATT11 Heterodoxa (2011), ATT12 Psilocybine (2011), ATT13 Sync (2011), ATT14 Prehisto (2011), ATT8 Human Decay (2011), ATT9 Eroded Eclosion (2011), AT4 Parallax (2011), ATT7 Medieval Sweet Shop (2011), ATT6 Detected Future (2011), ATT5 Hard Sync (2011), ATT4 Chalice (2011), ATT3 Outer Christ (2011), ATT2 Macpanic (2011), ATT1 Nimal Nimoy (2011), AT54 Intermezzo (2011), AT26 Metamorph Candies (2011), AT29 Dystrogonyx (2011), AG2 Placenta (2011), AT17 Farandole (2011), AT27 Innocence (2011), AT3 Nuclear Project (2011), AT38 Nanogonyx (2011), AT49 Neuromicr (2011), AT16 Faun Call (2011), AG1 Neuroticons (2011), AT55 Neo Geo (2011), AT36 Mad Hatter (2011), AT51 Pharmaceutic (2011) and AT5 Childhook (2011).

The FontStruct production in 2011: 00dot 5 TRANSFIX, 00dot 15 DYSTROPHIE POLYGONALE, 00dot 20 CURSED, 00dot 13 PARALLAX, 00dot 12 NUCLEAR TARGET, 00dot_7_nimal_nimoy, 00dot 17 SYNDROME F.K., 00dot 9 NEW TO, 00dot 6 DECLINE AND CODE, 00dot 3 ROBOX, 00dot 2 MINIDECO, 0dot 26 INKSECTS, 00dot 32 STEREO, 00dot 10 SMART PLAYGROUND, 00dot 33 FUTURE NOW, 00dot 23 BLING STREET, 00dot 4 TOXINE, 00dot 31 FAUN CALL, 00dot 19 ELIXIR, 00dot 30 DWARF LOGIC, 00dot 8 THRAX, 00dot 14 A NEW FORM OF BEAUTY, 00dot 22 HETERODOXA, 00dot 27 KIDDING, 00dot 21 INNOCENCE, 00dot 34 PICTORIAL ABUSE, 00ne Stretched Empty Cow (2011, a piano key stencil face), 00ne Empty Cow (2011), 00ne Medication (2011), 00ne Pills, 00ne Minipills, 00ne Stency, 00ne Neurelm, 000tag6 LYSERGIC, 000tag4 ROBOX, 000tag NUCLEAR WARFARE, 00ne dat / dot, 00ne Bat Kidding (+Stencil, +Stencil Quadrillé), 00ne Stencirc, 00ne Neurocirc Neue Deco, 00ne Neurocirc, 00ne Neurologo, 00ne Nutech, 00ne Nutech Black, 00ne Top Pix (+Clean), 00ne Not So Atroce Pixels (+Black), 00ne Videotech, 00ne Videotech Tamagochi, 0One Bad Video, 0One Exagg Superstrong, 00ne Blockollida, 00ne Minicut, 00ne Neuromoog, 00ne Exagg, 00ne XChurch, 00ne NeuroNeoq, 00ne Imprimante Matricielle, 00ne C64 NeurOOpart2, 00ne Heterodoxa, 00neZnorg, 00ne Znorg Heads, 00ne Zwrappearing (dotted and textured), 00neVideotech, A Present for Intaglio (2011, cloned from Intaglio's Wallachia), Inicial 1 (2010, an improvement of a typeface by Infotipografia), Neo Geo (2011), NE XS, NE 4x4 Technirement, NE Religious Migraine, NE Abtechre. NE Churching, NE Strange Light Pax Pact, NE Cellphone Cutie Punched Cards, NE Cellphone Cutie, NE Obl. NE Pax Pact, NE Pictorial Abuse, NE Charlie Chaplin Cybernetic Brains, NE Chaplin Cyborg, NE Unknown Remix, NE Neurofat, NE Neurocompressor, NE Neurocompressed Pictograms, NE Alien Orders, NE Filament Techneriment, NE Strange Light Pax Pact, NE The Eye, NE Moving Parallels, NE Alien Orders, NE Reordered Alien Orders, the NE New Newbix family, Parallax (2011).

Typefaces made in 2012 at FontStruct: AFT1 Heterodoxa, AFT2 Forbidden Apple, AFT3 Kidding, AFT4 Spacelab Parallax, AFT5 Detected Future, AFT6 Lysergic 2b, AFT7 Lysergic 2a, AFT8 Transfix, AFT8 Smart Kids, AFT10 Candies, AFT12 Neo Geo, AFT13 Arcane, AFT15 Hard Sync, AFT17 Cortech Hallucination, AFT18 Lysergic1b, AFT20 Abtech, AFT21 Bling Chief Story, AFT22 Ink Lust, AFT23 Faun Call, AFT24 Toying, AFT27 Fluffy Clown, AFT30 Koan, AFT31 Innocence, AFT33 ETPheuneHeume, AFT34 Neuromicr, AFT35 Tripton, AFT36 Intermezzo, AFT37 Rankle, AFT38 Dark Rankle, AFT39 Rankle Distone, AFT40 Smart Kids, AFT41 Smart Playground, AFT42 Lysergic 4a, AFT43 Small Proteus, AFT44 Lysergic 3a, AFT45 New Forgee, AFT46 Space Connect, AFT47 Mondrian Drone, AFT48 Bark At The Code, AFT49 Stereo, AFT50 Artlien, AFT51 Liquor, AFT52 Neuromecha, AFT53 Lysergic 1a, AFT54 Dinoxyde, AFT55 Human Decay, AFT56 Eroded Eclosion, AFT57 Outer Christ, AFT58 Boing Code, AFT59 Nimal Nimoy, AFT60 X-Church, AFT61 Macpanic, AFT62 Lovely Breeze, AFT63 Mad Hatter, AFT64 The Orgians, AFT65 Chalice, AFT66 Ssaammothrax, AFT67 Panthrax, AFT68 Less Is More Neuromicr 2, AFT69 Paraphilia, AFT70 Psilocybine, AFT71 Childhook, AFT72 Once Upon A Damned, AFT73 For Whom The Bell Tolls, AFT74 Medieval sweetshop, AFT75 Nanoprehistoryx, AFT76 Pictorial Abuse, AFT77 Bestiaire, AFT78 Fanfare From Outer Space, AFT79 X-Cute, AFT80 Medication, AFT81 Wrong DNA, AFT82 Wrong DNA, AFT83 Minimal Disto, AFT84 Abacadabra, AFT85 Pharmaceutical, AFT86 Code Flu, AFT89 High-Diving Blindness, AFT90 Nopix, AFT91 Floppy Disk O, AFT100 Farewell dawn, AFT104 Locked-in Glow, AFT105 Vivant, AFT106 Sharp Gloss, AFT107 Madame Guillotine, AFT108 Newbic, AFT109 Ataxie, AFT110 Strenuous MICR, AFT111 Effaceur, AFT113 Zeppelin Legacy, AFT1010 Jabbering, AFTN1, BUT1 Quarx, BUT2 Newbix, BUT3 Disto Matricielle, BUT4 Tomono, BUT5 Blurred Clown, BUT7 Religious Pill, BUT8 Nopix (octagonal), BUT9 Tipi Video, BUT10 Slanxic Acid, BUT11 Metamphetamental, BUT12 Znorgs, BUT13 Soyokaze, BUT15 Stick Tech, BUT16 Uninteresting Tech.

In the Testament series from 2012 until 2013, we mention Testament 132 New Indication, Testament 131 The New Orgians, Testament 128 Camphre, Testament 126 Neuromoog, Testament 122 Dissecting Geometry, Testament 115 Placenta Numérique, Testament 116 Abnormal Fairy, Testament 109 Madame Guillotine, Testament 85 Axone, Testament 84 Keen, Testament 83 Minimixture, Testament 52 Neuromecha, Testament 51 Liquor, Testament 50 Artlien, Testament 49 Stereo, Testament 48 Bark At The Code, Testament 56 Eroded Eclosion, Testament 55 Lysergic 1a, Testament 54 Inflated, Testament 59 Nimal Nimoy, Testament 60 X-Church, Testament 64 The Orgians, Testament 67 Panthrax, Testament 66 Human Decay, Testament 69 Chalice, Testament 47 Mondrian Drone, Testament 44 Lysergic3a, Testament 42 Lysergic 4a, Testament 27 Arcane, Testament 11 Minimori, Testament 8 Transfix, Testament 7 Lysergic2a, Testament 6 Lysergic 2b [The Lysergic series is about very large (around 200 cases high) grid pixel fonts with a severe inclination to psychedelism], Testament B Formaldehyde, Testament C Neuroticons, Testament Artefact, Testament Back Home, Testament 1 Heterodoxa, and Testament 12 Neo Geo. He also created an Archive series in 2012, which features an ornamental caps typeface called Archive 10, a geometric typeface called Archive 5, TEST PPain, and a textured typeface called Archive 8. He has a Trauma series that features Trauma 145 Razzmatazz Architect, Trauma 126 Lysergeek Boy, Trauma 127 Lysergeek Girl.

Typefaces from 2014: Trauma 155 Overly, Trauma 151 Migraine Bit.

In 2017, Abneurone allowed me to host his 120-strong Abtox series, which grew out of the FontStruct collection between 2014 and 2016. Download directory. All fonts in one zip file. The complete list: Abtox 1 ATAXIE, Abtox 10 GRIEF, Abtox 100 CORRODED SPACESHIP_0, Abtox 101 LYSERGIC GAMMA_1, Abtox 102 TOXIC DATA, Abtox 103 NEUROTIC CHURCH_3, Abtox 104 SCHIZOPHRENIA TYPE_1, Abtox 105 TWO STAGES OF CONTAMINATION_2, Abtox 106 DINOXYDE_1, Abtox 107 FAUN CALL_0, Abtox 108 SMART KIDS_9, Abtox 109 FORBIDDEN APPLE_1, Abtox 11 SANTA CLAWS, Abtox 110 DYSTOPIAN GEOMETRY_0, Abtox 111 CHEMICAL ABERRATION_1, Abtox 112 DOUBLE-DEALING_3, Abtox 113 FORBIDDEN PLANET_4, Abtox 114 KARMIC_4, Abtox 115 DIZZY MOLECULES, Abtox 116 COMPUTING ELSEWHERE_0, Abtox 117 DEEP LOW_2, Abtox 118 MODULOTNIK, Abtox 119 DATACIDE_3, Abtox 12 CLOUD BLOOD, Abtox 120 CLOSE ENCOUNTERS_7, Abtox 13 CHILDHOOK_C, Abtox 14 BACTERIA_0, Abtox 15 ALCESTE_3, Abtox 16 PSILOCYBINE_1, Abtox 17 AXONE_1E, Abtox 18 GALACTIC ORGAN_0, Abtox 19 NEUROMOOG_1, Abtox 2 TANTRISME_1, Abtox 20 UFOLOGY, Abtox 21 PAIN PDJ_4, Abtox 22 MY VALENTINE_0, Abtox 23 SUCROKID, Abtox 24 FLOPPY DISK CODE, Abtox 25 VERKIDGO, Abtox 26 NEO GEO_1, Abtox 27 MANDRAGORE_F, Abtox 28 HORNS TO COME_1, Abtox 29 NITROX BEAT_7, Abtox 3 DECORATORIO, Abtox 30 FLYBUTTER_1, Abtox 31 MATRIX YELL_0, Abtox 32 BUBBLE GUMMY_A, Abtox 33 SPAWN_2, Abtox 34 SQUARRY_0, Abtox 35 BUBONIC AK47_0, Abtox 36 VINAIGRE GOTHIQUE_3, Abtox 37 NEO POMPOUS, Abtox 38 EFFACEUR GLUED_1, Abtox 39 EFFACEUR BAROQUE_8, Abtox 4 OVERLY_6, Abtox 40 EFFACEUR SOLID_3, Abtox 41 EFFACEUR CODA_5, Abtox 42 DARK ATROXID_1, Abtox 43 LUMINOUS ATROXID_9, Abtox 44 DRUGGED UP ATROXID_0, Abtox 45 NEUROMECHANIC, Abtox 46 CAMPHRE_4, Abtox 47 FEAST OF UNIQUE RITES, Abtox 48 CHALICE, Abtox 49 SPACE DRUG_0, Abtox 5 NEW PUPPY_0, Abtox 50 TRONIXHALLEY_1, Abtox 51 NO DUMMY, Abtox 52 LOST CHILDHOOD_1, Abtox 53 TRAUMATOLOGY_0, Abtox 54 THE NEW ORGIANS_7, Abtox 55 AMOEBA PUNK_2, Abtox 56 MEDICATION, Abtox 57 SIDE EFFECTS_3, Abtox 58 RE-VOLT_1, Abtox 59 CYBERNODE_1, Abtox 6 RAZZMATAZZ ARCHITECT_1, Abtox 60 OUTER CHRIST, Abtox 61 NEW CIRCUS_0, Abtox 62 ART DRONE, Abtox 63 COAXIAL_2, Abtox 64 PONG !_2, Abtox 65 LYSERGEEK GIRL_0, Abtox 66 NEWBIC_1, Abtox 67 BRAIN SURGERY_4, Abtox 68 RETROFUTURE PRECIOUS_0, Abtox 69 TRIPTONITE_2, Abtox 7 LOG_3, Abtox 70 NEUROMICR_8, Abtox 71 HUMAN DECAY, Abtox 72 INK LUST_0, Abtox 73 PANTHEIST_2, Abtox 74 X-CUTE_6, Abtox 75 DATAXY_4, Abtox 76 FRAGRANCE_0, Abtox 77 TOOTH AXIS_2, Abtox 78 MADAME GUILLOTINE_0, Abtox 79 NARCO_2, Abtox 8 KOAN, Abtox 80 GENOMETRY_1, Abtox 81 SAFE TRAIN_4, Abtox 82 NO ISLAND, Abtox 83 LOCKED-IN GLOW_5, Abtox 84 ABNORMAL FAIRY_A, Abtox 85 ACME_0, Abtox 86 GLITCHY ELIXIR_1, Abtox 87 BLACK ELIXIR, Abtox 88 NEW INDUCTION_0, Abtox 89 MECAMYTHIC_3, Abtox 9 ABSTEREO_4, Abtox 90 MEDIEVAL SWEETSHOP, Abtox 91 PARAPHILIA_0, Abtox 92 HARD SYNC_3, Abtox 93 SECT TOY_1, Abtox 94 ARTEFACT_2, Abtox 95 SPACE LAB, Abtox 96 WAX, Abtox 97 E.T. PHEUNE HEUME_C, Abtox 98 COLD FLOWERS_2, Abtox 99 INJECTING DOPAMINE_0, Abtox ALIEN TOYS_14, Abtox NEUROTICONS_13, Abtox X-HEADZ_37.

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Abyme is a type foundry founded by Adrien Vasquez and John Morgan. Their typefaces:

  • English Egyptian (2011-2017, by John Morgan and Adrien Vasquez). English Egyptian is an interpretation of William Caslon's Two Lines English Egyptian of 1816, considered by some to be the first sans serif printing type to be sold commercially.
  • Nizioleti (2011-2017). An all caps stencil typeface designed by John Morgan and Adrien Vasquez, Nizioleti is named and modeled after the nizioleti, or Venetian street signs. Nizioleti is a typeface consisting of painted letters stencilled within white plaster panels directly onto the city walls, in use since the early 19th century.
  • Berthe (2011-2018), designed by Charles Mazé. Berthe is designed after another typeface called Série no. 16, whose first cuts were produced at the end of the nineteenth century by the Parisian type foundry Deberny & Peignot. It was engraved by Constant and Auguste Aubert under the direction of Charles Tuleu, the adoptive son of Alexandre Deberny whose mother, Laure de Berny, had bought from her lover Honoré de Balzac the printing house he didn't manage to transform in a profitable company. Série no. 16 quickly became a popular choice among printers and found its way into many editions of classic and popular texts. Review by Hrant Papazian, who wrote that it presents a congenial evolution of the theatrical Didone style of type. Lower contrast, fluid structures, humane proportions. It is like a Didot or Bodoni taking leave of the catwalk and relaxing among friends..
  • Mercure (Charles Mazé, 2010-2021). Mercure is based in part on Beaudoire's Elzévir, and also goes back to the epigraphic origins of Perrin's Augustaux.
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Achim Reichert

Type designer based in Paris, who makes experimental commercial fonts at "For Home or Office Use" (Frankfurt). One of his families is called Lini (2000, semi-technical). Others: 2Try-Strich, 3Try-Straight, 4Try-kerned, 7Try-Medserif, 8Try-Micro, 12Try-Lego, 131Try-Klinspor, 161Try-Bitter, 172Try-Reg, 1722Try-Fliess Fett, 1721Try-Reg Inline, 174Try-Serif, 1742Try-Serif Fett, 18Try-Annette, Densite, Ouvert, Knubb, Knubb-20, Lini Eins, Lini Drei, Lini-Viers, Love-1, Love-10, NEW FEw, NEW GEw, NEW Klein, sBit34, WIR 2, WIR 3, WIR 4, WIR 6Vi, WIR 7Vi, WIR 7Vi Fat. Achim also runs Vier5 with Marco Fiedler, a graphic design studio. At Vier5, he published the experimental typeface SVT (2010) and the futuristic angular Shake (2010), which was originally designed for the Centre d'art Contemporain de Brétigny in France. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Élodie Mandray]

Acmé-Paris is a design studio in Paris run by Élodie Mandray and Caroline Aufort. Creators of New Gothic Textura (2009), Canevas (2010-2012, stitching font), Acme (2013), Tropique (2011, experimental), Minuscule (2012), Tribute (2012, children's hand), Juicy (2010), Eclipse, Thésard, the music-inspired Swing (2010), the heavy monoline sans typeface Acmé (2013), the titling sans typeface Le Creux (2013), and the stitching font Canevas (2013).

Typefaces from 2015 include the multiline neon font Neo Neon.

In 2016, Acmé Paris designed the copperplate style poster typeface Aylak, the titling sans Truck, the art nouveau typeface Bertand, the art deco typeface Beaumont, and the avant-garde typeface Cattolica.

In 2017, they designed the artsy rounded sans typeface Kasha.

Typefaces from 2022: Madrid (inspired by vintage posters from the Spanish Civil War). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adan Nadot

Paris-based student-designer of the techno typeface Diodr (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adélaïde Michel

French creator (b. 1993) of the primitive hand-printed typeface Adenote (2012).

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Adèle Antignac

Graphic designer, living in Paris, b. 1986. From 2007 until 2009, she studied type design at Ecole Estiene in Paris. In 2010, Budapest inspired her to create the open organic typeface Buda, which is characterized by large counters. Free download at Google Fonts.

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Adèle Gallé

During her studies at Ecole Estienne in Paris and La Cambre in Brussels, Paris-based Adèle Gallé designed the informal poster typeface Nord Express (2016) and the connected script typeface Sanour (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adèle Henninger

Strasbourg, France-based designer of the nature-themed typeface Nature (2016), which was a school project at Université de Strasbourg. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adèlle Onnillon

During her studies, Lyon, France-based Adèlle Onnillon designed the handcrafted poster typeface Lehre (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adelaide Laureau

French designer of Neon (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adelaide Nvu

Rouen, France-based designer of Paperclip Type (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adeline Goyet

Ex-student at l'Ecole Estienne in Paris, who wrote a thesis on the SuperVeloz typeface of Joan Trochut Blanchard (the exact reference is: Supertipo Veloz, Fundición José Iranzo, 1942). She digitized the typeface to some degree. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adeline Jendrejak

Lille, France-based designer of a sharp-edged typeface in 2016. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adeline Richerioux

Parisian graphic designer who created the logotype font Samaritaine (2013). This modular slightly anorexic sans display typeface was influenced by the new architectiural identity of the department store. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adi Cohen

Parisian designer of the modular typeface Grid Font (2013) and the high-contrast modular display typeface Eden Regular (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adine Marie-Amélie

Parisian graphic designer. She created the experimental typeface CLAP (2012) to represent rhythm, and illustrated it on the Serge Gainsbourg song Des clip crap des bang des vlop et des zip.

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Adobe: French glossary

French type glossary by Adobe. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adolph Rusch

Or Adolf Rusch von Ingweiler, who was active in Strasbourg from 1460 until 1489. The first roman antiqua north of the Alps is ascribed to him in 1464. The consensus is that this was not as pretty as the later types by Griffo et al.

Nevertheless, Shane Brandes did a large digital revival of his antiqua in 2013 and called it Rusch.

Revivals by Alexis Faudot and Rafael Ribas in 2018 during a type design workshop at ESAL Metz and Bibliothèque municipale de Metz, France:

  • Rusch Bizarre 103R. A Proto-Roman first used in Strasbourg by Adolf Rusch for Raban Maur's De universo between 1467-74 (exact date unknown) and used until 1475.
  • Rusch 100G, Gotico-Antiqua first used in Strasbourg by Adolf Rusch for Balbus' Catholicon, between 1470-75 (exact date unknown) and used until 1478.
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Adolphe Mouron Cassandre

His real name is Adolphe Jean-Marie Mouron, and he was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine in 1901. He committed suicide in Paris in 1968, after the rejection of one of his innovative designs by a German publisher. After studies at the Ecoles des Beaux Arts in Paris, Cassandre adopted France as his country. He produced his first poster Au Bucheron at 22, and became a successful and influential poster artist best known for his epoch-defining travel posters and for his advertisements for products such as Dubonnet. The consummate art deco artist, he tried to create posters for people who did not try to see them. In 1936 he traveled to America to work on several projects. While there he designed several surrealistic covers for Alexey Brodovitch at Harper's Bazaar. In addition, he created for NW Ayers, the classic eye of the Ford billboard and several pieces for the Container Corporation of America. His career as a poster designer ended in 1939 when he changed disciplines and became a stage, set and theatrical designer. Most of Cassandre's work was done at Fonderie Deberny&Peignot. The 1960s work was at Olivetti.

He created these typefaces:

  • Bifur (1928-1929). See the digital form by Richard Kegler (P22, 2004).
  • Acier Noir (1930-1936). His poster Nord Express (1927) (Acier Noir really) inspired Nick Curtis to draw Nord Express NF (2003). In 2010, and then again in 2019, Jean-Baptiste Levée designed Acier (Noir and Gris) as a revival of Acier. Other revivals include HFF Black Steel and Ferrus (2010, Gert Wiescher).
  • Peignot (1933-1937, designed with Charles Peignot for Deberny & Peignot). Typefaces like this are called Peignotian on my site; some are calling them modulated sans typefaces. Buy a digital version from Linotype. See this poster by Matt Blaisdell, this poster by Julieta Liberson, and this poster by Guillaume Bret. Noteworthy digital revivals include the rounded multi-style family Pinot Grigio Modern (2014, Alan Meeks) and Greyhound (2012, SoftMaker).
  • Touraine (1947). Done with Charles Peignot, it is based on a design of Guillermo Mendoza. This Peignotian typeface was revived ca. 2014 by Clément Bonnetin.
  • Cassandre (1968). Cassandre (1968) was largely unfinished, after having been turned down by Berthold and Olivetti (and was possibly the cause of his suicide). It was finished in a revival of sorts by Thierry Puyfoulhoux (2003).
  • Graphica81 (1960).
  • Cassandre Initials (1927). This artsy typeface was digitized by Gerd Wiescher at Elsner&Flake.

Books: A.M. Cassandre, "L'architecture, l'art que je préfère à tous les autres." (2008) is a small PDF file/essay by Estienne student Antoine Stevenot. In 1988, Letraset published Baseline 10 The Cassandre issue, a fifty-page magazine volume edited by Mike Daines and art directed by Newell and Sorrell.


  • Blaie Cendrars: Le spectacle est dans la rue, Montrouge, Draegr Frères, 1935. Has Cassandre's posters.
  • Paul van Capelleveen, Sophie Ham, Jordy Joubij: Voix et visions. La Collection Koopman et l'Art du Livre français, Zwolle, Waanders, 2009.
  • Peter van Dam, Philip van Praag: A.M. Cassandre en zijn Nederlandse opdrachtgevers 1927-1931: Catalogue raisonné. Abcoude, Uitgeverij Uniepers, 1999.
  • Henri Mouron: Cassandre, London, Thames and Hudson, 1985.
  • Maximilien Vox: A.M. Cassandre, peintre d'affiches, St-Gall, Zollikofer, 1948.
  • N.R.A. Vroom: A.M. Cassandre, Amsterdam, Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten, 1967.

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Adolphe Paul Giraldon

French type designer (1855-1933) who made Giraldon (Fonderie Deberny, 1900), an ornamental serif typeface undoubtedly influenced by Grasset and Auriol. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrian Frutiger

Famous type designer born in 1928 in Unterseen, Switzerland, who died in September 2015. He closely cooperated with Linotype-Hell AG, after having been artistic director at Deberny-Peignot in Paris since 1952. He established his own studio in 1962 with André Gürtler and Bruno Pfaftli. Art director for Editions Hermann, Paris 1957 to 1967. Frutiger lived near Bern, Switzerland, and was very interested in woodcuts. In 2009, Heidrun Osterer and Philipp Stamm coedited Adrian Frutiger Typefaces The Complete Works (Birkhäuser Verlag), a 460-page opus based on conversations with Frutiger himself and on extensive research in France, England, Germany, and Switzerland. Quote: Helvetica is the jeans, and Univers the dinner jacket. Helvetica is here to stay. He designed over 100 fonts. Here is a partial list:

  • Président (Deberny&Peignot, 1954). Digitized by Linotype in 2003.
  • Delta.
  • Phoebus (Deberny&Peignot, 1953).
  • Element-Grotesk.
  • Federduktus.
  • Ondine (Deberny&Peignot, 1953-1954). The Bitstream version of this font is Formal Script 421. Adobe, Linotype and URW++ each have digital versions called Ondine. Bitstream's Calligraphic 421 is slightly different.
  • Méridien (Deberny&Peignot, 1955-1957). Digitized by Adobe/Linotype in 1989.
  • Caractères Lumitype.
  • Univers (Deberny&Peignot, 1957). About the name, Frutiger wrote I liked the name Monde because of the simplicity of the sequence of letters. The name Europe was also discussed; but Charles Peignot had international sales plans for the typeface and had to consider the effect of the name in other languages. Monde was unsuitable for German, in which der Mond means "the moon". I suggested "Universal", whereupon Peignot decided, in all modesty, that "Univers" was the most all-embracing name!. Univers IBM Composer followed. In 2010, Linotype published Univers Next, which includes 59 Linotype Univers weights and 4 monospaced Linotype Univers Typewriter weights, and can be rented for a mere 2675 Euros. In 2018, Linotype added Univers Next Typewriter. In 2020, Linotype's Akira Kobayashi dusted off Univers Next Cyrillic and Univers Next Paneuropean.
  • Egyptienne F (1955, Fonderie Deberny&Peignot; 1960, for the Photon/Lumitype machine).
  • Opéra (1959-1961, Sofratype).
  • Alphabet Orly (1959, Aéroport d'Orly).
  • Apollo (1962-1964, Monotype): the first type designed for the new Monotype photosetting equipment.
  • Alphabet Entreprise Francis Bouygues.
  • Concorde (1959, Sofratype, with André Gürtler).
  • Serifen-Grotesk/Gespannte Grotesk.
  • Alphabet Algol.
  • Astra Frutiger. A typeface variant of Frutiger licensed under Linotype. It is the font used on the highways in Switzerland.
  • Serifa (1967-1968, Bauersche Giesserei). URW++ lists the serif family in its 2008 on-line catalog. Other names include OPTI Silver (Castcraft), Ares Serif 94, and Sierra. Bitstream published the digital typeface Serifa BT. But it is also sold by Adobe, Tilde, Linotype, URW++, Scangraphic, and Elsner & Flake. The slab serif is robust and is based on the letterforms of Univers.
  • OCR-B (1966-1968, European Computer Manufacturers Association).
  • Alphabet EDF-GDF (1959, Électricité de France, Gaz de France).
  • Katalog.
  • Devanagari (1967) and Tamil (1970), both done for Monotype Corporation.
  • Alpha BP (1965, British Petroleum&Co.).
  • Dokumenta (1969, Journal National Zeitung Suisse).
  • Alphabet Facom (1971).
  • Alphabet Roissy (1970, Aéroport de Roissy Charles de Gaulle).
  • Alphabet Brancher (1972, Brancher).
  • Iridium (1972, Stempel). A didone with slight flaring.
  • Alphabet Métro (1973, RATP): for the subway in Paris.
  • Alphabet Centre Georges Pompidou. The CGP typeface (first called Beaubourg) used in the Centre Georges Pompidou from 1976-1994 is by Hans-Jörg Hunziker and Adrian Frutiger, and was developed as part of the visual identity program of Jean Widmer. It is said that André Baldinger digitized it in 1997.
  • Frutiger (1975-1976, Stempel, with Hans-Jörg Hunziker). In 1999, Frutiger Next was published by Linotype. In 2009, that was followed by Neue Frutiger (a cooperation between Frutiger and Linotype's Akira Kobayashi). In fact, Frutiger, the typeface was made for the Charles De Gaulle Airport in 1968 for signage---it was originally called Roissy, and had to be similar to Univers. It was released publically as Frutiger in 1976. The modern Bitstream version is called Humanist 777. Frutiger Next Greek (with Eva Masoura) won an award at TDC 2006. Other digital implementations of Frutiger: M690 (SoftMaker), Quebec Serial (SoftMaker), Frutus (URW), Provencale (Autologic), Frontiere (Compugraphic), Freeborn (Scangraphic), Siegfried (Varityper). In 2018, under the aegis of Akira Kobayashi, the Monotype Design studio published the 150-language superfamily Neue Frutiger World (including coverage for Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Georgian, Armenian, Hebrew, Arabic, Thai and Vietnamese).
  • Glypha (1979, Stempel). See Gentleman in the Scangraphic collection).
  • Icône (1980-1982, Stempel, Linotype). Digitized by Linotype in 2003.
  • Breughel (1982, Stempel; 1988, Linotype).
  • Dolmen.
  • Tiemann.
  • Versailles (1983, Stempel).
  • Linotype Centennial (1986). Based on Morris Fuller Benton's Clarendon typeface Century, Linotype Centennial was designed for Linotype's 100th birthday.
  • Avenir (1988, Linotype). In 2004, Linotype Avenir Next was published, under the supervision of Akira Kobayashi, and with the help of a few others. In 2021, the Monotype team released Avenir Next Paneuropean (56 styles, by Akira Kobayashi). Avenir Next World, released by Linotype in 2021, is an expansive family of fonts that offers support for more than 150 languages and scripts. The subfamilies include Avenir Next Hebrew, Avenir Next Thai, Avenir Next Cyrillic, Avenir Next Arabic and Avenir Next Georgian. Avenir Next World contains 10 weights, from UltraLight to Heavy.

    Contributors besides Adrian Frutiger and Akira Kobayashi: Anuthin Wongsunkakon (Thai), Yanek Iontef (Hebrew), Akaki Razmadze (Georgian), Nadine Chahine (Arabic), Toshi Omagari (Arabic) and Elena Papassissa (Greek, Armenian). Lovely poster by Ines Vital (2011).

  • Westside.
  • Vectora (1991, Linotype).
  • Linotype Didot (1991). See also Linotype Didot eText Pro (2013), which was optimized by Linotype for use on screens and small devices.
  • Herculanum (1989, Linotype): a stone age font.
  • Shiseido (1992).
  • Frutiger Capitalis (2006, Linotype): a further exploration in the style of Herculanum, Pompeijana and Rusticana. Linotype trademarked that name even though at least five fonts by the name Capitalis already exist.
  • Pompeijana (1993, Linotype).
  • Rusticana (1993, Linotype).
  • Frutiger Stones (1998, Linotype) and Frutiger Symbols.
  • Frutiger Neonscript.
  • Courier New, based on Howard Kettler's Courier, was one of Frutiger's projects he was involved in ca. 2000.
  • AstraFrutiger (2002): a new signage typeface for the Swiss roads. Erich Alb comments: With a Frutiger condensed Type and illuminated signs during night it is mutch better readable.
  • Nami (2008) is a chiseled-stone sans family, made with the help of Linotype's Akira Kobayashi.
  • Neue Frutiger (2009, with Akira Kobayashi) has twice as many weights as the original Frutiger family.
  • In 2019, the Linotype team released variable fonts for Frutiger's main typeface families, Avenir Next Variable, Neue Frutiger Variable, and Univers Next Variable.
Bio by Nicholas Fabian. Erich Alb wrote a book about his work: Adrian Frutiger Formen und Gegenformen/Forms and Counterforms (Cham, 1998). Winner of the Gutenberg Prize in 1986 and the 006 Typography Award from The Society for Typographic Aficionados (SOTA). Famous quote (from a conversation in 1990 between Frutiger and Maxim Zhukov about Hermann Zapf's URW Grotesk): Hermann ist nicht ein Groteskermann. A quote from his keynote speech at ATypI1990: If you remember the shape of your spoon at lunch, it has to be the wrong shape. The spoon and the letter are tools; one to take food from the bowl, the other to take information off the page... When it is a good design, the reader has to feel comfortable because the letter is both banal and beautiful.

Frutiger's books include Type Sign Symbol and Signs and Symbols. Their Design and Meaning (1989, with Andrew Bluhm, published by Studio Editions, London; Amazon link).

Linotype link. FontShop link. Adrian Frutiger, sa carrière française (2008) is Adèle Houssin's graduation thesis at Estienne.

Klingspor link. Wikipedia link. View Adrian Frutiger's typefaces.

View some digital versions of Avenir. Vimeo movie on Frutiger by Christine Kopp and Christoph Frutiger entitled "Der Mann von Schwarz und weiss: Adrian Frutiger". More Vimeo movies. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Adrien Alrivie

French type and graphic designer. His typefaces include Adrianistique, Ad Scriptum, Coffea and Ixoxi (logotype). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrien Ballanger

During his studies, Adrien Ballanger (Nantes, France) created Sorry Mom (2014), a typeface that was inspired by Quaver Serif (2011, Nick McCosker, Tipple Type). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrien Bourmault

As a student in Suresnes, France, Adrien Bourmault designed the artistic typeface Point Type in 2013. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrien Burnet

Marseille, France-based designer of the display typeface La Marseillaise (2013) which was inspired by the film movement La Nouvelle Vague. It was designed for the streetwear brand Souvenir Perdu. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrien Coquet

Web designer in Lille, France, who, despite the nearness of Belgium, managed to design a beautiful display sans typeface, Farray (2014), and the great free triangulated typeface Polya (2014), and its predecessor, Low Poly (2014). In 2015, he published the free handcrafted typeface Cabana and the rounded monoline display sans semicircle-patterned typeface Slot (free, with Hugo Dath). Cabana was adjusted in 2016.

In 2015, he created the commercial sans display typeface Panama.

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Adrien Delmas

French designer of the 4-weight decorative sans typeface Grisaille (2020): Grisaille has a strong square base and contrasting rounded aesthetics. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrien Dillmann

Valleiry, France-based designer of the school project typeface Galbe (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrien Guessaïmi

Lille, France-based designer of the connected monoline script font Dum Dum (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrien Jacquemet

Adrien Jacquemet is a graphic designer based in Paris. His typefaces include Slash (2021), which takes inspiration from Chinese calligraphy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrien Joufflineau

At a workshop held in his home town of Mulhouse, France, Adrien Joufflineau designed an avant-garde typeface family (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrien Kerros

Adrien Kerros (Sokrea, Paris) created the free circle-based typeface Ablax in 2015. Behance link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrien Lefalher

French designer (b. 1990), aka Neo Keitaro, of Graphic Trash (2006, scribbly hand). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrien Levavasse

During his studies, Adrien Levavasse (Faverges, France) drew a charcoal origami alphabet (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrien Masanaba

Bordeaux, France-based designer of the simplified sans typeface Police (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrien Menard
[Edition Studio]

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Adrien Midzic

Fatnobrain was Adrien Midzic's design studio in Paris. Born in 1982, he co-founded Pizza Typefaces with Luc Borho in 2018. Midzic designed these typefaces or type families: Fine (lineal), Blokus (free pixel font, 2009), Cimen (strong sans, designed for Smacl Entraide), Mesquine (lineal), Blitz, Cucha, Stencil Reverse, Huit (2009, a gorgeous didone headline face), Stenha (stencil).

Fonts made in 2010: The ETH family (art deco sans).

Custom typefaces by Midzic: Aquitaine (2013, for Région Aquitaine), Nilka (2013, for his personal identity), No End (2013, a fat didone), Ethon Serif (2013, a perked up serif typeface for Penguin Books), Kasai Est (2011, for the Congo-based Kasai Est Magazine), Festival De Film Documentaire (2011), Nevenka (2011, condensed sans).

In 2014, Adrien Midzic, Jason Vandenberg, Jérémie Hornus, Julien Priez and Alisa Nowak co-designed the creamy script Vanilla FY. It was renamed Vanille FY after a few days. Still in 2014, Adrien Midzic, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak co-designed the very humanist sans family Saya FY and Saya Semisans FY. Adrien Midzic and Joana Correia co-designed Saya Serif FY (2015).

At the free font cooperative Velvetyne, he published the sans typeface Lack (2014).

In 2015, he made the 3-style sans typeface Suber for an art fair in Paris. The roman transitional typeface Bota Serif (2015), which was inspired by Cochin (designed by Charles Peignot in 1912) is a custom font designed for Hotel des ventes de Poitiers. In 2017, it was finally released for retail.

In 2016, Adrien designed the bold titling typeface Debeo and the modern condensed Latin/Arabic typeface 29LT Adir (with Naji El Mir; at 29 Letters).

In 2017, he published the piano key typeface Mixal, which became a large experiment on variable fonts and is free for everyone.

Typefaces from 2018: Kern, Kern Office (a sans with some Futura features), Forno (sans), VTF Lack (a free single weight monoline geometric sans for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic, published by Velvetyne), Metal (an all caps multi-width variable font originally designed for marché Dauphine), Orelo (a 120-style high-contrast fashion mag font family; +Orelo Hangul, 2020).

Typefaces from 2019: Ultra Solar (experimental), 1871 Mane (a custom sans typeface), Wasa (a tense sans in seven styles), Shrill, Gangster Grotesk (free), Stupid (a hacker / hipster font), Kern (geometric sans).

Typefaces from 2020: Shreck Issue (very tall and ultra-condensed), Metal (brutalist), Version ACT (a two-axis variable font), Debeo (a heavy sans), Dozza (a hybrid family named after ITC Mendoza by Jose Mendoza Almeida), XMX (experimental).

Typefaces from 2021: Campingo (a roundish informal typeface inspired by camping and outdoor life), Bota (with Ines Davodeau: first designed for Boissnot&Tailliez, Bota is a modern interpretation of Georges Peignot's Cochin (2012)), Pleasure (hipsterism pushed to the fringe of addiction), Model Standard (ModelStandard Mono, ModelStandard SemiMono, ModelStandard Sans).

Dafont link. Klingspor link. Behance link. Another Behance link. Hellofont link. Velvetyne link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Adrien Missera

Student creator in Paris of the thin blackboard bold typeface A Deux C'est Mieux (2014) and the display / logotype typeface Palais de Tokyo (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrien Tétar

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Adrien Vasquez

Adrien Vasquez is from Grenoble, France. He studied in Valence and the University of Reading (class of 2011). He lives in London and teaches type design at ESAD Valence. His graduation typeface at Reading was Modern Seven (2011), a didone family for Latin and Cyrillic that comes with its own Modern Slab Serif.

With John Morgan, he founded Abyme in 2017. At Abyme, he published these typefaces:

  • English Egyptian (2011-2017, with John Morgan). English Egyptian is an interpretation of William Caslon's Two Lines English Egyptian of 1816, considered by some to be the first sans serif printing type to be sold commercially.
  • Nizioleti (2011-2017, with John Morgan). Named and modeled after the nizioleti, or Venetian street signs, Nizioleti is typeface consisting of painted letters stencilled within white plaster panels directly onto the city walls, in use since the early 19th century.
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Adrien Zammit
[Formes Vives]

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French outfit that designed the bullets/pixel dingbat font Signotek (free) in 2000. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Ion Lazarescou]

Afterlounge.com is run by Ion Lazarescou (b. 1976), a Frenchman from Levallois-Perret who since 2000 is the artistic director for APM Publicité. He designed Helltime and Fuconexbo at Typograsfree. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Agathe Boudin

Parisian graphic designer. Creator of Evolutive Typeface (2013, alchemic). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Agathe Challeton

During her studies, Agathe Challeton designed the free typeface Wisigotik (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Agathe Nedelec

During her graphic design studies in Nantes, France, Agathe Nedelec designed the art deco typeface Stroke (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Agathe Pourchet

Aix-en-Provence-based designer of the bold sans typeface Pina (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Agathe Richard
[Lettres Vagabondes (or: Fonts by Holyrose)]

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Agence Eureka

Flickr page by Agence Eureka, which has scanned many lettering books from the art deco era and the immediate post-war era. [Google] [More]  ⦿

A.-H. Bécus

Parisian type foundry. In 1882, they published a specimen book, Spécimen des caractères de labeur de l'imprimerie typographique A.-H. Bécus.

Scans: Bretonnes, normandes, initiales, initiales allongées, elzevier. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aiko Oshima

As a student at ENSAD in Paris, she co-designed Rosart (2002), a font based on lettering by the famous 18-th century Belgian typographer. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Parisian graphic and web designer who created a cursive typeface and Thing Icons in 2014. In 2015, he/she created a multicolored circle-based alphabet. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿


French digital type foundry, est. 2007, located in Lille. The type coop includes Stéphane Meurice, Xavier Meurice, Sébastien Delobel (the three founders), as well as Jérémie Perrin and Baptiste Servais.

Commercial fonts include these made by Atelier Télescopique: Stone Heure (2007, multiline), Ader, Bepierre (pixel), Beye (pixel), Birinte (experimental), Boureuse (an elegant geometric sans), Byme, Capulco, Ciceron (dot matrix), Delory (clean sans), Dicion (dot matrix), Dixca (pixel), Fisher, Fluo (2012-2014, a stencil font by Xavier Meurice and Sébastien Delobel), Hic, Kune (sans family), Lailuya, Lienne, Mentable (dot matrix), Mento (clean sans), Merik, Miante, Micale, Mulette, Naconda, Nalfabait (dings), Natomi (techno), Nibalsmith (ultra-fat), Norak, Normal, Peindice, Rabik (paperclip face), Raoul, Rijsel (2013, sans), Rondie (kitchen tile), Rubal, Scard, Screenex, Stone Heure (prismatic), Singolo, Sphiquesy, Steroid, Stuce, Tino, Tomica, Treen, Varo, Velinge (dings), Veu, Vrette, Vure, Yoli (dings), Xatif, Zofage.

Corporate typefaces by them include the Quechua family (for the sports company Quechua in Domancy, France), which consists of four typefaces, Bionnassay (for cross-country skiing), Forclaz (mountain hiking), Arpenaz (for recreational hiking) and Capcir (for Nordic skiing).

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Ainsifont (was: Atelier Telescopique, or: Fonderie Nordik)
[Xavier Meurice]

Fonderie Nordik was a French type foundry in Wasquehal near Lille, which published some fonts such as Tomica (2009, a geometric sans done for Wéo Télé Nord Pas de Calais), Le Dixca, Le Cicerond, LaNormal, La Lienne. Founded in 1998 by Xavier Meurice and Sébastien Delobel, it changed its name in 2007 to Atelier Telescopique and then to Ainsifont. Stéphane Meurice and Guillaume Berry are also involved.

Font list: Font list: Scard (2000, Xavier Meurice), Stonehenge, Dixca (free pixel font), Fish, Delory, Lienne (2001, with Delobel), Bizeau, Raoul, La Cidulée, Ader (Xavier Meurice, 2002), Tex (2002, pixel font by Xavier Meurice), Normale (free), PSUS (Xavier Meurisse, 2000), Bépierre, Péro, SV01 (dings), Cicerond (free dot matrix font), Réka (2001, Meurice and Delobel), Nuk, Stéroide, Rosoir (2002, Xavier Meurice, dingbats), Equinox, Acropik, Wazemmes, Kune, Stoneheure (2001, Xavier Meurice), Sphiquesie (Xavier Meurice, 2002, an octagonal font), Nyctalope (2002).

Xavier Meurice participates in the type cooperative Ainsifont in Lille. His typefaces there include:

  • The rounded sans typeface Fluo (2012, with Stéphane Delobel).
  • AF Singolo (2012, with Stéphane Delobel). A stencil typeface created for Lille Design.
  • Mento (2015, with Stéphane Delobel). Original from 2007.
  • Playtime (2012-2018). A stackable sans typeface by Xavier Meurice and Sébastien Delobel.
  • Raoul (2007, with Stéphane Delobel). Original created for the Kursaal in Dunkirk, and named in honor of Lille-based singer Raoul de Godewarsvelde.
  • Rubal (2011).
  • Screenex.
  • Stone Heure (2011). A prismatic typeface.
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Airbus: B612

B612 is a free Google font published in 2018 by a team of designers. They explain: B612 is a highly legible open source font family, designed and tested to be used on aircraft cockpit screens. Its design makes it particularly suitable for degraded contexts (ensuring legibility and readability of data), with a positive effect on reducing visual fatigue and cognitive load. Particular attention was given to the uniformity of the typeface, whether being used for isolated terms, reading information on a map, mixing capital letters and numbers, waypoint lists, long or abbreviated texts, specific terms and data in the aeronautical field. In 2010, Airbus initiated a research collaboration with ENAC and Université de Toulouse III on a prospective study to define and validate an aeronautical font: the challenge was to improve the display of textual data information on all cockpit screens, concerning more specifically legibility, readability and reading comfort, and to enhance the overall cockpit consistency. The typographical research was conducted through iterations from experimentation to design. Two years later, Airbus came to Intactile DESIGN in order to design and develop the eight variants of the font. Baptized B612 in reference to the imaginary asteroid of the aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the font has been optimised following a calligraphic approach, in order to preserve the readable qualities of humanist typefaces like réales and incises, but also the technical and functional image of sans serif or bitmap. B612 is a two-weight font family including roman and italic styles but also a monospaced variation, B612 Mono. It was designed in 2012 by Nicolas Chauveau, Thomas Paillot and Jonathan Favre-Lamarine from the design agency Intactile DESIGN, and Jean-Luc Vinot from ENAC (French National University of Civil Aviation) Interactive Informatics Team for Laurent Spaggiari from the Airbus Human Factors department---prior research by Jean-Luc Vinot (DGAC/DSNA) and Sylvie Athènes (Université de Toulouse III). In 2017, Airbus agreed to publish the font with an open source license (Eclipse Public License) within the Polarsys project, an industry-oriented project hosted by the Eclipse foundation. B612 project was awarded the Observeur du Design: Industry Star in 2018.

Github link for B612. Google Fonts link for B612 Mono. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Loïc Sander]

Loïc Sander (Akalollip) is a Strasbourg-based graphic and type designer, b. Germany. He is associated with Production Type.

Creator of the free font family Fengardo Neue (2012, Velvetyne Type Foundry and Open Font Library), a (very) humanist sans with a Gillian lower case g.

In 2015, he designed the didone typeface family Trianon at Production Type, in Text, Grande and Caption sub-families. Benedikt Bramböck writes: Weighing in at a total number of forty-two styles spread out over four size-specific families, it is certainly not another blunt revival of a Didot typeface. Even more remarkable than the size of the type system is the stylistic scope it covers, including elaborate italics, monolinear Lights, heavily slab-serif-flavored Caption cuts, and Grande styles that verge on becoming stencils---all referencing different works from the golden era of the Didots. With this pluralism of style and character, Trianon almost commands you to use it in all the "wrong"ways, exhibiting flamboyant shapes, flexibility, and individuality. In 2016, he added the gorgeous fat didone typeface Trianon Normande, which was done with the aid of Sandra Carrera, Roxane Gataud and Yoann Minet at Production Type.

Fontsquirrel link. Loïc Sander at Velvetyne. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Akbar Ahmad

Paris-based designer of the great custom vintage typeface Illusions of Grandeur (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


French designer (b. 1972) of the Celtic look typeface Akvaleir (2007). Dafont link. Aka Ysengrin. [Google] [More]  ⦿

AL Creation

Rennes, France-based designer of Fire Stone (2018) and Trombone (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Al Luce

Lyon, France-based designer of the art nouveau-lettered illustration Metadream (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alain Chavard

Ex-student at Scriptorium de Toulouse who created this roman inscription face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alain Rodriguez

In 2012, Parisian graphic designers Thomas Bizzarri and Alain Rodriguez co-designed Feu (a sans face) and Thermidor (a revival based on the work of French type designer Charles Beaudoire (end of the nineteenth century), custom designed for the Feu Sacré books). Feu is an original typeface designed for the visual identity and the books of the publishing house Le Feu Sacré. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alan Cloiseau

Paris-based designer of the free comic book typeface ACL (2020) and the commissioned typeface Club Med Pictograms (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alan Marshall

Alan Marshall worked at the Musée de l'imprimerie in Lyon, France, from 1995 until his retirement in 2015. He was director of the Museum from 2002 until 2015. A type and book expert, Alan Marshall published Tout le monde connaît Roger Excoffon (2011). Musee de l'imprimerie link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alaric Garnier

Educated as a sign painter, he now poractices type and book design. Creator at Production Type of Mars Extended and Mars Condensed (2018) and the high-contrast inscriptional typeface family Kessler (2013-2019) which is a revival of a bespoke type commissioned in 1905 by Harry Kessler. Kessler won an award at 23TDC.

In 2020, he published the text family Big Daily at Production Type, which writes: Big Daily is inspired by daily newspaper typefaces---not ubiquitous headline display fonts, but the small copy. At its best in small point sizes from 6pt - 12pt, its contrast is both significant and sturdy, avoiding the clunky, zoomed-in nature of many fonts designed for this size. . [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alban Corbin

French creator of the scratchy hand-printed typeface Alban (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Albert Boton
[BVS Boton]

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Albert Hollenstein
[Studio Hollenstein]

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Albin Loyal

Nantes, France-based designer of the high-contrast tweetware typeface Punctuation (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aldona Gritzmann

Graphic designer in Paris, who created the textured decorative caps typeface Wykinanki (2015) [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alec Chignol

Montreuil, France-based designer of Brickcity (2013), a pixelish modular typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alejandro Lo Celso
[Pampa Type]

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Aleksandar Marjanovic

Graphic designer in Paris, who created the Latin / Cyrillic Slova Stencil typeface in 2015. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Parisian designer of Typo3 in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alessandro Colizzi

Alessandro Colizzi (b. Rome, 1966) is associate professor at Milan's Politecnico, Department of Design, where he teaches graphic design history, typography, and type design. He was professor at the Ecole de design of UQAM (Montreal) from 2005 to 2019, and visiting professor at the Design Academy Eindhoven (2014/15). He holds a PhD from the University of Leiden (with a thesis on Bruno Minari), an MA in Type Design from The Hague's Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, a postgraduate diploma from the Atelier National de Recherche Typographique (Nancy, France, 2001), and an MLitt in English Literature from the University of Rome La Sapienza (1985-2000). He researches graphic design history, typography, and information design and interned in 1999 with Paul Shaw at Parsons School of Design in New York. He is a member of the Nebiolo History Project and has been a member of the cooperative Italian type foundry CAST since 2019.

His typefaces include:

  • Mignonne (2004, aka Mirabelle). This was specially designed for small text setting under modern printing conditions.
  • The condensed Offbeat (1998, T-26, with Marco Tancredi).
  • Neon Nbl (2019-2020, CAST). Neon Nbl is a display typeface working at its best for headlines, posters and logos. It is the faithful digital redesign of the original geometric monocase sans designed by Giulio da Milano and released by Nebiolo in 1933-1934. The original face had different proportions with varying widths for each type size, ranging from extra narrow (72 pt) to wide (6 pt), while Neon Nbl comes in a coordinated range of weights (Thin to Bold) and proportions (UltraCondensed to Normal). Neon Nbl also comes in a shaded titling version (Ombra) in four styles. Colizzi extended the oroginal character set which now contains 700 glyphs per font.

Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Forma, Dattilo, Modulo. Nebiolo's last effort to produce a 'universal' typeface. Organizer of ATypI 2017 in Montreal. Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alex André
[Keussel Studio]

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Alex Chavot
[Apex Type Foundry]

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Alex Lasserre

Graphic designer in Toulouse, France, who created a geometric solid font and an experimental textured font in 2018. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex Roux

During his studies at l'Institut Supérieur des Beaux Arts de Besançon, France, Alex Roux designed a hipster typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandra De Assunçao

Based in Nates, France, Alexandra De Assunçao created the experimental typeface Le Renard Qui Court in 2013.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandra Dumas

Photographer and designer in Lyon, France, who created the curly vampire typeface Madlex (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandra Nolot

Graphic designer in Versailles, France. In 2015 she created Manel, a typeface that consists of letters drawn by a class of eight-year old children. She also designed the monoline sans typeface Leer (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandra Schaffner

Parisian art director who created the squarish modular typeface La Recalle (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandre Bassi

Alexandre Bassi is a type designer and researcher. He specializes in art direction, visual indentity and type design. During Type Paris 18, Alexandre Bassi designed Optika, a text typeface that was influenced by Dwiggins.

At ANRT, he designed the free script font Chaumont Script (2021), which is based on the handwriting of Chantal Jacquet, a sign painter in Chaumont (Haute-Marne, France) in the 1980s. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandre Carre

During his studies at ESAG-Penninghen, Paris, Alexandre Carre designed an unnamed modular typeface (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandre Condemine

Dijon, France-based designer of the all caps display typeface Alphabetica (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandre Debelloir

Graduate of the DSAA program at Ecole Estienne in Paris. In 2018, he released the grotesque typeface family Sonar at E162. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandre Delvert

During his studies in Bordeaux, France, Alexandre Delvert created the stencil typeface Bitmap Alphabet (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandre Dimos
[de Valence]

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Alexandre Godreau

Parisian illustrator and graphic designer who created the spurred typeface Peak (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandre Guerrero

In Lyon, France, Alexandre Guerrero designed the typeface Chambrine (2016) and Charmille (2016) for a school project. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandre Laügt
[La Vitrine de Trafik]

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Alexandre Lemarechal

Graphic designer in Toulouse, France (b. 1990, Tours, France). Creator of Typo 3D (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandre Leray

Graduate of ESAD Grenoble Valence, France in 2006. In 2012, Stéphanie Vilayphiou, Alexandre Leray, Coline Sunier and Charles Mazé co-designed the readable typeface Dauphine, which can be downloaded from Github and Open Font Library. See it in action on the web site of ESAD (Ecole Supérieure d'Art et de Design). Dauphine is a sans-serif font inspired by lettering in late 19th and early 20th century maps. ESAD Groble Valence link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandre Le Saulnier de Saint Jouan

As a student at ENSAD in Paris, he co-designed Poinçons (1999), a typeface based on a design of Fournier. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandre Liziard

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Alexandre Marc

French youngster (b. 1994) who created the simple hand-drawn typeface Newjosh (2012) and the grungy typeface Smoky Cloud (2012). He also made the African look caps typeface Tribalistik Tatwu (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandre Noyer

Roazhon, France-based designer of Sansandre Script (2019) and the shadowed sketched typeface Red Hook (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandre Renard

Paris-based Chilean student-designer of the art deco typeface Palais de Tokyo (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandre Rivault

Parisian creator of the very experimental typeface Typographie Modulaire (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandre Tonneau

Parisian graphic designer who created experimental typefaces such as Futidot (2013), and 1 Point Dudh (2013). Le First (2013) is a squarish typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexis Boscariol

Alexis Boscariol is a Paris-based freelance graphic and type designer. He completed his Masters in graphic design at ESAD Valence, before entering the Type Media program at KABK in Den Haag, The Netherlands, class of 2019. His KABK graduation typeface is Picardy, a variable font designed for the web. The display version also has a variable outline axis, enabling more interactivity and animations.

In 2020, he published the rounded display typeface Caspar Condensed at Future Fonts. Caspar Github link. Future Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexis Chevallier

Graphic designer in Bordeaux who created the 3d engineering typeface Bocave in 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexis Faudot and Rafael Ribas

In 2019, Alexis Faudot and Rafael Ribas released fifteen free fonts that are all revivals resulting from a 2015 workshop led by Jerome Knebusch at ANRT in Nancy, France, a 2016 workshop at ESAD Valence led by Jerome Knebusch and Thomas Huot-Marchand, a workshop at Hochschule Mainz and Gutenberg-Bibliothek, Mainz in 2016, a workshop at ISDAT in Toulouse, France in 2018, and a workshop at Bauhaus University Weimar and Anna Amalia Bibliothek Weimar in 2018. The project, entitled Gotico-Antiqua, Proto-Roman, Hybrid dealt with 15th century types between gothic and roman in the period 1459-1482. They explain: This relatively understudied period---after Gutenberg and before the consolidation of Jenson's model--extends from the earliest traces of humanistic tendencies to pure roman, including many cases of uncertain or experimental design, voluntary hybridisation and proto- or archaic roman. In 1459 in Mainz, Johann Fust and Peter Schöffer printed the Rationale Divinorum Officiorum by Guillaume Durand, using a typeface (now known as Durandus) that looked like no other before. From that point, we can follow a wide variety of developments, partly related to the travels of early printers from the Rhine area to Italy and France. By extension, we are also interested in the Private Press movement initiated by William Morris and Emery Walker at the end of the nineteenth century in England, which revived some of those typefaces before they were once more largely forgotten. The typefaces:

  • Ptolemy Great Primer 18 (from the 2015 workshop at HEAR Mulhouse). Ptolemy was designed in Chelsea by St John Hornby, Sidney Cockerell and Emery Walker, and was cut in 18 pt by Edward Prince for Cervantes's Don Quixote, which was published by the Ashendene Press in 1927. The type used until 1935 was a revival of Lienhart Holle's cut for Ptolemaeus's Cosmographia printed in 1482 in Ulm. It is possible that Lina Kahal was the actual designer at that 2015 workshop in Nancy.
  • Jessen Mittel 14 and Jessen Cicero 12 (from the 2016 workshop in Valence). Jessen Schrift is hybrid of gothic (blackletter) minuscules and roman capitals (including the characteristic Basque capital A) designed and cut without preliminary drawings in Offenbach am Main by Rudolf Koch for The Four Gospels, which was printed at the Klingspor press in 1926 and published by Koch himself. Formerly named Bibel-Gotisch, the type was released as Jessen in several sizes by the Klingspor foundry in 1930.
  • Hamlet Tertia 18 and Hamlet Cicero 12 (from the 2018 workshop in Weimar). Hamlet (also named Kessler-Blackletter) was designed by Edward Johnston and cut in three sizes (10, 12 and 18 pt) by Edward Prince for William Shakespeare's Hamlet (published by Harry Kessler's Cranach Press in Weimar in 1929). The type is based on the Durandus for the lowercases, and Sweynheim & Pannartz's Subiaco type for the capitals. Type design workshop at Bauhaus Universität Weimar and Anna Amalia Bibliothek Weimar, January 2018.
  • Parix Hybrid 111R (from the Toulouse workshop in 2018). This hybrid was first used in Toulouse by Johann Parix for Rodericus Zamorensis's Speculum vitae humanae, around 1475 (exact date unknown) and was used until 1481. Type design workshop at isdaT Toulouse and Bibliothèque municipale de Toulouse, February 2018.
  • Fust&Schoeffer-Durandus-GoticoAntiqua118G (from the Mainz workshop in 2016). Durandus's 118G, Gotico-Antiqua was first used in Mainz by Peter Schoeffer and Johann Fust for Guillaume Durand's Rationale Divinorum Officorum in 1459. The book displays two sizes, the smaller 92G for the main text and the bigger and more contrasted 118G used only for the colophon and later for the famous 48-line Bible in 1462. It was used until the end of the 15th century.
  • Sweynheim & Pannartz Subiaco 120R. A Proto-Roman first used in Subiaco by Konrad Sweynheim & Arnold Pannartz, for an edition of Donatus in 1465 (no longer preserved) and used until 1467 in four editions in total. Type design workshop with students of ANRT at Biblioteca Statale del Monumento Nazionale di Santa Scolastica, Subiaco, May 2018.
  • Sweynheim & Pannartz 115R A Proto-Roman first used in Rome by Konrad Sweynheim & Arnold Pannartz, for Cicero's Epistolae ad familiares in 1467 and used until 1476. Type design workshop with students of ANRT at Biblioteca Statale del Monumento Nazionale di Santa Scolastica, Subiaco, May 2018.
  • Spira 110R. A Proto-Roman first used in Venice by Johannes and Vindelinus de Spira for Cicero's Epistolae ad familiares in 1469 and used until 1473 by Vindelinus. Type design workshop at ENSBA Lyon and Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon, March 2017.
  • Rot 102R. A Proto-Roman first used in Rome by Adam Rot for Dominicus de Sancto Geminiano's Lecturae super secunda parte sexti Decretalium in 1471 and used until 1474. Type design workshop at HBK Saar and Bibliothèque municipale de Metz, Sarrebrücken, December 2016.
  • Rusch Bizarre 103R. A Proto-Roman first used in Strasbourg by Adolf Rusch for Raban Maur's De universo between 1467-74 (exact date unknown) and used until 1475. Type design workshop at ESAL Metz and Bibliothèque municipale de Metz, April 2018
  • Rusch 100G, Gotico-Antiqua first used in Strasbourg by Adolf Rusch for Balbus' Catholicon, between 1470-75 (exact date unknown) and used until 1478. Type design workshop at ESAL Metz and Bibliothèque municipale de Metz, April 2018.
  • Soufflet Vert 106R, Hybrid first used in Paris by the Au Soufflet Vert workshop for Guido de Monte Rochen's Manipulus Curatorum in 1476 and used until 1480. Type design workshop at ISBA Besançon and Bibliothèque d'étude et de conservation de Besançon, May 2018.
  • Zainer 96G, Gotico-Antiqua first used in Ulm by Johann Zainer for Jacques de Voragine's Legenda aurea not after 1477 and used until 1485. Type design workshop at Hochschule Aachen and Stadtbibliothek Aachen, October 2017.
  • Zainer Initials, richly decorated gothic initials of 45 mm height, first used in Ulm by Johann Zainer for the Spiritual Interpretations of the Life of Jesus Christ around 1478. Used until 1480. Type design workshop at Hochschule Aachen and Stadtbibliothek Aachen, October 2017.

ANRT Nancy link. Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexis Foucault

Parisian student-designer of the modular typeface STWO (2015) at ESAG Penninghen. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexis Gunkel

During his studies, Alexis Gunkel (Strasbourg, France) designed the grungy Track Ink typeface (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexis Merlault

French Lyon-based Creative Alliance designer of Esquisse (1996-1997) and Equilibre Gauche (1997-1998). He also designed Labeur (1998). Bio. Equilibre Gauche won the Morisawa award. Klingspor link. FontShop link. Linotype link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alexis Renard

As a student at Iscom Lille, France, Alexis Renard designed the Greek simulation font Horion (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexis Robin

Graduate of ESMA (Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques) in Nantes, France. As a student in 2016 at Ecole Sup de Pub in Bordeaux, he designed a bicolored modular typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Bruno Bernard]

French type and graphic designer (b. 1974) who lives in Asnières-sur-Seine and works in Paris. Educated at Ecole Estienne, Paris, and ANRT, Nancy, he designs custom-made typefaces and has released several commercial fonts including Adso and Mihaly. He co-founded BAT foundry in 2009 and set up Alfab in 2019. His typefaces:

  • Acheminé: for the French railway, the SNCF.
  • Adso: a hookish family done at the ANRT, and published at BAT Foundry in 2010.
  • Anima (2013).
  • Chanson: a serif revival from the 19th century.
  • Departure: a dot matrix face.
  • Dinette: commissioned by the graphic design studio Malte Martin.
  • Mazette (2013). A high-contrast stencil typeface.
  • Mgetine: for the corporate identity of MGET.
  • Mihaly Display (2019) and Mihaly (2013). A fine geometric sans family originally created for the Mihaly exhibition.
  • Montille: a formal calligraphic typeface for the Domaine de Montille.
  • Piccolo (1998): for the Figaro newspaper.
  • Posthume: a set of nice symbols for the Side One Posthume Theatre.
  • LFDJ (2010): a corporate organic all caps sans typeface for La Française des Jeux, art directed by Anja Krohne.
  • Quadrile (2013). A semi-stencil typeface for the visual identity of Quadrant.

At ATypI Montreal 2017 Bruno Bernard spoke on Excoffon Book, the last typeface by Roger Excoffon? [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alfred Moustache

Alfred Moustache (b. 1980) lives in France's Medoc. I did not know that Moustache was a family name in France, but I guess it must be. He created the straight-line high-contrast geometric typeface Auf Blik (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alice Bertin

Bordeaux, France-based student-designer at ECV of the display typeface Typoney (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alice Bottigliero
[Studio Pépouze]

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Alice Chapuis

Parisian designer of the shaded poster display typeface 45 Degrees (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alice Deparis

During her studies, Loos, France-based Alice Deparis designed the triangulated typeface Graphic (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alice Doan

Alice Doan (Paris, France) created the thin display typeface Bambou (2013) starting from Neue Helvetica. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alice Gautier

Parisian student-designer of the painter's font Karel Appel (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alice Hien

During her studies in Paris in 2016, Alice Hien designed the school script typeface Guariguette and the squarish titling typeface Jean. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alice Mancini

Parisian designer of the Peignotian typeface Mystelegant (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alice Mesguich

Free-lance art director and photographer who graduated from Esag Penninghen, Paris. Designer of the sketched poster typeface Cocorosie (2014), which was developed during her studies at ESAG Penninghen. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alice Péchot

Parisian designer who created the spurred typeface Changeante (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alice Protin

Grenoble, France-based designer of the pixelish video game typeface Space (2016) and the blocky color font Modular (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alice Pruvost

During her graphic design studies at ESAG Penninghen (Paris), Alice Pruvost created the artistic typeface Twist (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alice Resseguier

French type designer who contributes to FontYou. In 2014, Alice Resseguier co-designed the punchy poster typeface Kraaken FY with fellow FontYou designers Bertrand Reguron, Valentine Proust, Julien Priez, Gia Tran, Jérémie Hornus, and Alisa Nowak.

Bertrand Reguron, Alice Resseguier and Gia Tran co-designed the retro signage script typeface Coco FY (2014).

Alice Resseguier and Gia Tran co-designed the girly script typeface Lola Lola FY (2014). This typeface was forcibly renamed Chelly FY a few days after its first appearance, possibly because there already was a typeface called Lola by Laura Messeguer. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alice Savoie
[Alice Savoie, Frenchtype]

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Alice Savoie, Frenchtype
[Alice Savoie]

Alice Savoie is an independent typeface designer and researcher, b. 1984, based in Lyon. She studied graphic design and typography in Paris at Ecole Duperré and Ecole Estienne, and in 2006 graduated from the MA in typeface design from the University of Reading (UK). In 2014 she was awarded a PhD from the University of Reading for the research she carried out in collaboration with the Musée de l'imprimerie in Lyon (France). Her research focuses on the design of typeface in France, the UK and the USA in the postwar period, and for phototypesetting technologies in particular: International cross-currents in typeface design: France, Britain, and the US in the phototypesetting era, 1949-1975. She collaborates with international type foundries such as Monotype, Process Type Foundry, and Tiro Typeworks, and specializes in the design and development of typefaces for editorial and identity purposes. She also designs multi-script type families, including Latin, Greek, Cyrillic and Hebrew. She intends to sell her typefaces via 205 Corp.

Between 2008 and 2010 Alice joined Monotype as an in-house type designer, working mainly on custom type designs for international clients (The Times, Turner Broadcasting, Ogilvy, etc.). She has also contributed to the design of new typefaces for the Monotype library, such as the Ysobel type family (in collaboration with Robin Nicholas), and Rotis II Sans. Her type family Capucine is distributed by Process Type Foundry. In 2012 she collaborated with John Hudson/Tiro Typeworks over the development of the Brill typeface family for the Dutch publisher Brill. Since September 2013 she teaches typeface design at the Atelier National de Recherche Typographique in Nancy, and at ESAD Amiens (France). Her type foundry is called French Type.

She holds an MA and a PhD from the University of Reading (UK). She collaborates with design studios and type foundries on the design of multi-script typeface families. In 2018 she released the typeface family Faune, commissioned by the Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP) in partnership with the Groupe Imprimerie Nationale. Alice teaches and supervises research projects at ANRT Nancy and ENSBA Lyon (FR). She is the principal Post-doctoral Researcher on the Leverhulme-funded project Women in Type under the supervision of Fiona Ross at the University of Reading. Her typefaces:

  • Her graduation typeface at Reading, Capucine Greek (2007) has been awarded as the best text typeface of the Greek alphabet exhibition, taking place during the 3rd international conference on typography and visual communication in Thessaloniki, Greece, 2007. Capucine is a very informal, almost hand-printed family covering both Latin and Greek in many styles. In 2010, finally, she published Capucine at Process Type Foundry (Grand Valley, MN), where she was briefly part of Eric Olson's team.
  • The constructivist typeface Pozor (2005).
  • The connected handwriting typeface Jeanine, done in 2006 at the École Estienne in Paris, where she studied from 2004 until 2006.
  • In 2009, she co-designed Ysobel (Monotype; winner of an award at TDC2 2010) with type designers Robin Nicholas, head of type design at Monotype, and Delve Withrington. The sales pitch: According to Nicholas, the idea for the Ysobel typefaces started when he was asked to create a custom, updated version of the classic Century Schoolbook typeface, which was designed to be an extremely readable typeface - one that made its appearance in school textbooks beginning in the early 1900s. Buy it from Monotype.
  • Brill (2012), co-designed with John Hudson for Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands, won an award at TDC 2013.
  • The Royal Docks typeface was developed in 2012 for the London-based design studio APFEL (A practice for everyday life) as part of a wider architectural project by the London Development Agency, which proposed a new vision for the Royal Docks in East London. The strong-willed sans display typeface draws inspiration from the kind of industrial lettering frequently found around the Docklands, such as on cranes and containers. The typeface was used for a number of publications in relation to the redevelopment of the Royal Docks, and remains to this day exclusive to APFEL.
  • The Fred Fredburger family was conceived by Monotype as a custom design for the identity of a children's TV channel. Conceived to be fun, friendly and adventurous, Fred Fredburger is a distinctive family of five styles: The Headline versions are conceived to be visually striking and appealing to children, while the Roman, Bold and Condensed weights are a touch quieter in order to be comfortable to read at text sizes. All five weights are also designed to work harmoniously across five different scripts: Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew (designed by Alice Savoie) and Arabic (designed by Patrick Giasson).
  • Egra Tiflex was designed in collaboration with London-based Fraser Muggeridge Studio. The starting point for the design came from an unidentified set of old stamping capital letters produced by Tiflex, a French company specialised in industrial signage. A set of lowercase letters was later designed to accompany the caps, which was inspired from Grotesk wood types from the beginning of the twentieth century.
  • In 2014, she worked on the typeface family Bogartes, which is a contemporary tribute to French typographic history, from Garamond, Fournier, and Didot to the idiosyncratic shapes of the 19th century. As a result of its mixed genetic make-up, the typeface family is rather playful. The project was started with the support of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques.
  • Romain Vingt (2016) is a modern reinterpretation of a foundry face originally released by the Fonderie Alainguillaume at the beginning of the twentieth century. Alice writes: An elegant and voluptuous design with a resolutely French touch, this digital interpretation departs in places from its original model, just enough to withstand modern taste.
  • In 2016, she designed Faune for Centre National Des Arts Plastiques. It is freely available from Fontsquirrel and at the Microsite. Faune won an award at the Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition 2019.
  • Lucette (2021, Future Fonts). Alice writes: Lucette revisits the heavy top idea, a concept dear to French type designers throughout the last century. The typeface toys with the theory that emphasizing the top part of letterforms increases legibility, taking the concept to an extreme in Lucette Black. Lucette is loosely inspired by a variety of designs such as Gill Sans Double Elefans, Antique Olive, and the unreleased Nordica by Ladislas Mandel. Its name was chosen as a tribute to Lucette Girard, a talented letter-drawer who assisted some renowned designers throughout the second part of the twentieth century, including Adrian Frutiger, Roger Excoffon and Raymond Loewy.

Typecache link. Klingspor link. At ATypI 2014 in Barcelona she spoke about phototypesetting. Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw on Typefaces for telephone directories, a talk in which she and Dorine Sauzet describe Ladislas Mandel's oeuvre. Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp. Behance link. Estienne link. Reading link. Another link for the University of Reading. Fontsquirel link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alice Wolski

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Alicia André

Paris-based designer of Genesis Mono (2018), a display typeface that is influenced by nuclear disasters such as the one in Fukushima in 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alicia Garcia Garcia

As a student at ENSAD in Paris, he co-designed Bertrand (2003), a typeface based on work by the Fonderie Bertrand (end of 19th century). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alisa Nowak

French type designer who studied at Fachhochschule Düsseldorf (2009) and at the Ecole supérieure d'art et de design d'Amiens, France, class of 2011. At ESAD her graduation typeface was called Eskapade. In 2012, the blackletter typeface Eskapade Fraktur was published by Type Together. The angular weights Eskapade Regular and Eskapade Italic were added in 2012.

With Sebastien Degeilh, she is a partner in Nowak & Degeilh, a French type foundry started in 2012. At Nowak & Degeilh, she created the 3d geometric overlay font family Carton (2012).

For the next few yours, her work was published by Fontyou:

  • She co-designed the stylish Egyptian typeface Achille FY (2012) with Gia Tran, Gregori Vincens, Valentine Proust and Bertrand Reguron, and Achille II FY (2014) with Valentine Proust and Gregori Vincens.
  • With Gia Tran, Gregori Vincens, Valentine Proust and Elvire Volk, she co-designed the monoline sans display typeface Younion FY (2013). Younion One FY is free at Dafont.
  • Codesigner of Kaili FY (2013): an exotic typeface with crazy ligatures, inspired by Indian scripts, designed by Gregori Vincens, Bertrand Reguron, Gia Tran and Alisa Nowak.
  • The EPS format display typeface Alice FY (2013). Co-designed by Alisa Nowak, Micaela Neustadt, Gia Tran, Bertrand Reguron and Valentine Proust. Alice FY was inspired by Adrien Genevard's lettering. Sub-themes are Alice in Wonderland and playing cards.
  • The EPS format frilly script typeface Lullaby FY (2013), co-designed by Alisa Nowak, Micaela Neustadt, Gia Tran, Bertrand Reguron and Valentine Proust at Fontyou. It too was inspired by Adrien Genevard's lettering.
  • Exquise FY (2013). A fashion mag didone co-designed by Bertrand Reguron, Alisa Nowak, Valentine Proust, Elvire Volk and Gia Tran at Fontyou.
  • Bruum FY (2013) by Gia Tran, Alisa Novak, Micaela Neustadt, Bertrand Reguron and Grégori Vincens. Bruum FY is a curvy stressed elliptical sans typeface.
  • Four typefaces done with Luis Gomes and Jeremie Hornus: Booster FY (2013: a rounded sans), Gauthier FY (2013: a transitional typeface family, followed in 2014 by Gauthier Next FY), Lean-O FY (2013: a slab serif with leaning asymmetrical brackets; see also LeanO Sans in 2014), Marianina FY (2013: a contemporary condensed 24-style headline sans family with simple strokes. Characterized by kinks in the ascenders).
  • Gregori Vincens, Gia Tran, J&eacxute;rémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak co-designed the humanist sans typeface Klaus FY (2013).
  • The slender display typeface Sérafine FY (2013). Co-designed with Jason Vandenberg and Jérémie Hornus.
  • Codesigner with Mr. Zyan of the alchemic hipster font Pyrenees FY (2013).
  • She collaborated with Jérémie Hornus and Fabien Gailleul on the design of the astrological simulation typeface Astral FY (2013). The same group of three collaborated in 2014 on Naive Gothic FY.
  • In 2014, Adrien Midzic, Jason Vandenberg, Jérémie Hornus, Julien Priez and Alisa Nowak co-designed the creamy script Vanilla FY. It was renamed Vanille FY after a few days.
  • Still in 2014, Adrien Midzic, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak co-designed the very humanist sans family Saya FY and Saya Semisans FY.
  • Luis Gomes, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak co-designed the rounded sans typeface family Booster Next FY in 2014.
  • Joao Costa co-designed the thin lachrymal typeface Zitrone FY in 2014 at FontYou with Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak.
  • In 2014, Monica Munguia, Alisa Nowak and Jérémie Hornus co-designed the blackletter typeface Blackmoon FY.
  • In 2014, Matthieu Meyer, Alisa Nowak and Jérémie Hornus co-designed the wedge serif typeface Ennio FY at FontYou.
  • The punchy poster typeface Kraaken FY (2014) was designed by the FontYou team of Bertrand Reguron, Alice Resseguier, Valentine Proust, Julien Priez, Gia Tran, Jérémie Hornus, and Alisa Nowak.
  • In 2014, Joachim Vu, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak co-designed the classical copperplate script typeface Vicomte FY.
  • Codesigner with Jan Dominik Gillich of Sperling FY (2014, FontYou), a didone-inspired headline or fashion mag display typeface family.
  • Designer of Marianina Wide FY (2014).
  • In 2014, Alisa Nowak, Gregori Vincens and Andrey Kudryavtsev created Achille II Cyr FY.
  • Codesigner of Hansom Slab FY (2014, Gia Tran, Jeremie Hornus and Alisa Nowak).
  • Still in 2014, Julien Priez, Hugo Dumont, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak co-designed Rowton Sans FY, a sans family patterned after Gill Sans in six weights, from Hairline to Bold---named after Arthur Eric Rowton Gill, it has the Gillian lower case g but italic lowercase is a bit too far afield for my own taste, especially the squeezed g.

In 2015, Jérémie Hornus, Clara Jullien and Alisa Nowak co-designed the spurless / organic slightly inflated sans typeface family Diodrum at Indian Type Foundry. Diodrum Rounded (2020, by Manushi Parikh, Jérémie Hornus, Clara Jullien and Alisa Nowak) is a spurless organic sans family.

In 2016, Alisa Nowak, Julie Soudanne and Jean-Baptiste Morizot co-designed Graphico (Indian Type Foundry): Its letterforms are industrial and square-sided. The typeface looks like the product of precision mechanics: it should be featured together with tech---either old tech like appliances or watches, or new tech like apps and laptop stands.

In 2016, Alisa Nowak designed the all caps art deco / avant garde typeface family Inbox that comes with many great ligatures and interlocking glyph pairs. It was published at Indian Type Foundry.

Alpinist (2016) is a humanist sans with a small x-height optimized for magazine design and other editorial applications. The edges are slightly rounded for easy reading. It was designed by Jeremie Hornus and Alisa Nowak. Somehow, it evolved into Alpino at Fontshare.

In 2016, Jeremie Hornus and Alisa Nowak released Associate Sans and Slab (+Stencil), and Associate Mono at Indian Type Foundry. This is a family with an American gothic look.

Vesterbro (Jeremie Hornus, Alisa Nowak, Ilya Naumoff, Black Foundry, 2017) is a high-contrast Latin / Cyrillic typeface with a Viking feel that won an award at Granshan 2017.

Papelli (2016) is an informal typeface family by Alisa Nowak and Julie Soudanne.

At Fontstore / Fontshare, she released the 6-weight sans typeface Excon in 2017. Excon is named after and a tribute to French designer Roger Excoffon (1910–1983). Excon's letters are top-heavy, a rarely-explored idea in type design Excoffon himself experimented with.

In 2017, Jérémie Hornus, Théo Guillard, Morgane Pambrun, Alisa Nowak and Joachim Vu co-designed Bespoke Sans, Bespoke Serif and Bespoke Slab at Fontstore / Fontshare. In 2020, Bespoke Stencil was added.

In 2017, Jérémie Hornus, Julie Soudanne and Alisa Nowak designed the attractive titling didone typeface Zesta.

Zodiak (2021, Jérémie Hornus, Gaetan Baehr, Jean-Baptiste Morizot, Alisa Nowak, and Théo Guillard at Fontshare) is a free 24-style text family with Century-like newspaper roots and sturdy bracketed slab serifs that was originally named Claire (2020).

In 2020, Jeremie Hornus, Theo Guillard, Morgane Pambrun, Alisa Nowak and Joachim Vu co-designed Bespoke Stencil (2020, Fontstore). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alizée Ramiara

Lorient, France-based co-designer, with Justine Herbel, of the modular display typeface KWay (2018). In 2017, she designed the experimental hybrid typeface Jukebox. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alizée Thily

During her studies at ESAG Penninghen in Paris, Alizée Thily designed the hipster typeface Yung Lean (2016) for the Swedish music group Yung Lean. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Allain Guillaume

Typefounder in Paris, ca. 1900, whose production included Batardes coulées, Gauloises, and Ronde Ancienne (upright script). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Allen O'Toole

During his studies at ESAG Penninghen in Paris, Allen O'Toole created an outline typeface (2014). In 2015, he designed Subway Round (based on the principle of the bent paperclip), System A and a pixelish typeface. His graduation project in 2016 was the incised Midi typeface. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Jérémie Gauthier]

Almarena is a creative agency founded in 2006 and based in Lyon and Paris. In 2020, they released the retail font Almarena.

Typefaces from 2021: Miju (a sharp-edged display font inspired by Japanese culture), 1769 Display (an elegant and modern serif typeface inspired by the history of France and more particularly the romantic movement (1700s and 1800s): the roundness of its characters and its numerous ligatures reflect the grace, refinement and sensitivity that were omnipresent during the 18th century), Almarena Mono (a hipster sans). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Aloïs Ancenay

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Alphabet érotique

This Lesbian erotic alphabet was published ca. 1910 by an anonymous French artist in Livre d'heures ou guide de la Dégrafée parisienne. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alphabeth de la Bourbonnoise

A French naked figure initial caps typeface from 1789. High quality image [46MB]. [Google] [More]  ⦿


French typographical rules. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alphonse Mucha

Born in Ivancice, Moravia (Czechia), in 1860, died in Prague in 1939. Famous for his sleek posters of women at the height of the art nouveau movement. In 1885 he studied at the Munich Academy of Art and then moved to the Academie Julian in Paris. In Paris, he took commissions for illustrations, portraits and decorative projects, but became most famous for his poster designs for plays, especially under the patronage of Sarah Bernhardt in the 1890s. The success of his posters led to a commercial career in decorative design for commercial and advertising products. Mucha also created jewelry designs, and briefly taught art in New York. In 1910, Mucha returned to Prague to work on nationalistic art, including murals, postage stamps, stained glass and bank notes.

Digital fonts that were inspired by Mucha:

CV. One of his alphabets. Viennese Secession link.

View commercial fonts that descend from Mucha's work. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

[Altay Dagistan]

Graphic designer in Istanbul, b. 1988, who now resides in Pornic, France. He made the free modular counterless futuristic typeface Beams (2012, OFL).

Typefaces from 2014 include Misket (created in Onur Yazicigil's class at Sabanci University). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Altay Dagistan

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Amanda Plenet

Graphic designer in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, who created the curly caps typeface Onduline in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amandine Dijoux

As a student in Bordeaux, France, Amandine Dijoux designed a modular typeface (2016), and a rounded text typeface, Bellaria (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amandine Loiseleur

Paris-based student at ECV Digital in 2016. Designer of the art deco typeface Aventure (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amandine Mauvais

French designer of the stick font Tokyo (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amaury Hamon

Amaury Hamon (Lille, France) created the alchemic typeface Modulando in 2013 during his graphic design studies.

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[André Baldinger]

André Baldinger is the Swiss typographer and type designer (b. 1963) who made the Newut (1996, all letters of equal size, and thus a semi-unicase) and the B-Dot (pixel) families (1998). His outfit in Lausanne is called amb+. In 1994, he graduated from the Atélier National de Création Typographique (ANCT) in Paris. Since 1995, he teaches typography at the École supérieure d'arts visuels de Lausanne. He lives in Paris. Together with Philippe Millot, he heads the type design unit of the Creation and Innovation Research Centre (EnsadLab) at ENSAD Paris. He teaches typography and type design at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD) and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). He was involved in projects such as the logotype for the Cité Universitaire and a custom type for the Eiffel tower. He also digitized the Frutiger-Hunziker typeface CGP (used in the Centre Georges Pompidou, originally designed in 1974) in 1997.

The full list of his typefaces: AB BaldingerPro Font, AB BDot Font, AB BLine Font, AB CiteInter Font, AB Eiffel Font, AB Newut Font.

Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin where he introduced the Gering project. I cite: Based on a close analysis of typefaces created by Ulrich Gering at the Atelier de la Sorbonne and the Soleil d'Or workshop in the 1470s, the first typefaces produced in France, postgraduate students Timm Borg, Anthony Dathy, Perrine Saint Martin and Ok Kyung Yoon have been working on a versatile, modern font family for the last 2 years under the guidance and watchful eyes of André Baldinger and Philippe Millot. Focusing on two of Gering's designs --- a sturdy roman font that closely imitates the texture of blackletter and a roman with blackletter influences --- the EnsadLab team has developed a complete family, reviving the work of the father of the printed word in France and bringing together aesthetics rarely seen in such an ensemble. Working only a few hundred metres from the original site of Gering's workshop they have thoroughly reworked the letterforms found in the extant incunabula available in the Bibliothèque Nationale, complementing the original characters with italics, small caps, and supplementary weights, as well as all of the glyphs necessary in a 21st century font.

Klingspor link. Home page. Old URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Ambroise Maupate]

Ambroise Maupate (was AmboboDesign) made the pixel typeface B.M. Pixel (2008) and the handwriting typeface Binetruy Script (2011). Ambroise was born in 1989 and lived in Besançon, France. He joined Rezo Zero in Lyon. Home page. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ambroise Firmin Didot

Fourth generation Didot dynasty member in Paris, 1790-1876. Oldest son of Firmin Didot (1764-1836), the most influential of all Didot printers. He headed the Didot house with his younger brother Hyacinthe Firmin Didot. He was mainly a printer, and is known for his improvements in papermaking. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ambroise Firmin Didot

Member of the famous French printers family, 1790-1876. Author of Essai sur la Typographie. Paris, typographie de Firmin Didot frère (1851). Bigmore & Wyman mention that This work, an excerpt from the "Encylopédie Moderne," contains the result of the author's lengthened experience, and of his vast theoretical and practical knowledge of the subject. The early history of printing is treated with great clearness and a thorough acquaintance with the best authorities. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ambroise Maupate

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Amélie Bonet

French graphic and type designer who graduated from Ecole Estienne in 2005 with a thesis entitled La cancellaresca, L'âge d'or de la calligraphie italienne.. She also studied visual communications at Ecole Duperré in Paris. She has an MA in typeface design from The University of Reading (2009), based on her typeface Polydom, which covers Latin, Greek and Devanagari. Her other typefaces include Groe (2010), We Folk (2010, caps only), Operetta (a cancellaresca based on Tagliente's lettering), PSA (an iconographic and sans type system for Peugeot and Citroen), and Gustan. She lived in Los Angeles. In the spring of 2010, she joined Dalton Maag in South London as a type designer.

At Dalton Maag, she helped out with Nokia Bengali, which won an award at Granshan 2014.

Roxane (2011, Rosetta Type) covers Latin and Devanagari.

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Amélie Boutry

French type designer (b. 1977) currently based in Paris, who created Cargoth (2001), a hybrid of Carolingian and Gothic. Other typefaces by her include Pelleport in 2004 and Trente-trois in 2006. She is involved now in type design and corporate identity projects at Porchez Typofonderie. As a student at ENSAD, she co-designed the Garamond typeface Recréation (2000). Typofonderie link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Amélie Brunot

During her graphic design studies at E-Artsup in Lyon, Amélie Brunot created a grid-based compass-and-ruler typeface (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amélie Dugon

Amélie Dugon graduated with a Bachelor en arts plastiques visuels et de l'espace from ESA Saint-Luc in Tournai, Belgium, class of 2016. Strasbourg, France-based designer of a typeface that was inspired by Frank Gehry's architectural style. Just called Gehry (2015), it has the wavy look of early art nouveau types. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amélie Guilloux

During a workshop at Ensamaa, Paris-based Amélie Guilloux designed the elegant variously stressed text typeface Contralto (2018). She also created the marine-themed decorative caps typeface Undulata (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amélie Ruellan

At LISAA in Rennes, France, Amélie Ruellan designed a display typeface (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amélie Touchet

Marseille, France-based designer of the Memphis style color font Aigu (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amélie Valverde

During her graphic design studies in Lyon, France, Amélie Valverde created the experimental geometric typeface Moveo (2015) and Kutch (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amélie Wagner

Parisian designer of Alphabet Impossible (2012), in Escher's style.

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Ameline Larue

French type designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿


French designer of the graffiti typeface Ameze (2005). Web page. Yet another URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ana Lou

At ECV in Nantes, France, Ana Lou designed the display typeface Capsule (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ana Parracho
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Anaëlle Cuizinaud

Limoges, France-based designer of the sans typeface Moncada (2016) and the rounded slab serif typeface Copperfield (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anais Barthélémy

During her studies, Paris-based Anais Barthélémy designed the futuristic circle-based typeface Astronaut (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anais Mendes

During her studies in Paris, anais Mendes designed the circuit font Elektron (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anais Racaud

During her studies, Toulouse, France-based Anais Racaud designed a weathered typeface (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anaïs Guigue

Paris-based designer of the De Stijl typeface La Flottante (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anaïs Lefebvre

Parisian designer of the circle-based modular typeface Scolastifont (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anaïs Marie

During her studies in Rennes, France, Anaïs Marie designed the decorative color typeface Pastel (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anaïs Valentin

Anaïs Valentin, a graphic designer in Avignon, France, created the Thai simulation typeface Thaï Type (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ana's Fonts
[Ana Parracho]

Paris-based Portuguese designer (b. 1990) of the free old typewriter typeface Ana's Rusty Typewriter (2013) and the sans typeface Squiggly Asta (2013). In 2014, she made Night Still Comes (a 4-style serif family), a serif typeface family in four styles, Candlebright (blackletter), Mystery Typewriter, Strangeways (brushed), and Calling Cards (sans). In 2015, she created the informal typefaces Rough Notes and Chalk Marks. In 2016, she designed the connected script typeface Better Phoenix.

Typefaces from 2017: Reckless (thick brush), Bloxhall (art deco titling sans), Delirium (brush style), Blue Fires, Unexpected Typewriter, Wild Creatures (brush script), A Pompadour (11 styles, from retro sans to display), Night Wind Sent.

Typefaces from 2018: These Days (brush SVG font), Soft Notes (blackletter), Popless (Serif, Script), Pitch or Honey, Be Cool, Honolulu (a hand-drawn blackboard bold typeface), Floret, Landslide, Bellevue (brush), BigRiver (+Script), Farewell Angelina (a display family in Sans, Serif and Text substyles), Siren Song, Something Exquisite (signature font).

Typefaces from 2019: Amateur Typewriter, Be Cool, Big River (Sans, Script), Soul Drifter, Fletcher Typewriter, Rockford, Gumball (sans), Unika (a signature font).

Typefaces from 2020: Thesis Typewriter (an old typewriter font family), The Voyager (a decorated full-bodied sans), Leaves and Twigs (dingbats), Notes and Quotes, Honey and Smoke, Summer Days (a monoline fat finger font), Smoke Signals, Secretary Typewriter, Clockwise (a friendly sans), Calling Cards (a condensed sans), Pitch Or Honey, Porchlight (a text typeface inspired by vintage French types).

Typefaces from 2021: Little Things (a children's hand), Moon And Stars (handwriting and doodle bats), Dramatico Script (a rough-edged chancery script), Populaire Typewriter, Garden Song (a handcrafted text typeface), Morning Magpie (a fat finger font).

Typefaces from 2022: Handy Typewriter, Linoblox (a linocut font; +Ornaments). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Bouin

Rennes, France-based student-designer of the display typeface Straight Lines (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

André Allaguy-Salachy
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André Baldinger

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André Brossier

Printer in Bordeaux, France, 1767-1836. In 1808, he published Epreuves des caractères de l'imprimerie d'André Brossier à Bordeaux, rue Royale. Local download. [Google] [More]  ⦿

André Chante

French designer of Club (1972), Go (1972) and Or (1970), all at Hollenstein Phototypo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

André Housset

Basque type designer and lettering artist in Biarritz, France. Runs La Negresse there. [Google] [More]  ⦿

André Jammes

French type and photography historian, b. 1927, who is the son of Paul Jammes, who founded Librairie Paul Jammes in Paris in 1925. Author of many books. Those relevant to typography include:

  • La naissance d'un caractère: le Grandjean---la réforme de la typographie royale sous Louis XIV, Librairie Paul Jammes (1961) and Promodis (1985).
  • Didotiana, recueil d'articles consacrés à Ambroise-Firmin Didot, in Bulletin du bibliophile, 1990-1993, Paris, 1994.
  • Spécimens de caractères de Firmin et Jules Didot, Paris, Librairie P. Jammes Éditions des Cendres, 2002.
  • (with Isabelle Jammes) Collection de spécimens de caractères: 1517-2004, catalog, Paris, P. Jammes Éditions des Cendres, 2006.
  • Alde, Renouard & Didot: bibliophilie & bibliographie, Paris, Éditions des Cendres, 2008.
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André Vigneau

Author of [Etude publicitaire pour la fonderie] Deberny et Peignot. [Caractères d'imprimerie] (1932, Paris). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andréanne Roy

Quebec City-based designer of a piano key typeface for the identity and logo of the Musée du Jouet de Nantes (France) in 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿

André-Michel Lubac

French type designer, b. 1955, who drew the calligraphic Le Griffe in 1973 (Letraset).

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Andrei Bocan

Bordeaux-based designer of KNKTR, a severe modular typeface (2009). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andreosso Corentin

French graphical artist. During his studies, he designed the modular octagonal typeface Oriza (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andy Song

Creator (1936-1995) of the following phototype fonts at Studio Hollenstein: Arc en ciel (multilined), Indigo (1972; ornamental, art deco), Or (1967: prismatic). Or was digitally extended in 2016-2020 by Arve Båtevik as Store Norske Tyggis. Indigo was revived as a colour remix in 2021 by Arve Båtevik as Store Norske Stilig. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angèle Banus

During her studies at ESAG Penninghen, Paris-based Angèle Banus designed the bilined display typeface Eso (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angèle Banus

During her studies at ESAG Penninghen in Paris, Angèle Banus designed the bilined display typeface Esoteria (2017). In 2015, she designed two experimental typefaces as a tribute to Belgian singer Stromae. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angèle Prott

Trélguier, France-based student-designer of Nova Stella (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angele Cha

During her studies in Paris, Angele Cha designed two modular typefaces dedicated to Stromae (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Mathieu Texier]

French free font outfit offering work by Mathieu Texier, who is based in Bordeaux. Fonts include Angel Tribal, Funky Tribal and New Gothic.

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Angelique Boutaud

During her studies, Toulouse, France-based Angelique Boutaud designed a deconstricted brushy version of DIN (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anja Linke

As a student at ENSAD in Paris, he co-designed Bertrand (2003), a typeface based on work by the Fonderie Bertrand (end of 19th century). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anna Dardou

Paris, France-based designer of the experimental typeface Cercle in 2018. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anna Issabekian

Yerevan, Armenia-born and Paris-based graphic designer. Creator of Shape Type (2012, an octagonal or paper fold typeface).

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Anna Le ortz

French designer of the experimental all caps typeface Magnets (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anna Personne

During her studies at ECV in Bordeaux, Anna Personne created the ornamental Cyrillic caps typeface Cyrillique (2014) and the Bifur-style art deco typeface Modulaire (2015). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anna Piat

Parisian designer of Retro (2016), a geometric solid typeface inspired by the Café Français in Paris. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anna Rigaud

During her graphic design studies in Nantes, France, Anna Rigaud designed the Inca-inspired decorative caps typeface Inca (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Annabelle Perrin

Junior art director in Paris. Designer of the deco typeface Le Récit (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Annaelle Gobé

With the help of fellow students Claire Maroufin, Pauline Ah-Fa, Marie Peyrat and Mathilde Vogt, Annaelle Gobé designed the modern lapidary stencil typeface La Radica in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Annaëlle Cousinié

Graphic designer in Lyon, France. She created the colorful textured geometric solid typeface Dyslexie (2013), the geometric display typeface Codex (2016), and the connect-the-dots electronic circuit typeface Le Lien (2016, FontStruct). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anne Catel

Paris-based designer of Iris de Moüy (2011), a typeface that is based on the handwriting of illustrator Iris de Moüy. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anne Denastas

As a student at ENSAD in Paris, he co-designed Bertrand (2003), a typeface based on work by the Fonderie Bertrand (end of 19th century). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anne Elise Wu

Parisian creator of the multiline school project typeface Rature (2013) and of the curvy display typeface Boa (2014), which started out from the letters B, O and A, and tries to emulate the movements of a snake. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anne Faure

Lyon, France-based designer of the experimental typefaces Tangram (2017) and Alphabody (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anne Kieffer

During her studies at ESAG-Penninghen in Paris, Anne Kieffer designed the Peignotian typeface Rhoap (2012) and the modular display typeface Archer (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anne Lefebvre

In a workshop led by Laurent Bourcellier, Anne Lefebvre (Saint-Quentin, France) designed the hipster typeface Phasme (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anne Mars

Parisian type designer (b. 1968) who designed the dingbat font Microbe, 1997. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anne-Cécile Boulet

Parisian editorial designer, who created a typographically interesting calendar in 2011 entitled Un Jour Un Cocktail. Information design for cocktails at its best. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anne-Claire Gambet

Paris-based illustrator and graphic designer. Creator of the poster or logo type Gambette's Tyography (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anne-Dauphine Borione
[Daytona Mess]

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Anne-Lise Bertrand

During her studies at the École de Communication Visuelle ECV Aquitaine, Bordeaux-based Anne-Lise Bertrand designed the origami-style typeface White Shape (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anne-Mari Ahonen

As a student at ENSAD in Paris, she co-designed Métis (1998). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anne-Sophie Hostert

Parisian typographer and graphic designer. She created the experimental typeface called Brush (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anne-Sophie Poivet

Bordeaux-based designer who created the modular deco typeface Cir (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anne-Sophie Vandel

French designer of the rounded sans typeface SpeedBurger (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anouck Fourès

Toulouse, France-based designer of the nicely lettered piuece Leimotov (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anouk Hinoran

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Anouk Hinoran
[Spikerog Lab]

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The Atelier national de recherche typographique (ANRT) in Nancy is headed by Peter Keller (b. 1944, Basle, Switzerland). It is part of the École nationale supérieure d'art, BP 3129, 1, avenue Boffrand, 54013 Nancy Cedex, France. Tél : 03 83 41 62 82. Fax : 03 83 41 51 93. Peter Keller asked me to insert this blurb: " In 1985, the French ministry of Culture launched the National Institute for Typographic Research (ANRT), for the promotion of typography and type design. The educational approach of the Institute invites students to project themselves towards the future, to keep an open eye on the demands of the creative and industrial world. Experimental research should therefore be closely linked to the constraints of economic reality, while integrating th= e constantly changing cultural and technical factors. The program offers students the possibility of completing research in the area of their choice. Close ties and frequent contacts with respected designers and specialists in the field underline the openness of the Institute and its close links with the professional world. To apply : Candidates (graduate students from visual art schools, designers, artists=8A) who wish to be considered for the 2001/2002 term should send their application to the Administrator before 30 April 2001. After the initial selection procedure, retained candidates are requested to present their portfolio during an interview with the selection committee at the end of May 2001. The successful candidates will be notified by post.The term commences in October 2001 and ends in June the following year. Each year, the Institute offers a one year grant to students or professionals who wish to pursue research in these areas." [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anthony Beyer

French creator of Gagaille Premiere (2005) and Gagaille Seconde (2005). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anthony Bossard

French graphic designer, illustrator and type designer (b. 1982) who graduated from LISAA in 2006. His typefaces: Danoise (+Bold) (art nouveau influences, 2006), Station Debout (2006, sans), Krug (2006, irregular handwriting), Digitaline (2006), Forficula (2006, artsy). Bossard lives in Rennes, where LISAA is located. Dafont link where one can download Danoise. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anthony Datty

Anthony Dathy is a graphic and type designer. He graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 2008 with a degree in graphic design. Since then he followed the type design programm of André Baldinger and Philippe Millot and worked as freelance designer on a variety of design projects, including identity, editorial and interactive design. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin. In 2009-2010, with fellow ENSAD students Timm Borg, Perrine Saint Martin and Ok Kyung Yoon, he developed a complete family of fonts that extend blackletter and roman typefaces by Ulrich Gering that go back to the 1470s. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anthony Martin

Freelance designer in Paris who made the modular display typeface Seraphin (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anthony Pate

Parisian designer of the modular typeface Dropline (2014) and the fluffy typeface Mouton (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anthony Phan

From the University of Poitiers, France, Anthony Phan's math symbol package (in metafont) is called mathabx (2002). It extends the Computer Modern mathematical symbol set. Other series by him, all in metafont: Mbb (2000, blackboard outline), Mcalligra (2001), Mxy (2002), Mgrey (2000). In 2011, type 1 outlines were made by Kohsaku Hotta. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anthony Pinna

During his studies at ECV Nantes, Anthony Pinna designed the decorative typeface Impromptu (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anthony Pinna

Nantes, France-based designer of the free textured typeface Alegreto Lettrine (2015), which was finished during his studies at ECV Nantes. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antique Categorie 1 (Deberny & Peignot)

A grotesque wood type family by Deberny and Peignot, shown in their 1936 specimen book Spécimen Général des Fonderies Deberny et Peignot Tome II. A PDF scan of Antique categorie 1 by yours truly. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antique Olive
[Roger Excoffon]

Antique Olive is a brash humanist sans-serif typeface designed in 1959 by French type designer Roger Excoffon for an Air France logo. It was released at Fonderie Olive (Marseille, France) as a retail typeface in 1962 with further development occurring until 1968. In addition to a basic weight, Antique Olive was produced in medium, condensed, wide, bold, condensed bold, extra bold (known as Antique Olive Compact), and ultra bold (known as Nord). Its almost reverse stress disqualifies Antique Olive from use as a body typeface. It was effectively used, e.g., in the Sesame Street credits from 1969 until 1983.

Digital revivals:

  • Antique Olive (Adobe).
  • Antique Olive (Linotype).
  • Antique Olive (URW).
  • Bitstream: Incised 901.
  • Antique Oakland (Brother Industries Ltd), late 1990s.
  • Antigone (Infinitype).
  • Antigone (Softmaker).
  • Ravenna Serial (Softmaker).
  • Oliva (Autologic).
  • AO (Itek).
  • Olive (Varityper).
  • OPTI Ancienta (Castcraft).
  • Antique Olive Heavy (1992, Gary Elfring).
  • Other names used by smaller outfits: Alphavanti, Berry Roman, Gibson Antique, Olivanti, Olive Antique, Oliver, Olivette, Olivette Antique, Olivia, Provence.

Digital typefaces influenced by Antique Olive:

  • Anton Moglia's Paysage (2020).
  • Kia Tasbihgou's Propos (2018).
  • Lena Douani's Teelay Sans (2017).
  • Aero (2011, Chester Jenkins and Jeremy Mickel).
  • Aurelien Vret's Prosaic Black (2017) is a distant cousin on Antique Olive Nord.
  • Kelly Media's Antiqua 1010 (1994).
  • Zizou or Clouseau (2011), by Christian schwartz. A reworking (from memory) of Antique Olive. This was published at the end of 2013 as Duplicate (2013, with Miguel Reyes). In three styles, Slab, Sans and Ionic. Commercial Type writes: Christian Schwartz wanted to see what the result would be if he tried to draw Antique Olive from memory. He was curious whether this could be a route to something that felt contemporary and original, or if the result would be a pale imitation of the original. Most of all, he wanted to see what he would remember correctly and what he would get wrong, and what relationship this would create between the inspiration and the result. Though it shares some structural similarities with Antique Olive and a handful of details, like the shape of the lowercase a, Duplicate Sans is not a revival, but rather a thoroughly contemporary homage to Excoffon. Duplicate Sans was finally finished at the request of Florian Bachleda for his 2011 redesign of Fast Company. Bachleda wanted a slab companion for the sans, so Schwartz decided to take the most direct route: he simply added slabs to the sans in a straightforward manner, doing as little as he could to alter the proportions, contrast, and stylistic details in the process. The bracketed serifs and ball terminals that define the Clarendon genre (also known as Ionic) first emerged in Britain in the middle of the 19th century. While combining these structures with a contemporary interpretation of a mid-20th century French sans serif seems counterintutive, the final result feels suprisingly natural. The romans are a collaboration between Christian Schwartz and Miguel Reyes, but the italic is fully Reyes's creation, departing from the sloped romans seen in Duplicate Sans and Slab with a true cursive. Mark Porter and Simon Esterson were the first to use the family, in their 2013 redesign of the Neue Züricher Zeitung am Sonntag. Because the Ionic genre has ll ong been a common choice for text in newspapers, Duplicate Ionic is a natural choice for long texts. Duplicate Ionic won an award at TDC 2014.
  • Utile (2020, Kontour Type). Utile was influenced by Hermann Zapf's Optima in its flaring and by Roger Excoffon's Antique Olive in its brashness.
  • Oliver New (1995, Anastasia Babalyan at TypeMarket).
  • Filt (Martin Fredrikson Core).
  • Chalfont (2003, Alan Meeks).
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Antoine Augereau

French type designer and punchcutter, ca. 1490-1534, and teacher of Claude Garamond in Paris. He was one of the first French to engrave roman letters, when other French printers were mostly using blackletter. He began to work for Robert Estienne, one the first Parisian printers to use this type. Influential in creating a French typographical look, he was hanged for printing a poem without permission. George Abrams' rendering of Garamond, called Augereau [digitized by Charles Nix], is a wonderful text family! Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Antoine Begon

French designer who has made some typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antoine Boire

Nantes, France-based designer of the decorative geometric didone alphabet Palansia (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antoine Brun

Antoine Brun is a French graphic designer based in Paris. After a bachelors in graphic design at LTAA Auguste Renoir Paris (class of 2019), he specialized in identity, editorial graphics and typography.

Designer of the phantasmagoric typeface Kaliste (2020) at Lift Type. During a workshop led by Yoann Minet, he designed Liza, which was inspired by Benguiat Caslon, and under the supervision of Julien Priez, he created the letterpress typeface Emily. Commissioned typefaces by Brun include Hic&Nunc (a brush type), and Opie. Finally, he created the modular typeface Module. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antoine Chrétien Fils

Foundry in Paris, operational from 1688 until 1706, when Antoine Chrétien fils (the son) died. Cover of his 1689 specimen book. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antoine Colombeau

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Antoine Crama

Vincennes, Paris-based designer of the sans typeface Locutio (2014). His web site also called Locutio. In 2020, he went public at MyFonts. His first font released on that platform was the nine-style humanist sans family AC Texto, which was meant to be used for sending text messages. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Antoine Decerisy

Baule, France-based designer of a few handcrafted alphabets (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antoine Derouineau

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Antoine Doury

Designer at Autre planète with Thierry Charbonnel of the ink splash dingbat typeface Oups (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antoine Elsensohn

Parisian graphic designer who created the fat stencil typeface Fatty Boom Boom (2014), a project finished during his studies at ESAD Amiens. In 2014, Samy Halim, Antoine Eisensohn and the FontYou team co-designed the haedline typeface Ilya FY, which is characterized by flared stem endings.

During his studies at ESAIG Estienne in Paris, Antoine Elsensohn designed the reversed stress typeface Navigator (2016) under the guidance of Franck Jalleau and Michel Derre. Ballast (2016) is a bold supermarket typeface. Damocles (2017) is a demi-contrast lapidary typeface. Tactic (2018) is a wide sans. Tactic, Navigator and Damocles were all released at E162.

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Antoine Gelgon

Graduate of ESAD Valence. French designer of the free font Autopia (2014) that can be downloaded from Open Font Library: This project was initiated during the Summer School of OSP in August 2013. The particularity of this fonts is in the process of developing its shape. The skeleton was generated through Autotrace Program (a program that converts bitmaps to vector graphics). Calligraphic forms were drawn with Python Fontforge's code. Github link.

In 2015, he released Career.

In 2019 he designed the free typeface Meta Old French using the Plancton font editor, based on Luuse's Hershey Old French (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antoine Grootaert

Lille, France-based designer of the blocky 3d typeface Typo Architecturale (2016), which is inspired by the architecture in Lille. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antoine Guinet

Parisian designer of an untitled modular typeface in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antoine Martin

Parisian designer of a reverse contrast serif typeface in 2017. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antoine Mauron

During his studies at DSAA Design Graphique, Lycée La Martinière Diderot in Lyon, France, Antoine Mauron created Tubular (2014) and mauron Display (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antoine Perrenot
[Perrenot et Fils]

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Antoine van Waesberge

Strasbourg, France-based designer of Diagonale (2015), Vel Textus Nova (2014, inspired by both Textura and Suetterlin Schrift), the monospaced typeface Wisconsin Monospaced (2014), of Cro-Magnon Antique (sans) and of the maritime sans Fsk (2013).

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Antoine Vérard

Famous Parisian printer and publisher (1450-1512 or 1519), who also on occasion illustrated and even wrote texts. The link shows a Venetian wide-feathered alphabet of initial caps made around 1500. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antoine Veronneau

During his studies at ECV Nord Europe, Antoine Veronneau (Lille, France) created the modular display typeface Volcano (2015) and the cursive font Velvet (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antoine Wadin

Carvin, France-based designer of an outline compass-and-ruler typeface in 2019. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Antoine Crama]

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Antoinette de Maintenant

During her studies at ESAG Penninghen in Paris, Antoinette de Maintenant designed the 1970s era typeface Pepite (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anton Moglia
[Maous Studio]

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Antonin Bonnet

In 2020, at The Type Department, Paul Coumoul, Clothilde Bouan and Antonin Bonnet published the display typeface Octane. It is a variable font with two axes, weight and width. Octane is a free font consisting of a total of 18 weights, but the free version consists in fact only of one variable font and it has no numbers. They explain that Octane was initially created to fit with any car designed by Pininfarina. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antonin Caulo

In 1856, Antonin Caulo published many alphabets, including Alphabet De Personnages and Alphabet des Diableries in Nouvelle collection de lettres de différents genres à l'usage de MM les peintres et graveurs (chez Caudriller, Paris). The latter book showcases about 50 decorative all caps alphabets. An earlier version, published by Grim, is dated 1846. It can be downloaded from Google Books. Local download. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antonin Schéou-Archibald

During his design studies in Lyon, France, Antonin Schéou-Archibald created the art deco typeface Nausicaa (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antony Squizzato

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Antony Villéger

Graphic designer in Reims, France, where he runs bertholet&villéger, a multidisciplinary design studio. Behance link. He created a special elliptical sans face for his logo in 2010. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anybo Design
[Thomas Villain]

French designer of the free typeface Subotype (2018). Open Font Library link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

AP Fonts
[Michel Welfringer]

Paris-based type foundry set up in 2006 by Thierry Charbonnel, Nicolas Hoffmann and Michel Welfringer as a commercial outlet for Les Designers Anonymes (Hoffmann&Welfringer) and Autre planète's fonts (Charbonnel). Hoffmann and Welfringer designed Normale (2006) and Edibulle (2006). Charbonnel created Digital Planet (2006, futuristic) and Oups (2006, ink splashes; with Antoine Doury). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Apex Type Foundry
[Alex Chavot]

Lyon and/or Paris, France-based graphic designer and illustrator. He created the geometric fat counterless Tangoes and the monoline sans faceSlim in 2009.

Aka UnderNoControlTypofoundry.

Creations in 2012 include the free font Modul (OFL), Lavoir (OFL, based on an old art-deco public bath sign in Lyon), Interval (OFL, monospaced) and Modulo (OFL).

In 2016, he designed the delightful fat sans display typeface Marsel Black, and writes: What could have happened if Roger Excoffon and Eric Gill gathered in Marcel Olive's backyard in Marseille to share a few Pastis back in the days? In some way, Marsel could be the result of this hypothetical experiment. A colourful fat sans with uncanny high contrasts and utter personality. While flirting with the strangeness of Gill's Kayo, Marsel primarily stands as a very distant hommage to Excoffon's mythical Antique, a reminiscence of a Latin taste for exuberance.

Typefaces from 2018: Pyros (a didone with Hebrwew influences), Peckham (transitional).

Home page.

Typefaces from 2019: Kellar (a smashing quirky headline didone named after Thomas McKellar).

Typefaces from 2020: Gortex (an agate typeface), Hazel Display Nerw (stencil), Smithee (a condensed American gothic; Alex writes: The basis for Smithee was found in an old French foundry's wood type specimen in the archives of the Musée de l'imprimerie et de la communication graphique, in Lyon), Almeria (a display typeface developed between 2015 and 2020).

Typefaces from 2021: Practical Grotesk (a Swiss sans), Granit Display (based on granite headstone engravings). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Apolline Angebaud

Paris-based designer of Gambadi (2014), an organic sans typeface that was inspired by dance. This typeface was finished during her studies at ESAG Penninghen. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Applied Meta Projects (was: Tunera Type Foundry, Ariel Graphisme)
[Ariel Martin Perez]

Born in the Canary Islands, Ariel Martín Pérez is a freelance art director and illustrator based in Paris. He set up Ariel Graphisme. In 2020, he founded Tunera Type Foundry with Anton Moglia. In 2021, he started Applied Meta Projects. Parisian designer of Nord Sud Boulenger (2015), a squarish all caps typeface based on the tiled letters used in the subway in Paris on the Nord-Sud line (now lines 12 and 13). It is named after the Boulenger tile factory, also known as the Choisy-Le-Roi tile factory.

In 2018, he designed the display typeface CMT and the free typeface Ouroboros (at Velvetyne), a font for alchemists, witches, heretics and outsiders that has art nouveau elements. In 2021, he improved some curves and added some symbols suggested by artist Hélène Mourrier.

Typefaces at Tunera:

  • Brassia (Ariel Martin Perez). A wavy typeface designed in 2019.
  • Canarina (Ariel Martin Perez). Canarina (2020) is an angular font inspired by the Canary Islands, that celebrates its history and culture. Perez writes: Canarina is a fingerprint, a phonolitic stone, the leaf of a succulent plant, the silhouette of a volcanic rock against the sky, a feeling that is hard to translate.
  • In 2020, with Sébastien Hayez, he released the free typeface Cantique at Velvetyne. Cantique was inspired by some hand-carved titles used in post-romantic French bookplates, both for their ornamental qualities and for their kind of medieval mood.
  • Générale Station (Ariel Martin Perez). In 2017, he designed the free typeface families Générale Mono (octagonal, bi-width), NordSudA, NordSudB and NordSudC. Générale Mono was extended in 2019 to Générale Station.
  • Kobata (Ariel Martin Perez). An experimental pixelish typeface from 2020.
  • Manosque (Ariel Martin Perez). Manosque (2019) is a bulky rounded typeface inspired by lettering found in the train station of Manosque, a city in the south of France.
  • Paysage (Anton Moglia). Paysage is a redesigned and extended version of Garcia Regular, a typeface started in 2016. This humanist sans released in 2020 was inspired by Roger Excoffon's Antique Olive.

Behance link. Open Font Library link. Old link to Ariel Graphisme. Ariel Martin Pérez at Velvetyne. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aquila Quentin

Aquila Quentin (aka Qkila on the fluid) is a French designer, most likely located in Nimes. Creator of the human typeface dingbat font Fluid Death Qkila (2011), of Vandal on The Fluid (2011, shadow display face), of Broken Fluid (2011), Fluid Christmas (2011), Fluid Spiral (2011), Rock n Fluid (2011) and of the counterless geometric typeface Cube Kila (2011).

In 2013, he designed Level 01, Bombing, Quenelles, La Bande en Baskets (baseball script), Super Cube, Smoke The World, Mr. Poppey, Haricot Magique, Moulin Rouge, Slam (a confident script face), Je n'aime pas le lundi, Love You Mom (+Shadow), Felix (brushy script), Carte Postale (neatly hand-printed letters), Dos Campos, Promotion (grungy caps), Shoes Center, Vertige, Sold Out, Chomage (a textured typeface), Origine du Monde, Metropolis, Crazy Cookies (a 3d face), Spectro, Sea&Turtle, Vamos A La Playa, Bad Boy (dingbats), Yo Mama (outlined typeface), Fat & Cap, Miaou, Basscrw, Fluid LCD, Jam Session, and Fluid Maska (grunge), La Chim de 23:50, Milk Shake Fraise, Made in France, Quand Tu N'es Pas La (a shaded typeface), Souvenir, Filament Galactique, Street Hunter, Eau de Rose, Good Life, Poker Style, Painterz, Spoutnik (constructivist typeface), Jeans de Nîmes, Clothing Brands (script), Moulin Rouge, Mexican Fiesta (Victorian ornamental typeface).

Typefaces from 2014: This Night (grunge), Mirabelle (fat brush script), Kaleidoscopic Vision (dingbats), Kaleidoscopic Mind (dingbats), Chrome, Ghetto Fabulous, Pink Vapor (upright connected brush script), Cargo, Snack, Queen of Today (script), Trouble (grunge), Hip Hop Lab 1, Grind, Road Trip (graffiti font).

Typefaces from 2015: Moi Je M'en Fous (brush script), Peinture Fraiche (fresh paint sign emulation).

Typefaces from 2016: Bigiliw Patterns (ornaments).

Typefaces from 2020: Whole Trains (a graffiti font).

Home page. Dafont link. Creative Fabrica link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ariane Sauvaget

Parisian creator of a poster for a Kurt Schwitters exhibition in Paris in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ariane Seibert

Graduate of Ecole Estienne. Based in Paris, she designed the interesting variable width sans typeface Baticol in 2016 for a school project. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ariel Martin Perez
[Applied Meta Projects (was: Tunera Type Foundry, Ariel Graphisme)]

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Aristide Bruneau

French creator of the rune font Rune (2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arkandis Digital Foundry
[Hirwen Harendal]

French foundry, est. 2007, which published many extensive free sans and sans serif families by Hirwen Harendal, who supports Open Source projects. The purpose of ADF is to provide a large number of high quality fonts (174 fonts as of the end of August 2007). Harendal has help from Clea F. Rees, most notably on the TeX part and the extensive Venturis family.

His typefaces:

  • Accanthis (2009: an alternative for Galliard or Horley Oldstyle).
  • AlbertisADF (from URW-A028), Albertis Titling.
  • Ameris ADF (from URW n33012t).
  • ArrosADF (from URW n021003L).
  • AurelisADF (2009, almost art nouveau).
  • Baskervald ADF (7 years of work according to Harendal: an alternative for New Baskerville).
  • BerenisADF (2008, a didone family), BerenisNo2 (2008).
  • BirkenADF (from URW-n033014t).
  • ColonnadeADF (from URW-n033014t).
  • EditorialisADF (from URW-n033014t).
  • Electrum (like Eurostile and URW City).
  • FenelrisADF (sans).
  • FrontonADF Titling (from URW-n033014t).
  • GaramondeADF (from URW-g043004t), GaramondNo8ADF (from URW g043024t).
  • Gillius ADF and Gillius ADFN (from Vera Sans, an alternative for Gill Sans MT).
  • HelvetisADF (from URW U001).
  • Ikarius (2008, semi-serif; inspired by Hypatia Sans), IkariusNo2 (2008), Ikarius-Serie (2009).
  • Irianis (2008; IrianisADFMath (2009) was made for the TeX math community).
  • Keypad (2010). a dingbat face.
  • LibrisADF (sans, patterned after Lydian).
  • MekanusADF (2009, typewriter style).
  • Mint Spirit (2012) and Mint Spirit No. 2 (2012). An original minimalist sans design. The truetype version is Mintysis (2012).
  • NeoGothisADF (2009).
  • OldaniaADF (2009, art nouveau).
  • OrnementsADF (2009).
  • PalladioADFStyle (a Palatino derived from URW g043023t).
  • RomandeADF (with hints of Caslon, Times and Tiffany; CTAN download).
  • Solothurn (2011). A family developed for Scribus, a free text preparation package that competes with Adobe's InDesign.
  • SwitzeraADF (derived from Vera).
  • SymbolADF (2008, bullets and arrows).
  • Teknis: under development.
  • TribunADF (2009, like Times New Roman).
  • Universalis ADF (2008-2009, a take on Futura). Open Font Library link.
  • VenturisADF, VenturisOldADF, VenturisTitlingADF and VenturisSansADF (2007: alternatives for Utopia).
  • Verana Sans and Serif (from Bitstream Vera Sans and Serif).

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[Nicolas Kadri]

French designer of Awax (2020), which Nicolas refers to as a typeface for ancestral Zen. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Arlee Draw

Paris-based designer, b. 1993, of the alien language fonts Verlanerand (2018) and Wind Listener Graphic (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Armelle Danjour

During her studies in Nantes, France, and in particular, during a workshop led by Jack Usine, Armelle Danjour designed the display typeface Gothak (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Armelle Danjour

French designer of the spurred display typeface Folia (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arnaud Aubry

Graphic designer and illustrator in Nantes, France, who designed the reverse stress display typeface Louisette in 2019. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arnaud Chemin

Arnaud Chemin studied applied arts in Reims, graphic design in Paris, typography at ESAD Amiens and type design at Ecal (in a Masters program). He worked at Typofonderie and Black Foundry before embarking on the TypeMedia program at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in Den Haag, The Netherlands, where he graduated in 2020. His graduation typeface at KABK was called Epitre---a roman text typeface in which he tries to bring the italic closer to the lower case roman.

In 2021, he released the ten cut gorgeous in-your-face-deco-didone typeface NN Didot Moderne at Nouvelle Noire. That typeface was renamed NN Didot Modern a few days after its release. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arnaud Darré

Parisian creator of the warm sans font Ottolino (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arnaud Laly

During his studies in Rennes, France, Arnaud Laly created the geometric solid alphabet Transparence Typographie (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arnaud Le Roux

Parisian graphic designer who created Meneïde (2013, a free blackletter stencil) and Foresee (2013, a free geometric display typeface).

In 2014, he created the free experimental typeface Coda as a tribute to Paul Renner. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arnaud Louis

Illustrator and graphic designer in Saint-Germain-en-Laye near Paris. He created a beautiful poster for his city in 2010. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arnaud Loyau

Villeparisis, France-based designer of the hexagonal typeface Cube (2014), the elliptic typeface Hybrid (2015), and the squarish typeface Straight (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arnaud Michelland

Grenoble, France-based designer of Kashi Condensed (2014). Behance links. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arnaud Saunier

Based in Marseille, France, Arnaud Saunier created the free experimental typeface Polygonal in 2015. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arnaud Vigoureux

Creator of the hand-drawn bilined script typeface Polisse Palisse (2013). He also made the grungy My Sketch Font (2013) and the hand-printed Je ne t'oublierai jamais (2013), Le Futur Attendra (2013), Les Jours Heureux (2013), Pataques (2013, +Pataques Brush), Caligstroy (2013). Typefaces from 2014 include 24 Janvier. In 2015, he made Quand tu dors. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arno Geisseler

Student graphic designer in Avignin, France. He created the signage script Pencils (2012) and a graffiti face (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arnoldas Dambrauskas

An Italian graphic designer in Paris, b. 1983. Creator of Arnold (2009, outline face). Another link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Art Grootfontein

Paris-based designer and illustrator, b. 1975 in Paris. He created Lemon Twist (2009), a filled-bowl, black geometric face. On his home page, one can find free fonts such as Grootfont1 (2009, pixel face).

In 2020, he released Balter Serif (a handcrafted layerable font inspired by sign painting, 1960s movie posters and jazz album lettering) and the all caps hand-printed typeface Jazzy Croquette.

In 2021, he released Bangel (a fat display typeface) and Flexible (a sans headline typeface in 18 styles, with a variable font thrown in; the typeface was created for animations and allow its user to play with width and height). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Art Illustration Gaspard

Gaspard sells 26 illustrations, one for each letter, showing people in interesting positions. He sells similar sets called Fish, Danse, T-Bone (skeletons), M.I.B. (men in black), Bonne Année and Acid. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arthur Chamaret

As a student at LISAA Rennes, Arthur Chamaret designed the modular typeface Sandbox (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arthur Denonain

Parisian designer of several display typefaces in 2017. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arthur Francietta

Parisian designer of Trenellographie (2014), a series of grungy typographic posters. He created the sans typeface Thaurr Caps in 2015. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arthur Moustik Gaillon

Paris-based designer of the modular typeface Chet (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arthur Ravenel

During his studies in Lyon, France, Arthur Ravenel designed the great concentric circle typeface Typo Cinema (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arthur Teboul

Graduate of Estienne in Paris who created Brussel Typeface (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿


French type art blog. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Asbeen Design

Montigny-lès-Metz, France-based designer of the free all caps sans typeface Orosko (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Romain Diant]

Asenso is the design studio of Romain Diant (art director; he founded Asenso in 2005) and Samuel Roger, located in Béziers, France. In 2018, Romain Diant designer the art deco typeface Braciola for the branding of Le Boucanier, a bistro in Sète, France.

Typefaces from 2021: Baissanoi (a curly all caps typeface by Romain Diant and Samuel Roger). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Asgeir Pedersen

Bordeaux, France-based designer of the 16-style rounded squarish sans typeface family Norden Round (2022) and the 12-style comapnion font Norden Display. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Astrid Ogereau

During her studies in Nantes, France, Astrid Ogereau designed the 3d typeface Isométrie (2017) [Google] [More]  ⦿

Astrologie CURA

The truetype font Astrol. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Atelier About
[Valentin Besset]

Valentin Besset (Atelier About, Lyon, France) designed Giant Brick (2016: a 3d typeface), Die Geometrische (2016), Fraternity (2016, hipster style) and Point à Point (2016, connect-the-dots typeface). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Atelier Bouda

Paris-based graphic designer and illustrator, who made a decorative caps alphabet in 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Atelier de Découpage Typographique (or: ADT)

Consortium of French type designer in Strasbourg (see also here for font downloads). Web site disappeared. Designers include

  • Olivier Umecker: La Pierre, La Fanette, La Sabine, La Sibane, Le Joel.
  • Aurélia Gaud: Le Vincent.
  • Daphnée Legrand: Le Jean-Phi, La Daphnee-Normal, La Daphnee-Anormal, L'Olivier.
  • Fabienne Benoît: L'inconnu, Le clude-francois.
  • Gregory Eresman: La Sophia.
  • Jean-Philippe Goussot: La Edith, La Stéphanie Blue Eyes, La Tania.
  • Joel Christophe: La Fabienne.
  • Laurent Catelan: La Fafabienne.
  • Paul Rismondo: Le Antoine.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Atelier de Design Holistique
[Joel Maillot]

Designer in Camboulazet (was: Albi and Toulouse), France, who created the didone display typeface Black Italic in 2014, and the blackletter Gothique, the wavy Dancing Font, Tape Font, Mosaique, the splendid Mono Gorille, Curiosité, the free geometric sans typeface Activitic, and the signage font Shibby in 2016.

In 2017, he designed Sharpness Grotesk.

Typefaces from 2018: Joplin (a free experimental pair of typefaces that play on positive and negative spaces), 518 (a free color font), Meta (a courageously named emoji-enriched free monoline rounded sans; I am sure that under pressure from FontShop, it was renamed 518 after a few weeks), Spectacle (free), Fracture (a free blackletter font).

Typefaces from 2019: Abac (free).

Typefaces from 2020: Spectacle (free). Behance link. Another URL. Yet another URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Atelier Graphique
[Vincent Menu]

Vincent Menu (born in Rennes) is the French designer who runs Atelier Graphique in Rennes. Designer of the great screen/pixel fonts Carré, CarréLié and Petite. Associated with Typotek, where you can buy Tampons (2000), Cut (2000), Carré (2000), Space (2001). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Atelier Pariri
[Jerome Corgier]

Jerôme Corgier (Atelier Pariri, Montreuil, France) created the poster sans typeface Pariri (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Atelier Perrousseaux

Interesting font links. In French, by Yves Perrousseaux. Jef Tombeur describes this as follows: "The Atelier Perrousseaux is a small publishing house having on its catalogue the founder's books but also books, essays, studies by the late Gérard Blanchard, Adrian Frutiger, Ladislas Mandel, François Richaudeau (a linguist) and, soon, René Ponot." [Google] [More]  ⦿

Athenais Borg

As a student in Paris, Athenais Borg designed the display typeface Gemini (2017, based on FontStruct). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


French on-line mag by Benoit Godde, who has designed about ten beautiful typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ATypI 1998

ATypI meeting held in Lyon from 23-26 October 1998. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ATypI 2001 Country delegate report

Porchez's 2001 report on the type situation in France in 2001. Report for 2000. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ATypI 2020

ATypI 2020 was to be held in Paris, but got canceled due to COVID-19. It was then rescheduled in Paris in 2021. And then again to May 2023, still in Paris. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ATypI 2021

ATypI 2021 was supposed to take place in Paris. It was postponed to May 2023 in Paris. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aubert Freres

Parisian foundry, which made typefaces such as Antique Old Style No.2 (1869), purchased by Stephenson Blake. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aude Degrassat

Student who graduated in 2008 from Ecole Estienne in Paris. She wrote a thesis on Albert Boton, and developed a gothic typeface that was published in the magazine Etapes. She presently works at Uzik in Los Angeles. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aude Trémoureux

Nantes, France-based co-designer of the trekkie / alchemic typeface family Yoda (2018), which was developed together with Yuting Tang, Oriane Noguès-Lassaigne and Doriane Ono-Dit-Biox at ECV Nantes. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aude Trémoureux

Nantes, France-based designer of the rounded sans typeface Around (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Audrey Evrard

Parisian designer who created the modular typeface Bento in 2010. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Audrey Le Goff

Paris-based creator of the grunge font Mixité (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Audrey Manlot

London-based designer, b. Paris, who created the script typeface Arrow (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Audrey Recio

Multimedia designer in Paris. In 2013, Audrey created the Zemo typeface in a larger project of a gameboard for explaining children about different emotions. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Audrey Stanton

Graphic designer in Ann Arbor, MI. Her hipster typeface Tatter was created in 2014 as part of a typography course at the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Audrey Templier

French designer (b. 1984). Creator of the free monowidth sans typeface Cjust (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Auguste Bernard

Author (1811-1868) of Geoffroy Tory, peintre et graveur, premier imprimeur royal, réformateur de l'orthographe et de la typographie sous François Ier (2e édition, entièrement refondue) (1865, E. Tross, Paris). Local download in PDF [13.8MB].

In 1856, Auguste Bernard published Les Estienne --- Les types grecs de François premier, in which he presents 16th century Greek typefaces known as les grecs du roi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Auguste Roubille

French painter, designer, poster artist, book illustrator and caricaturist, b. Paris, 1872, d. Paris, 1955. His early work was influenced by the art nouveau movement. He drew some typographic silhouettes that represent that epoch. His most famous posters are Les Appareils photographiques Demaria frères, La Motocyclette Werner, Spratt's Patent, High Life Tailor, Le Bourgeon, Scala en Bombe, Au Smart Carmen and La Maison du Rire. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aurélia Gaud

French type designer at the ADT (Atelier de decoupage typographique). Designer of Le Vincent (1998). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aurélie Attuil

Born in 1986 in Paris, Aurélie Attuil studied graphic design and typography at École Estienne, Paris, where she obtained a Masters in Type Design & Graphic Design (DSAA Création Typographique) in 2009. Her typefaces include Bricklane (2014) and Galim (for Hebrew). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aurélie Gasche

Parisian designer who is part of Dépli, a design studio founded in 2007 by Vadim Bernard, Aurélie Gasche and Benjamin Gomez. Her typefaces there include

  • Mondara (2011). A Latin / Arabic typeface done for l'Institut du monde arabe designed by Benjamin Gomez, Mathieu Réguer, Aurélie Gasche and c-album. The Arabic has both Naskh and Kufi styles. Both the Latin and Arabic are absolutely gorgeous.
  • Kufica (2008). Arabic typeface by Aurélie Gasche, with help of Mathieu Réguer, Antoine Barjini and Amir Dhia.
  • Insight Team (2008). A dot matrix typeface designed by Aurélie Gasche and Laurent Ungerer.
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Aurélie Lenglet

Parisian graphic designer who created the calligraphic typeface Joe in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aurélien Buffet

Paris-based designer of Adami (2016), a typeface that is based on the handwriting of Valério Adami. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aurélien Guerout

Freaky Typeface (2013) is a collaborative experimental school project of Aurélien Guerout and Michael Descharles at Ecole d'Art Maryse Eloy under the supervision of Eva Kubinyi and Jean Widmer. Aurélien lives in Montreal.

Behance link. Linkedin link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aurélien Medinger

Orleans, France-based designer of a city-inspired decorative caps alphabet in 2015. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aurélien Vret

Aurélien Vret is a multidisciplinary artist and type designer. Born in Noisy-le-Sec, France, in 1987, he studied visual art at the fine arts school in Toulouse (Isdat). He studied type design with François Chastanet and obtained his B.F.A. in 2010.

Now based in Vincennes near Paris, he designed an experiment type based on Frutiger called L'in-vu. In 2017, he created his first real typeface, Prosaic, at Typofonderie under the guidance of Jean François Porchez. Typofonderie describes Prosaic as a postmodern vernacular sans. They write: Prosaic Black is comparable to the Antique Olive Nord, while the thinner versions can refer to Frutiger or some versions of the Ladislas Mandel typefaces intended for telephone directories. To a lesser extent, the search for forms and counterforms can be reminiscent of Jeremy Tankard's Fenland or certain Evert Bloemsma typefaces such as FF Balance or FF Legato.

Interview by Porchez. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Aurelie de Bonis

Graphic designer in Aix, France. Creator of Origami (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aurore Laga

Parisian designer of a squarish alphabet in 2015. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aurore Mathieu

During her studies at Ecole Intuit Lab in Paris, Aurore Mathieu created an untitled hipster typeface (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aurore Salvi

During her studies at École de design Nantes Atlantique, Aurore Salvi created a deco typeface perhaps called Ordre Grec (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Autre planète
[Thierry Charbonnel]

Autre planète is run by Thierry Charbonnel in Paris. Designer of the futuristic typeface Digital Planet (2006) and of the ink splash dingbat typeface Oups (2006, with Antoine Doury). Fonts are sold through AP Fonts. Autre planète home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ava O'Byrne

Graphic designer in Paris who created these typefaces: Institut du Monde Arabe (2018), Maya (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Avant Post

Studio in Paris founded by Quentin Berthelot, Johan Mossé and Adrien Weibel. In 2011, they designed the German expressionist typeface Guillemet, which is available at Die Gestalten and FontShop. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Awista M

While studying in Versailles, France, Awista M created the display typeface Destruct (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Axel André

French calligrapher who designed some (mostly hand-drawn) typefaces in 2011-2014. These include Utah (2011), Les Caves Populaires, [Google] [More]  ⦿

Axel Bizon

Art director in Nantes, France, who created the free display sans typeface Bizon in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Axel Morin

Art director and photographer in Paris. He experimented in 2009 with gridded typefaces. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Axel Pelletanche-Thévenart

French designer of

  • Knif Mono Regular (2016, Aisforapple). This high-contrast typeface was art directed by Guillaume Grall and Benoit Santiard. It was produced by Emilie Rigaud.
  • Trabis (2019, Aisforapple). A typewriter typeface.
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Axel Vagnard

Paris-based designer of the display typefaces Roma (2018), Detroit (2017) and Charlie B (2016). In 2019, he released the sans typeface The Circle Line. Typefaces from 2020 include Dahlia, Atlanta, Grotesk, Blue Velvet, Oklahoma (a slab serif and a blackletter), Monique. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Axelle Billon

For a type design class in Nantes, France, Axelle Billon created Roundness (2014), a typeface that is based on Clarendon. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aymeric Bernard

Tarbes, France-based designer who made Idea (2011). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ayoub Ahrrar

Artistic director in Paris who designed a geometric siolid and several other experimental typefaces in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

B. Bleu

Parisian art director who created the bespoke typeface Institut Laser Biotherm in 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Aloïs Ancenay]

Graphic design studio in Paris set up and run by Aloïs Ancenay. In 2017, he designed Ace Regular (2016) and Ace Bold (2017), which were published at Lift Type. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Baba Graphic Design Studio

Studio in Paris that created Glace Sans (2015), which was inspired by the concert hall Le Brise Glace in Annecy, France. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Babel Font
[Brahim Boucheikha]

Babelfont is a design studio located in Paris and Casablanca that was co-founded by Gia Tran and Brahim Boucheikha. They were later joined by Salaheddine Bellizi. Their typefaces, mostly bespoke, include:

  • Luset (2012). A font commissioned by Dragon Rouge for an actor.Their typeface family is called PSG.
  • PSG (2013). A font commissioned by Dragon Rouge to create a typeface family for the soccer club Paris Saint-Germain.
  • The Latin/ Arabic sans typeface Gibraltar (2014).
  • The Latin / Arabic sans typeface Ines (2013).
  • The Latin and Maghrebi Arabic typeface Alegia (2015).
  • Mao (2013). A decorative simplified Chinese font.

Gia Tran is a self-taught calligrapher and type designer. He has worked for Dragon Rouge, 4uatre and A&Mcreative in Paris, as well as Saffron Brand Consultants in Madrid. Gia was the Type Director at the French foundry Fontyou. He also teaches calligraphy and type design at various graphic design and visual communication schools such as Strate College Designer, Intuitlab and ESAV Marrakech.

Brahim Boucheikha (b. Morocco) studied graphic design at the ECV in Paris and was an apprentice of Arabic calligraphy expert Abdallah Akar. He joined the branding agencies Landor (Dubai) and Dragon Rouge (Paris). He has worked at the ESAV (School of Visual Arts) in Marrakech since 2009 as head of the Arabic typography laboratory.

Salaheddine Bellizi is a typographer and 3D designer at Babelfont Studio. He studied at the ESAV (School of Visual Arts) in Marrakech, Morocco, and specializes in Arabic calligraphy and typography. He also works intermittently as an assistant at ESAV Marrakech. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bachir Soussi-Chiadmi

Designer of Bousni Carré LT (2002) and Bousni Ronde LT (2002) in the Linotype Taketype 5 collection. Bousni Ronde is a connected upright script with Arabic ingredients. And Bousni Carré is a squarish version of that. Bachir was a student at ESAD in Strasbourg, France, and a promising graphic designer. FontShop link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bai Mellon

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Bailleul et cie

Typefounders in Paris. Their work can be found in Spécimen des caractères de la fonderie Bailleul et cie, rue des Boucheries St.-G. 38. Premier cahier (Paris, Imprimé chez Paul Renouard, rue Garancière, n.5. [ca.1850?]). This is a very ordinary book with only text samples in the typical post-Didot style.

For a digital revival, see the free didone typeface Bailleul Roman (2019) by Guillaume Litaudon. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bamboo Types
[Florian Bambhout]

Foundry that grew out of the now defunct and controversial Gasoligne in Brest, France, which was run by Yves Patinec (Roubaix) and his brother. The Bamboo Type fonts rescued from Gasoligne in 2008 are Neborg Sans (2008, organic and techno), Mignone (2011, fat organic face), Bambhout Connect Trial (2010), Bambhout (2009, experimental), Oxea (2008, organic), Magenta (2009, italic display type inspired by Inverserif from Infinitype, which in turn has roots in Speedway from FontBank, Concorde from Brendel Informatik, OptiIambic from Castcraft, and so forth), and Veeko, Veeko Wide (informal and organic). Bamboo Types says that the fonts were designed by freelance designer Florian Bambhout. I don't believe that for a second----that name was made up.

Typefaces from 2014: Meditation.

Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bank Graphic Design Today
[Sebastian Bissinger]

BANK is a French/German design agency based in Berlin, led by Laure Boer and Sebastian Bissinger. It marketed its fonts through T-26, starting in 2009, but later switched to Colophon. In 2009, Sebastian Bissinger and Matthieu David made the display typefaces Sintra and Yummy. Sintra is a 3d typeface that simulates letters made from folded material---Sebastian Bissinger was inspired by the sign of a shoe shop in Sintra, Portugal. Yummy was inspired by cookie cutters.

Laure Boer and Sebastian Bissinger published their all caps license plate font Guida at Colophon Type Foundry. Guida is based on an Italian license plate that was in use some time between 1980 and 1990. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Banzai Tokyo
[Sergey Epifanov]

Experimental foundry in Toulouse. Run by Sergey Epifanov (b. 1978, Kostroma, Russia), a graphic designer and an illustrator, it sells fonts like Banzai Moloko (2009) via MyFonts.

In 2013, Banzai Tokyo published the icon font Web Hosting Hub Glyphs Essentials.

Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

BaoMy DangTrong

During her studies in Strasbourg, France, BaoMy DangTrong designed Octogon Type (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Baptiste Bernazeau

During his studies in Paris, Baptiste Bernazeau designed the display typefaces Dragon (2017), Agrafe (2016), Chimera (2016) and Brique (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Baptiste Chaloux

Graphic designer in Rennes, France, who created the über-modular typeface One Curve (2015), in which each glyph is either a rectangle or a quarter circle. He also made the free monoline sans typeface Crossed Type (2015) [careful: the zippyshare download site has viruses]. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Baptiste Chlx

During his studies in Rennes, France, Baptiste Chlx designed an angular typeface called Gothype (2012) and Cross Type (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Baptiste Dairaine

Graduate of ESTEL, now based in Bordeaux, France. Designer of the stylized typeface Edgedrop (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Baptiste Datin

I think that if one is going to experiment, then there should be no limits to how far one can go---explore, enjoy and explode. In this spirit, I presume, Parisian Baptiste Datin created his Chromosome Alphabet (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Baptiste Feuillatre

Nantes, France-based designer of the deformed Baskerville typeface Skerfold (2014). This was a school project at l'École de Design Nantes Atlantique. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Baptiste Gios

Baptiste Gios (Yerres, France) created the school project typeface Mango (2014), which has the curvature of anthroposophic typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Baptiste Guesnon

Type designer based in Paris and Stockholm, who graduated with a master's and a bachelor's degree in graphic design from ESAD Valence, in 2016 and 2014 respectively. In 2013, he did a post-graduate diploma in Fashion at Duperré (Paris) after completing a technical degree in visual communication at Estienne (Paris). Baptiste did a five-month internship in 2015 at Underware, working on Cyrillic and learning Python scripting and type design from Bas Jacobs.

He released the semi-experimental typeface Agate at the Swedish foundry So Type. Agate was originally designed to be used as a display font for Strates, an architecture magazine edited by Baptiste Gerbelot Barillon who took part in the early days of the project. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Baptiste Lavigne

Parisian designer of the constructivist Kodage (2017), the rounded sans typeface Polaire (2017) and the prismatic typeface Linenn (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Baptiste Liquard

Baptiste Liquard (Nantes, France) designed the modular typeface La Ressourcere de l'Ile (2012), the multilined octagonal typeface Book Font (2013) and the origami typeface Foldee (2013).

In 2014, he made Misère, a spurred piano key stencil typeface that has the characteristics of a FontStruct font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Baptiste Pitasi

French designer of the sci-fi / techno typeface Hatove (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Baptiste Vandaele

Paris-based type designer at the open source type foundry Velvetyne in Paris. His creations include Treefamily (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Baralon Thibault

Graduate of ECAL, class of 2015. Originally from Lyon, France, he presebtly is a designer in Evian Les Bains, France. Creator of the spectacular display typeface Bosozoku (2015), which is inspired by Japanese culture and NHRA in the USA. This work was declared Exhibition winner at Pangrame International Student Typeface Design, with a special Coup de coeur of Gerard Unger.

In 2016, he created the squarish futuristic Renegade. In 2017, he designed New Bosozoku and Tropic. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Barbara Alaimo

As a student at Ecole d'art Maryse Eloy (Paris), Barbara Alaimo created the modular stencil typeface Split (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Barbara Masson

Paris-based designer (b. 1993) of the free experimental condensed typeface Gestalt (2016). Behance link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Barbara Toth

Freelance motiondesigner and illustrator, currently living in Paris. She created the modular geometric typefaces Doves (2011) and Elephants (2011). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Barnard B

French type designer. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Barré de couleur

Font made exclusively for the Centre George Pompidou in Paris in 1995 by the Atelier de création graphique. The designing group consists of Pierre Bernard, Cyril Cohen, Uli Meisenheimer, Johannes Bergerhausen. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Barsky and Bézier
[Pierre Bézier]

Pierre Bézier (born in Paris on 1 September 1910, died on 25 November 1999) was a friend of Brian Barsky, a famous graphics professor at Berkeley, and an ex-graduate of my own university, McGill. Bézier gave Barsky a wonderful Bézier curve drawing, signed and dated 29 November 1997. This is a thing of beauty. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Basile Buisson

Parisian graphic designer. He made the techno pixel typeface FFZX (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bastien Muttoni

Lyon, France-based designer of several typefaces in 2015, such as a textured typeface, a copperplate typeface and a Bauhaus-inspired typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bastien Salvan

Toulouse, France-based designer of the brushy caps typeface Walkyrie (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bastien Sozeau

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BAT Foundry

French foundry established in April 2010. It is a cooperative effort of Bruno Bernard, Stéphane Buellet, Jean-Baptiste Levée and Patrick Paleta. Fontdeck page. BAT stands for Bureau des Affaires Typographiques. Its fonts: Acier BAT (Jean-Baptiste Levée), Adso (Bruno Bernard), Synthese (Gilles Poplin and J.B. Levée), and Francesco (Franck Jalleau). Creative Market link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


Commercial music fonts at this French site: Virtuoso, Charleston, Grupetto, Staccato, Vivace, Espressivo, Koechlin, Fingering, Ars Nova, Flamenco, Oratorio, Timpani. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Gilles F. Robert]

bbm is a serifed blackboard bold math symbol (meta)font by Gilles F. Robert from Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bénédicte Lacapère

At ECV in Paris, Bénédicte Lacapère designed the Tuscan typeface Borsetta (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿


French typefoundry. Specimen books by them include

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[Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais]

French editor, author, printer and typefounder (b, 1732, d. 1799) who ran a foundry in Kehl (Germany) from 1781 onwards. He had acquired the types, punches and matrices of John Baskerville (Birmingham) from John Baskerville's widow in 1775 for 3700 pounds. In 1795 the Beaumarchais foundry was partly sold to Franz Laurent Xavier Levrault (1762-1821) who ran the Levrault family print shop in nearby Strassbourg (est. 1675). Levrault in turn was sold in 1854 and became Berger-Levrault. The latter company resettled in Nancy, France, in 1873. Beaumarchais's ex-employee Jaquot continued as independent typefounder in Strassbourg.

Beaumarchais was the first to print the complete work of Voltaire, best known as the Kehl edition, under the name "Imprimerie de la société littéraire typographique".

The name Beaumarchais also pops up in type designs. For example, David Nalle designed a typeface called Beaumarchais. The typeface 1785 GLC Baskerville (2011, Gilles Le Corré) was inspired by one of the types sold to Beaumarchais by Baskerville's widow. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Beautiful Type

Freelance web designers Francis Chouquet and Aurélien Foutoyet, both based in France, run a type blog, reporting on great finds. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Claude Derieppe]

Free Beeline fonts by "Miss Claude" (Claude Derieppe) and "The Font Goddess": Alpha3D, AlphaBalloon, AlphaBalloons2, AlphaBizzyBee, AlphaBones, AlphaBoy, AlphaCar, AlphaClouds, AlphaCrooner, AlphaCutOut, AlphaDishes, AlphaElephant, AlphaElfin, AlphaFitness, AlphaFlowers, AlphaFunky1, AlphaFunky2, AlphaGarden, AlphaInky, AlphaMan, AlphaMusicMan, AlphaNails, AlphaPaint, AlphaParty, AlphaPencils, AlphaRemember, AlphaRope, AlphaRunning, AlphaSausage, AlphaSausage, AlphaScribble, AlphaSkyParty, AlphaSmoke, AlphaSports (2002), AlphaSquiggle, AlphaSurvivor, AlphaThin, AlphaTopiary, AlphaTrees, AlphaUnleaded, AlphaUnplugged, AlphaWizard, AlphaWoman, AlphaWomanHair, AlphaWood, Baby, BabyBeeline, BizzyBunny, CarBeeline, DinosBeeline, HeliumHeaven, TicketCapitalsImpressed, TicketCapitalsRepressed, WormAlpha, WormBeeline. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ben Brousseau

Designer (b. 1985) in Reunion Island of the fat finger typeface Ben Brousseau (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ben Mensah

During his studies in Paris, Ben Mensah designed various untitled modular typefaces (2013). He created the decorative Feather Font (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ben Saurine

Parisian designer of the experimental typeface GBG (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

BenBenWorld (or: BB Bureau)
[Benoît Bodhuin]

Benoît Bodhuin (aka Ben Ben) lived in Tournai, Belgium, and after a brief spell in "chti" country, i.e., in Villeneuve d'Ascq, France, he relocated to Nantes in France. He studied mathematics and graphic design. Freelance graphic designer since 2004. In 2011, he set up Benben World at MyFonts.

Designer of the pixel fonts Logotix (2004), Latham and 5x7 Negatie Moyenne. In 2010, he made the paperclip typeface Pipo (first published in 2011 by Die Gestalten, and in 2017 by bb-bureau). He created the commercial angular sans typeface S-L (2006) which was originally made for the University of Arts Saint-Luc in Tournai. It was published by Volcano.

Commercial typefaces include S-L Bold (2012, a hexagonal typeface based on his design at St. Luc in 2006), Zigzag (2012, Volcano Type; a font originally made for the Vivat theater), and Marianne (2012, BenBenWorld: an inline and modular typeface family).

In 2013, he published the stencil / fractured typeface Mineral.

In 2014, he designed the experimental triangle-based Bauhaus-inspired Side A typeface.

In 2016, Bodhuin designed the expressive Italian typeface family BB Book A and bb-book Contrasted. He added the wedge serif BB Book B, BB Book Mono and BB Book Text to that series in 2018.

Typefaces from 2017: Brutal, Elastik.

Typefaces from 2019: Grotesk Remix (extended to Grotesk Remix Monospace and Grotesk Remix Variable in 2020), Tme (experimental: an update of Sl drawn in 2006 for the University of Arts Saint-Luc de Tournai), Standard-bb, Pickle Standard (extravagant and thought-provoking).

Typefaces from 2020: Gikit (in Text and Title version, for a perfect gridnik feel), Ballpill (designed for printing at very small sizes).

Typefaces from 2021: Bilibot (an experiment with overlapping strokes), Pimpit (rounded, condensed and with reverse stress), Volcano Type link. View Bodhuin's commercial typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Blaess

Benjamin Blaess (Blah, Strasbourg, France) is a graphic designer and letterer. During a summer course called Type@Paris (2015), under the guidance of Jean Fran&ccdil;ois Porchez, Malou Verlomme and Mathieu Réguer, Benjamin Blaess created Brambly, a text typeface with calligraphic tension.

In 2019, Ilya Naumoff and Benjamin Blaess co-designed the variable font Grtsk at Black Foundry. Its three axes, weight, width and slant, combine for 126 styles, that are all captured in one variable font. Mini-site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Boukagne
[GGI Fonts]

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Benjamin Campana

During his graphic design design studies in Marseille, France, Benjamin Campana co-designed Helado (2014) together with Sabrina Ekecik and Simon Becker. He created the thin sans titling typeface Kim (2014) with Julia Lambert for the Lana del Rey's video clip Summertime Sadness. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Dennel

Designer in Amiens, France. In 2014, Clio Chaffardon and Benjamin Dennel co-designed the ink-trapped typeface Calico Monospace. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Fernandez

Parisian graphic designer who created the Arcfu typeface in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Gattet

French designer of the programmed typeface Typorond (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Gomez

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Benjamin Gomez

Benjamin Gomez studied graphic design first at Valence's art school, and then at Ecole Supérieure des arts décoratifs in Strasbourg. He went on to graduate from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des arts décoratifs in Paris, where he started the design collective Délpi in 2007. The studio provides design solutions in communication, signage, motion design, multimedia, print, and type design.

In 2011, he published the wavy typewriter face Treza at Die Gestalten, which is umbilically linked to ITC American Typewriter. It was developed in collaboration with Maroussia Jannelle for a technical book with many tables. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Grossi

French creator of Hand of Ben (2013), a free hand-prnted typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Lieb

Graphic designer in Paris-Plage, France. He made the hand-printed typeface Kitano (2011, after the handlettering of Takeshi Kitano), the semi-blackletter typeface Millénaire (2011), and the angular typeface Grenade Serif (2011).

At Fontyou, Benjamin Lieb, Gia Tran and Julien Priez co-designed the hand-drawn typeface Brixton FY (2013). Not to be confused with two earlier typefaces called Brixton, one by Tom Chalky, and one by Luke Ferrand. Since two of the three Brixtons are commercial, I expect FontYou to change the name imminently. With Jeremie Hornus and Alisa Nowak, he designed the slab serif typeface Lean-O FY (2013) and Lean O Sans FY (2014).

In 2014, still at FontYou, Benjamin Lieb and Gia Tran co-designed the 4-style retro display family Belleville FY. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Martinez

During his studies at ECV in Bordeaux, France, Benjamin Martinez designed the monoline rounded sans poster typeface Beach Craft (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Moulin

French creator (b. 1981) of SMD Black (2010, a squarish face). Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Noguera

As a student at the Axe Sud school in Toulouse, France, Benjamin Noguera created the display typeface Carmine (2013). In 2015, based in Epinal, he created the Inuit display typeface in cooperation with Noemie Mangin, as well as the blocky Bloc Font. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Rylewski

Motion designer in Versailles, France, who created the hexagonal psycho typeface Opium in 2015. Quartz (2015) is a modular typeface based on shapes of minerals. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Varin

French type designer who created these typefaces in 2011: Al-kimiya Font (typewriter style with fun variations), Le Méliès SOFT, Le Méliès (sans), Dinette Ultra (rounded and fat), Dinette (based on DIN), Archipel (thin slab face).

. Typecache link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benoît Bodhuin
[BenBenWorld (or: BB Bureau)]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Benoît Champy

French designer of these free typefaces that can be downloaded at Dafont:

  • Stencil category: Game Plan (2011), Karen Stencil (2011), Fine Stencil (2011), Stencil Gothic (2011).
  • Constructivist: Konstructiv (2011).
  • Handprinted or marker fonts: Andi (2014), Dker Finepoint (2011), Dker Feltpen (2011), Dker Poster (2011).
  • Grunge: Aerial Demented (2011).
  • Shadow face: Oh Jay (2011).
  • 3d face: Bleuck (2011).
  • Geometric experimental typefaces: Rondie (2011), Again (2011), Kawai Desu (2011), Modular Tkno (2011), Modern Plate (2012).
  • Upright connected script: Bellefine (2011).
  • 3D Simulation face: Bonus (2011).
  • Tuscan: De Flandre (2012).
  • Experimental: Comic Tragedy (2013), Scan Me (2011), Jizz Mass (2011, a gooey play on snow cover at Xmas...).
  • Ransom note typefaces: Weird Cuts (2012).
  • Arts and Crafts: Home Square (2012).
  • Other: Flea Market (2013), Computer Aid (2016).
[Google] [More]  ⦿

Benoît Desprez

Lyon, France-based founder of the BlueRats (les rats bleus) foundry, Frenchman Benoit Desprez (b. 1967) designed many fonts:

  • At T26, you can get BlueBrush (1996-98), BlueCentury (1997-98) BlueType (1996-98) and BlueAkkrobat (1997).
  • At BlueRats, we have in 1996, BlueTrash.
  • In 1997: BlueApplet, BlueArsenal, BlueBond, BlueCake, BlueStuff, BlueTone, BlueStorm, BlueLacke, BlueFlag BlueExpeditt, BlueLittle Horn, BlueNylon, BlueSkin, and BlueCalcium.
  • In 1998: BlueBurnt, BlueCarnage, Bluenorma, BlueSmolt, Bluespent, BlueVelvet, Bluepugg, and BlueSandblast.
  • In 1999: BlueCopy, BlueFaxSimili, BlueOilstain, BlueLIax, BlueVirtue, BlueWaves, BlueYummy.
  • In 2000: BlueFitful, BlueGlobal, BlueJussi-1, BlueJussi-2, BluePlanet. At T-26: BlueBrush, BlueCentury, BlueType.
  • In 2001: BlueMecca. MyFonts page.

Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Benoît Macaigne

French designer of the rough poster font Bajorelle (2013).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benoît Santiard

Graphic designer in Paris, b. 1980. Teacher at the École d'Architecture de la Ville&des territoires in Marne-la-Vallée. Cofounder, with Guillaume Grall, of Building Paris. Creator of the traffic-like sans typeface capitale (2009) for the signage of a concert hall. Werkman Letterpress (2009) is a font designed from letterpress woodblocks. It was inspired by the first issue of the magazine The Next Call (1923) by Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman. UnkleBenz (2009) is based on his own handwriting. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benoit Beracassat

Art director in Paris who designed the art deco typeface Veloztica (2016) and the display typeface Anguline (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benoit Desprez
[Bluefonts.com (was: theblueratsfontsarchives, or les rats bleus)]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Benoit Dupré

French designer of Fazioli (2017: a piano key typeface) and Mo (2018: a geometric solid typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benoit Gast

Lille, France-based graphic designer who created an unnamed typeface in 2012.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benoit Lety

French creator of the pixel typeface Invade My Type (2009, FontStruct). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benoit Sjöholm
[Désigne (was: Calame Design)]

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Bernard Anne

Bernard Anne (Bordeaux, France) created the experimental circle-based geometric typeface Circa (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bernard Arin

Ex-director of Scriptorium de Toulouse, calligrapher, teacher and typographer. Michael Levy took these pictures of him in 2004: Arin drawing, sketching a Trajan typeface on a stone. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bernard Bruno

French type designer who designed the Piccolo family, 1998. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bernard Naudin

French illustrator, painter, and occasional type designer (b. Châteauroux 1876, d. Paris 1946) who taught drawing at the Académie Colas-Rossi in Paris, and was an active type designer at Deberny & Peignot from 1911-1924. He designed the extraordinarily beautiful Naudin Roman and Italic, and the open capitals typeface Naudin Champlevé between 1912 and 1927 at Fonderie Peignot Frères. These were accompanied by a series of ornaments called Le Jardin Abandonnée.

Naudin also designed Tradition (related to Nicolas Cochin), which formed the basis of the Scriptorium decorative script font family Interlude (2001). Naudin taught drawing at the Académie Colas-Rossi in Paris.

Champlevé was revived in 2006 by Ari Rafaeli. Woodley Park (2001, Nick Curtis) is also based on Naudin Champlevé.

Gert Wiescher's Nadine Script (2005) is a formal script based on Naudin's work.

Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Bernard Vivier

Frenchman Bernard Vivier made some wonderful school handwriting fonts (with rulers) between 1998 and 2003: BV_Api, BV_Batboi, BV_Baton, BV_Baton_Italiques, BV_Rondes, BV_Rondes_Boite, BV_Rondes_Ital, BV-Cursive-Ital-Italic, BV_Baton-Boite, BV_Rondes2, BV_Rondes2-ital, BV_Rondes_Ital, Bv-Arial-Boite.

Old dead URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bernie Diril

Graphic designer in Paris. In 2015, Perrine Winkler and Bernie Diril co-designed Brigitte, Karina and Pierrot, three typefaces based on the credits of Jean-Luc Godard's movies. The fonts are named after Brigitte Bardot, Anna Karina and Jean-Paul Belmondo (Pierrot Le Fou). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bertille Nadaud

During her studies at E-Art Sup in Paris, Bertille Nadaud designed the neo deco typeface New Wave (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bertille Saunier

Parisian codesigner with Virginie Poilièvre and Graphica of the art deco typeface family Séduction (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bertrand Galimard Flavigny.

Author of La Chronique du bibliophile: La typographie des Didot. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bertrand Loeulliet
[Fonderie de Bertrand Loeulliet]

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Bertrand Martel

French designer known as Zorg78. After a stint in Montpellier, he settled in Cannes. His type creations include Dripping Alphabet (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bertrand Reguron

French designer of Achille FY (2012, a slab serif typeface done with Gia Tran, Alisa Nowak, Valentine Proust, Elvire Volk, and Gregori Vincens). This typeface was published at Fontyou.

Codesigner of Kaili FY (2013: an exotic typeface with crazy ligatures, inspired by Indian scripts, by Gregori Vincens, Bertrand Reguron, Gia Tran and Alisa Nowak) at Fontyou.

The EPS format display typeface Alice FY (2013) was co-designed by Alisa Nowak, Micaela Neustadt, Gia Tran, Bertrand Reguron and Valentine Proust at Fontyou. It was inspired by Adrien Genevard's lettering. Sub-themes are Alice in Wonderland and playing cards. The EPS format frilly script typeface Lullaby FY (2013) was co-designed by Alisa Nowak, Micaela Neustadt, Gia Tran, Bertrand Reguron and Valentine Proust at Fontyou. It too was inspired by Adrien Genevard's lettering. Exquise FY (2013) is a fashion mag didone co-designed by Bertrand Reguron, Alisa Nowak, Valentine Proust, Elvire Volk and Gia Tran at Fontyou. Gia Tran, Alisa Novak, Micaela Neustadt, Bertrand Reguron and Grégori Vincens co-designed the curvy stressed elliptical sans typeface Bruum FY (2013). In 2013, Denis Moulin, Bertrand Reguron, Valentine Proust and Laurène Girbal co-designed the hipster typeface Theory FY (2013, alchemic).

In 2014, Gia Tran and Bertrand Reguron co-designed the zombie script Vidok FY (free at Dafont).

The punchy poster typeface Kraaken FY (2014) was designed by the FontYou team of Bertrand Reguron, Alice Resseguier, Valentine Proust, Julien Priez, Gia Tran, Jérémie Hornus, and Alisa Nowak.

Bertrand Reguron, Alice Resseguier and Gia Tran co-designed the retro signage script typeface Coco FY (2014). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


Louis-Marie-Charles Bertrand-Pottier was a printer in Bordeaux, France, 1779-18xx. In 1809, he published Epreuves des caractères de l'imprimerie de Bertrand-Pottier. Local download. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Paris-based foundry. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bettina Canet

During her graphic design studies in Montpellier, France, Bettina Canet created a fun children's book typeface (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bibliopolae (was: Brice You)

French designer (b. 1982, Paris) of Mossy (2011, hand-printed): as skinny as Kate. In 2014, he/she created Thin Fingers (hand-printed). Dafont link. iFontmaker link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bibliothèque de l'école Estienne

As part of the Ecole Supérieure Estienne (18, boulevard Auguste-Blanqui, 75013 Paris, Tél : 01 55 43 47 47: subway Place d'Italie), this library has many books on typography. Free, 9-12 and 1-5, Monday to Friday, except Wednesdays and during the school holidays. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bibliothèque virtuelle de livres de typographie
[Jacques André]

Jacques André (IRISA-INRIA, Rennes, France) has compiled a great bibliography of type. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bibliotheqie Nationale de France

The national library of France. Has nice Samples of lettrines, including Alphabet de Paulini (1570), Alphabet des diableries, in Nouvelle collection de lettres de différents genres à l'usage de MM. les peintres et graveurs, A. Caulo (1856), Les Cris de Paris no1 (Paris, Maison Basset, vers 1845), Alphabet comique de Daumier (1836), Alphabet, Kate Greenaway (London, 1885), Alphabet diabolique (1837), Les polichinelles utiles ou l'origine des lettres (1826). Sandrine Maillet accepts donations and specimen of typographic work. They specialize in rare books and historical typographical pieces, but present day work is also being collected right now. Address: Réserve des livres rares, Quai François Mauriac, 75706 Paris Cedex 13. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bibliotheque Forney

Located at 1, rue du Figuier, 75004 Paris, this quaint old library is rumored to have unpublished Deberny&Peignot typefaces in its archives. [Google] [More]  ⦿

BiViTy: Bibliothèque virtuelle de typographie
[Jacques André]

Jacques André's site that lists all digitally available type specimen books. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Jil Daniel]

Type designer at the open source type foundry Velvetyne in Paris. Jil's creations there include Bizmeud (2014, a hipster typeface co-designed with Quentin Bodin). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Black Foundry
[Jérémie Hornus]

Type foundry in Paris, est. 2016 by Jérémie Hornus, who is the design lead. Type designers associated with Black Foundry include Alisa Nowak and Ilya Naumoff. They initially bought the font collection of FontYou. Typefaces not included in the original FontYou collection:

  • Angus (2018). A multiplexed rounded sans typeface family by Elliott Amblard that includes a variable font.
  • In 2018, Elliott Amblard and Jérémie Hornus co-designed the information design humanist sans typeface family Drive. It is accompanied by the more typewriter-styles families Drive Mono and Drive Prop, and published by Black Foundry. The fiorms in Drive Mono and Prop are great, but all fonts in Drive are too widely spaced (as are several other fonts in the Black Foundry collection).
  • Clother (Jeremie Hornus, Julie Soudanne, Ilya Naumoff, 2017). This geometric sans workhorse covers also Cyrillic, Hebrew and Arabic.
  • Vesterbro (Jeremie Hornus, Alisa Nowak, Ilya Naumoff, 2017). High-contrast Latin / Cyrillic typeface with a Viking feel that won an award at Granshan 2017.
  • Jeremie Hornus, Gregori Vincens, Yoann Minet, and Roxane Gataud (and possibly Riccardo Olocco) designed the free Google web font Atma for Latin (in comic book style) and Bengali. Github link.
  • In 2016, Google Fonts published the free Latin / Bengali signage font Galada (2015). It is based on Pablo Impallari's Lobster (for Latin). The Bengali was developed as a studio collaboration by Jeremie Hornus, Yoann Minet, and Juan Bruce at Black Foundry.
  • In 2016, Franck Jalleau designed the monospace sans typeface family Aubusson. Initially designed as a custom typeface by Franck Jalleau for the Cité internationale de la tapisserie d'Aubusson, the monowidth proportions are linked to pattern and tiles arrangements used in tapestry. The retail version of Aubusson offers four weights with matching italics. It was published by Black Foundry.
  • Drive (2016). A corporate sans serif family.
  • Dragon (2016). A clean sans typeface.
  • Galien (2019). By the Black Foundry team, a mix with didone elements in the roman and garalde features in the italic. There is also a variable font with a weight axis.
  • A custom sans font family for DS Automobiles (2019).
  • Finder is a multiscript typeface developed in 2020 at Black Foundry by Jérémie Hornus, Gaëtan Baehr, Changchun Ye and Zhang Miao. This neutral sans is intended for interface design, and covers Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek, Hangul, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Simplified Chinese, Thai and Traditional Chinese.
  • Screen Sans (2020). A 14-style sans by Jérémie Hornus and Ilya Naumoff published by Indian Type Foundry.
  • Alpine Script: a variable font with four axes including boldness, humanity, and irregularity, made for the identity of the French (Renault) Alpine sports cars.
  • Maif (2020). A sans family for the corporate identity of the Mutuelle d'Assurance Automobile des Instituteurs de France.
  • In 2017, Jérémie Hornus, Théo Guillard, Morgane Pambrun, Alisa Nowak and Joachim Vu co-designed Bespoke Sans, Bespoke Serif and Bespoke Slab at Fontstore / Fontshare. In 2020, Bespoke Stencil was added.
  • Egitto (2020). A huge Egyptian (slab serif) family together with a handy variable font. By Jérémie Hornus and Solenn Bordeau.
  • Rowton (2021) is a humanist sans in black, regular and hairline weights, named after Arthur Eric Rowton Gill. It is accompanied by two stencil styles.
  • NouvelR (2021). A corporate geometric sans typeface for Renault covering Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Arabic and Korean. Characterized by a totally square lower case r. All terminal angles are 28 degrees, to align with the angle in Renault's logo.
  • Enedis (2022). A commissioned sans.
Creative Market link for Black Foundry. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Black Owl

Nancy, France-based designer of the display typeface Bipolaire (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Blackmoon Foundry (was: La Letteria, or: Anatole Type Foundry)
[Elena Albertoni]

Elena Albertoni (Blackmoon Foundry, and before that, La Letteria, and before that, Anatole Type Foundry, est. 2005) is an Italian type designer (b. 1979, Bergamo) who studied at ESAD Amiens and the Ecole Estienne in Paris, before taking a position as type designer at FontFabrik in Berlin, where she still lives. She cofounded Anatole Type Foundry with Pascal Duez. La Letteria is located in Berlin. In 2011, Elena cofounded LetterinBerlin, a studio dedicated to handmade and digital design, with a special focus on lettering and type-design.

At the Rencontres de Lure 2005, she spoke about OpenType and Latin characters.

Her typefaces:

  • The connected script typeface Dolce (2005), which won an award at the TDC2 2005 type competition.
  • Dyna (2009). A connected feminine script. Review of Dolce & Dyna.
  • Kigara.
  • Scritta (connected calligraphic script). Followed by Scritta Nuova (2011): a rhythmic upright connected script, which evokes retro calligraphic styles taught in Italian schools around the 1950s.
  • Helene (squarish face).
  • Valora.
  • Schneider.
  • Gregoria. A Gregorian chant font that won an award at TDC2 2007.
  • Deja Rip and Deja Web (2010). An eight-style sans family of great utility, co-designed with Fred Bordfeld; Cyrillic included.
  • Acuta (2010). An all-purpose type family.
  • Nouvelle Vague (2011). A connected display script along the lines of Mistral.
  • Spinnaker (2011). A sans design based on French and UK lettering found on posters for travel by ship.
  • The plump and curvy script typeface Molle (2012, Google Web Fonts).
  • Kiez (2016, The Blackmoon Foundry).
  • Vidal (2018). A wide sans with low contrast and medium-to-tall ascenders.
  • Coast (2018). An almost monoline sans inspired by enamel signs from the 1920s.

Alternate URL. MyFonts link. Behance link. Klingspor link. Google Plus link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Blanche de Lasa

French graphic designer who has a BA from La Cambre in Brussels, and an MA from the Royal College of Art, London, 2012. Her MA project involved the development of seven handwriting typefaces (called Blanche) to be used in email. This was done together with Stina Gromark. She also created an experimental typeface called Typemotif (2012).

Unrelated to type design, Blanche is responsible for a fun verbalized text utility called Ohhhhhhhhh. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Blaze Type Foundry (was: Adèle Type Foundry)
[Matthieu Salvaggio]

Lyon, France-based designer founded first Adèle Type Foundry and in 2018 renamed it Blaze Type Foundry. Creator of these typefaces:

  • In 2021, Tim Vanhille, Léon Hugues and Matthieu Salvaggio co-designed the blackletter font Emeritus at Blaze Type.
  • Area (2020). Area is a variable typeface family of 88 grotesque fonts. Interestingly, all styles have an inktrapped version.
  • Inferi (2019). Inspired by garaldes.
  • Oroban (2018). A high-contrast text typeface in six styles, Oroban Masuria & Italic, Oroban Hermonthica & Italic and Oroban Elegans & Italic. The name is unrelated to Hungary's despot, Orban.
  • AT Apoc (2017-2018), short for AT Apocalypse. A text typeface that exhibits angst in the face of a bellicose American crackpot. In 2020, varialble and Cyrillic options were added.
  • AT Surt (2017). A 54-style Scandinavian sans typeface family, expanded in 2018. In Normal, Expanded and Extended widths.
  • Scriptures Memoriam (2017). A didone.
  • Scriptures Keops (2017). A didone with angular modifications inspired by blackletter type.
  • Arges (2017). A very condensed American headline sans, updated in 2019.
  • Osmose (2017). A "neoclassical grotesk". He writes that all of his licenses have been sold. Huh?
  • AT Global (2017). A sans.
  • Vuit Grotesk (2016). Not part of the Adele collection.
  • S1 (2013). A sans typeface designed during his studies at L'École européenne supérieure d'art de Bretagne (2012-2014). Not part of the Adele collection.
  • AT Inexpugnable. A free font that was promised for 2017.
  • AT Goliath. A free font that was promised for 2017.

Behance link. I Love Typography link. Cargocollective link. Type Network link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Blondina Elms Pastel

Blondina lived and worked in Martinique, France for eight years. She graduated in 1999 from Insitut régional d'art visuel de la Martinique (IRAVM). Blondina founded Atelier Elms in Cave Hill, Barbados, in 2002. Her clients can be found in the United States, the British Virgin Islands, Martinique, Dominica and Barbados. She returned to settle in Barbados in November 2003. Graduate of the University of Reading in 2011. Her graduation typeface there was Naej (2011), a typeface family for recreational children's storybooks. Lively and bouncy, it blends script and sans into a refreshing breakfast. She calls the family calligraphic and neohumanist. Blondina finally published Naej in 2012 at a German foundry, URW.

In 2013, she graduated from the Plantin Institute's type design program under Frank E. Blokland. Her graduation typeface there was the children's storybook font Calina. At Plantin, she also attempted a Jacques Francois rosart revival.

She writes that for Google Fonts, she developed Dinah (for Latin and Devanagari), but there is no record of that at Google Fonts.

Custom fonts by Blondina include Barefoot (for bare Greetings greeting cards)

Presently, she is a PhD student at the Aix-Marseille University, and is based in Aix-en-Provence. Since 2015, she organizes Typote, mobile workshops for training in calligraphy, lettering, typeface design and graphic design. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Bluefonts.com (was: theblueratsfontsarchives, or les rats bleus)
[Benoit Desprez]

The Blue Rats Fonts Archives is a French font archive, maintained and nicely presented by Lyon-based cartoonist Benoit Desprez. Many free fonts, and a few commercial fonts sold by [T-26] such as BlueBrush, BlueCentury, BlueGlobal (2001) and BlueType. Some really nice irregular or graffiti fonts in the bluefonts collection: BlueAkkrobat, BlueApplet, BlueArsenal, BlueBond, BlueBurnt, BlueCake, BlueCalcium, BlueCarnage, BlueExpeditt, BlueLacke, BlueLittleHorn, BlueNorma, BluePax, BluePugg, BlueSkin (my favorite Treefrog-like font), BlueStorm, BlueStuff, BlueTone, BlueJussi, BlueTrash, BlueVelvet, BlueCake Full, BlueFaxSimili, BlueFlag, BlueNylon, BlueSandBlast, BlueSmolt, BlueSpent, BlueVibes. Commercial: BlueBrush, BlueCentury, BlueType, BlueKayack, BlueCookie, BlueKompakt, BlueVertue, BlueCopy, TestFrogRemix, BlueFish Sans (2005, Comic Sans competition?), BluePlanet, BluePadd, BlueScript, BlueMecca, BlueAlpha, BlueGribouille, Camille, BlueLustic, BlueLiner, BlueBeard, BlueLimace, BlueDingbats Heads. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

BMD Design

Bordeaux-based studio which specializes in hand-made lettering.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bob Nickas
[System B]

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Bocan Andrei

Designer at Clear Studio in Bordeaux, France. In 2009, he made the straight line experimental typeface KNKTR. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bonjour Monde
[Lucas Descroix]

Lucas Descroix is graphic and type designer based in France. After researching at the National Institute for Typographic Research in Nancy, France, and graphic design degrees at Ecole Estienne (2012) and at HEAR (Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin) in Strasbourg (2015, Masters), he started designing typefaces, books, posters and visual identities. His typefaces:

  • The monospaced Nostra (2016, Future Fonts and Type Tomorrow).
  • The angular and blackletter typeface family Forje (2016).
  • Hernani (2015).
  • The ultra-condensed hip-hop sans family Grandmaster (2018, The Designers Foundry).
  • The 16-style sans family Odisea (2018).
  • The wide sans typeface families Syne (2018) and Syne Mono (2018). The free Syne family was originally designed in 2017 for the Art Center Synesthésie, based in Saint-Denis. Syne became a Google font in 2020. Syne was imagined by Bonjour Monde and designed by Lucas Descroix with help from Arman Mohtadji. The Mono style was distorted using Bonjour Monde's DataFace, written by Arman Mohtadji. There is also Syne Tactile. Gitlab link.

    Fragen (2019). A 16-style hybrid that combines a slab serif with ball terminals and spirited italics (The Designers Foundry).

  • Faidherbe (2019). At Future Fonts. Faidherbe was initially based on Ile-de-France by Crous-Vidal for Fonderie Typographique Française (1956-1961).
  • Paraiso (2021). Paraiso is a condensed display typeface with a constructed feel, influenced by 19th and early-20th century wood typefaces.
  • Custom typefaces by Lucas include the unicase font family ACL Ebène (2018) done for the carpentry shop Atelier Champs Libres, and the display typeface Villa (2018: for the visual identity of Villa Gillet).

Future Fonts link. Gitlab link. Type Tomorrow link. Fontsquirrel link where one can find some free fonts such as Syne. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bonsoir Bonsoir Studio

Studio in Toulouse, France. Designer of the hipster typeface Psaume (2020), and the monolinear sans typeface Lactarium (2020), about which he/she writes: Lactarium est copieuse, plantureuse, opulente, nourrissante, généreuse, réconfortante, abondante et rassasiante. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bonzer Herrbrecht

French designer of the free spurred sans typeface Bonzer-SanFrancisco (2014), the free blackletter typeface Bonzer Dresden (2014), and the free multilined typeface Bonzer Herzogenaurach (2014). In 2015, he made Bonzer Bruxelles. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Borho Studio
[Luc Borho]

Lyon, France-based designer of the reverse stress display sans typeface Fadoli (2017). In 2018, he co-founded Pizza Typefaces with Adrien Midzic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Boris Gautier

Parisian graphic designer who created several unnamed modular display typefaces in 2013. In 2012, he designed the sans caps typeface Type 41. In 2013, he created Bofur, which was inspired by A.M. Cassandre's Bifur. Le Parfait Pictograms (2013) has restaurant dingbats. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Boris Igelman

As a student at ENSAD in Paris, he co-designed Jannet (2001), a typeface based on Jannet's garalde revivals, ca. 1860. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Boris Petrovitch Njegosh

Parisian designer of these fonts:

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bouk Ra

Paris-based designer of the display typeface Hanol (2020-2021, +Cyrillic), a delicate display typeface on the theme of threads of hair.

Typefaces from 2021: Faust (an experimental typeface that expresses the agony and corruption of Faust, a character in German legend. The deformed serifs and wide alternates create a drastic rhythm throughout the typeface and is available in two styles---Wagner and Mephisto), Plage (Text, Display: playful, stuffed with ligatures), Tartuffo (a mischievous 10-style display serif published by Lift Type). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Boul Yvan

French designer of Linotype Afroculture (dingbats) and Linotype Dinosaures (2004). Linotype link. FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


French designer of the pixelish typeface Losange (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

BQ Studio

Located in Paris, BQ Studio designed the experimental typeface Air in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Braczyk (aka esbe, sandman and moa) is the French designer of Jules (2002). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brahim Boucheikha
[Babel Font]

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Brenda Bounsaythip

Parisian student-designer (at ECV) of the pixel typeface Game Over (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brenier Mathilde

During her graphic design studiers at ECV in Bordeaux, France, Brenier Mathilde created a decorative typeface (2015). In 2016, she co-designed the display typeface Bobeche with Agathe De Roquefeuil. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bretagne Type Foundry
[Lucas Le Bihan]

French graphic and type designer who studied at Ecole Estienne, class of 2016. After graduation, he worked with Raphael Bastide and Large. A frequent contributor to Velvetyne, he set up Bretagne Type Foundry in 2016.

Creator of the vintage typeface Nanook (2015, free at Open Font Library; see also Github). Nanook is based upon lettering of Robert Flahert's documentary, Nanook of The North. He also was involved in the creation of the transitional curveless typeface Avara Two (2013). Originally developed by Raphaël Bastide, it was later adjusted by Wei Huang and Lucas Le Bihan. In 2020, Lucas Le Bihan and Jean-Baptiste Morizot co-designed Karrik (Velvetyne), a vernacular sans.

Typefaces at Bretagne Type Foundry:

  • The free contrast-rich sans typeface Sporting Grotesque (2015, Velvetyne link; Open Font Library link; Greek support by George Triantafyllakos). Updated in 2021.
  • Happy Times At The IKOB (2016), Free at Open Font Library.
  • Self Modern (2018). A thin text typeface.
  • Cucina. A connected script typeface.
  • Résidence (2016).

Fontsquirrel link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Breton Antonin

Art director in Lille, France. Designer of the blackletter typeface vengeresse (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Breton Antonin

Art director in Lille, France. Designer of the decorative typeface Enlarge (2015), the display typeface Organic (2015) and the blackletter typeface Vengeresse (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brian Kindle

Paris-based designer of the calligraphic typeface Victor Hugo (2013), New Man (2013, textured and stylish), Candylicious (2013), the vintage condensed typeface Orient Express (2013), and the wood log typeface Wonder of Yosemite (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brice Hugonnet

Designer of the black compact sans typeface Postillon (2019), which was originally created for Le Postillon, a newspaper published in Grenoble, France. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brice Queirel

Frenchman who graduated in Applied Art at Teesside University, UK, and who has a Master's degree in Applied Arts fromn Ecole de Cond&eaciute; in Paris. Now based in London, he created the heavy octagonal typeface family Geogothic in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


French foundry, located in Paris. Its work can be found in Épreuve des caractères de la fonderie de Briquet (Paris, Cloître Saint Benoît, 1757). Audin tells the story of the foundry. The senior Briquet bought a foundry in The Netherlands in 1720, but he died around 1725, leaving the business to his son. In 1728, his son became associated with Loyson, who had his own foundry since 1727, and the foundries were joined. Son Briquet died some time between 1728 and 1751, leaving behind a widow. Loyson wasted no time and married her. Loyson and the Briquet widow operated from 1751 until 1758. In 1757, they left the business to her son [note: Loyson's father-in-law was named Briquet, and his son-in-law was named Briquet...], who in 1758 left the foundry business. So, in 1758, Loyson and Veuve Briquet became Vincent Cappon (b. Carrières sous Conflans, d. 1783, Paris), who was Loyson's student. After Cappon's death in 1783, the business was run by Cappon's widow until 1785. Finally, from 1785 until 1837, the foundry was run by Pierre Louis Wafflard, apprentice of J. Gill&aeacute;.

Publications include Epreuve des caractères de la fonderie de Loyson et Briquet (1751, Paris, Rue de la Parcheminerie). Local download. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brittany Metz

Based in San Francisco, CA, Brittany Metz created the ornamental typeface Scorpion Sans in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿


French designer (b. 1995) of the horror font Killing (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bruno Allard

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Bruno Bernard

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Bruno Bordijol

Toulouse, France-based creator of the graffiti typeface Billybop Maj Tag (2011) and the tall hand-printed typeface Billybop Miniskuli (2011).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bruno Kervern

French graphic designer. His typefaces include the experimental MetaMecane and Bell-Pae. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Building Paris
[Guillaume Grall]

Design studio in Paris that has created several typefaces, often as part of a branding project. These include La Vallée and Knife. It is run by Benoît Santiard and Guillaume Grall. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bulldozer (Labomatic)
[Pascal Béjean]

French designer Pascal Béjean has designed Son in 1996 for Bulldozer. Available at Typotek. Bulldozer (Labomatic) was created in 1995 in Paris by 4 designers interested in a wide variety of graphical expressions. Gaël Etienne designed Labomatic (1999). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bunka Design

Bunka (Bunka Design, Paris) is a freelance illustrator and toy designer. He drew a delightful children's book alphabet simply called ABC (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bureau 205 (was: Trafik)
[Damien Gautier]

Damien Gautier (b. 1971) studied typography in the Atelier de création typographique at l'Ecole Estienne, Paris. He co-founded Trafik, a type studio in Lyon. More recently, his fonts are distributed via 205 Corp and 205 TF, which he founded. He also teaches graphic design at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon. He runs the publishing house Editions deux-cent-cinq which publishes books on graphic design and typography.

At Typotek, he designed LeQuincaillerie (fifties font, 2000), LeMenuiserie (2000), LeConfiserie (2000, an electronic panel font), LeConfiserie Couleur, L'ekran Dix (a pixel font), LeBoucherie-Ornament (2000), LeBeaune (1995-2011, a flared roman lettering typeface created at first for the town of Beaune in Burgundy), Alcala (1994).

For Salomon (the ski company brand font), Damien Gautier received a Trophée d'Or nomination at the Integraphic Congress in Paris in 2003.

MyFonts, where his foundry is called Trafik, and then Damien Gautier, then "205", Editions 205, and finally Bureau 205, sells these typefaces: Colonel (stencil), Laikran (pixel family), Le Bazar, Le Beaune, Le Chaufferie, Le Confiserie, Le Confiserie Couleur, Le Gendarmerie, Le Menuiserie, Le Quincaillerie, Pam (2005, counterless), Plaak (2013-2014, a large sans caps family inspired by French street name signs; co-designed with Olivier Raimbaud and Corentin Noyer), Robin (2010, a dingbat typeface with arrows, co-designed with Delphine Sigonney). In 2010, Gautier created Caporal (an elegant clean stencil face), Le Francois (a set of stylish capitals).

In 2009, Damien Gautier designed Bloo (a wedge-serifed typeface). Salomon is a corporate typeface family.

Typefaces of Damien Gautier and Quentin Margat in 2010: Amiral (cargo stencil), Alcala (started in 1994, finished in 2010, this text family is based on renaissance forms and was used to print a Bible).

With Quentin Margat, he created some typefaces in 2011 such as Maax (an information design sans family), Norr (styles include a didone, a slab serif, and two sanses), Colonel, and Beretta (dot matrix family).

In 2013, Damien Gautier designed Maax Mono and Maax Rounded, both at Editions 205.

In 2019, he published Plaax as an extension of Plaak. Subfamilies include Sathonay (super-condensed), Griffo, Pradel, Terme, Foch and Ney, from super-condensed to wide.

In 2021, Damien Gautier published the experimental sans typeface Heliuum in which letters can have different baseline heights.

Klingspor link.

View Damien Gautier's typefaces. Interview by Type Today. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Bureau Brut (was: Extra Brut)
[Yoann Minet]

Bureau Brut was founded in 2015 by Julia Joffre, Yoann Minet and Camille Prandi. In 2017 Bureau Brut opened up Extrabrutshop to sell their typefaces. Both are located in Montreuil, France. The original collection of typefaces were all done by Yoann Minet. They include Droulers, Matorral (2016-2019, with the help of Baptiste Lecanu: Matorral is based on the fiery single-weight bespoke typeface Bureau Brut designed for the identity of Musée de la Poterie de La Borne. It draws inspiration from Fritz H. Ehmcke's Ehmcke Antiqua (Flinsch, 1908: the lower case t) and William F. Capitain's Caxton Old Style (Marder, Luse & Co., 1889: the R), and features an M with a distinctive Marseille vibe as in the monogram of René Dufaure de Montmirail, founder of the Olympique de Marseille football club in 1899), Ostia Antica, Totentanz and Traulha. In 2016, Minet designed the custom ultra-condensed typeface Scories Mono. Dr (2017) was published by Production Type. In 2018, they added the floarting-in-the-wind typeface Bourrasque. In 2020, Bureau Brut released Brut Grotesque (the original design started in 2015), and designed the compressed arts and crafts custom font MySen for the jewelry brand MySen. In 2021, Bureau Brut published the chamfered typeface family Round and the experimental Roman Grotesque without revealing who designed it. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bureau d'Investigation Graphique
[Nicolas Millot]

French designer based in Lille. He designed the video game typeface Arcade and the experimental hipster typefaces Music and Moebius. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bureau Nuits
[Romain Pedeboscq]

Bureau Nuits, est. 2019, is a creative studio offering graphic design, photography and typography services from their offices in Bordeaux, France. Its two founding designers are Julien Fesquet and Romain Pedeboscq. Theire first typeface is Uxum Grotesque (2019), self-described as a quirky sans-serif with high x-height, short descenders, and tight line spacing. The ink-trapped Uxum has plenty of hipster features such as the almost decapitated lower case t and a guillotine capital G. [Google] [More]  ⦿

BVS Boton
[Albert Boton]

Albert Boton is a Parisian type designer and teacher, born in 1932 in Paris. In 1957 he started work at Deberny&Peignot under Adrian Frutiger. From 1958 to 1966 he helped create several typefaces for the Hollenstein phototype catalog. In 1968 he became the art director for Robert Delpire publishers, but continued designing typefaces for the Hollenstein collection and later for Mecanorma and Typogabor. From 1968 to 1997 he was a teacher of type design and calligraphy at the École nationale des arts décoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris. From 1988 to 1998 he taught type design at the Atelier National de Recherche Typographiques. In 1981 he became art director and head of type department at the design agency Carré Noir. Interview in the ENSAD Journal B. His company is called BVS Boton.

He is the designer of Berthold's Boton family (1986), FF Bastille Display package (2002, consists of FF Aircraft, FF Aircraft TF, FF District Bold, FF District Bold TF, FF Studio, FF Studio TF, FF Zan), FF Elegie (2002, art nouveau, a take on Auriol), Agora (1990, Berthold: a lapidary typeface), Chadking (1958), Roc (1959), Brasilia (1960), Primavera (1963), Rialto (1964), Black Boton (1970), PL Brazilia (PhotoLettering, a sans family), Zan (1970), Pharaon (1971, a great fat slab, eventually digitized by Monotype), Pampam (1974), Hillman (1972, an Egyptian family at Mecanorma), Tzigane (1973, a condensed family at Mecanorma), Chinon (1973, Mecanorma), Hudson (1973), Boton and Navy Cut (1986, for Mecanorma), the Scherzo family (at the Agfa Creative Alliance), Carré Noir (1996, also at Agfa), Bellini, Praxitel, Albotoni Book (made in 1974 originally), Kit, FF Page (2003, in PageSans and PageSerif families). Since 1998, he distributes his own fonts through BVS Albert Boton:

Albotoni Book (made in 1974 originally), Kit, FF Page (2003, in PageSans and PageSerif families), FF Tibere (2003, a classic roman family), FF District (2004, a squarish sans family) are some his latest typefaces.

Citroen's logo font at Delpire.

Klingspor link. Bio at FontFont. Pictures of an exposition in 2003. Linotype link. FontShop link. MyFonts link.

Aude Degrassat wrote a thesis on Boton in 2008 at Estienne.


View Albert Boton's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Byte Foundry
[Yannick Mathey]

Prototyp is a really fast typeface generation tool, developed by Yannick Mathey during his studies. Operations are performed on an entire typeface at once, using sliding scales for the choices. Yannick has created the typeface Liberty for theater Liberté in Toulon, France (but it was not retained). He also made Genèse (2010, +Ultrablack). Marion Desmonnet (Lyon, France) and Yannick Mathey co-designed the script typeface Allen in 2014.

URL for Prototyp. Old URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

C. Deschamps

French engraver who lived in Paris (at Grande-Rue-Saint-Marcel, No. 4, Saint-Denis). In 1827, Jules Didot the Elder published this book: Didot. Recueil des vignettes et fleurons gravés sur cuivre et acier et polytypés par C. Deschamps, graveur, Grande-Rue-Saint-Marcel, No. 4 a Saint-Denis (Paris: Imprimerie de Jules Didot ainé). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caamille Rose

Lyon, France-based designer of the display typeface Césure (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Calixte Palissier

Paris-based designer of the free AI format rounded sans typeface family Vibra Type, which comes in these styles: Rounded Bold, Rounded Regular, Straight, s\and Volume. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Calixte Patissier

Paris-based designer of the free rounded monoline sans typeface Vibra (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Christophe Badani]

Christophe Badani's French site dedicated to calligraphy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Anouk Hinoran]

A free and optional commercial handwriting font service based on templates. Calligraphr was launched in February 2017 by Maklabu GmbH. Maklabu GmbH was founded by Anouk Hinoran (France) and Tobias Reinhardt in 2016 and is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland. In 2018, Anouk herself designed the handcrafted typefaces Bloody Saturday, Chelsea Brush, Tohmrelief, Dots, Sjouke Kloostra, Insular Old English and End of Summer, and the brush typeface Pinceau in 2018.

In 2019, Anouk published the children's font Kiddo. Behance link for Anouk Hinoran. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Camila Restrepo

Graphic designer in Lyon, France, who created the high contrast display typeface Midnight Vice (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Ink Cloud Design]

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Camille Ardeois

Bayonne, France-based designer of Cardinal (2019: a revival of a modern text typeface), Justine (2019: a typeface with injuries), and Ligatur (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Aznar

Graduate of ESAD in Amiens, France. Her graduation typeface there is Hedda (2015). Substyles include Hedda Avec (Serif) and Hedda Sans. It is intended for typesetting theater scripts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Baillot

Parisian designer of Wim Crouwel Type (2015, together with Sabine Condiescu and Julie Soudanne) and the experimental typeface Akot (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Bardes

Parisian designer of Femina (2014) and Le Bretonne (2014, with Valeria Caro and Timothé Chiron), both strong masculine text typefaces, contradicting the nomenclature. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Belliot

Marseille, France-based designer of the experimental monolinear sans typeface family Bebel (2021). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Bissuel

Camille Bissuel, aka Nylnook, is a free spirit, an open source advocate, and French illustrator based in La Roche-des-Arnauds. He introduces himself in this manner: I'm Camille Bissuel and I'm creating free (as in freedom) graphic novels and illustrations about climate change. Sign-up to become one of my readers and receive a free (as in free beer) short comic! His comic strips are free, and even the font he uses, Comili Book (2016), designed by himself, is free. It is also refreshing to see his entire web site bathed in that wonderful nonchalant script.

He defines free software in this manner: You can use without restrictions. You can copy and distribute freely (as in freedom), and therefore often for free (gratis). You can study by reading its source code, its recipe. You can change to improve. In addition to the philosophical choice, there are three reasons behind my choice of free software, despite my initial training on the Adobe suite and 3ds Max. (1) Software and updates at no cost, even if I donate to projects. (2) Sustainability of my data, thanks to open formats. In 20 years, I will have access to my files, so my creations, without having to seek permission from Adobe! (3)Technical stability of Linux and theses softwares in general, which is a real working comfort.

Open Font Library link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Boulouis

French designer who obtained an MA in typeface design from The University of Reading (2009), based on her typeface Guillotine, which was intended for newspaper weekend edition magazines. It is characterized by soft triangular serifs. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Demaimay

During her studies at ECV in Paris, Camille Demaimy co-designed the warm newsprint typeface families Gazette and Gazette Sans (2016) together with Flore Meier and Romain Grucker. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Egreteaud

Bordeaux, France-based designer of the modular typeface Pachanga (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Flammier

During her studies at Supcrea school in Grenoble, France, Camille Flammier created an untitled modular typeface (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Gicquel

Roubaix, France-based designer of the curly Victorian ironwork typeface Alistina (2016, done for a school project). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Gloaguen

Paris-based graphic designer, who created Cut Up Font in 2017. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Guitton

One of the partners of Studio Ravages in Paris, together with other ex-graduates of ENSAAMA. Camille designed some typefaces but is now mainly active as graphic designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Kerdraon

Paris-based designer of the experimental wiry typeface Frissons (2019) and the Superveloz-inspired Binome (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Laurent

Or Camille Laurent-Dánielfy. During her studies at École Supérieure d'Arts et Médias de Caen, France, Camille Laurent designed Blanchardscript (2014), which is based on the handwriting of type designer and typographer Gérard Blanchard. This typeface was developed together with Julie Patat (École Estienne) and Sara Frigault (ESAM Caen) in a workshop led by Franck Jalleau at l'Institut Mémoires et Édition Contemporaine.

Together with Marie Dubois, she created the suggestive typeface Pigalle (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Lily

Paris-based designer of Cut Up Font (2016, dadaist). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Llamas

Toulouse, France-based graphic designer who created the display typeface Breakbot (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Lucas

Graphic designer in Saint-Tropez, France. In 2012, she created a set of typographic icons called Signe. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Martell

French designer of Frei Type (2013, pixelish typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Mayolle

Graphic designer in aix-en-Provence, France, who designedc the deco typeface Twist (2016) and the comissioned display typeface Unfair Amsterdam (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Moine

Aka Kid Pixel. Valence, France-based designer of the animated decorative caps typeface Tidy (2017) and the experimental animated fonts Fire (2017), XRay (2017), Splash (2015), and Snake (2017). In 2018, she made the animated font Bubble. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Moine

Motion designer at Kid Pixel in Valence, France, who created the animated brush typeface Splash (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Moisset

Based in Steenvoorde, France. Designer of the free font KM Standard TT (2014, OFL) during a course at ERG in Brussels. This typeface is based on Alexey Kryukov's Old Standard TT (2006-2008). It is a bold didone family for Latin, Cyrillic and Greek with small stencil cuts in the Latin section.

A shop sign for the Fontainas Bar in Brussels inspired her to design the vernacular typeface Fontainas (2015) Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Mutelet

French type designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Palandjian

Paris-based designer of Fattern (2016), an ultra heavy typeface in the didone tradition. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Pelard

During her studies, Chambéry, Camille Pelard designed the teardrop typeface Janedoe (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Petitbon

Nantes, France-based designer of a display typeface in 2019. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Stoffel

Lille, France-based designer of the connected script typeface Hippolyte (2014), which was a school project at ECV Lille Europe. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camille Venturelli

Montbéliard, France-based designer of Origamix (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

C&C (or: Cataloged)
[Coline Sunier]

C&C is the studio of Coline Sunier (who graduated from ESAD Grenoble Valence, France in 2006 and from ESAD Strasbourg in 2008) and Charles Mazé (a graduate of KABK Den Haag in 2009) in Brussels. Their typefaces:

  • Single Stroke CC (2011).
  • Série Seize (2011): Ongoing revival project of Deberny & Peignot's Didot Série Seize. The book series initiated by Swiss artist Laurent Kropf will provide the frame and use to develop this type family. Série Seize was cut in the second half of the 19th century and was widely used in Europe until the end of metal type.
  • Zoo (2010). A font done for Bénédicte Ramade, it is a revival of a children's alphabet seen in The Zoo (1960, M.E. Gagg).
  • DeVinne (2010). Digitized caps for the poster/program Ideas for the Future of Art.
  • BAT (2009, a Charles Mazé typeface). A didone family that originated from Charles's work at KABK.
  • Astral (2009). A decorative caps face.
  • Mercator (2009, Charles Mazé). Revival of Mercator Regular (Dick Dooijes, 1909-1998) based on a type specimen edited by Letterfoundry Amsterdam / Tetterode in the mid-sixties.
  • In 2012, Stéphanie Vilayphiou, Alexandre Leray, Coline Sunier and Charles Mazé co-designed the readable typeface Dauphine Regular, which can be downloaded from Github and Open Font Library. See it in action on the web site of ESAD (Ecole Supérieure d'Art et de Design). Dauphine is a sans-serif font inspired by lettering in late 19th and early 20th century maps.

Typecache link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Candice Hoffmeyer

Strasbourg, France-based designer of the De Stijl-genre typeface Mondrian (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Captain Ludd

Captain Ludd represents the children of the Rosa Parks school, and is based in saint Etienne, France. They created some simple fun typefaces such as the paper cutout typeface Frechette (2019), the color font La Platine (2019), and the straight-edged La Rosa (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caractères d'imprimerie, 1853
[Paul Dupont]

Essay bu Paul Dupont on the history of typography, in French. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carine Abou

French designer of the human figure silhouette font C Comme Corps (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carine Abraham

Art director and illustrator in Lille, France, who created the decorative caps typeface Lace Effect in 2015. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carla Salaun

During their studies at ECV in Nantes, France, in 2018, Julie Bertrais, Solenne Pagès, Clara Tourneux, Carla Salaun and Constance Reygrobellet codesigned the super-heavy typeface family Mauer, to commemorate the Berlin Wall that came down in 1989. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carlos Silva

Carlos Silva (Bernay, France) runs Lusi Design in Paris. He made the techno typeface Flight Maybe (2012), the outlined hand-printed children's book font Alpha Street (2010), and the grunge typeface Immoral Pact (2010). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carlotta Mazuy

Roman graphic designer, b. Paris, who studied at the Accademia delle arti e nuove tecnologie.

Creator of the droopy-serifed New Forty Five (2012), the bubblegum font Gummy (2014).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carolane Pernice

During her studies in Aix en Provence, France, Carolane Pernice created some experimental typefaces (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carole Gautier
[My Name is Wendy]

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Carole Guihard

During her studies at AGR in Nantes, France, Carole Guihard designed the decorative caps typeface Typo Contraire (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caroline Aufort

Paris-based creator of Tifinagh (2011), a modular Latin typeface based on letters from the Touareg alphabet. She co-runs Acmé-Paris, a design studio in Paris, with Élodie Mandray. Creators of the heavy monoline sans typeface Acmé (2013), the titling sans typeface Le Creux (2013), and the stitching font Canevas (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caroline Aurore

Nantes, France-based designer of the Inuit / Inuktitut simulation Latin typeface Inuktitut (2015) and the modular typeface Panamacoco (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caroline Blanchet

Nantes, France-based designer of the tennis-themed display typeface Wimbledon (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caroline Carrillo

Graduate of the ECV in Paris who lives in Barcelona. In 2016, she designed the garalde typeface Jannon CC, which is inspired by the XVIIth century Rabelais Jannon. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caroline Daubriac

During her studies in Lyon, France, Caroline Daubriac designed the modular typefaces Les Minions (2018) and Karmi (2018) and the Memphis Group typeface Basilar (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caroline Godon

Bordeaux, France-based designer of the hipster typeface Degres 45 (2019) and the display typeface Galbe (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caroline Laguerre

As a student at ENSAD in Paris, she co-designed Poinçons (1999), a typeface based on a design of Fournier. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caroline Prudhon

During her graphic design studies in Nanterre, France, Caroline Prudhon created the experimental typeface Quitte ou Double (2016) and the bubblegum typeface Chewie (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caroline Remy

As a student in Intuit Lab in Paris, Caroline Remy designed the typefaces Dr. Frnknfurter (2016) and Brocken Back (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caroline Varon

Graphic designer in Montauban, France. During her studies in 2014, she created these typefaces: Cactoustype (stencil), Hublot (stencil), Scoblitch (modular blackletter). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cassandra Olita

Art student in Strasbourg, France. Creator of the modular geometric typeface Quart (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Catherine Zask

French designer who has some nice typographic experiment called Alphabetempo (1994), based on the chronological decomposition of letters. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cécile Henniquau

Masters student in Bordeaux, France, who created the display typeface Allare (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cécile Legnaghi

During her type design studies at Ecole Estienne in Paris, Cecile Legnaghi created the artificial languuage font Somamica (2015). Her portfolio contains these type designs:

  • Forma Nuova Nerreta, Corsiva and Nera. With Lorenzo Mason (Tankboys studio).
  • Sultan (2017).
  • Marcel.
  • It (2017).
  • Squalo Tutto and Morso.
  • Attilio (2015). A reverse stress (Western) slab serif published by E162.
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Cécile Wu

During her studies in Toulouse, France, Cécile Wu created the hexagonal typeface Symmetry Type (2014), the stencil typeface Symétrie (2013) and the origami typeface Origamis (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cédric Dequidt

French creator of the hacker typefaces Minusculke Digits (2012) and Cursive Digits (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cédric Murac

As a student at ENSAD in Paris, he co-designed Poinçons (1999), a typeface based on a design of Fournier. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Célestine Lefèvre

Lille, France-based designer of a display typeface in 2019. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Céline Ibanez

Parisian designer of the rounded circular stencil typeface Neon (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Céline Kriebs

Graphic designer in Metz, France, who created Akzidenz Modern in 2017. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Céline Moreno

During her studies in Bordeaux, France, Céline Moreno designed a decorative caps alphabet (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Céline Teiten

Independent graphic designer in Strasbourg, France. Behance link.

She created an erotic typography poster in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cecile Heidemann

During her studies at ESAG Penninghen, Parisian Cecile Heidemann created the display typeface Alphabet Modulaire (2015, later renamed Gemila) and the bilined typeface Grome (2015).

Typefaces from 2019: Scoop (a font family designed with type designers Margaux Chambon and Marie Boulanger modeled after Vulcan, a typeface from the XIXth century), Montaigne (a serifed typeface).

Typefaces from 2020: BTP (modular, blocky).

Typefaces from 2021: Gabrielle Display. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Celia Astori

French comic book illustrator who created various comic book or hand-drawn typefaces in 2010: Gribouille, Corbeau, RIFFC8310, Zinzozo. Prefelectique (2014) is a modular techno typeface.

In 2016, she designed Cailloux. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Celia de Leiris

During her studies at Edouard Branly Lyceum in Amiens, France, Celia de Leiris (Paris, France) created a triangulated typeface family (2015) that was inspired by precious stones. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Celia Grandhomme

Lyon, France-based designer of the dingbat typeface OK (2019), the custom typeface Piña (2017), the circle-based experimental typeface Equinoxe (2015) and the Belgian blackletter beer label fonts Baston (2016) and Bxl (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Celia Mindren

During her studies at ECV in Bordeaux, France, Celia Mindren designed the fine-looking display typeface Aurora (2015) and the thick oriental brush script Biming (2015). She also won first prize in a national wine bottle design competition for her Rosé Bordeaux project. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Celia Salmon

As a student in Paris, Celia Salmon designed the display typeface La Trace (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Celya Bendjenad

Graphic designer in Paris who created a custom typeface for GQ France in 2015. [Google] [More]  ⦿

C'Est Eux

Student in Bordeaux, France, who designed the modular monoline sans typeface Pachanga (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

C.F.L. Panckoucke

Printer in Paris. C.F.L. Panckoucke (b. 1780, Paris, d. Meudon, 1844) ran a printing shop (imprimerie) in Paris, succeeding his father Charles there, who had moved to Paris from Lille. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ch. Doublet

Typefounder and engraver in Paris. His work can be found in Extrait du Spécimen de caractères de la fonderie Ch. Doublet, graveur (Paris, Gravure et fonderie typographiques, 60, avenue d'Orléans [1890?]). They also published Spécimen de caractères d'imprimerie (Paris, Ch. Doublet, ca. 1900, 356 pages). Scan of an art nouveau face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charlène Grimaud

During her studies at ECV (Ecole de Communication Visuelle) in Aix-en-Provence, France, Charlène Grimaud created several experimental typefaces (2014), and finished a modern set of numbers (2013) for use on the walls of an underground parking garage. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charles Albert d'Arnoux

French illustrator, aka Bertall, 1820-1882. In 1861, he published the ABC Trim Alphabet Enchanté. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charles Armand Peignot

French typographer, born and died in Paris, 1897-1983. Founder of ATypI, son of Georges Peignot, and lifetime director of Deberny&Peignot. Designer of Peignot (with Adolphe Mouron Cassandre). Founder of ATypI. Starting in the late fifties, the company prepared the fonts for Lumitype, European Photon. In the sixties, Charles Peignot invested heavily in Lumitype, which used up some of the money to buy control of Deberny&Peignot, and let Charles go. Deberny&Peignot closed in 1979, at which time the designs passed to the Haas'sche type foundry in Basel/Münchenstein. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Charles Beaudoire

Nineteenth century typefounder based in Paris. Examples of their work include Batardes and Lettres Angulaires.

Specimen books include Beaudoire & Cie., fonderie générale de caractères français et étrangers (18xx, by Théophile Beaudoire).

In 2012, Parisian graphic designers Thomas Bizzarri and Alain Rodriguez co-designed Thermidor, a revival based on the work of Baudoire---it was a custom design for the Feu Sacré books. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charles Connoué

During a type design workshop organized by Emmanuel rey in Switzerland, Gabrielle Gatti (Marseille, France) and Charles Connoué (Aix, France) co-designed the great poster typeface Germanonetta (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charles Cuvier

Saint-Malo, France-based designer of the textured all caps typeface OK Coral (2017), and a custom decorative caps typefacefor a museum (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charles Decoray

Graduate of ESAD in Amiens, France, class of 2017. His graduation typeface is a sturdy book font, Léonie, specially designed for e-book readers. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charles Derriey

Typefounder, punchcutter and printer in Paris, b. Moissey (in the Jura), 1808, d. Paris, 1877. His work can be found in Gravure et fonderie de C. Derriey : spécimen-album (Paris : Rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs, 6&12, 1862). Famous for his beautiful ornaments. The foundry was sold to Turlot on October 1, 1880.

Digital descendants include Derriey Vignettes (2012, Iza W), Tuscan (2016, Stefan Chirila) and Luxurious Flourishes (2013, Vincent Le Moign). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Charles Laboulaye
[Fonderie Générale]

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Charles Loupot

French poster artist (b. Nice, 1892, d. Les Arcs-sur-Argens, 1962) in the 1930s who was one of the main poster artists of his time, together with the three musqueteers, A.M. Cassandre, Jean Carlu and Paul Colin. He was an avantgardist, who contributed mainly in the art deco style. I am aware of the following digital typefaces based on his poster lettering.

  • Chalk and Cheese NF (2004, Nick Curtis). This art deco uppercase is based on 1930s lettering by French poster artist Charles Loupot (based on this art deco poster), and the non-art deco lowercase is based on 1910s lettering by German plakatmeister Ludwig Hohlwein.
  • Secret Agent (Nick Curtis). A pure art deco beauty based on this Loupot poster from 1919.
  • Affiché (2002, Tiffany Wardle).
  • Loupot (1997, Font Bureau). An angular bold connected script done in 1997 by Laurie Rosenwald and Cyrus Highsmith. Based on the lettering on Loupot's St. Raphael poster.
Posters: Café Martin, Cointreau, Fourrures Canton, Mekka Cigarettes, O Cap, O Cap, Bonnard. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charles Malin

French punchcutter, b. Paris, 1883, d. Paris, 1955. He hand-cut Dante Titling, for example. [Scan of metal Dante, 10pt.] [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Charles Mazé

Charles Mazé is a graduate of the Type and Media program at KABK, 2009. There, he designed a didone typeface (Bat Font) that has more warmth than classical didones in the hope of making scientific texts set in modern typefaces less boring. He did this by fattening up the italics. After graduation he moved to Brussels but now he is back in Paris.

In 2009, he started a revival of Mercator, a sanserif typeface by Dick Dooijes and G. W. Ovink designed in 1959 at the Amsterdam Type Foundry.

He set up Cataloged in Brussels with Coline Sunier. In 2012, Stéphanie Vilayphiou, Alexandre Leray, Coline Sunier and Charles Mazé co-designed the readable typeface Dauphine Regular, which can be downloaded from Github and Open Font Library. See it in action on the web site of ESAD (Ecole Supérieure d'Art et de Design). Dauphine is a sans-serif font inspired by lettering in late 19th and early 20th century maps. Github link for Dauphine.

He works with Coline Sunier since 2009. They were fellows at the French Academy in Rome's Villa Medici in 2014 and 2015, and are now graphic designers in residency at Contemporary Art Center CAC Brétigny. Charles is part of the teaching staff of Atelier National de Recherche Typographique (ANRT) in Nancy, France.

At Abyme, he published two typefaces:

  • Mercure (2010-2021). He writes in 2021: Mercure, designed by Charles Mazé, is the result of an inquiry into Latin epigraphy and the typographic forms associated with that discipline. Epigraphy is the study of écritures exposées (exposed writings), typically ancient or classical inscriptions engraved in stone or metal. The developments in mid-nineteenth century Latin epigraphy required new methods to transcribe classical inscriptions into print, which in turn required and inspired new typefaces. The Caractères Augustaux of 1846, produced by the printer Louis Perrin and the punchcutter Francisque Rey in Lyon, was the first typeface specifically designed for the transcription of the Roman capitalis monumentalis, used for the first time in 1854 in Alphonse de Boissieu's Inscriptions antiques de Lyon. It was soon followed by the Latins épigraphiques of the Imprimerie Nationale (Paris, 1854) and Ferdinand Theinhardt's Monumental (Berlin, 1863). At the same time, in reaction against the use of the prevalent Didot style, some French printers and publishers turned their attention to other typographic sources. While they found suitable models for the lowercase in typefaces produced during the French and Dutch Renaissance, the regain of interest for Roman inscriptions would provide a template for the uppercase. Around 1858, Théophile Beaudoire, sous-directeur of the Fonderie Générale in Paris, published his Elzévir (after the Dutch Renaissance printers Elsevier), one of the first typefaces to define this pattern. Mercure, which is based in part on Beaudoire's Elzevir, also goes back to the epigraphic origins of Perrin's Augustaux. Its Regular and Italic styles are completed by an additional fixed-width style, Transcript, a set of signs and symbols for the transcriptions of Latin inscriptions into print with fragmented, false, broken or missing letters. Mercure Transcript is included with any license of Mercure Regular or Italic. A study of the first three typefaces for Latin epigraphy in France and Germany, written by Charles, will soon be published in the Abyme Revue.
  • Berthe (2011-2018). Berthe is designed after another typeface called Série no. 16, whose first cuts were produced at the end of the nineteenth century by the Parisian type foundry Deberny & Peignot. It was engraved by Constant and Auguste Aubert under the direction of Charles Tuleu, the adoptive son of Alexandre Deberny whose mother, Laure de Berny, had bought from her lover Honoré de Balzac the printing house he didn't manage to transform in a profitable company. Série no. 16 quickly became a popular choice among printers and found its way into many editions of classic and popular texts. Review by Hrant Papazian, who wrote that it presents a congenial evolution of the theatrical Didone style of type. Lower contrast, fluid structures, humane proportions. It is like a Didot or Bodoni taking leave of the catwalk and relaxing among friends.. Author of the related article Abîmées (2021).
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Charles Nicholas Cochin

Parisian copperplate engraver, b. Paris, 1715, d. Paris, 1790. His work influenced the letter shapes of Baskerville, Didot and Bodoni. His engraved tall-ascendered letters have been preserved in many fonts bearing the Cochin name. One of the best revivals is by Georges Peignot in 1913. The irregularities of the metal are well preserved in the digital typeface Nicolas Cochin (+Italic) (P22/Lanston). Monotype made a Cochin Open face.

In 1977, Matthew Carter expanded Peignot's revival into the three style family Cochin---the digital versions are sold, e.g., by Linotype. Another family by Linotype is Nicolas Cochin LT (2004)---it is a variation that is taller, rounder, and less archaic than Cochin. Finally, we find a digital version by URW simply called Nicolas Cochin.

For an Arabic extension, see Badr (1970, Osman Husseini, Linotype).

Cochin is now one of the standard Apple fonts---it is in the basic font set on the iPad and elsewhere on Apple computers.

View and compare various digital typefaces related to Cochin. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Charles Paillasson

French engraver, penman and calligrapher, 1718-1789. Author of Notice historique sur les hommes célèbres de toutes les nations de l'Europe, qui depuis la renaissance des sciences et des arts, se sont distingués dans la configuration des caractères qui composent les diverses Ecritures, which appeared in J. H. P. Pouget, Dictionnaire des chiffres et de lettres ornées à l'usage de tous les artistes (Paris, 1767).

In 1796, Charles Paillasson wrote L'arte di scrivere: tratta dal Dizionario d'arti e mestieri dell' Enciclopedia metodica (Padova, Appresso Niccolo Bettinelli). The date, 1796, is a bit puzzling, but The Getty Research Institute writes: The text is a separate publication of the section on handwriting from an Italian edition of the Encyclopédie méthodique, originally published in Geneva by C.J. Panckoucke, 1783-1790. The 15 leaves are copies of those first published in: Encyclopédie, ou, Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Recueil des planches, v. 2. Paris, Chez Briasson, David, Le Breton, Durand, 1763. The engraved leaves consist of 2 leaves showing position of the hand and writing posture, and 13 writing samples, engraved by Pasquali. Local download. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charles Pailler

French type designer who started out as Hayloft". At the open source type foundry Velvetyne in Paris, he published Hemingway (2015, a compass and anchor-themed display typeface named after Ernest Hemingway in reference to The Old Man and the Sea), Kurtz (2014, rounded stencil typeface) and Boeticher (2014, rounded spurred Tuscan typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charles Privé

French type designer affiliated with FontYou. Rag FY (2013) is a wavy brush typeface co-designed by Julien Priez, Sofia Proisy and Charles Privé at FontYou. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Charles Tuleu

French typefounder, illegitimate son (with farmer woman) of Alexandre de Berny who ran the Laurent&Deberny type foundry. Tuleu inherited the firm in 1881 upon the death of Alexandre, and ran it until 1914. He added many fine typefaces, including a series of ancient Latins, many scripts and neo-elzeviriennes, and a collection of foreign alphabets. In 1914, a childless Tuleu proposed the merger of his business with that of the family of his wife, Jeanne Peignot, the sister of Georges Peignot, who ran Peignot et Cie, a rival type foundry. Jeanne refused to be associated with her brother and thus prevented any collaboration between the firms. Tuleu teamed up instead with an old school friend, Robert Girard. Ownership of the business passed to Girard in 1921 when Tuleu retired. The firm was renamed Girard et Cie. Talks were started with Peignot about a merger. Deberny&Peignot was incorporated on July 1, 1923. Charles Peignot now controlled Deberny's classic punches and matrices, the Peignot moderns, and two typefounding factories in Paris and Corneuve. Link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret

Aka Le Corbusier. Swiss architect, designer, urban planner, sculptor, writer, modern furniture designer, and painter. Born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, in 1887, he died in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, in 1965. His lettering inspired the Letraset rubdown dry transfer typeface Charrette. He also inspired many digital fonts:

  • Jeanneret NF (2011): a stencil typeface by Nick Curtis.
  • Le Corbusier: a stencil typeface by Philippe Desarzens at Lineto.
  • Modular Stencil (1994): a stencil typeface by Gregory La Vardera.
  • LeCorbusier (great stencil font, 1999), Le Corbusier Condensed (1999): a stencil typeface by Nico Schweizer at Lineto.
  • In 2013, Henry Valerian created a typeface that is based on the blocky construction of Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse in Marseille.
  • Villa Savoye (1929-1931) inspired Nicolas Jover to create the compass-and-ruler typeface Savoye Sans in 2013.
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Charley Leb

French designer of Misshapen Sticks (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charlie Bouffart

Art director in Lille, France, who created the rounded sans typeface Eliz Dream (2015) for the French photographer Eliz Dream. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charlie Le Maignan

Paris-based designer of the free modular monoline sans typeface CLM Rallye 02 (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charlie Ménétrier

Art director in Aix-en-Provence, France, who designed the angular display typeface Anode in 2017. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charline Bedroom

Parisian art director who created the lachrymal typeface Gouttype in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charline Chambre

Art director in Paris who designed the high-contrasty didone typeface Gouttype (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charline Finster

During her studies at L'Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique in Nantes, France, Charline Finster created the inky typeface Knochen (2014) and an experimental alphabet called Crease (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charline Miermon

During her studies, Charline Miermon (Nimes, France) designed the display typeface Fuga (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charline Suc

Lyon, France-based codesigner with Patrick Lallemand, project leader, of a grid-based typeface in 2015 that uses the Plaque Typographique Universelle. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charlotte Blancart

Lille, France-based designer of a typeface in 2018 that was inpired by the art of Swiss dada era painter / sculptor Jean Tinguely (1925-1991). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charlotte Collombet

Creator of Alphabet Gothique (2013), a calligraphic alphabet, during her studies at ECV in Lille, France. I wonder if she is also not Charlotte Cosmoa, who created an unnamed blackletter calligraphic alphabet in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charlotte Faurisson

During her studies at ECV in Bordeaux, France, Charlotte Faurisson created a bitmap alphabet (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charlotte Ferron

Paris-based designer who graduated in 2013 from Université Paris-Est with a Masters in innovation, design, luxe. During a workshop mentored by Laure Boer and Sebastian Bissinger of the Berlin-based Bank Studio, Charlotte created the experimental geometric typeface La Déco (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charlotte Gontier

During her studies at ESAG Penninghen in Paris, Charlotte Gontier designed the thin modular typeface Joe Hisaishi (2016), which is named after the Japanese music composer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charlotte Travaillé

Parisian designer of the thin condensed high-contrast typeface Lunatique (2013) and the display typefaces Sedegren (2014) and Dyslexia (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charlotte Utecht

During her graphic design studies at ESADHar in Le Havre, Charlotte Utrecht (Bordeaux, France) created Absence (2014, a minimalist sans typeface), Lakof (2015, drug-fueled typeface), BW (2015, deco sans), and Delusion (2015, a multistroke font also designed under the influence of drugs). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charlotte Vard

Graphic designer in Paris. Creator of the display sans typeface Pompier (2017). In 2020, she designed Eliskir Display and Begonia (a revival of Cheltenham). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charlotte Weil

During her graphic design studies in Paris, Charlotte Weil created Alphabet Modulaire (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charlotte Wiltz

Parisian designer of the stylish fashion mag semi-didone typeface Vague (2014) and of the modular typeface Point Barre (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charly IX

Lyon, France-based designer of the art deco typeface Au Revoir Nicholas (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Roger S. Nelsson]

Started in 2008, this web place by Norwegian entrepreneur Roger S. Nelsson (based in Honningsvåg, Norway) sells fonts by Ray Larabie, Brian Kent, Nick Curtis, Derek Vogelpohl and Kevin King that were originally freeware fonts. Nelsson reworked them (more glyphs, more multilingual) and asks about 10 dollars per font now. He says his fonts now cover these Latin languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Basque, Belarusian (Lacinka), Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Cornish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Filipino (Tagalog), Finnish, French, Frisian, Galican, German, Greenlandic, Guarani, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish (Gaelic), Italian, Kashubian, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgian, Malagasy, Maltese, Maori, Northern Sotho, Norwegian, Occitan, Polish, Portuguese, Rhaeto-Romance, Romanian, Saami (Inari), Saami (Lule), Saami (North), Saami (South), Scots (Gaelic), Serbian (latin), Slovak(ian), Slovene, Sorbian (Lower), Sorbian (Upper), Spanish, Swedish, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen, Ulithian, Walloon, Welsh, Yapese.

Designer at FontStruct in 2008 of cowboy_hippie and Syndrome X (DNA-look typeface inspired by Syndrome BRK by Brian Kent). Nelsson's fonts are Classic Trash BRK Pro, Dynamic BRK Pro, Galapogos BRK Pro, Genotype BRK Pro, King Cool KC Pro (kid's hand; done with Kimberly Geswein), Lamebrain BRK Pro, Matrise Pro and Matrise Text Pro (dot matrix), Phorfeit BRK Pro, Syndrome BRK Pro, Technique BRK Pro, Vigilance BRK Pro, Grapple BRK Pro. The "BRK" refers to Brian Kent, the original free font designer.

In 2009, he added a number of fonts that were done by Nick Curtis some years before that (hence the "NF"): Boogie Nights NF Pro (art deco face), Copasetic NF Pro, Coventry Garden NF Pro, Pro, Fontleroy NF Pro, Hamburger Heaven NF Pro, Monterey Popsicle NF Pro, and Wooden Nickel NF Pro. Trypewriter Pro (2009) is based on Kevin King's Trypewriter. Helldorado Pro (2009) is a Tuscan wood type style typeface based on a font by Levente Halmos.

Designer of Isbit Pro (2012, a magnificent melting ice cube-shaped superlliptical typeface family), Familiar Pro (2011, designed with the same metric as Helvetica but "better than Arial"), Bloco Pro (2010, fat counterless face), Trump Town Pro (2009, athletic lettering slab serif), Geometric Soft Pro (2009), Geometry Script Pro (2010, upright connected script), DIN Fun Pro (2011), Infantometric Pro (2012), Foobar Pro (2012) and Cheap Pro Fonts Serif (2009).

Typefaces from 2013: Adultometric Pro (narrow monoline sans).

Dafont. Fontspace link. Fontsquirrel link.

Catalog of Nelsson's bestselling typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Cheikhna Diouf

Parisian designer, b. 1975. Creator of the futuristic typeface Astroneo (2010). Home page of his company, Astroneo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chelsea Weaver

In 2016, during her studies at Lycée Jeanne d'Arc in Rouen, France, Chelsea Weaver published Neue Zapf Schabalone, which is a stencil typeface based on Zapf Chancery. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cheng Peng

During his studies in Reims, France, Cheng Peng designed the book cover typeface En Traversant Le Jardin (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cherub Alphabet

Cherub Alphabet (ca. 1900) was published in Le peintre de lettres recueil d'alphabets décoratives et inédits l'usage des peintres (Paris). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Patrick Paleta]

French graphic and type design studio involved in type branding. Typefaces by them include the sans typeface GreenHorse. It is run by Paris-based Patrick Paleta, who graduated in 2004 from Ecole Estienne.

Designer of Foldera (2013).

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French type foundry. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Chloe Azulay

During her studies at ESAG Penninghen, Parisian illustrator Chloe Azulay created the brush alphabet John Butler Trio (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chloe Azuley

During her studies in Paris, Chloe Azuley created Outline Surf font (2014). She also made the sweeping brush typeface John Butler Trio (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chloe Boureau

Parisian designer of a glitched version of Bodoni called Filoni (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chloe Camille

During her graphic design studies in Lyon, France, hloe Camille created the display typefaces Le Vigneron (2014) and La Coquine (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chloe Camille

During a type design class of Alice Savoie, Chloe Camille (Lyon, France) created an unnamed angular display typeface in 2013.

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Chloe Champion

Lille, France-based desifgner of the patterned typeface Mezzanie (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chloe D'eimar de Jabrun

During her studies in Bordeaux, France, in 2015, Chloe D'eimar de Jabrun designed Alphabet Cyrillique (a textured Cyrillic alphabet), Circuit Electrique (a circuit font), and Alwa (a font that only uses triangles). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chloe Faller

French creator of PNI (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chloe Pelloquin

During her studies in Limoges, France, Chloe Pelloquin designed the decorative typeface CirteMoeg (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chloe Raoult

Grenoble, France-based designer of a handcrafted typeface in 2017. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chloe Sova

Chloe Sova (Limoges, France) designed a condensed piano key typeface in 2013. She also made the bilined typeface Double Typo (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chloé Develle

During her studies in Paris, Chloé Develle designed the papercut blackletter typeface Gotch (2017) and the wedge serif typeface Baleton (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chloé Lozano

French graphic designer who graduated from EESAB Rennes in 2020. In 2018, she released the 5-style monospaced typeface Compagnon at Velvetyne. Compagnon---a joint effort of Chloé Lozano, Juliette Duhé, Léa Pradine, Sébastien Riollier, and Valentin Papon---was inspired by the online archives of Typewriter Database specimens and combines different periods of the history of typewriter typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chloé Marchand

During her graphic design studies, Chloé Marchand (Paris) designed a poster in 2012 for the exhibition of Bart Van der Leck, an artist of the Modern De Stijl Movement (1910-1930), at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.

In 2013, she used Giacometti's sculptures to create a Giacometti lettering alphabet. Nahkoa (2013) is an angular typeface that is inspired by the native American culture. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chloé Vézole

Parisian designer of the curvy art nouveau-ish Feu Sauvage (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chloé Vézole

Chloé Vézole (Metz, France) created the tall partly art nouveau typeface Feu Sauvage (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christan Deroche

Art director in Lyon, France, who designed the textured futuristic Moon Font in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christian Delorme

French designer (b. 1928) who made the type 3 font Delorme in 1986 with Jacques André. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christian Dupuy

Ex-student at Scriptorium de Toulouse who created this ultra light modern face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christian Laucou-Soulignac

Or just Christian Laucou, b. 1951, ex-graduate of and professor at Ecole Estienne in Paris. Typographer who worked with lead. He started Les Editions du Fourneau, later renamed Fornax. In 2000, he founded l'Ouvroir de typographie potentielle.

Designer of Zarbres (2004), a typeface used in the book Nouvelles des arbres, by Gérard Bialestowski. This is a private face, as he explained to Jef Tombeur: Quelques mots sur le Zarbres. Je ne trouvais pas ce qui me plaisait ni en plomb, ni en fonte informatique. Alors je l'ai créé, mais avec un cahier des charges bien précis. Il devait s'approcher du résultat qu'on obtient en gravant dans du bois ou du lino pour s'harmoniser avec les illustrations. Pour cela, il devait être gras, d'un dessin un peu maladroit (taillé à la serpe), quelques lettres hors norme (avec une e bdc à la barre trop oblique, la u bdc un peu onciale, etc.), comme dessiné par un amateur qui ne connaît pas la typo et qui cherche à imiter, à obtenir une hauteur d' assez importante pour réaliser, sans interlignage, des compositions d'un gris très foncé. J'ai fait ainsi un romain, un italique et les deux polices expertes correspondantes (petites capitales et ligatures). Pour l'instant le Zarbres est reste une police exclusive qui ne sort pas de mon ordinateur.

Author of Histoire de l'écriture typographique: Le XIXe siècle français (2013, with Jacques André). From the blurb: Pour montrer toute la richesse de cette période, les auteurs ont choisi d'en raconter les aventures successives: les Anglais avec l'invention des caractères gras, des égyptiennes et des sans-sérifs; la fonderie Gill?é qui devient celle de Balzac puis de De Berny et qui rejoindra, à l'aube du XXe siècle, celle des Peignot; la saga des Didot, de la rigueur de Firmin à l'extravagance de Jules; l'Imprimerie royale, puis impériale ou nationale, ses caractères orientaux et ceux de labeur, qui perdureront tant qu'il y aura du plomb; Louis Perrin, qui réinvente les elzévirs; les grandes fonderies françaises, qui rivalisent d'invention et de copies, et, enfin, les évolutions techniques de tout le siècle. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christian Paput

From MyFonts: Punchcutter for the Imprimerie Nationale, Paris, where he works with Nelly Gable. Author of La Lettre - La Gravure du Poinçon typographique / The Punchcutting (Wissous, 1998). He works at the Cabinet des poinçons. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Christian Perez

Christian Perez (Troyes, France) reated a cubist / Mondriaan style typographic poster in 2013, entitled Hurricane as a Girl. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christian Poisson

Nantes-based designer of a free chess font for "fairy" chess called 1Echecs. His font 2Echecs (1996) is here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christian Redler

French designer of the free art deco typeface Stencil 1935 (2015) and Screw Round (2015). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christian Salanié-Bertrand

Fresh French graduate of the Ecole Estienne in Paris. Designer of a revival of an old text font, called Sammuel (2003). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christian Verchery

Frenchman Christian Verchery has been making school fonts, with and without lines for elementary school education in France. Some reported to me that Christian Verchery died in 2000. His fonts include the Plum (PlumBAE, PlumBAL, PlumBDE, PlumBDL, PlumNAE, PlumNAL, plumNDE, plumNDL), Seyes (SeyesBDE, SeyesBDL, SeyesNDE, SeyesNDL) and Crayon (CrayonE, CrayonL) series, some with lines as for first graders.

Alternate URL. Yet another URL. Dafont link. Another link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christiane Chen

Parisian illustrator who created Grid Font, Font Reboot, and a modular typeface in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christiane Chen

Parisian creator of Grid Font, and of an unnamed modular typeface in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christiane Rakotoarison

Graphic designer in Orly, France, who created Curvam Finis (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christina Poth

Graduate of ENSAD in Paris. In 2014, she created Oui FY (FontYou), a sans typeface designed to enable mixing letters of different heights. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Christine Sejean

Christine Sejean (Reims, France) made a psychedelically-lettered poster entitled Paul McCartney (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christophe Alglave

French designer in Saint Rémy de Provence.

Dafont link. He created the high-contrast organic typeface Botanic (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christophe Arvin-Bérod

French designer (b. 1972) of ZyxTof (2003), an artificial language font. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christophe Badani

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Christophe Badani

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Christophe Beaumale

Christophe Beaumale designed the free upright script educational handwriting fonts, Cursif and Cursif&Lignes (without and with lines). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christophe Caignaert
[KP Fonts]

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Christophe Chelmis

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Christophe Corrette

Marseille, France-based designer of a swashy decorative and a 3d typeface in 2016. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christophe Martin
[orangebleu (was Terra Nova, or 808 State)]

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Christophe Plantin

Born in Saint-Avertin, near Tours, in 1514, died in Antwerp in 1589. He left France in 1555 and settled and worked in Antwerp, where he published many books that drew attention because of their beautiful typography. He often used types by Claude Garamond and Robert Granjon. He was the main catholic publisher of the counter-reformation, but he also published material for the protestants. One of his main achievements was the Biblia polyglotta (1569-1573), the eight-volume polyglot Bible in Aramaic, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, and Syrica, with text in parallel columns. For two years, from 1583-1585, he was the official typographer at the newly erected University of Leiden. After his death in 1589, his son, Jan Moretus (1543-1610), carried on his work. Successors after that include Jean Moretus II, and Balthasar Moretus I, II III and IV. Plantin's press, Officina Plantiniana, survives in its entirety as the Plantin-Moretus Museum, sold to the City of Antwerp in 1876. This collection of 16th century typefaces (punches, matrices, the works) is a unique historical treasure.

The Plantin typeface was created in the 1570s. The modern day version at Bitstream is called Aldine 721.

Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp. Britannica entry. Biography. The Golden Compasses The History of the House of Plantin-Moretus (Leon Voet, 1969, 1972) is freely downloadable. Books on Christoffel Plantijn (in Dutch). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Christopher Breal

Marseille, France-based designer of the great modernist sans display type family Françoise (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cindy Attuil

French designer of the didone stencil typeface Modulo (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Civilité, a French cursive

A brief explanation and discussion of Civilité, the script typeface made by Robert Granjon in 1556 as a typical "French cursive". It was imitated and extended by Aimé Tavernier (1559), Hendrik van den Keere (1575), Richard Breton (1597), Philippe Danfrie (1597), Jean de Tournes (1598), Fleury Bourriquant (early 17th century: his type was called Civilité honneste), Pierre-Simon Fournier (1766), Matthias Rosart (1777, the Gros Romain Civilité), and Morris Fuller Benton (1922). Many have since created their own versions. We cite a few of the contemporary type designers: Klaus Burkhardt, Manfred Klein, Stephen Moye (CiviRegular), Ingo Zimmermann (almost a copy of Moye's version), Richard Beatty, Hans J. Zinken (civi4, 1996), Hermann Zapf (1984: Zapf Civilité), George Thomas (CivilitéMJ), and Tim Ryan (CivilitéTR). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Justin Bihan]

Lagny sur Marne, France-based designer at Velvetyne of the pixel font VG5000 (2020). He writes: The VG5000 takes its name from the homonymous computer manufactured by Phillips, released in 1984. Its video processor displays bitmap characters built in a common matrix of 8x10 dots. Github link. Open Font Library link. Justin Bihan at Velvetyne. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claire Agopian

Claire Agopian graduated in 2007 from Ecole Estienne in Paris with a thesis entitled Exotisme familier: une typographie de diaspora, in which she develops an elegant Armenian/Latin typeface, Le Loussiné (2007). She also wrote Edward Fella "I am the vernacular" (2007) at Estienne. She designed the playful display typeface Knock, the handwriting typeface Coquillette, and a font based on glyphs of an imaginary tribe, the Kanaks. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claire Béduneau

As a student at Ecole de Design de Nantes Atlantique in Nantes, France, Claire Béduneau designed the sharp-edged display typeface Kenaz (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claire Chalbos

During her studies at Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique in Nates, France, Claire Chalbos designed a graffiti-style typeface (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claire Coullon

Prague-based graphic designer, typographer and type designer. She was working on Qualtagh in 2010. Born in Paris, she studied design in the UK and briefly worked in Belgium in 2008-2009. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claire Crisci

Grenoble, France-based designer of the experimental typeface bold Grotesk (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claire Ghyzel

French type designer. Lan Huang and Claire Ghyzel co-designed Brunswick Black (2011, Letterbox). Brunswick has upside down serifs and is rounded to avoid injuries, a bit in the Cooper Black style. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Claire Ienn

Graphic design student at ECV in Paris. She created the modular counterless geometric typeface Tici (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claire Louyot

During her design and architecture studies at the University of Strasbourg, France, Claire Louyot created the ink splatter typeface Ink Font (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claire Perlot

During her studies in Paris in 2018, Claire Perlot designed the counterless typeface Pijama (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claire Robart

Lille, France-based designer of the ornamental caps typeface Roubaix (2015), which is inspired by the decoration found in Roubaix's city hall. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claire Susie Jane

Strasbourg, France-based codesigner with Ioana Archontaki and Iordanis Passas of the free brush typeface Abys (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clara Gomez

Athis-Mons, France-based designer of the pixel school font Bubble school (2016) during her studis at Lisaa. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clara Jeannin

Graphic designer in Nantes, France, who designed the geometric solid typeface Impasse in 2018. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clara Jullien

French type designer based in Paris. Her typefaces:

  • In 2015, Jérémie Hornus, Clara Jullien and Alisa Nowak co-designed the spurless / organic slightly inflated sans typeface family Diodrum at Indian Type Foundry. Extended to Diodrum Rounded (2020, by Manushi Parikh, Jérémie Hornus, Clara Jullien and Alisa Nowak).
  • In 2015, Jérémie Hornus and Clara Jullien co-designed Eurosoft (Indian Type Foundry). Eurosoft is an elliptical monoline techno sans typeface family that is especially attractive in the heavier weights.
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Clara Richard

Clara Richard (Swansinsky, Paris, France) created the pointillist all caps typeface Seurat in 2015. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clara Sambot

During her Masters studies at ERG school in Brussels, Clara Sambot designed the monolinear polygonal typeface Cirrus Cumulus (2020, Velvetyne). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clarat Vucher

Avignon, France-based creator of the squarish typeface Georges (2014) and the pre-didone typeface Le Fabla (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clarisse Ferré

During her studies at ESMA in Nantes, France, Clarisse Ferré designed the wavy sans typeface La Vague (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claude Derieppe

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Claude Garamond

One of the fathers of typography.

  • 1480: Born in Paris.
  • 1510: trains as a punch cutter with Simon de Colines in Paris.
  • 1520: trains with Geoffroy Tory.
  • 1530: Garamond's first type is used in an edition of the book "Paraphrasis in Elegantiarum Libros Laurentii Vallae" by Erasmus. It is based on Aldus Manutius' type De Aetna, cut in 1455.
  • 1540: King Francis I commissions Garamond to cut a Greek type. Garamond's ensuing Grec du Roi is used by Robert Estienne in three sizes exclusively for the printing of Greek books.
  • 1545 onwards: Garamond also works as a publisher, first with Pierre Gaultier and later with Jean Barbe. The first book he published is "Pia et Religiosa Meditatio" by David Chambellan. The books are set using typefaces designed by Garamond.
  • 1561: Dies in Paris.
  • After Garamond's death, Christophe Plantin from Antwerp, the Le Bé type foundry and the Frankfurt foundry Egenolff-Bermer acquire a large proportion of Garamond's original punches and matrices.
  • Garamond (or: Garamont) typefaces used nowadays should in many cases be attributed to Jean Jannon (1580-1635).
111 Garamond typefaces are sold by Linotype alone, including the Stempel, Adobe, EF, #3, IC and BE families. Shown is Garamond BE Bold OsF, 1975, by Guenther Gerhard Lange. Other implementations include Garamont Amsterdam by Scangraphic, and the URW Garamond family (1983).

Klingspor link. FontShop link. Linotype link. Bio by Nicholas Fabian.

Portrait. Another portrait. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Claude Jacob

Printer in Strasbourg, France, who set up shop in 1784, together with "Rolland". They were known as Rolland&Jacob. He was the student of Baskerville. Specimen. Deux Points de Gros Romain (1780-1790). Deux points de petit texte (ca. 1785). Some of his fonts also made it to the J.P. Lindh foundry in Stockholm in 1818.

Jacob's revival of Baskerville was distributed by the Berger-Levrault Foundry from 1815. It was sold there as Caractères dans le genre Baskerwille, and is closer to Didot than Baskerville. That revival in turn was digitally revived in 2018 by the ANRT (Atelier National de Recherche typographique) students as Baskervville (with two v's). Github link. Google Fonts download link. The students involved graduated in 2017 from ANRT: Alexis Faudot, Rémi Forte, Morgane Pierson, Rafael Ribas, Tanguy Vanloeys, and Rosalie Wagner. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claude Lamesle

Parisian printer, whose 1742 book Épreuves générales des caractères qui se trouvent chez Lamesle is at the Rochester Institute of Technology. A facsimile was published by A.F. Johnston in 1965 at Menno Hertzberger&Co, Holland: The Type specimens of Claude Lamesle, a facsimile of the 1st edition printed at Paris in 1742. Free Google Books download.

Among many other types, Lamesle's 1742 text book shows a Civilité. Revivals:

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Claude Médiavilla

French type designer (b. 1948) who was born in the South of France. He studied typography, calligraphy and painting at the School of Fine Arts in Toulouse. He received the Prix Charles Peignot in 1982. In 1992, the President of France invited him to design the inscriptions for the royal tombs in the Basilique Saint Denis in Paris. He published Calligraphie (Imprimerie Nationale, 1993). Author of Calligraphy (Wommelgem, Belgium, 1996) and Histoire de la calligraphie française (Albin Michel, 2006; examples here). In 2009, with the help of Atelier des Signes, he created a typeface for the signage at Chateau de Fontainebleau. Additional URL. In 2010, Mediavilla cofounded Media type Foundry with Sonia Da Rocha and Joel Vilas Boas in Paris.

His typefaces:

  • Galba: an elegant roman titling face, done at Mecanorma in 1987.
  • Media Script (Mecanorma, 1985).
  • Mediavilla (CCT, 1976).
  • Mediavilla Script (Graphitel, 1986).
  • Palazzo (Mecanorma, 1984).
  • Tory (1991).

Examples of calligraphic alphabets drawn by him and shown in his Histoire de la calligraphie française (2006): Bastarda, Cancellaresca, Carolingian, Cursive gothic 1410, Luxeuil, Roman Capitals, Roman cursive 1st century, Roman cursive 4th century, Rustica 1st century, Textura 14th century, Textura 15th century, , Tourneure 15th century, Uncial 4th century.

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Claude Melle Derieppe
[Ouvrez!!! Police!!!]

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Claude Mozet

Typefounder in Nantes, b. 1704, d. 1760, Nantes. Until 1743, he was typefounder in Paris, and settled in Nantes some time between then and 1754. His work can be found in Épreuves des caracteres de la fonderie de Claude Mozet, fondeur&graveur de caractères d'imprimerie (Nantes, 1754), and in Épreuves des caracteres de la fonderie de Claude Mozet, fondeur&graveur de caractères d'imprimerie (Paris, 1743). In 1760, Mozet's foundry was taken over by J. Fr. Hémery, who was based in Paris, where he had been director of the Fournier foundry (the elder and the younger) for over 30 years. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claude Soulayrac

French designer of Ayla (2008, geometric sans), NoblaCS (white on black sans), and Ideocs (scribbly hand). Fontsy link. graphicCS (2006) contains graphical dingbats. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claudine Stepien

During her studies in Lyon, France, Claudine Stepien designed a grid-based typeface based on the principles explained in Manuel de Création Graphique by Armin Hofmann. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clavel Anthony

During his design studies in Annemasse, France, Clavel Anthony created the ornamental caps typeface Leopard Boy (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clémence Delcroix

At ECV Nord Europe in Lille, France, Clémence Delcroix designed the fish-themed cdisplay typeface Sardinhas (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clémence Paulik

Lyon, France-based designer of the experimental geometric typeface Holes (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clémence Piquard

Parisian graphic designer who created the deco typeface Barrée (2015) which has a blackboard bold outline style. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clémence Poitras

At E-Art Sup in Paris in 2016, Clémence Poitras created a kitchen tile typeface, and a blackletter typeface (called Cersei Lannister). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clémence Taillez

During her graphic design studies in Lyon, France, Clémence Taillez created the connect-the-dots typeface Skeletica (2013) and the script typeface Noname (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clément Abrial

Graphic design student in Lyon. Creator of Antarctica (2012), and Miles Davis (2012, an inline art deco typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clément Audouin

Paris-based designer of Neo Cubika (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clément Barbé
[Studio B (or: La Station B)]

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Clément Baychelier

Parisian art director who designed the modular semi-blackletter display typeface Piano (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clément Bellanger

Graphic designer in Angers, France, who proposed a grid for creating circle-based outline typeface s in 2015. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clément Berthet-Bondet

Graphic design student in Lyon, who created an art deco prismatic typeface called Striped (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clément Bonnetin

French graphic designer who created these typefaces: Publica (a sans workhorse family that started out from Touraine (Cassandre, 1947) but became a more practical typeface in Bonnetin's hands---it is Bonnetin's major contribution to type design), Lausangeles (a grotesque), Touraine (revival of Cassandre's typeface from 1947), Dockside (heavy octagonal). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clément Chandelier
[Simkone Custom]

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Clément Chauvin

Graphic designer in Nantes, France who created Typo 1 (a threaded typeface) and Typo 2 (a textured typeface) in 2015. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clément Dautremay

Ozoir-la-Ferrière, France-based designer of the decorative brush alphabet Oroborus (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clément Fusil

French student who is studying graphic arts at the Winchester School of Art in the UK. He created a thin and moody typeface called Decay (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clément Gillard

Lille, France-based graphic artist who studied at ECV Lille. Designer of the vernacular typeface Montana (2014-2015), the hybrid typeface Bebas Android (2015), and the condensed sans typeface Gills (2014). Together with Edouard Spriet, he created the rounded organic sans typeface Kimono (2015) for wayfinding applications---it uses the circle as a basic building block and is developed with chromatic use in mind.

Typefaces from 2016: Writna (feels like a runic font, although the authors claims inspiration from old Asian sources). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clément Gillard

Toulouse, France-based designer of several decorative initial caps alphabets in 2018. In 2017, he designed the stencil typeface Fablab. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clément Lefevre
[The Mad Castle]

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Clément Le Tulle-Neyret

Clément Le Tulle-Neyret was born in 1986. He graduated from the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts of Lyon and the Atelier national de recherche typographique in Nancy. He lives and works in Paris as graphic and type designer. He has worked for Télérama, the Centre national des arts plastiques, the museums of the city of Strasbourg, the Cité du design of Saint-Étienne as well as a various museums, publishing houses and art schools.

Designer in 2017 of Immortel, a long text typeface based on an elegant 1559 typeface, Immortelle, a Long Primer Italic by influential French punchcutter Robert Granjon. It was developed as part of a research project at l'Atelier National de Recherche Typographique (ANRT) in Nancy.

In 2020, he joined 205TF. At 205TF, he further developed Immortel, which was commercially released in 2021 with four variants, each named after one of the four fluids in the Hippocratic theory of humors:

  • Immortel Infra (for phlegm, which represents a lymphatic, sluggish, slow character). Immortel Infra finds its source in 16th century work of Robert Granjon.
  • Immortel Colera (for yellow bile, an angry and prideful character). Immortel Colera goes back to the work of Jean Jannon, a 17th century engraver.
  • Immortel Vena (for blood, a jovial and warm character). Immortel Vena is influenced by the work of Jacques-François Rosart, an 18th century Belgian engraver.
  • Immortel Acedia (for black bile, which provokes hopelessness and melancholy). Immortel Acedia takes its inspiration from the engraving Melencolia I by Albrecht Dürer (1514) and attempts a synthesis between two traces of a priori opposing tools, one made by the flat tip and the other by the narrow point.
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Clément Mengus

For a project called Identity 2015, Clément Mengus (Colmar, France) designed a striking squarish typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clément Nicolle
[Stereotype (was: Zone Erogene, or Dasklem)]

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Clément Romier

Graphic designer in Lyon, France. Creator of the stylish open typeface Yin (2010), of Mister Jun (a display face) and of Kilimandjaro (2010).

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Clément Rousseau

Aka Miss Fluff. Paris, France-based designer of the display typeface The Fluff (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clément Simon

Clément Simon studies in Nantes, France. Creator of the free display typeface Krokow (2015), a school prooject at L'Ecole de l'image. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clément Tremblot

During his studies in Paris, Clément Tremblot co-designed the modular typeface Grams in 2013 with Olivier Do and Lucas Peilleron. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clémentine Tantet

Creative director based in Paris. In 2016, she designed Walbaum Sans (2016). Any didone with amputated serifs is bound to look like Peignot, and this is not different. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clemence Bol

Parisian designer of the art deco typeface W (2014). Her studio is called III Design. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clemence Theure

During her studies in Paris, Clemence Theure created the typeface Imbalance (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clement Charbonnier Bouet

French co-designer, with Malou Verlomme of Ionic No 5 (2021), a ten-style Clarendon that revives and refreshes a classic Linotype Clarendon-style serif for Monotype. Noteworthy is that the designers replaced Clarendon's ball terminals by 21st century serifs, even including the hipsterish coathanger f. The ball terminals are relegated to the "alternates". [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Clement Goossens

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Clement Robert

French designer in London who has a Masters from Maryse Eloy Art School in Paris, 2011. Behance link.

Dünn (2012) is a thin blackletter font created in collaboration with Claire Doghmi during a workshop with Jean Widmer. Dünn is the skeletal version of Fette Gotisch. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clement Sinz

Toulouse, France-based designer of the free modular typeface Brandtastica (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clementine Gras

Parisian designer of the grungy caps typeface Monster Font (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clio Chaffardon

Art director at Studio B C in Amiens, France, and at Mirage Studio in Rome, Italy. In 2014, Clio Chaffardon and Benjamin Dennel co-designed the ink-trapped typeface Calico Monospace. In 2018, she designed the basic monoline sans typeface Bosatlas (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cloe Petit

During her studies at ECV Lille, Cloe Petit designed Ecotype (2018), an ink-saving hollowed out version of Times Roman. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clothilde Bouan

In 2020, at The Type Department, Paul Coumoul, Clothilde Bouan and Antonin Bonnet published the display typeface Octane. It is a variable font with two axes, weight and width. Octane is a free font consisting of a total of 18 weights, but the free version consists in fact only of one variable font and it has no numbers. They explain that Octane was initially created to fit with any car designed by Pininfarina. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clovis Vallois
[Nouvelle Noire]

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Typefounders in Paris. Their work can be found in this specimen book (Paris, ca. 1890). No full specimens in this publication, which has many of the useless typefaces of the late 19th century. The No. 549-553 typefaces are of the "Ronde" script style. Also standing out is No. 670, the Initiales Ornées Vénitien Romain, a very light typeface with frivolous border-like ornaments in the glyphs. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Coco Fabien

French designer of the pixel typeface Volter (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Colin Philippe-Jan

Paris-based art director. Creator of the free octagonal typeface Thedus (2020). Thedus is a powerful all caps font that was inspired by the Weyland-Yutani logo, from the saga Alien. For Havas Paris, he designed the corporate hipster typeface Havas Paris (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Coline Kupiec

During her studies at École de Design Nantes Atlantique, France, Coline Kupiec created the condensed fashion mag typeface Essertine (2014) and the plumpish didone typeface Roundness (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Coline Sunier
[C&C (or: Cataloged)]

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Collectif en Huit Lettres

Collectif en Huit Lettres (Lyon, France) consists of Benjamin Depardon and Jerome Dupraz. Designers of the free hipster typeface Mijuscule (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Collectif Esad-Amiens

Small group of French type designers who created Amiens in 1996-1998. Members: Caroline Bapt, Delphine Le Fort, Christèle Cliquet, Carole Grandin, Virginie Rio, Alice Lagny, Ingrid Valette and Laurent Hembert. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Collectif MBC (was: MBC Graph)

Graphic design collective in Orchamps near Besançon, France, est. 2012, consisting of graduates in the Masters program of the École des Beaux-Arts de Besançon, i.e., Clément Moussard, Antonin Buchwalter, and Simon-Pierre Chapuis. Their typeface creations:

  • From 2013: Juliano (2013, rounded sans for the restaurant Gusti del Gusto).
  • From 2014: Plumber (rounded slab serif), Esposito (rounded sans), Polaris (rounded sans), Juliano (2013, rounded sans for the restaurant Gusti del Gusto), Sept Nains (a seven style type system based on Fonderie Olive's Simplex Gras, 1937), Raymond (slab serif), Monolab (monospaced), Aftur (a sans caps typeface that is partly art deco and partly futuristic; influenced by Cassandre's Bifur), Antique Calque (a layered typeface system), Lazy Super (a pixel face) and the variable width and variable height experiment called Expendable.
  • Typefaces from 2015: Gnome (a sans done for the Centre Régional du Livre Franche-Comté), Monocle (a sans typeface for Cyclop Jazz Action), Laborio, Ploum (an art nouveau stencil), MFB (an art deco poster typeface family named after Morris Fuller Benton).
  • Typefaces from 2016: Saljan, Buck01.

Tumblr link. Behance link. Old URL. Typeface catalog [PDF]. [Google] [More]  ⦿


French design group that published the free ampersand typeface Saintjean in 2018 at Velvetyne. In 2017, Pauline Cormault, Esther Michaud, Claire Mucchieli, Merlin Andreae, Raphaël Maman, Pedro Gomes-Cardoso, Juliette Nier, Gabrielle Meistretty and Damien Bauza co-designed Résistance during a three-day workshop with Martin Desinde, Julien Imbert, Raphaël Bastide and Jérémy Landes. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Antoine Colombeau]

Antoine Colombeau (aka Colorbean) is the French designer of the free circle-based typeface Nonchalance (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Constant Audebaud

Wood engraver in Bressuire, Deux-Sèvres, France, active in the 1880s.

Revivals of his work include Audebaud (2010, Mad Type), which is a French Clarendon. Audebaud's work appeared in the 1880s in the Deux-Sèvres département of France. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Foundry in Nancy run by E. Constantin, and later by his widow and later still by his son. Constantin's work can be seen in Caractères de la fonderie de veuve Constantin ainé et Constantin jeune, à Nancy, Meurthe, 1834 (Bar-le-Duc, Gigault d'Olincourt, imprimeur) and Caractères de la fonderie typographique de E. Constantin fils (ancienne maison Constantin ainé), Nancy, Meurthe (1862). Local download of the 1862 book.

For a revival of a didone typeface by them, see Constantin (2017) by Miklos Ferencz. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Convention typographique

Jef Tombeur's site on orthotypography (in French). One can buy at this site the comprehensive book by Jean Meron entitled Orthotypographie : recherches bibliographiques (2002), which has a preface by Fernand Baudin. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Coralie Coton

Nantes, France-based designer of the wavy typeface Decadent (2019) and the art deco typeface Modern (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Coralie Dardenne

Toulouse, France-based student-designer of a display typeface in 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Coraline Mas-Prévost

Graduate of ENSAD. Paris-based designer of Monocle (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Corentin Allerdet

Based in the space industry capital of France, Toulouse, Corentin Allerdet designed the hairline futuristic typeface First Step Typo (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Corentin Denos

Graphic designer in Vannes, France, who created the display typefaces Isometric and typo No 2 in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Corentin Mallet

Graphic designer from INK Studio in Brussels, who studies in Paris. She created Hexo Type (2012).

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Corentin Noyer
[Corentin Noyer]

Aspet, France-based type designer. His fonts:

  • The rounded monospaced monoline typeface family Buro (2018-2021). Partly based on the Olympia De Luxe typewriter type.
  • In 2013 and 2014, he and Olivier Raimbaud assisted Damien Gautier with the development of the large sans typeface family Plaak, which was inspired by French street name signage.
  • Alfabet Bold (2020-2021). A squarish typeface influenced by De Stijl, and in particular, Theo van Doesburg.
  • Bevel Medium (2017-2021). A stencil typeface.
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Corentin Noyer
[Corentin Noyer]

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Corentin Plancade

Toulouse, France-based graphic design student who created the brushy typeface Typo Ex Machina in 2015. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Corentin Riviere

During his studies at Graphic Arts School (AGR) in Nantes, France, Corentin Riviere designed the free font College Stencil (2018). He writes: It began as an experimental project as a tribute to the College de France and is now a fully functioning classically styled font. [Google] [More]  ⦿


French designer of the pixel typeface Pixel 12x10 (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Corpus Typographique Français

A collection of information-packed pages aboiut the history of French type, maintained by the Musée de l'imprimerie de Lyon. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cosme Ghizzo

For a school project at ESAG Penninghen (France), Cosme Ghizzo designed the minimalist sans typeface Arca Modular (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Foundry in Paris, operational from 1714 until 1762. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Crashtype Foundry
[Xavier Sallustrau]

Art director in Paris, who studied at ESAG Penninghen, class of 2013, and launched Crashtype Foundry in 2020. Designer of the art deco typeface family Jackda (2012) and of Octagon Type (2013). In 2021, he released these display typefaces: Desert Inn, Boxer, Felton, On Kawa. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Création Numérique

French internet and multimedia magazine. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Florent Courtaigne]

Florent Courtaigne graduated in graphic design - ENSAD / Art Décoratifs de Paris. He founded created Cubo Fonts in 2008, and works as a graphic designer and drawing teacher in the LISAA Design School in Paris. Now a graphic designer, illustrator and art director based in Paris, Florent Courtaigne is the creator of the free circle arc and straight-line fonts Cyclo and Cyclo Bold (2006).

In 2008, Florent started selling fonts at Myfonts: Cyclo (which used to be free), Cortex (2010, monoline sans), Maline (2008, an upright script), Phylactere (2008, a technical, almost architectural, script), Mercurio, Delicate (2009, connected script typeface renamed Delikaat some time later).

In 2009, Florent added Chaman (Tibetan influences) and Pixo (named after the graffiti style in Sao Paulo, pixação). The 3d interlocking character font family Volume was designed in 2011.

In 2012, Florent Courtaigne and Grégoire Pierre co-designed the Leonardian typeface family. Courtaigne created Liliming (2012), a slab serif family that was orginally designed for Liliming, a famous Shanghainese feminine fashion brand.

Typefaces from 2013: Crealab (an organic techno font family originally designed for CREALAB, a company in Shanghai).

In 2014, Courtaigne made the circuit font poster Hack Yizu.

Typefaces from 2022: Fluid (a fluid, liquid typeface).

Klingspor link. Dafont link. Behance link. Old URL for Cubo.

View all typefaces by Cubo Type / Florent Courtaigne. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Cultures France

French pages on French typography. Links, a bit of recent history, and a list of French typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cykle (was: Mr. Dogo)

Parisian-Chinese graphic designer who created Celsius (2015), Megève (2013), Apollo (2012, a monoline avant-garde typeface), Comma (2012, a geometric typeface), FoldFont (2011), Croxxtypo (2011, octagonal), and CrossTypo (2011).

Old Behance link for Mr. Dogo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cyril Barrier

French codesigner with Jean-Charles Abrial of the geometric Bauhaus-inspired typeface Ortaki (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cyril Cathelain

During his studies in Lille, France, Cyril Cathelain created the decorative didone typeface Awaken The Muses (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cyril Kimmerlin

During his studies, Habsheim, France-based Cyril Kimmerlin designed the free expressive typeface Cognitype (2017) that was inspired by OpenDyslexic (by Abelardo Gonzalez) and Montreuil (by Julien Priez). In 218, he designed the free psychedelic typeface DDouglas Regular. Cargocollective link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cyrille Couillard

Coutances, France-based designer of the great outlined curvaceous typeface Vasy Molo (2010). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Cyrille Leroy

Valenciennes, France-based creator of the free squarish typeface Crypo (2015).

In 2017, he designed the free rounded hexagonal typeface family Hypo Regular. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Graphic design student in Paris in 2013, who created two unnamed modular sans typefaces in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

D. Duvillé

D. Duvillé was a professor at Ecolesdes arts de Paris. Author of Art du tracé rationnel de la lettre (1934, Société Française d'Éditions Littéraires et Techniques, Paris). The text shows how to trace letters in different styles.

There are some digital typefaces that are based on Duvillé's alphabets:

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[Gregory Flajszer]

Dadakool (or DK) was founded by Parisian Gregory Flajszer and Padovan Alex Mazzuccato Mezzoccoli in 2005, after they met each other during their studies in Paris. They created the 3d experimental typefaces DK01 (2005) and DK Stencil (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dae Huen Lee

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[Rodolphe Milan]

Useful French archive with nice categories such as Cartoons, Horror, Tech, Fantasy, Script, Symbols, Famous fonts, pixel fonts, typewriter, Gothic. It has grown to be the number one site in the world for publishing new free fonts. All designers are clearly identified, and all font information is easily accessible. Links. About 10000 fonts now, with monthly additions. Newest stuff. Links to all designers. All pre-October 2009 fonts in one 660MB download file. Run by Rodolphe Milan (France, b. 1972). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dame Yucca

Dame Yucca is a creative graphic design studio based in Paris, founded by Géraldine Glisic and Jonathan Budenz, graphic designers and art directors who graduated from ESAG Penninghen. In 2017, they published the geometric solid typefaces Quartz and Ombre.

In 2018, they published the decorative typeface Beautiful. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Damien Collot

A 2011 graduate of École supérieure d'art et de design (2011) in Amiens, France, where he was supervised by Titus Nemeth. His type family, called Milosz, won the Type Design International Student Competition Milosz 2011. His thesis on the origins of italic script.

In 2013, he joined Dalton Maag in London to work as a junior font designer. At Dalton Maag, he worked on Intel Clear Arabic, which won an award at Granshan 2014. He also published Lemance (2016) there. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Damien Gautier
[Bureau 205 (was: Trafik)]

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Damien Gimeno

In 2016, Bordeaux, France-based Juliette Capdevielle and Damien Gimeno co-designed the Peignotian (serifless Didot) typeface Gisele. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Damien Gosset

Parisian designer (b. 1981) of PixArrows (2010, pixelized arrows), BeijingWigoWhat (2005, Indic simulation face), Coin Locker Datura (2005), Fucked Plate (2005, grunge typeface entirely based on old license plates), Destroyed License Plate (2005), BonesBummer (2005, scratchy handwriting), VerArmy (2005, stencil), Knife Fight (2005), Veru Serif (2005), Belgian Army (2005, no longer offered), Bnko (2005, no longer offered), Abuse (2005, handwriting) and Sweeep (2005, typewriter simulation), PoscaMadThrasherz (2009, graffiti), Rififi Serif (2010, pixel face), Sorcery 6128 (video game font) and Satan 1981 (2018).

Typefaces from 2020: Boulder Dash 6128 (a pixel font), 8Bit Arcade (a video game font), Popincourt 1981 (a condensed squarish sans), Blackletter 97, Turfu 97, Peng Chau Nights (squarish), Eighty Nine 75020, Discomobile 1972 (Western), Lavomatic 2000. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Damien Guard
[Envy Technologies Ltd]

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Damien Hugon

Paris-based designer of the display typeface Diriol (2019) and the decorative caps typeface Bestiaire Chimérique Antique (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Damien Paquiot

Graphic designer in Toulouse, France, who created the kitchen tile typeface 50Cinq in 2015. In 2017, he created the dry brush typeface Brush Grotesk. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Damien Poeymiroo

During his studies at ECV in Bordeaux, France, Damien Poeymiroo designed the hipster typeface Labyrinthe (2017), the deco typeface Teapo (2016, with Sophie Bauduin) and the pixelish typeface Float Sting (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Damien Raymond
[Stereo Type France]

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DanBetty Studio

DBS is a multidisciplinary visual design studio based between Brussels, Paris and Bordeaux. They are selling three commercial typefaces, Harring Stone (2011, squarish modernist), Aert Deck (2011, Victorian), and Qlacic (2011, more Victorian fare). Qlacic is attributed to Tom Haas.

At Dafont, one can download Art Deck. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Danièle Dumont

French developer of the school script font Cursive Dumont (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel East

Daniel East (Marseille, France) created the octagonal typeface Duxford in 2015. Duxford was inspired by the characters used on the tail fin and fuselage of military aircraft at the Duxford Air Museum in the UK. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Flipo

French mathematician who is/was at the University of Science and Technology of Lille, France, who is opposed to CETA (the EU-Canada trade deal). Designer in 2019 of the free Math font package Erewhon Math.

Erewhon-Math is a Utopia-based opentype mathematical font. The mathematical symbols and Greek letters are borrowed or derived from Michel Bovani's Fourier-Gutenberg. The Latin letters and digits are borrowed from Michael Sharpe's Erewhon font. It requires LuaTeX or XeTeX as engine and the unicode-math package. Erewhon-Math provides all glyphs supplied by Fourier-Gutenberg plus all glyphs available in the amssymb and latexsym packages and many more. The coverage of Unicode math glyphs is a bit less than in STIX Math Two.

In 2019 and 2020, Daniel Flipo provided free opentype versions of Christophe Caignaert's math font family, KpFonts. His package consists of sixteen Text OpenType fonts, a Roman family KpRoman (in eight shapes and weights), a Sans-Serif family KpSans, a TypeWriter family KpMono (in four shapes and weights), and five Math OpenType fonts, KpMath. See also KpFonts OTF.

In 2022, Daniel Flipo developed a free OpenType font based on Ulrik Vieth's Metafont Concrete Math, also called Concrete Math. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Laruelle

Marseille, France-based designer of the display sans typeface Laruelle Sans (2017) and the architectural typeface Amsterdam (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Taupin

Daniel Taupin (1936-2003) held a degree of the ESPCI school and was a doctor in physics. He was a researcher in a solid-state physics lab at Orsay University (Physique des Solides, University Paris-Sud). Obituary. Another obituary with details of his mountain climbing career and death in the mountains. He published ttfmf2t1, a free C program, to clean up the output of Oleg Motygin's ttf2mf program that converts ttf files installed (!!) in Windows to metafont format. Metafont sources for Garamond, Times, Arial, Book Antiqua and Bookman Oldstyle are also at this site. He also codeveloped OpusTeX and Musixtex (for music notation) with Andreas Egler and Ross Mitchell. He published Les polices TTF converties en Metafont and MusiXTeX: L'écriture de la musique polyphonique ou instrumentale avec TEX. Designer of the metafont fraktur font families CM Fraktur and DM Fraktur. CM Fraktur, or cmfrak, is based on Yannis Haralambous' font yfrak (1990). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daphnée Legrand

French type designer at the ADT (Atelier de decoupage typographique) who designed fonts like La Daphnée and L'Olivier (1998).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dartiailh Anais

Parisian illustrator and designer. Creator of JPO (2012), a squarish typeface named after the event it was created for, les Journées Portes Ouvertes des Gobelins. He also made Irregular (2012, a paper cutout face), History (2012), an experimental typeface that uses various layers of overlays. Tribu (2012) is hand-drawn. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dath Hugo

During his graphic design studies, Valenciennes, France-based Dath Hugo created the round display typeface Slot (2014), the austere typeface family Bauhaus (2014), aand the experimental organic sans font Mobius (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Toulouse, France-based designer of a paper fold typeface in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Bart
[Studio Bart]

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David Lafourcade

During his graphic design studies in Lyon, France, David Lafourcade created the constructivist typeface Rus 35 (2014), the Trajan typeface Oedipe Antique (2014) and the Fraktur typeface Dornach (2014).

In 2015, he made the crazy arts-and-craftsy typeface Whaye, the geometric script typeface Fibule (which has starter, middle and end glyphs), and the hacker typeface Gaio.

Typefaces from 2016: Aldgate (inspired by London transport signs), Dragonfly, Rallonge (a circle-based typeface designed to be stretched). [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Laranjeira

Designer (b. 1978) at [T-26] of the techno/dot matrix font family Zink (2002), which has a connect-the-dots style called Zink-Boned. That font also appeared at Typotek. He graduated in 2001 from Ecole Estienne in Paris, where for his thesis, he created a type family called Villeneuve, which revived a type made in 1732 by engraver and type designer Jean de Villeneuve (Vilanova) for the Royal Academy of History of Portugal. He wrote another thesis there entitled Le Champfleury de Geofroy Tory. Manuel de typographie ou divagation esthétique autour de la lettre?.

Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

David Libeau

French creator of the grunge font Hacked (2014). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Masson Allaire

Aka Malre and Malre Deszik. Melun Val de Seine, France-based designer (b. 1976) of the free handcrafted typeface Metrique (2014), which is based on China ink lettering done with a Rotring pen. In 2015, he created the grungy typeface Internet and the icon font Webs. In 2017, he published the rungy calligraphic typeface Gyiest Old.

Typefaces from 2018, all free: Typochok, Louizede, Absortile, LodisZit, Guasmally, Feedjique, Matea 3, Valiere 4, Wattafont Gras, Smartryck (grunge), Destruck (grunge), Schuwmatik (a fun take on Excoffon's style from the 1950s), Surprise (grunge), Thao Sao (retro comic book script; with Hung Lan Nguyen).

In 2020, he released Plastik (a handcrafted typeface), Plastik Deco, Umberto (a fat brush face), Vefirdix, and the grungy typeface Destruck V1. Home page. Open Font Library link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Millhouse

David Millhouse has a Masters degree in design and illustration from the University of Brighton, UK, class of 2006. During this period he developed his first typefaces. In Paris, he worked in close collaboration with Editor Sico Carlier on the magazine Currency in conjunction with clients seeking typographic formulae. Extending on principal typographic systems, David often incorporates the bespoke typefaces into the relative development of branding and packaging. He also operated the (now defunct) UK-based graphic design office Defalign. He will start the MATD program at the University of Reading in the UK in September 2019.

His typefaces include: Caesura, Solit, DCapital, Obiter, Turing, Gottlieb, DInterf. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

David Poullard

Parisian type designer (b. 1972) who designed Métropolice (1998), Ordinaires (1999, inspired by names of Paris metro stations), Métropolitaine (a geometric industrial sans caps typeface) (2001, with Julien Gineste, commissioned by the RATP in the art nouveau style of Guimard), and a typeface for some tramways and the RER in Paris in 2004. Bio. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Rault

French graphic designer, journalist and photographer. In 2004, he started work in Istanbul for a branding company. Director of the collection Atelier Perrousseaux, and frequent speaker at design and type meetings.

Author of

Creator of a nice poster for a Turkish debate held in November 2011 on the theme of freedom of expression, entitled Ghetto. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Rondel Cambou
[HelloHikimori Type Foundry]

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David Sporn

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Davy Diaz Miranda

Stains, France-based creator of the free hipster font New Vera (2014) and the free alchemic typeface Totem (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daytona Mess
[Anne-Dauphine Borione]

During her studies at ECV in Paris, Anne-Dauphine Borione (perhaps with alias Daytona Mess) designed the angular typeface Cleankut (2017, free). Cleankut will be renamed Dagmar.

In 2018, she designed the free typeface Neuro and the electrical arc font Grigio, which was inspired by some Lady Gaga merchandise. Her Lobby Display (2018) is an ultra-black block font which was inspired by the writings of Jack Kerouac on jazz music.

Typefaces from 2019: Pron (a revival of Souvenir), Dinguerie.

In 2020, she joined Type Department, where she promptly released Alienor Display, which was co-designed by Lou Rainaldo and Anne-Dauphine Borione.

Typefaces from 2021: Cxfein (a grungy typeface made with her eyes closed after drinking way too much coffee), Nautila, Ladio (a rounded blocky cyberpunk typeface).

Typefaces from 2022: Untitled, Bulato, Guchi Culver Grotesk, Zeeth, Yandera, Zireael, Lithops (a free textured typeface at Velvetyne).

Type Department link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

DCO (or: dcoxy medina, or: Atelier Oxydes)
[Greg Médina]

DCO (or: dcoxy medina, or: Atelier Oxydes) is Greg Médina. Atelier Oxydès is located in St Maurice de Cazevieille, France. He specializes in very funny drawings. Creator of these typefaces in 2012: the fun figurine dingbat typefaces called Alien DCO and Warrior DCO, the hilarious typeface dingbat fonts Zombiz and Teubé, Bubbledco, Profilsdco, Ovni (futuristic dingbats), Punkskull DCO (2012), and the kaleidoscopic Formes (2012).

Typefaces from 2013: Felicity (ornaments), Gross Brush (grunge), Dark Forest, Follow The Arrow, Snow for Santa, Eat My Cookie, Cooking Set (dingbats), Florality, Big Bang Comix, Babydoll (geometric monoline sans, with a shadow style), Dirty Macadam, Elegance Two (frames), My Sweet Sunshine, Lucie Mandragore, Pimp My Christmas (dingbats), Magic Kiss, Women and Shoes, Halloween Bell, Dust Scratches, Elegance (ribbon ornaments), Dumbass Town, Meaning of Life, Life Style Memory, Tribal Tattoo Addict, Ornaments Soul, Lost Area, Funny Toys, Space Dude, Sick Crew, Teubé 5, Teubé 3, Teubé Hat, Teubé Bot, Plastic Pets, Girl Power, Alien Dude, Formes 2, Alien DCO2, Teubé2.

Typefaces from 2014: Gants de Soie, Anne Exilum, Kaboom & Bang, Dcoxy Stamp (a baby-themed dingbat font), Rooster Serif, King Rooster (constructivist), Speak Easy, Skater Girls Rock, TheCinthia Edito, Bad Spirit, Birdy Game (creamy typeface), Shell Gate (tattoo font), Mandala Home, Macaroni&Cheese, Holy Moly (rounded comic book sans), Delphine et Mathias Script (tattoo font), Limonade de Camomille (signage script), Indians Lives (signagecscript), Ether Cute Poison (signage script), Tartare de Violettes (vampire or tattoo script), Karl Wright Script, Bubble & Soap, Break The Silence, Spooky Night, Right Balance, Peanut Butter Cookies, Rabbit Hole (brush script), Smile Parade, Radio Trust, Oakland Sista, Dust & Blast, Psycho (weathered shadow typeface), Bowling Shoes (connected script), Ornament Mix (dingbats), Shuriken Dance Like A Tiger (script), Arthus Hightone (tattoo script), Dark is the Night, City of Angel, From Brush to Caps, Donovan Quidaw (a ronde), Not A Drope (brush face), Karl Wright, Kerala Quest, Rock and Roll Street, Ray Morgan Style, Wind of Change, Mama Love, Mama Punch (athletic lettering), Queen Luna, Kelly Brush The World, Shadow Boxing (an upright connected script), Header Ornament, Sweet Dreamz, Zombie Morning (brush typeface), Dragonfly on my Nose, Estella Cello, Djah Beat, Roses Kingdom (uopright connected script), Buddha Moon, War Brush, Icarus Kharma, Cheese Cake, Badiane (upright loopy script), Meny Please, Young Shark (spurred typeface), Keep It Up (heads), Purple Shadow (Victorian decorative typeface), Tears of Joy (flourishes), Hilarious, Teubé Tribute.

Typefaces from 2015: Radical Beat (tattoo script), Raisin des Sables (script), Bandits (tattoo script), Vinegar Stroke, Mad Rats, Sliced by Hand, Ready to Ride, Chardons, Mr Sunshine, Chardons Brush, Gueules de Loup, Atlantic Mail (rhythmic script), Daily Quantum, La Maison de Papier, Friday Night (supermarket signage style), Butter Kings (tattoo script), Lady Bohemia (tattoo script), Kilowatts, Akodia (a lava lamp typeface), Moustache Club, Brioche au Potiron (avant garde sans), Bisous (signage script), Deadly Inked (tattoo script), Spider Monkey (poster font), Qualité Deluxe Platinium (signage script), Distillated, Blood Shade, Ribambelle (thin script), Burning Man, Amandes Salées (tattoo script), Bring Me That Glyph (alchemic), Mad Potato Bill, Authentic Ratatouille, Fugu + Maki (a great set of thin-veined poster fonts), Une Sale Histoire de Yak (script), Pamela Wants to Ride, Sani Andrew des Kiwis, Grilled Chicken, Ancestral Katana Sword, Magic Bean Salade, Alice And The Wicked Monster, Rhum Banane, Honey Moon (borders and filets), Rookies Showtimes (signage font), Digging The Grave.

Typefaces from 2016: Watch Out (brushed typeface), America Stars, Grown Localy (sic), Winter in Alaska (glaz krak style), Dusty Muffin, Gillie & Hilda, Chatelain des Radis, Manhattan Avenue (heavy script), Seasider, Suburban Pledge, Baldaquin, Original Woody, Your Fear (vampire script), Drone Nation, Big Car Short Gun, Cameltoe Kalypse, Doctor Cosmicucumber, La Cithare (connected script), Agatha Needs Flesh (script), Bostella (script), Jonquilles, La Cité des Mille Reines, Shotgun, Thunder Strike, Atelier Omega, Aldebaran, Bichette, Bulldozer (brush font), La Citadelle des Papillons.

Typefaces from 2017: Polibrush (monoline sans), Endless Wall, Chicken Socks, Barry Kades, Sansaul Petronika, Stubborn Shark, Sharky & Meduza, Oblivion (script), Brainfish Rush, Summer Fever, Bethanie Snake, Last Shade (weathered), Raku (heavy brush), Lily of the Valley, The Bully (grungy signage script), Stick & Kick, Sketch (brush script), Joly Death (blood drip type), Bambino, Gatalike, Lucia (connected monoline script), Gatalike, Island of Dreams, Snow Riders, Amtrash, Stardust (signage script).

Typefaces from 2018: Mustardy, Wawie Patch, Anathematise, Delich (an SVG dry brush font), Sweet Spot (doodles), Detrimental, Shitzu & Porko (a comic book font family), Detective Bildo, Daylight & Moonlight (brush script), Deadline Countdown, Rotten Pumkin (sic), Rhapsodize, Chunks (heavy script), Shenanigans (dry brush), Cassandre, Ridiculous, Slam, Lithium Hill (dry brush), Litchis Island (a painted script), Snowballs City, Litchis on Velvet, Brainfish, Burglar, Action Protocol, Snowballs Season, Shania & Heinz (brush script), Slamers, Madera studio, Chaude Sourie, Barber Street.

Typefaces from 2020: Pickle Juice, Klaxon Gaston, Mezalia Sumatra (hatched), Bozos (squarish), Niktalope, Livie (a fat finger script), Ornamentis, Artisanalerie, Marbles Trick, Komou, Black Swan, Historic Seattle, Iconic Poopies (yes, poop-shaped icons!), Thurdy Sticks, House Marker, Zorgho, Blue Mist, Dreambats (dingbats), Strike Block (dingbats), Esteban+Solina, Rusty+Gosh.

Typefaces from 2021: Shelter (script), Seekers, Game On (sketched, 3d), Green Room (a marquee font), Madame Viviane (script), Lemon Sangria (inline), Chicken Pot Pie (arched), Wombats (squarish), Chico Rocket (inline), Red Bee (a half-black typeface).

Dafont link. Old URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

De Passe&Menne
[Jean Baptist De Panne]

Dutch foundry from 1842-1856, bought by Nicolaas Tetterode in 1856. Formerly, De Passe&Cie in 1841. Jean Baptist De Panne (b. Brussels, ca. 1806, d. Amsterdam, 1844) was a Belgian who had been a foreman of Firmin Didot in Paris. Kornelis Elix, an Amsterdam based typefounder, asked him to come to Amsterdam, where De Passe worked for him from 1837 on. In 1841, De Passe created his own foundry, only to die in 1844, a year after his first specimen was published. That specimen derived mostly from the Th. Lejeune foundry in Brussels, which was active there from 1836-1838. Specimen in the Amsterdam University Library. [Google] [More]  ⦿

de Valence
[Alexandre Dimos]

de Valence is a graphic design and type design bureau in Saint-Ouen, France, run by Alexandre Dimos and Gaël Étienne. Their typefaces: Dada Grotesk (2007, Optimo), Dodo Grotesk (2005), Trois-cent quinze (2003), Le Gras (2004), Manuel (2003, stencil), Sweet Sweat (2004), Le Gros (2003), Sansas (2005, futuristic). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Benjamin Gomez]

Design and type design studio in Paris founded in 2007 by Vadim Bernard, Aurélie Gasche and Benjamin Gomez (who is the main type designer in this group). Their typefaces are mostly commissioned, but include a few retail typefaces as well:

  • Mondara (2011). A Latin / Arabic typeface done for l'Institut du monde arabe designed by Benjamin Gomez, Mathieu Réguer, Aurélie Gasche and c-album. The Arabic has both Naskh and Kufi styles. Both the Latin and Arabic are absolutely gorgeous.
  • Pernod Ricard (2008-2012). A slab serif done for Watson Moustache (2012 version) by Benjamin Gomez and Sonia Da Rocha. The 2008 version, based on ITC Lubalin Book, done for Beevy, was designed by Benjamin Gomez.
  • Kufica (2008). Arabic typeface by Aurélie Gasche, with help of Mathieu Réguer, Antoine Barjini and Amir Dhia.
  • Treza (2010). Distributed by Die Gestalten, this playful display typeface was designed by Benjamin Gomez and Maroussia Jannelle.
  • Veolia Italic (2009). By Benjamin Gomez for Piaton Conseil.
  • Fraktur (2007). By Benjamin Gomez.
  • Insight Team (2008). A dot matrix typeface designed by Aurélie Gasche and Laurent Ungerer.
  • Musée de la danse (2009). An inline typeface by Benjamin Gomez.
  • Ink No (2006). An experimental typeface by Benjamin Gomez.
  • Muséum de La Rochelle (2004).
  • MAC VAL (2005). By Benjamin Gomez for Incident. MAC VAL stands for musée d'art contemporain du Val-de-Marne.
  • Studio Apeloig (2006). Benjamin Gomez did several typefaces for Studio Apeloig, inluding Serpent à Plumes and Octobre.
  • La Ferme du Buisson (2005). A modular counterless typeface by Benjamin Gomez and Maroussia Jannelle.
  • Octobre (2006). By Benjamin Gomez and Philippe Apeloig, who conceived the font.
  • Caractère (2004). Interactive type experiment by Benjamin Gomez.
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Désigne (was: Calame Design)
[Benoit Sjöholm]

Désigne (which was Calame Design is run by Benoit Sjöholm from Rennes, France, b. 1980.

Creator of the double-lined Margarette 01 (2008), the piano key typeface Désigne (2010), the sans display typeface Explora (2010), the elliptic Bagadek (2010), Fontastique (2010), Rajkeys (2010), the geometric sans Violette01 (2009), the octagonal typeface Yllia (2008), Nioubes (2008, very geometric hairline face), Julie01 (2008), Frida01 (2008, organic slab serif), Thamara01 (2008, sans), Linea (2008, outlined), and the ultra-contrast typefaces Lamia (2008, like leaves), Olivia (2008, art deco), Kanis (2009, organic), Kamalo (2009, upright connected script), Ageone (2009, organic), Agnes Serif (2009), Dollis (2009, elliptical), Johanna (2009, upright multiline script), Jalane Light (2009, techno sans), Yatis Black (2009, almost blackletter), Cilogie (2009, organic), Ageone Serif (2009), Kabys (2009), Kyma (2009), DekerS (2009, sans family), Sixty Queens (2009), Alice (2009), Genikas (2009), Naya (2009), Genikas, Cross (2009), Johanna (2009, multiline face), Johanna Bold (2009), Kamalo (2009, +Bold), Sakiane (2009, a counterless geometric face), Balkeno (2010, display sans), Nolla (2008).

Typefaces created in 2011: Rachel (minimalist sans), Marilou (elliptical monoline sans), Melody, Sophie, Judit, Monika (hand-printed), Fabrik, Eve Isabelle, Marilyn, Charlotte.

Typefaces from 2012: Constance (rounded bold sans), Emmanuelle (extended sans), Behatrice (techno), Georgiquas (a wide all caps face).

Typefaces made in 2013: Kabegnos (elliptical sans), Henorias (elliptical sans).

FontVila link. Dafont link. Old URL. Fonts and font blog. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Deberny&Peignot Garamont

An in-house Garamond at Deberny&Peignot whose creation was supervised by Georges and Charles Peignot from 1912 until 1914. It was also called Le Garamont. Based on the originals of Jean Jannon held at the Imprimerie Nartionale, it was finished in 1926 by Henri Parmentier at Deberny & Peignot, and is now sometimes referred to as Garimond with a d. Reference: Wikipedia. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Deborah Vaille

Strasbourg, France-based graphic designer who created the grungy typeface Archetype in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Delphine Cordier

As a student at ENSAD in Paris, she co-designed Rosart (2002), a font based on lettering by the famous 18-th century Belgian typographer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Delphine Sigonney

French codesigner of the arrows typeface Robin (Editions 205, with Damien Gautier). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Denis Billou

During his studies in Lyon, France, Denis Billou created the display typeface Prozac (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Denis Diderot et Jean le Rond d'Alembert

Authors in 1751 of Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers (1751-1772), a wonderful 17-volume encyclopedia (in French), in which one can find lots of historical tidbits about early typography in France. The book is entirely on the web. Cover page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Denis Moulin

French type designer affiliated with FontYou. In 2013, Denis Moulin, Bertrand Reguron, Valentine Proust and Laurène Girbal co-designed the hipster typeface Theory FY (2013, alchemic). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Denis Patouillard-Démoriane

Parisian creator (b. 1949) of Bibracte (1997, Creative Alliance), a Greek simulation typeface designed with Michel Redon. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Denis Roegel
[LaTex Navigator]

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Denoel Andre

Denoel Andre, who runs Wanker Studio in Rennes, France, created the wavy typeface Fluide in 2013, and the experimental geometric typeface Fabrik Art in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Design & typo
[Peter Gabor]

Peter Gabor's type blog and type education site in Paris, started in 2005. In French and English. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Design Lab Free

Type blog in France. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Diana R. Sassé

German cartoonist and animated gif artist (b. 1965) who lives in Lorraine. She designed Horsedings (1999). See also here. Her fonts used to be here and here: Zyzox (1999, more dingbats of animals), Rotty Pen (handwriting), Adolar's Fart, and Corrupt Cop (handwriting). Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Diane de Viry

During her graphic design studies in Paris, Diane de Viry created the typeface Typo (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Diane Pelly

Graphic designer in Paris, who created the artsy font Yué in 2017 together with Robin Guillemin. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Bios of the main members of the Didot family: François Didot (1689-1757), François-Ambroise Didot (1730-1804), his son, Pierre-François Didot (1731-1795), the second son, Pierre Didot (1761-1853), the oldest son of François-Ambroise, and Firmin Didot (1764-1836), the second oldest son of François-Ambroise. Belgians may be interested in Pierre, who used the fonts of his brother Firmin and had them improved by Vibert. Pierre Didot published Specimen des caractères and Specimen des nouveaux caractères in 1819. His son Jules (1794-1871), who succeeded him in 1822 in the Didot foundry, moves the foundry to Brussels in 1830 and sells it to the Belgian government to start its "imprimerie nationale". Jules returns to Paris, sets up a new printing shop, loses his mind in 1838, and sells all his material. The Didot family: extracted from the forthcoming "Bibliography of printing" (Bigmore, E. C. (Edward Clements), 1838?-1899; Wyman, C. W. H. (Charles William Henry), 1832-1909; book published by Wyman&Sons in 1878). Scan of the original Didot typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Didot family
[François Didot]

A wiki page on the Didot dynasty in France, started by François Didot (son of Denis Didot), a merchant born in Paris in 1689. He died there in 1757. In 1713 he opened a bookstore called La Bible d'or ("The Golden Bible") on the Quai des Grands-Augustins. François Didot was a learned man, and held by his colleagues in great esteem. His most famous sons were François-Ambroise Didot (1730-1804) and Pierre-François Didot (1732-1795). But it was only the third and fourth generations of Didot heirs that made an impact on type design by the creation and commercialization of the modern high-contrast and ultra-rational typefaces now known as didones. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Diego Pernet

Bordeaux, France-based designer of the display typeface Picot (2014) and Farandole (2014, a script face), which were finished for a school project at ECV in Bordeaux. In 2015, he added the curved sans typeface Orgasm. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dimitry Hamekink
[Le Studio Graphic and Web Design]

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Diskultur Type Foundry
[Ludovic Riffault]

Frenchman, b. 1988, who works in New Caledonia's studio La Fabrik as a designer. He does some type work, which includes the stylish slightly techno sans family called Neuforma (2009), Litteratur (2013), and Reitag Regular (2011, sans).

HypeForType link. YWFT link. Home page. Klingspor link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Djamel Chabane

Parisian visual communication student who created a couple of beautiful experimental typefaces in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

DMZL Studio
[Thomas Domezil]

French designer of Warning (2020) and the monolinear sci-fi typeface Atmos (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dominic Davidson-Merritt

Paris-based designer of the kitchen tile font Abbesses (2015). His inspiration though came from the French subway signs: Typographic play inspired by the tile metro signs on my commute and shitty metro posters. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dominique Idiart

French creator (b. 1981) of Naive (2013, hand-printed) and Comic Neue Sans ID (2013, a parody of Comic Sans, done with iFontMakerM).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dominique Montel

Designer of the free music font Rousseau (1999). Based in Ledignan, France, Montel is responsible for the Berlioz music software. Berlioz link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dominique Rodride

Poilly-sur-Tholon, France-based graphic designer who drew a funny alphabet in 2010. Here is his first complete font, called The First One (2010). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Donald Choque

Designer of a set of pictograms in Emmanuel Besse's road signage typeface Signal Compressed which was published in 2018 by the French type foundry Production Type.

In 2019, ENSAD alumni Donald Choque and Yoann Le Goff set up Atelier Choque Le Goff in Paris. Together they published Sharknose Thin (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Donatelle Liens

Web and graphic designer in Lyon, France, who created several display typefaces in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Donia Farid
[Donia Tarek]

Donia Tarek (or Donia Farid, Cairo, Egypt) created the Latin sans typeface Taweel in 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Donia Tarek
[Donia Farid]

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Doriane Bellet

Grenoble, France-based designer of the circle-based typeface Omahas (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dorine Sauzet

Graduate of ESAD in Amiens, France. Her graduation typeface there is Quasar (2016). She writes: Quasar is a typeface designed to meet the special needs of complex, high-density documents, with a particular focus on non-linear reading experiences. Its twelve styles are split across four ranges of weight, allowing the typesetter to create layers of informations and enabling the reader to dig through these layers. Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw on Typefaces for telephone directories, a talk in which she and Alice Savoie describe Ladislas Mandel's oeuvre.

In 2018, Dorine Sauzet and Quentin Schmerber co-designed the angular typeface Framboisier at Future Fonts. Framboisier was inspired by the work of Marcel Jacno. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dorothé Billard

As a student at ENSAD in Paris, she co-designed Métis (1998). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Douglas C. McMurtrie
[McMurtrie: The Didot Family of Typefounders]

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French designer of the beautiful futuristic font Dream Forge Classic (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿


French digital artist who created Curves (2007, a curly font). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dylan Cornet

During his studies at ECV Paris, Dylan Cornet designed the bilined typeface Evil Snake (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿


A metal type letter setting machine, also called Fondo-Composteur. Invented by Joseph Pinel for Jules Dierrey, a French printer, in 1904, it had a 43-key keyboard that was able to set 267 different symbols. However, this ingenious machine never took off commercially. [Google] [More]  ⦿

E. Mulier

French art nouveau era artist who created, ca. 1894, a typical art nouveau typeface digitized in 2007 by HiH and called Mulier Moderne. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

E. Ploquin

French woodtype manufacturer located in Bressuire. Publisher of Album-specimens des caractères en bois de E. Ploquin, gendre et successeur de Chabauty-Ploquin, graveur &agrav; Bressuire (Deux-Sèvres) (1883).

In her dissertaion at ESAD Amiens in 2021, Emma Marichal designed the typeface Ploquine based on the Ploquin specimen from 1883. [Google] [More]  ⦿

E. Tarbé

19th Century foundry in France. Below is a sample of their ornamental typeface from 1837 called Pompadour. Digital revivals of their typefaces include Antiques FSL (2017) by Pierre Pané-Farré at Forgotten Shapes: Antiques FSL is the digital re-issue of Antiques advertised in "Epreuves de caracteres" by E. Tarbe & Cie. (Fonderie Generale) around May 1839 in Paris. Antiques was available in the sizes of Corps 220, Corps 252 and Corps 280. The design was the sans serif counterpart to Allongees---a condensed Egyptian display typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿


A type foundry and type site by and for the students in the DSAA program at Ecole Estienne in Paris. In 2021, their catalog showed typefaces by Loan Bottex, Quentin Creuzet, Alexandre Debelloir, Antoine Elsensohn, Victor Fonseca, Léo Guibert, Fanny Hamelin, Cécile Legnaghi, Guillaume Letellier, Axel Pelletanche-Thévenart, Samuel Pin, Rafael Ribas, Marc Sacier, Marion Sendral, My-Lan Thuong and Gabriel Vaury. [Google] [More]  ⦿

E.A. Ducompex

Author of Modèles de Lettres D'Art Nouveau (Imp. Firmin Didot & Cie, Paris). This book of art nouveau alphabets inspired several digital recreations, such as Dick Pape's Lettres Majuscules Fantasie and Lettres Minuscules Fantasie in 2013. Download Pape's fonts here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Élodie Mandray

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Élodie Tourbier

French graduate of the postgraduate program in type design at ESAD Amiens (France), 2018-2020. Her graduation typeface was Néel, a multi-script Latin-Tibetan type family designed to meet the composition needs of printed newspapers. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ecole Municipale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Ville de Paris

School in Paris, commonly called EMSAT, founded in 1983. Its students included Jean-François Porchez. The school is now EPSAA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ecole supérieure Estienne

The ACT (Atelier de Création Typographique) at the Ecole superieure Estienne (18 boulevard Auguste-Blanqui, 75013 Paris) was created in 1991 by Franck Jalleau and Michel Derre. Tél : 01 43 36 96 19. Fax : 01 47 07 20 58. Current typography professors: Franck Jalleau, Michel Derre, Margaret Gray, Jean-Louis Estève. Link to DSAA Design Typographique. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ecriture parisienne

A metal script typeface published by Fonderie Typographique Française in the interbellum era. This ronde inspired by the renaissance penmanship of Gianfrancesco Cresci (1560-1588) is characterized by inky terminals. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ecritures du monde
[Michel Bottin]

Michel Bottin's pages (in French) on the world's writing systems. He spends some time on the major Unicode fonts, Bitstream Cyberbit (downloadable), Titus Unicode (by Jost Gippert), Code 2000 (by James Kass), and Ballymon RO (by M. Ronald Ogawa). There are also pages on Unicode and standardization. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eddie Baret

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Eddy Bechu

French designer of L'Autre Plain (Letraset), Anamorphosee (1999), Logos Mylène Farmer (2001), Sans Logique (2000, with Brian Powers), and Innamoramento (1999).

Alternate URL. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eddy Dezuraud

As a student in Limoges, France, Eddy Dezuraud designed the bribeware / tweetware font Brice (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eddy Kindanda

French designer of the grunge typeface Dark Flame (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edition Studio
[Adrien Menard]

Adrien Menard is a graphic and type designer first based in Paris and now in Brooklyn, NY, where he set up Edition Studio. Adrien studied at the ECV Paris and at the KABK in Den Haag, The Netherlands. He holds a Master in Art Direction. His typefaces:

  • Haarlem AM (2015). A serif typeface family based on the letters used in Origines Typographicae, Meerman Fleishman, 1765, from the Enschedé font foundry.
  • Paraag AM (2015). A monospaced sans.
  • Keller Stencil (2015). A classy stencil typeface based on a Garamond skeleton. Developed with Xavier Lecuyer and Anton Haesendonck. Perhaps renamed Klod AM in 2016, and republished at Edition Studio in 2018.
  • Continua (2018). A modulated display sans.
  • Sample and Sample Cursive (2018).

Custom typefaces were done via Edition Studio for NY Nike Headquarters and Darcstudio. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Editions 205
[Quentin Margat]

French foundry and publishing house, est. 2011 by Damien Gautier and Quentin Margat, and located in Villeurbanne. Their fonts:

  • Amiral. A stencil face by Damien Gautier.
  • Bloo. A geometric family by Damien Gautier.
  • Caporal. A semi-stencil by Damien Gautier and Quentin Margat.
  • Colonel. A stencil by Damien Gautier and Quentin Margat.
  • LeBeaune. A lapidary engraved roman caps font by Damien Gautier and Quentin Margat, originally intended for the wine city of Beaune. Le Beaune New was published in 2013.
  • LeChaufferie. A large multiline opentype typeface by Damien Gautier.
  • LeFrançois. A Peignotian titling face by Damien Gautier.
  • Beretta (2011-2012). A dot matrix typeface by Damien Gautier.
  • Alcala (2011). A roman typeface family by Damien Gautier and Quentin Margat.
  • Maax (2011). An information design sans typeface family. In 2013, Damien Gautier added Maax Mono and Maax Rounded, and in 2019 Maax raw.
  • Norr. A versatile family originally intended for the visual identity of the region of Valenciennes. It includes a round style, a slab style, a sans, and a didone style.
  • Robin (2010). An arrows dingbat typeface by Damien Gautier and Delphine Sigonney.

There is also a publishing component to Editions 205. Works published by them include Tout le monde connaît Roger Excoffon (2011), which was written by Alan Marshall (director of the Musée de l'imprimerie, Lyon), Tony Simoes Relvas, and Thierry Chancogne.

Behance link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Editions Alternatives

French publisher which has a nice series of books on writing. These include "Le Verbe géomètre Numérographies et écritures mathématiques" (Valère-Marie Marchand, 2004), "Lettres Latines Rencontre avec des formes remarquables" (Laurent Pflughaupt), "Les alphabets de l'oubli Signes et savoirs perdus" (Valère-Marie Marchand), "Le Bruissement du calame Histoire de l'écriture arabe" (Sophia Tazi-Sadeq), and "Entre Ciel et Terre Sur les traces de l'écriture chinoise" (Shi Bo). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edmond Leroy

Designer of L'Alphabet du petit Charles (1877). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edouard de Pelleport

During his graphic design and photography studies at ECV Lille, France, French Londoner Edouard de Pelleport created an untitled cursive typeface (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edouard Kron

Parisian designer of the circle-based monoline sans Typo Exp (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edouard Marpeau

Toulouse, France-based designer of these display typefaces in 2016: Airport (octagonal), Roman Cubic (beveled), Sinusoide, Death in Blue (hipster), Archeotomy, Target, Dubonnet (art deco), Eclipse (experimental geometric), Samba, Grade, Rounded, Blackstar, Cloison, Tool. Behance link. Behance link for A2A4. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edouard Spriet

Graduate of L'École de communication visuelle in Lille, France, ca. 2014, who became art director at Production Type. Creator of the angular wedge serif titling caps typeface Ceremony (2015, with influences of stone cutting), the cursive typeface Unanime (2014) and the hybrid font Asylum (2015). Together with Clement Gillard, he created the rounded organic sans typeface Kimono (2015) for wayfinding applications---it uses the circle as a basic building block and is developed with chromatic use in mind.

Typefaces from 2016: Cineris (an all caps lapidary typeface).

Typefaces from 2017: Resonance. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Eduscol is a web site of the Ministère d'Éducation Nationale for French educators. In June 2013, a package of school fonts became available for free download. These are serious writing fonts, with and without lines, that cover upright and italic scripts, and connected and unconnected handwriting. The type designers in charge of the development were Marion Andrews, Malou Verlomme and Laurence Bedoin. For samples of Écriture A and Écriture B, and a comparison with existing school fonts, check Modèles d'écriture scolaire (2013), a document issued by the French Ministry of Education. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Efi Granklaten

Paris-based designer who works mainly for the fashion industry. In 2015, Efi created the Escher-style Penrose Triangle font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Egon Swaels

During his studies at ECV, Egon Swaels (Lille, France) created the fat finger font Charleston (2015). Designer of the free linocut typeface Printito (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

E.J. Bailly

Typefounders in Paris. Their work can be found in Épreuves des caractères de la fonderie de E.-J. Bailly, place Sorbonne, 2 (Paris, ca. 1855). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eléonore Bacher

During their studies at ESAG Penninghen, Paris-based Eléonore Bacher and Léna Consigny co-designed the experimental unicase typeface Michael Bublé (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Electric Blue Cat

During her studies in Lille, France, "Electric Blue Cat" designed the decorative caps typeface Futurama (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elena Albertoni
[Blackmoon Foundry (was: La Letteria, or: Anatole Type Foundry)]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Elena Joland
[LABF Creations]

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Eleonor Pellerin

During her studies in Lyon, France, Eleonor Pellerin created Fantaisie (2015), a teardrop-themed typeface family. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elie Mimoun

During his studies in Paris, Elie Mimoun created the display typeface Atelier des Friches (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eliette Meilleroux

Nevers, France-based designer of Typographie Lumineuse (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elisa Bihan

During her studies at AGR l'Ecole de l'Image in Nantes, France, Elisa Bihan designed a deconstructed Celtic ornamental caps alphabet called Couture Haut de Casse (2016), and City Futuriste (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elisa Manente

Graduate of ESAD in Amiens, France. Her graduation typeface there is Ambra (2013). She writes: Ambra is a character originating from calligraphy which was designed for typesetting, magazines and literature made up of a roman and an italic type. I wanted to create a character inspired by humanist typefaces and I started the process with pencil drawing and calligraphy. I was mainly influenced by the work of Bram de Does and Albert Boton. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elisa Vanrullen

During her studies in Amiens, France, Elisa Vanrullen created an untitled piano key typeface (2015) and the display typeface Libellule (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elise Montanari

Amiens, France-based designer of the cursive typeface La Rondine (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elliott Amblard

Elliott graduated in graphic design at EPSAA (Ecole Professionnelle Supérieure d'Arts Graphiques et d'Architecture de la ville de Paris, France) in 2012.

Together, Elliott Amblard (France) and Gia Tran created the bold signage / retro baseball script typeface Paname FY at FontYou in 2014. At Long Type, he created Oradour: Inspired by french vernacular lettering, it is also a very contemporary re-interpretation of Eurostile typeface (Aldo Novarese) by stripping it from this dated aesthetic. FontYou link.

In the TypeMedia program at KABK in Den Haag, he designed Emil for his graduation in 2015. Emil is situated between a text typeface and a slab serif typeface. It is characterized by convex stems and low contrast and includes a Hairline weight.

In 2016, he published Yuzu at Indian Type Foundry. It is a simple yet effective straight rounded sans typeface family. Guide (2016), also published by Indian Type Foundry, is a wayfinding and traffic sign sans typeface family.

In 2017, Elliott Amblard and Théo Guillard designed Read Greek Condensed, which won an award at TDC Typeface Design 2018.

In 2018, Elliott Amblard and Jérémie Hornus co-designed the information design humanist sans typeface family Drive. It is accompanied by the more typewriter-styles families Drive Mono and Drive Prop, and published by Black Foundry. Angus (2018) is a multiplexed rounded sans typeface family by Elliott Amblard that includes a variable font. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Elodie Baunard

Parisian graphic designer. Creator of the modular organic typeface Hello Mother Nature (2015). She also created a beautiful set of pictograms in 2015 for the film Les Grandes Tueuses, which was commissioned by Médecins Sans Frontières. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elodie Deseve

During her studies in Montreal, Elodie Deseve created a decorative typeface that is based on AG Schoolbook (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elodie Gouiller

Lyon, France-based designer of the typeface Fabrica (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elodie KM

Graphic design student in Montpellier, France, in 2015, aka Klelo. Designer of the free handcrafted typeface Klelo (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elodie Lefevre

Nice, France-based designer of the display typeface Tanoshi (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Parisian designer of the modular ornamental typeface Brazurban (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eloisa Perez

French graphic designer who graduated from ENSAD Paris (2013), ANRT Nancy (2014) and CELSA Paris (2015) and is now based in Paris and Nancy. In 2021, with the help of Jerome Knebusch, she published the (commercial) didactical modular rounded sans typeface Prelettres. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elsa Baussier

Graphic and type designer based in Paris. Her typefaces:

  • Dixit (2020). A text typeface based on a font by Johannes Enschedé. Dixit covers Latin, Greek and Cyrillic.
  • Salford Sans (2020). An 8-weight headline sans family developed in collaboration Lewis Guffie (Latin, Greek, Cyrillic) and Dave Williams (Latin and Arabic). Elsa did the symbols,
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Elsa Constantin

Student in Nice, France, who designed Pasta Box in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elsa Lorich

Paris-based designer of the Bodoni revival Hello (2015), the warm rounded text typeface Zebu (2016) and the modular condensed sans typeface ModuloOuLipo (2016). For Citroen, she co-designed the wide sans typeface Cabrio (2016) with Philippe Gauthier. She also did a Bodoni revival called Bodoni 1818 (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elvire Volk Leonovitch

French designer of Younion FY (2012, a monoline display sans serif typeface done with Alisa Nowak, Valentine Proust, Gregori Vincens, Gia Tran). This typeface was published at Fontyou. Younion One FY is free at Dafont.

Exquise FY (2013) is a fashion mag didone co-designed by Bertrand Reguron, Alisa Nowak, Valentine Proust, Elvire Volk and Gia Tran at Fontyou.

MyFonts link for Fontyou.

Designer at Hubert & Fischer in 2014 of Rubik One and Rubik Mono One, freely downloadable from Google Web Fonts. These slightly rounded heavyweight fonts were designed under the art direction of Hubert & Fischer. They were originally created for the branding of the Rubik's Cube Exhibition "Beyond Rubik's Cube" the Liberty Science Center, Jersey City. Github link.

In 2016, she created Meroweg, a font for monetary inscriptions. She also revived a Pierre-Simon Fournier typeface called Lilliputien, which is intended to be used at 5pt size. For the Musée de la Toile de Jouy, she created a didone stencil typeface. Finally, for the identity of IMEC (l'Institut Mémoire de l'Édition Contemporaine) she designed a sturdy typeface. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ema Sarfati

During her studies at ESAG Penninghen in Paris, Ema Sarfati designed the handcrafted typeface Kanye West (2017, also called Scratchy). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emeline Restes

Toulouse, France-based designer of the sans typeface Neue (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emile Darmoise

Foundry in Paris. Its work can be found in Spécimen des caractères de la fonderie typographique de Émile Darmoise, 5, rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs, 5 (Paris, Imprimerie Poitevin, rue Damiette, 2 et 4 [ca.1860?]). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emilie Bardet

Graduate of the University of Toulouse, class of 2019. Toulouse, France-based designer of the art nouveau typeface Viaticus (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emilie Clairefond

During her studies, Grenoble, France-based Emilie Clairefond designed a display sans typeface with square counters (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emilie Combes

Toulouse, France-based designer of the Braille/Latin combination font Monster (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emilie Messiant

During her studies in Lille, France, Emilie Messiant created a retro script typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emilie Rad

French designer, with Hubert Munier, of the display typeface L'Esperluette (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emilie Rigaud
[A Is For (was: Aisforapple)]

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Emilie Rinna

French art student who created the electric circuit-themed font Saccade (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emilie Vizcano

Multidisciplinary graphic designer based in Paris. In 2020, she designed the sharp-serifed Lapicide Light and Korosu (inspired by the Kill Bill character O-ren Ishii). Type Department link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emilios Theofanous

Graduate of ESAD in Amiens, France, where his graduation typeface was Topos (2018). He writes: Topos is a type family designed for contemporary book and poetry publications. [...] In addition to the standard weights, from Light to Black, Topos comes in four grades, all sharing the same spacing for the Book size. This offers the flexibility of choice of colour, without altering the layout: the calibration will remain the same, while the weight is fine-tuned. Historical references from the Baroque era run throughout this type family with more celebrated features visible in the italics. Greek, including polytonic, is supported as well.

In 2021, he took part in the development of Helvetica Now Variable (Monotype). Helvetica Now Variable was designed by Max Miedinger, Charles Nix, Monotype Studio, Friedrich Althausen, Malou Verlomme, Jan Hendrik Weber and Emilios Theofanous and published by Monotype. Monotype writes: Helvetica Now Variable gives you over a million new Helvetica styles in one state-of-the-art font file (over two-and-a-half million with italics!). Use it as an extension of the Helvetica Now family or make custom-blends from its weights (Hairline to ExtraBlack), optical sizes (four point to infinity), and new Compressed and Condensed widths. It contains 144 static styles. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emily Mesli

Marseille, France-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Barbershop (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emma Bedos

Parisian designer of the outlined typeface Bonobo (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emma Brossaud

During their studies at Ecole Design Nantes Atlantique, Emma Brossaud and Fiona Bernaerts designed the decorative monoline sans typeface Phranakhon (2017), which is inspired by the spires of Bangkok. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emma Marichal

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Emma Rigoli

During her graphic design studies at ESAAB Nevers, Emma Rigoli (Clermont-Ferrand, France) designed the purely geometric typeface Hommage a Fanette Mellier (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emma Rostaing

Art director in Lyon, France. FontStructor who made the brutalist typeface Hexafiles Bold (2015). FontStruct link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emma Rousseau

Parisian illustrator and art director. She created some experimental typefaces in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emmanuel Beffara

Located at the University of Paris, Emmanuel Beffara designed the French Cursive font (2004), a cursive hand-writing font family in the style of the French academic running-hand. It comes in Metafont format. Experimental type 1 versions are available too: TeX-fcbx10, TeX-fcc10, TeX-fcf10, TeX-fcr10. See also here (last updated in 2004). He also created CMLL (2006, type 1), a set of symbols used in Linear Logic, designed for use with standard Computer Modern fonts.

University link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emmanuel Besse

Emmanuel Besse holds a degree in typographic design from the Ecole Estienne in Paris. He works on projects ranging from web design and publishing, to typeface design. He co-founded Large with Leo Carbonnet, a design group based in Brussels and Paris. Emmanuel is in charge of Production Type's graphic design.

In 2018, his road signage typeface Signal PK was published by Production Type. The pictograms in the font were drawn by Donald Choque. Art direction by Julien Lelièvre. Production Type explains: Signal is a typeface that leans on a significant part of the French typographic landscape, the "Caractès" for road signage. These alphabets made by norm, with obscure origins, are present all across the French road network since the 1970s, and are emblematic of its typographic identity. Signal fulfils the broken promise that these alphabets used to make: until now, Caractères existed only in their normative shape (4 incomplete styles named L1, L2, L3, and L4: two of uppercase-only, two of italics only). The few digital fonts available are equally incomplete and mediocre digitization attempts, with poor execution. Specifically designed with urban signage, interface and exhibition design, in mind, this new series (Signal) completes and extends the existing typefaces. The current palette consists in previously unseen romans in two weights and their matching italics, a complete set of accents for multilingual typesetting, numerous arrows and pictograms, and characters for mathematical typesetting. An extra style, Condensed, deformed and excessive, wittily tops the typeface family. As a new ensemble, its demultiplies the potential uses of Caractères, beyond their original purpose, making them notably suited for interface design. In 2020, Production Type launched Signal Mono, and advertized it as a straightforward bureaucratic typeface. It was made by Emmanuel Besse, who was assisted by Julien Lelièvre (art direction), Hugues Gentile (Cyrillic) and Laurane Perrot.

Together with the Production Type team of Quentin Schmerber and Hugues Gentile, he designed the severe-looking mechanical typeface family Kreuz, which is also a sign of the times---the rise of threatening right-wing dictators in Europe and America.

Designer of Enduro (2020, Production Type), a sturdy 44-style no-nonsense sans having a Cyrillic that was designed by Marion Sendral.

Typefaces at Large Projects include Principal (sans) and Norman (condensed sans). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emmanuel Labard

French art director. In 2014, Yoann Minet made the bespoke typeface Stratos with art direction by Emmanuel Labard. Stratos is retailed in 2016 by Production Type, which writes: Stratos is a geometric grotesque whose peculiar utility is derived from unusual ideas about proportion. It eschews conventional notions of typographic relationships---not just for novel effect, but to empower the user to do more interesting things with type. The first and most obvious of these surprises can be seen in the difference between its upper- and lowercase. The caps are condensed, inspired by gothic wood type of the 20th century, while the minuscules are akin to certain classic geometric sans serifs.. Also, Stratos implements multiplexing: all weights occupy the same space on the page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emmanuel Taillard

Nantes, France-based designer of the futuristic blackletter typeface Oracle (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emmeran Richard

Graphic designer in Toulouse, France, who created the free hipster typeface Blanka (2014, see also here). In 2016, he designed the free futuristic typeface Anurati and the molecular typeface Kodein.

In 2017, he designed the futuristic typeface Ykar and the bâtarde flamande typeface Figure.

In 2018, he improved Anurati to Anurati Pro. [Google] [More]  ⦿


French government site about illuminated initials. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Enric Crous-Vidal

Type and graphic designer born in Lerida, Spain (1908), who lived and worked mostly in Paris, where he had emigrated to during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). He died in 1987 in Noyon. All his fonts are available from Neufville. He was the founder of the movement that is known as Grafía Latina (or La Graphie Latine), which promoted the need to create a new system of typically Latin (as opposed to cold geometric nordic) typographic structures, graphics, alphabets and decorative ornaments.

As art director of the Fonderie Typographique Française, he designed these fonts:

Bibliography: Enric Crous-Vidal. Un carácter en tipografía (Andreu Balius, 2008).

View Enric Crous-Vidal's typefaces.

Klingspor link. French wikipedia link. FontShop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Enrico Baldetti

Italian designer (b. Rome, 1973) who studied Industrial Design and Visual Communication at Rome University. He works sometimes in Paris. For the magazine 2A+P, he created the monospaced font 2A+P (2000) which evokes robots and synthesized voices. Mènil (1999) is a fluid informal sans family. He also made Jollymusic. Solid Script and Streetfont were made in 2004 for the French mag Worldsigns. [Google] [More]  ⦿


This is a gallery and a discussion of the fonts created by the students at ENSAD since 1997. A partial list with the original (now defunct) links:

  • Bitmap (2003): a pixel typeface by Isabelle Guizard, Vladimir Mavounia Kouka, Grégoire Pierre, Gaëlle Richard.
  • Caffeine (2003): an experimental typeface by Benjamin Raimbault, Eric Bricka, Stéphane Elbaz.
  • Zinzolin (2003), a stencil typeface by Brieuc Dupont, Zai Jia Huang, William Hessel, and Cyrille de Jenken.
  • Cooker Black (2004): a take on Cooper Black, by Isabelle Guizard, Adrien Portehaut, Grégoire Pierre, Zai Jia Huang, Brieuc Dupont, Odile Delaporte, Boris Petrovitch-Njegosh, Vladimir Mavounia Kouka, William Hessel, Eric Bricka, Stéphane Elbaz, Gaëlle Richard
  • Bertrand (2003): A typeface by Grégory Bantzé, Étienne Chaillou, Vincent Défossé, Anne Denastas, Marielle Durand, Alicia Garcia Garcia, Anja Linke and Gabriel Pistre, based on work at the Fonderie bertrand in the late 19th century.
  • Rosart (2002): A font by Aiko Oshima, Vincent Ciccone, Franck Kauffman and Delphine Cordier, based on lettering by the famous 18-th century Belgian typographer.
  • Scripte (2002): By Sarah Fouquet, based on her own handwriting.
  • Cargoth (2001): By Amélie Boutry.
  • Jannet (2001): By Sandrine Auvray, Julia Cochonet, Sarah Fouquet, Boris Igelman, Jérôme Vogel, Yu Sou Yeon, based on Jannet's garalde revivals, ca. 1860.
  • Recréation (2000): A Garamond typeface recreated by Amélié Boutry, Germain Caminade, Laurence Cordellier, Boroka Gergely, Paule Palacios Dalens, Gilles Vacheret.
  • Poinçons (1999): Based on a Fournier font, implemented at ENSAD by Caroline Laguerre, Virginie Aiguillon, Maureen Valfort, Johanne Blain, Pierre Schnebelen, Cédric Murac, Alexandre Le Saulnier de Saint Jouan, Laurent Mészaros, Thibault Laurent.
  • Métis (1998): By Anne-Mari Ahonen, Dorothé Billard, Yolanda Gil, Maria Körkel, Isabelle Maugin, Juliette Poirot, Jennifer Ward.
This is a successor of the Collectif ENSAD, which was energized by Jennifer Ward, Maria Körkel, Dorothée Billard, Isabelle Maugin, Anne-Mari Ahonen, Natalia Suarez, Yolanda Gil and Juliette Poirot. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Envy Technologies Ltd
[Damien Guard]

Damien Guard (Envy Technologies Ltd) resides in the parish of St. Peter Port, capital of an island called Guernsey that sits just off the coast of France in the English Channel. He created the screen font families Envy Code A, Envy Code R and Envy Code B (2006). FON and/or truetype formats. See also here. Typedia link.

He used iFontMaker to draw the fat typeface Damien Typewriter (2011) and Damien Vertical (2011).

FontStructor of Curvature (2008-2011), Atari ST (2011), Amstrad CPC (2011), Lickable 5 (2011), Magic 5 (2008), Magic 5 Bold (2008), Subpixel5 (2011), Tiny (2008). Most of these are screen or pixel fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Epok Design

Epok Design was founded in 2009 in Paris by Manu and Marine. They created the compass-and-ruler typeface Ready in 2017, together with Lionel Bouvet. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eponine Col

Paris-based designer of Peinture (2020) and Knee Play (2020), an animated font based on the play Einstein on the Beach. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Epreuves de caractères et lettres de deux points...

The text Epreuves de caractères et lettres de deux points sur différens corps: dont les poinçons en acier ou matrices en cuivre seront vendus, le mardi 17 août 1824, Grande salle de l'Hôtel Bullion, rue J.J. Rousseau (1824) shows matrices and punches for typefaces that were originally part of the imprimerie royale in Paris. Local download. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eragny Press
[Lucien Pissarro]

Private press of Lucien Pissarro, a French type designer, 1863-1944. Pissarro created Brook Type in 1903 for Eragny Press. Brook Type influenced a 1976 design by Adrian Williams, and that in turn led to Steve Jackaman's digital typeface Gargoyle. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Eric Carlson

Designer at You Work For Them who created Victrola, Metal Face, NYMN, DropBit Rnd, DropBit Hrzn, DropBit 50, HLLVTKA (a grungified Helvetica: see here), HLLVTKA Round, Connery, OffHand, Adderley, Offhand Round (simple handwriting), OffHand Sharp, and OffHand Script, ca. 2007-2008. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eric de Berranger

French designer (b. 1973) whose early fonts could be bought from 2Rebels in Montreal, and at La Fonderie. These are now available via FontHaus. Some creations at 2Rebels: Malcom Light and Malcom Light Expert, Coeval (1998), Coeval Expert (1998), Garaline (1998), Garaline Expert (1998), Hector 1, Hector 2, Helwissa, Jandoni (great didone titling face!), Malcom (1999), Malcom Expert, Troiminut (1998, perhaps created in under three minutes).

He also made typefaces at ITC. These include ITC Octone (1998, a great flared lapidary typeface family), ITC Octone Expert (1998), ITC Berranger Hand and ITC Oldbook.

Typefaces at Agfa / Monotype / Linotype include the Mosquito family (Agfa, 2001; Mosquito Formal appeared in 2003), Maxime (garalde family), and Koala. Other typefaces include Yesselair (1998, La Fonderie), Hamely, Klory, Kolinear (2009, angular), Merlin, Collos (hexagonal), Pack Trash (another name for Yesselair?), NLE2B210, EricMainDroite, June (an elegant garalde / antiqua /Venetian crossbreed).

With Stéphane Gambini, he started La Fonderie. He does visual identity stuff for companies in France, most notably, the logo and logo font for Renault (2004).

In 2005, he revived a 1972 didone of Hollenstein Studio as Natalie (no sales or downloads).

In 2006, he created a 6-weight legible sans family for the STIP (Brussels transport society) called Brusseline.

In 2007, he created the bold gothic headline typeface LFP Bold for the Ligue de Football Professionnel. In 2008, he published the stunning connected script Hermès Scripte used by the fragrance company by that name, and Martini (for the aperitif brand).

Klingspor link. FontShop link.

View Eric de Berranger's retail typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Eric Djengué

Montreal-based French designer in 2014 of the free fonts Crack, Slurp (wide and monospaced), KC Regular (octagonal), Wigz and Ligne.

Behance link. Dafont link. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eric Leproust

French designer of the connected educational font A La Main (2005). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eric Palliet

Paris-based designer who created several experimental geometric typefaces in a series called Monoide (2014). He also created Butterfly Alphabet (2014) and many awe-inspiring techno illustrations. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eric Parisot

Éric Parisot is the French creator of the vertically striped typeface Namaskar (2009, FontStruct), the gorgeous fat gridded typeface Sirkweetary (2011, followed by Sirkweetary II in 2013) and of the dotted outline typeface Gla Gla (2011). Other typefaces: Sunblind (2011, horizontally striped), Kondescendant (2011), Big Thin Extra Large (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eric Wannin
[Quartet Systems]

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Erico Oleachea

Creator of OM12 (2012), a free font available from abfonts. This font is based on the organic lettering used on the jerseys of Olympique Marseille soccer team during the 2011-2012 season. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ernest Meininger

French printer based in Mulhouse. In 1907, Marcel Meininger published the catalog Spécimen des caractères typographiques de l'imprimerie Ernest Meininger, Mulhouse. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Errance Nocturne

French designer interested in medieval and renaissance art. He created two free fonts at Devian Tart: Gothique Cursive V.II (2007, a medieval hand), 1413 Cursive (2006) and Hans Holbein (2006, decorative caps based on Hans Holbein's work: La Danse Macabre, 1523, and L'Alphabet des Enfants, 1532). See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Erté (Romain de Tirtoff) was a well-known art deco era artist. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892, he died in 1990 in Paris. In 1912, Erté moved to Paris. In 1915, he began an association with Harper's Bazaar by designing covers of each of their magazines for the next 22 years. He became known for elegant lithographs and sculptures for the fashion industry. On my pages, you find an elegant set of capitals and numerals in which the glyphs are formed by elegantly drawn naked women, from The Alphabet Suite (Chicago, 1976).

Wikipedia. [Google] [More]  ⦿


At the ESAC in Pau, France, one can take type design courses. Teachers include Patrice Chaminade. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ESAD Amiens (Ecole supérieure d'art et de design Amiens)

AT ESAD Amiens, halfway between Belgium and Paris, one can study type design. The program Typographie et langage was established in 2008. This 16-month international course is taught by Jean-Baptiste Levée, Alice Savoie, Patrick Doan, Dominique Boutet, Sébastien Morlighem, and Titus Nemeth. The work of its graduates is impressive, to the point that ESAD Amiens may be one of the best, if not the best, place in France to study type design (in 2015). The early crew at ESAD included Catherine de Smet, Patrick Doan, Thomas Huot-Marchand, Sébastien Morlighem, David Poullard, and Titus Nemeth. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ESAD Amiens: List of graduates

The excellent postgraduate type design school in Amiens, France, produced these graduates:

  • 2019-2021: Max Esnée, Ori Ben-Dor, Emma Marichal, Kyeongsik Kim, Léo Gaullier, Salomi Desai.
  • 2018-2020: Élodie Tourbier, Sirin Gunkloy, Samar Zureik, Léo Guibert.
  • 2017-2019: Pierre-Henri Terrade, Ying Tong Tan, Florian Fecher.
  • 2016-2018: Fátima Lázaro, Louis Nebinger, Emilios Theofanous.
  • 2015-2017: Charles Decoray, Martin Violette, Pauline Fourest.
  • 2014-2016: Isaline Rivery, Hugues Gentile, Dorine Sauzet, Martin Pasquier, Quentin Schmerber.
  • 2013-2015: Camille Aznar, Sophie Caron, Marine Stephan, Tassiana Nuñez Costa.
  • 2012-2014: Thierry Fétiveau, Roxane Gataud, Laurène Girbal, Michel Sabbagh.
  • 2011-2013: Elisa Manente, Sandrine Nugue, Thomas Bouville, Christina Somorjai.
  • 2010-2012: Sonia Da Rocha, Sarah Kremer, Dam Ca Pham, Ling Fan, Chorong Kim.
  • 2009-2011: Alisa Nowak, Damien Collot.
  • 2008-2009: Titus Nemeth.
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ESAL: Ecole Supérieure d'Art de Lorraine

ESAL is the Ecole Supérieure d'Art de Lorraine in Metz. One can study type design there. The active group has established a site with some free fonts made by the students. The free typefaces posted in 2013 include Artemis (by Diane Rohn, 2012), Boom (by Cécile Etienne, 2012), Crypt (by Aude Schmittheisler, 2012: a squarish stencil face), Effilé (2012, by Valentin Mirouf), Escape (2012, by Estelle Bizet: a straight-edged typeface), Geomhotic (2012, by Isaline Rivery), Jyk (2012, by Jung Yoon Kim: straight-edged), Kazan (2012, a prismatic typeface by Eric Chapuis), Misenpli (2012, by Céline Kriebs: origami typeface), Morse (2012, a Morse-based typeface by Romuals Kabala), ODR (2012, a modular typeface by Audrey Pereira).

The text family Messine (2012) was created as a cooperative project in workshops at ESAL led by Alejandro Lo Celso and Jérôme Knebusch. Contributors were Céline Kriebs, Romain Gamba, Bernard Gissinger, Aude Schmittheisler, Gaía Fyot, Eric Chapuis, Francis Ramel, Audrey Perreira, Fanny Woimant and Isaline Rivery. Image of Messine Titrage. Image of Messine Quotidienne. Facebook page. Their seminar series is called Let's Type. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Estelle Jonaseck

Estelle Jonaseck (Lille, France) designed a circle-based geometric display typeface in 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Estelle Scalzo

During her studies at Ecole de Condé in Lyon, France, Estelle Scalzo designed the monoline handcrafted typeface rewalk (2017) and the display typeface La Neon (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ethan Nakache

French type and graphic designer who graduated has a Bachelor's degree in graphic and type design from ENSAV La Cambre, Brussels (2019). Designer of Sprat (2020), an 18-style variable font with two axes (width and weight) that was inspired by Eric Gill. It features long sharp serifs and high contrast between thin and thick. Free download.

Other typefaces from 2019 and 2020 include the architecturally inspired Structa and the decorative text typeface Talona, which is rooted in Didot. Github link. Type Department link. Fontsquirrel link. Use Modify link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Etienne Chaillou

As a student at ENSAD in Paris, Étienne Chaillou co-designed Bertrand (2003), a typeface based on work by the Fonderie Bertrand (end of 19th century). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Etienne de la Vaissière

Paris-based designer of a typeface for the Sogdian alphabet. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Etienne Desclides

French designer of Pix Chicago (2006, pixel font). Dafont link. Yet another URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Etienne Mineur
[Safari typographique Eitienne Mineur archives]

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Etienne Ozeray

Drench designer, with Alexandre Liziard, of the open source font family Manifont Grotesk (2015, with Alexandre Liziard), which is based on Vremena Grotesk (Abstrkt) and of Gap Sans (2015, with Alexandre Liziard; based on Sani Trixie Sans typeface by GrandChaos9000). Github link for Gap Sans. Use Modify link for Gap Sans. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Etienne Ozeray
[EtienneOz WebfontGenerator]

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Etienne Robial

French TV graphics personality who uses woodtype samples to set logos. In many cases, he also uses digital characters, but he resizes them and distorts them a bit. See also here and here. Artistic director of Canal+, and designer of the typeface used by Canal+ (in France). Additional URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

EtienneOz WebfontGenerator
[Etienne Ozeray]

Free web font generator starting from an OTF or TTF font, created by Etienne Ozeray. It generates EOT and WOFF files. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eugénie Garcia

Parisian designer of Stretch (2013, alchemic typeface) and Igygraphie (2015, an artificial language font). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eugène Morel

Author of Grand Alphabet Amusant (1890), published by Pellerin in France. [Google] [More]  ⦿

EuroTeX 2003

The theme of EuroTeX 2003 was "Back to typography". This conference, masterfully organized by Yannis Haralambous, was held in Brest, France, from 24-27 June 2003. Pictures of Christian Paput, George Williams, Sivan Toledo, Thomas Milo and Jef Tombeur. Report by Jef Tombeur [navigate to August 29, 2003]. A proceedings will be published in 2005. Its contents:

  • Christian Paput: French typographic patrimony, conservation and teaching
  • Jacques André: The Cassetin project--- Towards an inventory of ancient types and the related standardised encoding
  • Apostolos Syropoulos: Replicating archaic documents: A typographic challenge
  • Azzeddine Lazrek: CurExt, typesetting variable-sized curved symbols
  • Vlad Atanasiu: Allographic biometrics and behavior synthesis
  • Ghassan Mourad: La virgule viendrait-elle de l'écriture arabe ?
  • Emmanuel Souchier: Quelques remarques sur le sens et la servitude de la typographie
  • Yves Maniette: Systeme automatise de co-redaction de livres
  • Isabelle Turcan, Viviane Berthelier: Ethique et edition scientifique d'ouvrages anciens sur support electronique
  • Yannis Haralambous, John Plaice: XLaTeX, a DTD/schema which is very close to LaTeX
  • Jose Grimm: Tralics, a LaTeX to XML translator
  • Simon Pepping: Docbook In ConTeXt, a ConTeXt XML mapping for Docbook documents
  • Ioannis Kanellos: Intertextualite et typographie numerique--- considerations semantiques sur le livre electronique
  • Ghassan Mourad: Nouveaux signes de lecture et d'écriture pour les documents electroniques
  • Marie-Louise Chaix, Fabrice Popineau: The XEMTeX project
  • Jerome Laurens: iTeXMac, an integrated TeX environment for Mac OSX
  • Balazs Vecsei: Description of knowledge of mathematical programs with TeX and XML
  • David Turner, Werner Lemberg: Real-time grid fitting of typographic outlines
  • Jean-Pierre Sutto, Pier Daniele Napolitani: L'utilisation du Mauro-TeX pour l'edition critique de Francesco Maurolico
  • Peter Szabo: Inserting external figures with GraphicP
  • Karel Horak: Geometric diversions with TeX, MF and MP
  • Frederic Boulanger: Printing digital photographs with LaTeX
  • David Kastrup: Output routine requirements for advanced typesetting tasks
  • Thomas Widmann: Bibulus---a Perl/XML replacement for BibTeX
  • Fabien Dagnat, Ronan Keryell, Laura Barrero Sastre, Emmanuel Donin de Rosiere, Nicolas Torneri: BibTeX++: Toward higher-order BibTeXing
  • Jean-Michel Hufflen: European bibliography styles and MlBibTeX
  • Petr Olsak: Second version of encTeX: UTF-499
  • Thomas Milo: ALI-BABA and the 40 Unicode characters---Towards the ideal Arabic working environment
  • John Plaice, Yannis Haralambous: Generating multiple outputs from OMEGA
  • B.V. Venkata Krishna Sastry: Enhanced font features for future multilingual digital typography with sound-script-language attribute integration
  • Gyongyi Bujdoso: Contemporary Hungarian types and designers
  • George Williams: Font creation with FontForge
  • Primoz Peterlin: The free UCS outline fonts project---An attempt to create a global font
  • Anish Mehta, Gabor Bella, Yannis Haralambous: Adapting OMEGA to OpenType fonts
  • Sivan Toledo, Zvika Rosenberg: Experience with OpenType Font Production
  • Serge Vakulenko: The METATYPE project: Creating TrueType fonts based on MF
  • Boguslaw Jackowski, Janusz Nowacki, Piotr Strzelczyk: Programming PS Typefonts using MetaTypeenhancing, creating
  • Wai Wong, Candy L.K. Yiu, Kelvin C.F. Ng: Typesetting rare Chinese characters in LaTeX
  • Luc Devroye: Formatting font formats
  • Jef Tombeur: Polices d'apprentissage de l'écriture
  • Jef Tombeur: Alphabets artificiels et synthetiques
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Euskara Typeface Box
[Thierry Arsaut]

Basque font company headed by Thierry Arsaut from Biarritz, France. Sells about 12 Basque typefaces. Has a history of Basque letters. Thierry Arsaut designed the commercial Basque typefaces Koldaka (2002), Sculpturas, Euskara Classic, Euskara Emakhor, Euskara Etxeak, Euskara Old, Euskara Ferrus, Euskara Gernika, Euskara Haritzaga, Euskara Irouleguia, Euskara Karako, Euskara Kaxko, Euskara Kutxas (farm dingbats), Euskara Moderna, Euskara Ostoa (with Ramuntxo Partarrieu), Euskara Eskultura. His typefaces can be bought here. Basque Classic is discussed here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eva Benarrous

During her graphic design studies in Toulouse, Eva Benarrous created the modular typeface Spades (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eva Iannetti

During her studies in Paris, Eva Iannetti created the hand-printed typeface Sauvage (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eva Le Parc

During her graphic design studies at ECV in Paris, Eva Le Parc designed the molecular typeface Hybride (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Evelyne Audureau

With Olivier Nineuil at Bonté Divine, this French designer made P'tit François in 1997. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ewen Prigent
[La Boîte Graphique]

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Ewen Ribot

Based in Nantes, France, Ewen Ribot created a decorative typeface (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

F. Du Closel et co.

Typefounder in Paris. Its work can be found in Specimen des caractères anglais, français et autres de la fonderie de mm. F. Du Closel&co (Paris, rue Petrelle, no.7. 1838). This is a rather uninteresting book. [Google] [More]  ⦿

F.A. Duprat

French author of Histoire De L'imprimerie Impériale De France, Suivi Des Spécimens Des Types Étrangers et Français De CetÉtablissement (Paris, l'Imprimerie Impériale, 1861).

This 578 page tome is descrbed by Bigmore and Wyman as follows: An account of the different state printers of France from the time of Francis I, who instituted the distinction of Printer to the King. Robert Estienne was one of the first royal printers before he went to Geneva. The history of the printing establishment originally known as L'Imprimerie Royale is then detailed, and an account of its successive directors follows. To this succeeds an elaborate description of the present establishment, its system of business, its productions, machinery, materials etc, even to the associations for charitable or educational purposes which have been formed by the workpeople. In an appendix there is a statement of the French laws relating to printing and statistics as to the position of the art. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Faak and Paat Studio
[Julien Fesquet]

French design studio in Bordeaux set up in 2012 by Julien Fesquet and Benoit Baron, who were joined by Julien Taddei in 2013. Designers of the free display typeface Cascade Grotesk (2014), which is an experimental hybrid between Cascade Script and Brandon Grotesque. They also created the free high-contrast font Delicate (2014) and the free varied caps typeface 26 (2013).

In 2016, they finished the Escher style typeface Deus. LVtiK (2017) is a take on Helvetica. Khodja (2016) is a piano key typeface. Slantit (2017) is an experimental stone cut typeface. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabian De Smet

French graduate of ESIAJ (Albert Jacquard), class of 2014, who works in Brussels. In 2015, he designed the (great!) free 14-style typeface family Butler, which was influenced by Bodoni and Dala Floda, and includes great styles for use in fashion magazines and on posters, in addition to several stencil styles. Open Font Library link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabien Aubert

Fabien Aubert (aka Fabien Graphiste) is a graphic designer in Aix en Provence and Marseille, France.

Dafont link.

Creator of the fantastic font Aniikla (2010) and of Natural Writing (2012) and Elegance (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabien Delage

French designer (b. 1985) of the grunge typefaces La Street Kids (2013), Redwood Creek (2013), House of Horror (2012), Plane Crash (2012), The Sickmen (2010), The Blood Shack (2010), Dead Kansas (2010), Forever Black (2009) and Survival Horror (2007) and the scanbat fonts Watch The City Burn (2008), Kids From Snow Hill (2009), Northern Territories (2011, grungy caps), DC Comics (2011), and This is my town (2008). Writing You A Letter (2009) is a simple handwriting font. Jurassic World (2014), We Spray (2009), This Is My Town 3 (2013), and This Is My Town (2010) are dingbat fonts.

Dafont link. Aka The Wondermaker. Dividing time between Paris and Montreal. Old URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabien Despinoy

Graduate of St. Luc, Tournai, Belgium. Graphic designer in Lille, France, since 1997. Creator of the rounded monoline organic sans typeface family Fabiolo (2014), the free organic sans typeface family Cryptéo (2015), rhe free handcrafted Froggy Princess (2015, by Jeanne and Fabien Despinoy), and the free connected script typeface Fabfelt Script (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabien Gailleul

French designer who graduated in 2011 with a DSAA from ESDRA in Lyon. Paris-based creator of Potemkin (constructivist face), Fractions (experimental), Sex Type (fun), Frogs, Glossy Bitch (connected paint simulation face), Western Spaghetto and Face Cachée.

In 2013, he collaborated with designers Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak at FontYou on the design of the astrological simulation typeface Astral FY. The same group of three collaborated in 2014 on Naive Gothic FY.

In 2014, fabiel Gailleul and the Fontyou team co-designed Seawave FY.

Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fabien Guiraud

French graphic designer who is Fabulous Design. Behance link.

He used Clarendon as an outline to make a floriated experimental typeface in 2010. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabien Laborie

Frenchman who started out in Grenoble in Paris, but is now based in Montreal. Designer of the octagonal paper fold typeface Danses Libres (2012) and the titling font Nougatine (2012). These fonts are free.

In 2014, he created the great free mechanical octagonal typeface Motorless, which was made with FontStruct.

Behance link. Newer Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabien Roché
[Solidarité 77]

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Fabien Roché

Lille, France-based designer of the modular typeface family La Croisette (2014), he hexagonal typeface La Rubis (2015), the display typeface La Carabosse (2015), and Bunraku (2015). Solidarité 77 is an intertwined paperclip-style typeface created in 2016 by Fabien and Vincent Roché for the Association Solidarité Femmes Le Relais 77 which helps women that were victims of domestic violence. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabienne Benoit

French type designer at the ADT (Atelier de decoupage typographique) who designed La Fabienne and La Fafabienne. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabrice Bats

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Fabrice Ducouret
[Fabulous Rice Fonts]

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Fabrice Mazza

French author of Lettrenrébus, which offers letter puzzles. The lettering was done by Jean-Baptiste Levée. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabrice Trovato

Designed the handwriting font Visible (1997) and the grunge typeface Garage (1997) at Garcia fonts. Lives and works as a graphic designer in Saint-Germain les Corbeil near Paris. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabulous Rice Fonts
[Fabrice Ducouret]

Fabrice Ducouret (Fabulous Rice, b. 1981) was a Paris-based film maker and designer. He uses the funny pseudoname Subarashi Sakana. His home town is Chatenay-Malabry but he currently lives in Berkeley, CA.

Fabrice created Kwaliteit (2007, dymo label font), Message in a bottle (a simple hand-printed face), Scrawling, Smoothie (primitive hand), Diskoboll (2002), Colcothar (2008, African bold sans), April 16 (2008, child's script), Fly Leg (another children's hand), No Futur (2008, grunge), GeoffDarrow (3d hand-printed outline face), Fabrice Handwriting, and Anthracite (2003, shaded metal surface simulation).

In 2010, he went commercial. His commercial typefaces include Tar Teen (2010, an art deco all caps family).

In 2012, he published commercial versions of these fonts: Smoothie (hand-printed), Peau Lisse (ornamental caps), Open Hype (hand-printed), Kwaliteit (grunge), Herod (grunge), Fontaine (hand-printed), Ferric (hand-printed caps), Fabrice (hand-printed), Dumb Thick (hand-printed), Deadly Thin (hand-printed), Darrow (outlined 3d face), Colcothar (a great hand-drawn poster face: based on a calligraphic alphabet I often use for my comic books, my film title sequences, or my notebooks), Bold Mine (hand-printed), Ask for Damage (hand-printed), April 16 (child's hand), Anthracite, 3X3 (dot matrix).

Sworded (2015) and Metal Cry (2015) are great layerable typeface families.

View Fabrice Ducouret's typefaces.

Dead Dafont link. Behance link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fake (faux) versus true Garamond

The typophiles bring up the issue of fake versus true Garamonds, but not one of them gives a precise definition. The fake Garamonds are supposedly based on Jean Jannon's roman, sometimes known as the caractère de l'université:. Here is their list with minor editorial corrections and additions:

Their list of true Garamonds:

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Fan Xiaoxue

During her studes in Paris, Fan Xiaoxue created the fashion mag typeface Moustache (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fanch Le Henaff

French type designer who designed Brito in 1997 at Blaustudio. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fanette Mellier

French designer of a very creative rhombic multicolor layered font system called Circus. The picture below is taken from the thesis of Thomas L'Excellent. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fanette Mellier

French graphic and type designer in Paris. Between 1997 and 2007, she created these fonts (no downloads or sales though): Simplette (sans), Anthrite (experimental), Futurenner, Machine, Insitu, Annabelle (connected upright script), Régule, Singe, Serafine, Chantilly (VAG Round style), Remix 1, Remix 2, Elico (octagonal, mechanical), Fracture, Poule (dot matrix), Texto (experimental, dot matrix). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fanny Barjhoux

Paris-based designer of the experimental didone typeface Les Rita Mitsuoko (2016), custom-designed for the group. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fanny Branger

During her studies at ECV in Bordeaux, Fanny Branger created the display typeface Cyrillique (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fanny Coulez

French designer of The Hand (2013, hand-printed caps co-designed with Julien Saurin, La Goupil), The Serif Hand (2013, also with Julien Saurin), Insolente (2013, a connected script typeface done with Julien Saurin at La Goupil), Neo Phoenician (a straight-edged rune simulation font done with Julien Saurin at La Goupil, 2013), Naive (a curly hand-printed typeface family done with Julien Saurin at La Goupil, 2013), and of Naive Inline (2013, La Goupil: blackboard bold, layered) and Naive Inline Sans (2014).

Typefaces from 2014: Pontiac Inline (by Fanny Coulez and Julien Saurin---a classy almost art deco inline caps font with layering and shadow and other effects).

Typefaces from 2015: Pontiac (also with Julien Saurin).

Typefaces from 2016: Naive Line Sans, Naive Line. A great all caps handcrafted sans serif font designed by Fanny Coulez and Julien Saurin. Followed in 2017 by Naive Sans and Naive Deco Sans.

Typefaces from 2018: Papercute Inline, Colette (an inky script).

Typefaces from 2021: Almarose (an 18-style geometric sans).

Typefaces from 2022: The Hand Wide (hand-printed). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fanny Garcia

French designer (b. 1980, Sainte-Foy-la-Grande) with Jack Usine of Soupirs A through E (2006). These are delicate ornaments modeled after soupiraux, windows at the bottom of buildings to bring air and light to cellars.

In 2013, Fanny Garcia and Jack Usine co-designed Excursion, which was inspired by designs seen during a walk through the streets of Marseille. She writes: Excursion is a real bouillabaisse of decorative all capitalized typefaces. Among these, we find the art deco typeface Excursion Poste and the dingbat font Excursion Fadabats.

Justice (2004-2018) was designed by Jack Usine and Fanny Garcia. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fanny Hamelin

Fanny Hamelin has a DMA in Type Design Ecole Estienne in Paris, class of 2016, and a DSAA in type design from Estienne, class of 2018. After working for a few months for Black Foundry, she took up type design positions at Typofonderie and design studio Baldinger Vu Huu.

Designer of Savon (2020: a Garamond) and the textured reverse stress display typeface Giana (2020), an all caps design that mixes typographic and kaleidoscopic ornaments in bold and display styles.

In 2021, she released the Scotch roman typeface Selva and an accompanying script at Colophon. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fanny Laulaigne

Grenoble, France-based designer of an unnamed rounded monoline display typeface (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fanny Le Blanchard

Nantes, France-based designer of a minimalist typeface in 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fanny Lecuivre

During her studies in Nimes, France, Fanny Lecuivre designed the Futura-inspired display typeface Trigul (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fanny Separt

Fanny Separt (Toulouse, France) designed the pixelish typeface Eaten (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fanny Serrin

During her studies at EPSAA in 2019, Paris-based Fanny Serrin designed some handcrafted versions of classical typefaces such as Garamond, Baskerville, Futura and DIN. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Farid Sahly

Pantin, France-based designer of the fun typographic logo Yummyogurt (2012), which was created during her studies. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fatima Lazaro

Mexican type designer (b. 1986) who graduated from Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City and ESAD in Amiens (2016-2018), France and now works in both paris and Mexico City. Winner at Tipos Latinos 2018 of a type design award for Cardone (2016-2018), her graduation typeface at ESAD. She wrote about Cardone Serif: Cardone is a contemporary typeface that has its roots in the early modern model of Scottish faces, a model that would be later called Scotch Roman. It explores the right balance between elegance and a studier feel through the combination of pronounced curves, abrupt lines and vertical stress. Later, she added Cardone Grotesk Regular and Black. In 2021, Cardone was published by 205TF.

Presently, she collaborates with Bureau 205 and 205TF. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Faustine Montoro-Dray

Paris-based designer of a blackboard bold typeface in 2018. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fedwa Snoussi

Paris-based designer. During a workshop at Type Paris 2018, she designed the Scotch roman typeface Victoriana, which was inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland from 1865, which was set in a Scotch roman typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Felix Farjas
[Penis Designer]

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Ferdinand Stephane-Coldefy

Designer in Strasbourg, France. Behance link. Together with Anaîs Lecomte-Boinet, he took aerial pictures of the Roseraie garden behind La Maison romane in Épinal, and then developed a geometric display typeface from it, called RoseTyler (2012). That font was then used to decorate walls of buildings, both indoors and outdors. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Parisian designer of a green grunge typographic poster entitled 1979 (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Figs Lab

Paris-based outfit that specalizes in interactive design. In 2016, they experimented with that in type design when they exploited some Opentype features in the free font Datalegreya (see also Open Font Library): Datalegreya is a typeface which can interweave data curves with text. It is designed by Figs, on the basis of open source font Alegreya Sans Thin SC by typographer Juan Pablo del Peral. Datalegreya can be used in all contexts where small space is available to synthetically display graphical data: connected objects, embedded displays, annual reports, weather report and stock prices. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fiodar Kuleunich

Strasbourg, France-based designer of the modular circle-based typeface Neon Type (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fiona Bernaerts

During their studies at Ecole Design Nantes Atlantique, Emma Brossaud and Fiona Bernaerts designed the decorative monoline sans typeface Phranakhon (2017), which is inspired by the spires of Bangkok. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fiona Marangoni

During her graphic design studies at ECV in Bordeaux, Fiona Marangoni created the typeface Metricolor (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fiona Poupeau

Parisian creator of an untitled bicolored geometric typeface in 2013. In 2014, she made Dotery and Breathy, while studying towards a Masters in Global Design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Firmin Didot

Celebrated Parisian punchcutter (b. Paris 1764, d. Mesnic-sur-l'Estrée, 1836), son of the printer François Ambroise Didot, and grandchild of the Didot printing business founder, François Didot. He produced the earliest modern typeface about 1784. Designer of a sloped script typeface called Anglaise (1809). He became the director of the Imprimerie Impériale type foundry in 1812. Along with Giambattista Bodoni of Italy, Firmin Didot is credited with establishing the use of the Modern classification of typefaces. The types that Didot used are characterized by extreme stroke contrast, by the use of straight hairline serifs and by the vertical stress of the letters.

Digitizations of his typefaces:

  • Linotype Didot has 12 weights, and was digitized in 1991 by the Linotype crew and Adrian Frutiger.
  • Hoefler type foundry makes a 42-weight Didot HTF, which I believe is superior to the Linotype version.
  • LetterPerfect has made a Didot LP family.
  • His Initiales Grecques (ca. 1800) was digitized by ARTypes in 2007: see here.
  • URW Firmin Didot is a digitization of a typeface made in 1927 by Ludwig & Mayer, which in turn was true to the original.

Biography by Nicholas Fabian. Linotype link. FontShop link. MyFonts link. Wikipedia. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fleur Gimond

During her studies in Aix-en-Provence, France, Fleur Gimond created Twist (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Floh (Florence) Pitot

Born in Buenos Aires, Floh Pitot grew up in Paris. For a student project, she designed the geometric poster typeface Vault (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Flomaryne Colombier

During her studies in Strasbourg, France, Flomaryne Colombier designed a Djibouti-themed typeface (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Flora Brochier

Nantes, France-based designer of the Peignotian typeface Liberty (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Flora Jammes

Graphic designer in Paris. In 2016, she created Kitch, a Victorian typeface that is based on Campanile (1881, the Cincinnati Type Foundry). She also drew an alphabet called Fraktur (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Flora Michalon

During her studies at HETIC, Paris-based Flora Michalon designed the futurist typeface Embas in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Flora Monnin

During her studies, illustrator and graphic designer Flora Monnin (Nantes, France) created the trembling typeface Terreur (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Flore Mazzonetto

Toulouse-based designer of the script typeface Nausicaä (2012) and the multilayered grungy didone typeface Nova (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Flore Meier

During her studies at ECV in Paris, Flore Meier co-designed the warm newsprint typeface families Gazette and Gazette Sans (2016) together with Camille Demaiamay and Romain Grucker. She also designed the tree-themed decorative caps alphabet Typographink (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Flore Vincent

During her studies at ESAG Penninghen, Paris, Flore Vincent designed the sans typeface Didact (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Florence Boudier

Graphic designer in Strasbourg, France, who created Meerschweinchen in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Florence Cousergue

During her studies in Paris, Florence Cousergue designed the modular pixelized Music Bands Font (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Florence Simonne

During her studies at axe Sud School in Toulouse, Florence Simonne designed the display typeface Lungs (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Florent Courtaigne

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Florent Gobet

Lyon, France-based designer of the thin display typeface Test (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Florent Hauchard

Graphic designer in Antony, France, who created Berlisco (2012) and Molieriste (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Florent Macrez

Graphic designer in Amiens, France, who designed the display typeface Nocher in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Florent Mathon

Nantes, France-based designer of an untitled inline typeface in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Florent Scafalini

During his studies in Marseille, France, Florent Scafalini designed the modular rounded techno display typeface Le Sérail (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Florent Texier

French graphic designer who studied at Rennes. His typefaces include Creatyon (2011).

In 2013, he created the great high-contrast poster font Kafka to evocate the oppressive aspect of Kafka's stories. It is a clear reference to emprisonment and jail.

Behance link. Old URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Florian Bambhout
[Bamboo Types]

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Florian Contreras

French creator of the pixel typefaces Slim Thirteen Pixel (2014), Thirteen Pixel Fonts (2013, FontStruct, +3d) and Graph 35+ pix (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Florian Doyen

French creator of the hand-printed outline font Ice Age (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Florian Dudouit

French art director, graphic and type designer, and illustrator who lives in Rambouillet. His typefaces include the refined multilined bling typeface Epok (2008), a paper fold typeface called Happy Line, a geometric alphabet called Typ_O, and a type poster called Numbers. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Florian Duloisy

Parisian designer of the blocky typeface Gunkanjima (2014), named after a man-made Japanese island. This typeface was developed during his interior architecture studies at Ecole Bleue. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Florian Gomes

Graphic designer in Lyon, France, who created the poster typeface Porto in 2015. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Florian Poidevin

French designer, aka Mseek, (b. 1988) of the pirate fonts Caribbean (2006), Caribbean Island (2008) and Caribbean's Treasure (2006), and the headline font Fleet Street (2008; "borrowed" from Larabie?) inspired by the movie Sweeney Todd. Alternate Dafont link. He writes about Caribbean Island, a Times Roman clone: This remarkable typeface first appeared in 1932 in The Times of London newspaper, for which it was designed. It has subsequently become one of the worlds most successful type creations. The original drawings were made under Stanley Morison's direction by Victor Lardent at The Times. It then went through an extensive iterative process involving further work in Monotype's Type Drawing Office. Based on experiments Morison had conducted using Perpetua and Plantin, it has many old style characteristics but was adapted to give excellent legibility coupled with good economy. Widely used in books and magazines, for reports, office documents and also for display and advertising. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Florian Weidmann

French designer of Uspenski (2019), which was inspired by the Finnish Uspenski cathedral. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Floriane Beautru

Graphic designer in Paris, France. Creator of the typefaces Ponctype (2016), Dreieck (2015: a triangulated style) and Crumple (2015: a crumpled Helevetica). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Floriane Jacqueneau

French designer who made the decorative didone typeface Didonnette (2011) and the handcrafted Homemade (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Floriane Rousselot

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Florine Crépin

Paris-based designer of the very narrow font La Grandéphine (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderie Bertrand (or: Bertrand Frères)

French foundry from the late 19th century, est. 1871. A revival of a roman typeface was attempted by a group of Porchez's students at ENSAD in 2003: see here and here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderie Ch. Boudin

Paris-based foundry operational in the early part of the 20th century. (Metal) typefaces by them include Du Guesclin (ca. 1914, art nouveau), Excelsior (ca. 1914), and Piccady. Culs de lampe ornaments. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderie de Bertrand Loeulliet
[Bertrand Loeulliet]

Fonderie de Bertrand Loeulliet was a Paris-based foundry specializing in foreign languages in the 19th century. Léon de Rosny and Bertrand Loeulliet published Spécimen de caractères japonais Kata-Kana / gravés par Bertrand Loeulliet; sous la direction de Léon de Rosny in 1858. This 4-page folio is available at the Bibliothèque royale de Belgique in Brussels. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderie de E. Tarbé

Foundry in Paris. Its work can be found in Fonderie de E. Tarbé : successeur de Molé, rue de Madame, n. 4. Deuxieme cahier (Paris : Imprimé chez Paul Renouard, novembre 1836). This small book has nothing special to offer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderie de N.F. Gromort
[Nicolas-François Gromort]

French typefounder based in Paris, d. 1844, who published the specimen books Spécimen des difféents caractères provenant de la fonderie de N.-F. Gromort (1842) and Spécimen des caractères d'affiches, vignettes et fleurons des fonderies et stéréotypie de N.-F. Gromort, Seconde partie (1836?). Local download of the 1836 book. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderie Deberny&Peignot

The timeline of this French foundry of the 19th century and early 20th century:

  • Gustave Peignot's type foundry was taken over by his son Georges Peignot when Gustave died. Georges's son Charles took it over when Georges and his three brothers were all killed in The Great War.
  • 1923: The foundry becomes Deberny&Peignot when the Laurent&Deberny foundry was purchased. Merger with Girard et cie.
  • 1923-1960: Charles Peignot directed the creation of a series of original designs.
  • Phototype era: Starting in the late fifties, the company prepared the fonts for Lumitype, European Photon. In the sixties, Charles Peignot invested heavily in Lumitype, which used up some of the money to buy control of Deberny&Peignot, and let Charles go.
  • Deberny&Peignot closes in 1979 (some say 1972...), at which time the designs passed to the Haas'sche type foundry in Basel/Münchenstein. Haas in turn was merged into D. Stempel AG in 1985, then into Linotype GmbH in 1989, and is now part of Monotype Corporation. Starting in 1925, Deberny & Peignot types were distributed in the United States by Continental Type Founders Association.
Their collection includes typefaces by:
  • A.M. Cassandre: Acier Noir (1936), Bifur (1928-1929), Peignot (1937), Touraine (1947, with Charles Peignot).
  • Bernard Naudin: Naudin (1911-1924). A set of open capitals that complement this typeface were sold in France as Champlevé and in the United States as Sylvan.
  • Robert Girard: Astrée (1921). The Stephenson Blake version is Mazarin (1926).
  • Georges Auriol: Auriol (1901-1904), Auriol Laberur, Auriol Champlevé, Française allongée, Française légère, Robur Pale (ca. 1912; variations are known as Royal Lining and Claire de Lune).
  • Marcel Jacno: Chaillot, Film (1934), Jacno (1950), Scribe (1937).
  • Imre Reiner: Contact (1952), Floride (1939).
  • Maximilien Vox: Eclair (1935).
  • Georges and Charles Peignot: Le Garamont (1912-1928). That is to say, from 1912-1914, they directed the development of this Garamond based on Jean Jannon's roman. The typeface was finished by Henri Parmentier in 1926.
  • M. Deberny: Sphinx (1925).
  • Henri Bellery-Desfontaines: Bellery-Desfontaines (1910-1912).
  • P. Roy and A. Marty: Cochin, Nicolas-Cochin (1912), and Moreau-le-Jeune (later copied by Ludwig & Mayer as Sonderdruck).
  • A. Giraldon: Giraldon (1900).
  • Eugène Grasset: Grasset (1898).
  • Adrian Frutiger: Égyptienne, Méridien (1957), Ondine (1954), Phoebus (1953), Président (1954), Univers (1957).
  • Rémy Peignot: Cristal Initiales (1955).
  • G. Vidal: Amethyste (1954), Bolide (1954).
They also published Banjo (1930), Baskerville (1916), Calligraphiques Noires (1928, see also Ludwig&Mayer), Compactes Italiques, Cyclopéen, Firmin Didot, (cut from the original punches), Fournier-le-Jeune (1913), La Civilit&eacutye;, Olympic (1937, also known as Slimblack), Pharaon (1933), Polyphème (1926), Romain Ancien (1899, an Elzevir), Série 16, Série 18, Style moderne (ca. 1903, sold today as Fantastic), the garalde typeface Ancien, and the didone typeface Gras Vibert [for a digital version of Gras Vibert, see Vibertus (2007, Latrs Yörnqvist)].

Many specimen books were published by them. For their vignettes, see Spécimen de vignettes typographiques (Paris, Rue Visconti, 17, près le Palais des Beaux-Arts, faubourg Saint-Germain. [1870]) and Vignettes typographiques: attributs mélanges armes, médales (Paris, 1886). Early work is shown in Les créations de la fonderie typographique Deberny et cie depuis 1878 (1889) and in Les nouvelles creations de la fonderie typographique Deberny&cie (1895). Fancy type is shown in Les caractères d'affiches. Extrait du Livret typographique (Paris, 1905). Older fleurons are in Nouvelle série des fleurons de la fonderie de Laurent et Deberny (ca. 1844). Other publications by them include Album de clichés et gravures (1934), Premières épreuves du Caractère Peignot dessiné par A. M. Cassandre (Paris: 1937).

Digital revivals include Sonderduck Antiqua (2008, Gerhard Helzel). Sphinx (1925) was revived by Steve Jackaman as Sphinx RR (1925), and by Douglas Olena as FFD Sphinx (1995).

Peignot foundry genealogy.

View the digital typeface that are descendants of Deberny.

FontShop link.

References: Wikipedia. History of Peignot, by Georges Peignot's grandson Jean-Luc Froissart. Rochester Institute of Technology: History of Deberny et Peignot [dead link]. And finally, the book L'or, l'âme et les cendres du plomb. L'épopée des Peignot, 1815-1983 (2004, Jean-Luc Froissart: Paris: librairie Tekhnê). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fonderie Deschamps et Fessin

Typefounder in Paris who specialized in ornaments and vignettes. Its work can be found in Specimen des vignettes et ornements typographiques de la Fonderie Deschamps et Fessin (Paris, 1839) and Vignettes / gravées par Deschamps (Paris, ca. 1839). Both publications offer very little. The owner of the foundry was C. Deschamps. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderie d'Etienne Allègres

Lyon, France-based typefoundry. It published Epreuve des caractèlres, de la Fonderie d'Etienne Allègres et compe, graveurs et fondeurs (ca. 1799, Lyon). Local download. In 1810, Etienne Allègre published Epreuve des caractèlres, de la Fonderie d'Etienne Allègre et comp. Local download of that book. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderie du sieur Delacolonge
[Louis Delacolonge]

French foundry in Lyon, est. 1720 by Alexandre de Lacolonge. The foundry was run by his widow, veuve de Lacolonge, from before 1742 until 1754, and by the widow and her son from 1754-1766. In 1766, Louis Delacolonge took the reins and ran the foundry until some time after 1789. Their specimen appeared in Les caractères et les vignettes de la fonderie du sieur Delacolonge (Lyon, 1773). Harry Carter published a facsimile of this, The Type Specimen of Delacolonge (1969, Amsterdam). Local download. Gallica link for the 1773 book. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderie Française

French foundry. Designers of some beautiful often didone typefaces, such as the fat face Liliom (see Slimblack for a similar typeface). They also produced well-known Victorian decorative capitals under the names Romantiques No. 1 through 5. The Egyptian typefaces are called just that, Egyptiennes (Narrow, Bold, Italic). Henry Chaix made the display roman typeface Editor in 1937.

Revivals include Liliom Pro (2012, Ralph M. Unger). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderie Générale
[Charles Laboulaye]

Paris-based foundry. Their work can be found in Épreuves de caractères. Aphe René&cie, successeurs de Firmin Didot, Molé, Lion, Tarbé, Crosnier, Éverat, Biesta, Pasteur, Laboulaye (Paris, Fonderie générale des caractères français et étrangers, 30, rue Madame, 30. Typographie Adrien Le Clere, 29, rue Cassette, 1858) and in Épreuves de caractères. Ch. Laboulaye&cie (Paris, Fonderie générale des caractères français et étrangers, rue de Madame, 30, Faubourg Saint-Germain, [ca.1852]; BnF Gallica mentions 1853). The foundry grew out of the fonderie de Lion et Laboulaye frères as this title suggests: Specimen des caractères de la fonderie de Lion et Laboulaye frères, rue Saint-Hyacinthe-Saint-Michel, 33 (Paris, Imprimerie de Casimir, 1838). The early "graveurs" in the foundry were Vibert, Jacquemin and Lombardat. Later, artists such as Loeillet, Porthaux and Ramé (creator of nice imitations of "caractères anglais") were added. Charles Laboulaye lived from 1813 until 1886. Several characters in Porchez's Ambroise, such as the "y" and "g", can be found here in the Neuf (or petit romain no. 5) and Onze (ou Cicéro no. 1). < [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderie Laurent&Deberny

French foundry which was started under the simple name Deberny ca. 1828 by Alexandre de Berny (1809-1881), who had been given the printing business of Honoré de Balzac by his mother, Mme. de Berny, who was Balzac's first mistress. Balzac had bought the typesetting firm of Jean-François Laurent in 1827 [funded partly by money borrowed by his mistress, and incorporated by Balzac with the help of typesetter André Barbier, who left the business in 1828 after it sank into debt due to the spendthrift of Balzac], and so, de Berny and Laurent worked together until 1840, when de Berny bought Laurent out in full. During this time, they made an extensive type library, and bought the wood-engraved letterstock of Pierre DuRouchail. De Berny changed his business name to Deberny. In 1877, Deberny associated himself with Charles Tuleu, his illegitimate son (with farmer woman). Tuleu inherited the firm in 1881 upon the death of Alexandre, and ran it until 1914. He added many fine typefaces, including a series of ancient Latins, many scripts and neo-elzeviriennes, and a collection of foreign alphabets. In 1914, a childless Tuleu proposed the merger of his business with that of the family of his wife, Jeanne Peignot, the sister of Georges Peignot, who ran Peignot et Cie, a rival type foundry. Jeanne refused to be associated with her brother and thus prevented any collaboration between the firms. Tuleu teamed up instead with an old school friend, Robert Girard. Ownership of the business passed to Girard in 1921 when Tuleu retired. The firm was renamed Girard et Cie. Talks were started with Peignot about a merger. Deberny&Peignot was incorporated on July 1, 1923. Charles Peignot now controlled Deberny's classic punches and matrices, the Peignot moderns, and two typefounding factories in Paris and Corneuve. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderie Long Type
[Malou Verlomme]

French type foundry in Paris, est. 2012 by Malou Verlomme, Mathieu Chévara, Mathieu Reguer and Thomas L'Excellent. Typefaces:

  • Totem (Malou Verlomme and Mathieu Chévara). A geometric all caps typeface with art deco influences.
  • Ecam (Malou Verlomme and Mathieu Chévara). A sans that takes iunspiration from the 19th century.
  • Oradour (Elliott Amblard): Inspired by french vernacular lettering, it is also a very contemporary re-interpretation of Eurostile typeface (Aldo Novarese) by stripping it from this dated aesthetic.
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Fonderie Moderne Typographique

Foundry in Paris, also called La Fonderie Laval et Cie, Paris. Its work can be found in this specimen book (Paris, 1886, 201 pages). I made this scan from a catalog published in 1888. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderie Olive
[Roger Excoffon]

Important French type foundry established in 1836 in Marseille and originally headed by Marcel Olive. In the middle of the 20th century, Roger Excoffon became its major type designer. In 1978 or 1979, the rights to all typefaces were transferred to Haas, which in turn was taken over by Linotype in 1989. The typefaces of Fonderie Olive are:

  • Antique Olive (1959). The modern Bitstream version is Incised 901. There are also Antigone (Softmaker), Ravenna Serial (Softmaker), Oliva (Autologic), AO (Itek), and Olive (Varityper).
  • Banco (1951). By Roger Excoffon. In 1997, Phil Grimshaw created ITC Banco Light based on this.
  • Banville.
  • Calypso (1958). By Roger Excoffon. A digitization of this texture all-caps typeface was done by Ralph M. Unger in 2005 at Profonts under the same name.
  • Chambord (1945). By Roger Excoffon.
  • Choc (1955). The famous fat brush typeface by Roger Excoffon. Digital versions besides Choc (Linotype) include Chandler (Softmaker, reved in 2012), Staccato 555 (Bitstream) and Chalk (Corel). ITC Choc Light was a creation of Phil Grimshaw.
  • Diane (1956). By Roger Excoffon. Modern version: See Diane Script (2008, Mark Simonson), and Diana and Princess by Présence Typo.
  • Mistral (1953). The ubiquitous connected script typeface by Roger Excoffon, based on his own handwriting. Digital versions: Mistral (Linotype), Malaga Pro, Zephyr, Staccato 222 (Bitstream).
  • Vendôme (1951-1952). By F. Ganeau. Digital version include V691 Roman (Softmaker), Varennes, and Vendôme (URW, Elsner&Flake).
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Fonderie Peignot et Fils

French foundry established and run by Georges Peignot and his son Charles. In 1923 it merged with Girard Et Cie to become Fonderie Deberny&Peignot. Their collection includes Nicolas Cochin (1912) and typefaces by:

  • G. Auriol: Auriol (1903).
  • G.+C. Peignot: Garamont (1912-1928).
  • A. Giraldon: Giraldon (1900).
  • Eugène Grasset: Grasset (1898).
They also published the Garalde typeface Ancien, Série 16 (19050 [digitized as Seizieme Pro in 2013 by Coen Hofmann], the didone typeface Gras Vibert [for a digital version of this, see Vibertus (2007, Lars Törnqvist)], and Sphinx (1925) [which was revived by Steve Jackaman as Sphinx RR, and by Douglas Olena as FFD Sphinx (1995)].

Many specimen books were published by them. For their vignettes, see Spécimen de vignettes typographiques (Paris, Rue Visconti, 17, près le Palais des Beaux-Arts, faubourg Saint-Germain. [1870]). Early work is shown in Les créations de la fonderie typographique Deberny et cie depuis 1878 (1889) and in Les nouvelles creations de la fonderie typographique Deberny&cie (1895). Fancy type is shown in Les caractères d'affiches. Extrait du Livret typographique (Paris, 1905). Older fleurons are in Nouvelle série des fleurons de la fonderie de Laurent et Deberny (ca. 1844). Peignot foundry genealogy.

MyFonts hit list for typefaces by Peignot or in the style of Peignot's typefaces. Compare Peignotian typefaces. [