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Type design in France

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

Luc Devroye
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
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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 Lilieu Grotesque, a typeface inspired by type designers Günther Gerjard Lange and Roger Excoffon. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Thomas Huot-Marchand]

256tm is the foundry of Besançon-based designer Thomas Huot-Marchand (b. Dole, France, 1977), the creator of typefaces such as the 72-weight Garaje (from Garaje 55 to Garaje 100; Garaje 53 Unicase Black is free) and Minuscule (a ten style family for small print), which won an award at the TDC2 2005 type competition. He studied under Peter Keller at the ANRT in Nancy, and teaches at the École d'Art de Besançon.

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.

MyFonts link. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link. [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]  ⦿

[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]  ⦿

A. A. Turbayne

French designer of an initial caps face at the end of the 19th century. Turbayne was associated with the Carlson Studio, and penned Monograms and Ciphers (republished by Dover in 1968). [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. 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. 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 created Bonté Divine around 1998, and renamed it ABC typo in 2001. He teaches at the La Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris. He 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)

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.

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

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 the heavy monoline sans typeface Acmé (2013), the titling sans typeface Le Creux (2013), and the stitching font Canevas (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adélaïde Michel

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

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

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 Code. Home page. Klingspor link. [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 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.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

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 ofv 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. [Google] [More]  ⦿

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Klingspor link. FontShop link. Home page. Wikipedia link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Adrian Frutiger

Famous type designer born in 1928 in Unterseen, Switzerland. He closely cooperates 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 now lives near Bern, Switzerland, and is primarily working with 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.
  • 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.
  • 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). Poster by Devin Lindsay.
  • 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).
  • Avenir (1988, Linotype). In 2004, Linotype Avenir Next was published, under the supervision of Akira Kobayashi, and with the help of a few others. 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.
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.

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 hand-crafted typeface Cabana and the rounded monoline display sans semicircle-patterned typeface Slot (free, with Hugo Dath).

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

Adrien Guessaïmi

Lille, France-based designer of the connected monoline script font Dum Dum (2013). [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 Midzic

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Adrien Missera

Student creator in Paris of the thin blackboard bold typeface A Deux C'est Mieux (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrien Vasquez

Graduate of the University of Reading in 2011 who lives in Grenoble and Valence, France. His graduation typeface was Modern Seven (2011), a didone family for Latin and Cyrillic that comes with its own Modern Slab Serif. [Google] [More]  ⦿


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 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 typefoundry. 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).

News. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[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).

Old URL: Mouton Sauvage. Klingspor link. Personal site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Loïc Sander]

Loïc Sander (Akalollip) is a Strasbourg-based graphic and type designer, b. Germany. Creator of the free font family Fengardo Neue (2012, Velvetyne Type Foundry), a (very) humanist sans with a Gillian lower case g.

Fontsquirrel link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


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

Alban Corbin

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

Albert Boton
[BVS Boton]

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Albin Loyal

Nantes, France-based designer of the high-contrast tweetware typeface Punctuation (2014). [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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Parisian designer of Typo3 in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alessandro Colizzi

Italian designer (b. Rome, 1966) who studied at KABK in Den Haag in 2004, and was at the Atelier National de Recherche Typographique in Nancy, France, in 2001 and Parsons School of Design in New York in 1999, after a design career in Venice, Milan, and Switzerland. He holds a PhD from the University of Leiden for his research into Bruno Munari's graphic design work. He teaches type design at UQAM in Montreal. His research interests are focused on typographic history, type design and lettering, and information design.

He created Mignonne (2004, aka Mirabelle), which was especially designed for small text setting under modern printing conditions. He also did the condensed Offbeat (1998, T-26, with Marco Tancredi).

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

Alex Chavot

Lyon, 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).

Home page. [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 Schaffner

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

Alexandre Carre

During his studies at ESAG-Penninghen, Paris, Alexandre Carre designed an unnamed modular typeface (2013). [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 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 codesigned the readable typeface Dauphine Regular, which can be downloaded here. See it in action on the web site of ESAD (Ecole Supérieure d'Art et de Design). [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 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 Rivault

Parisian creator of the very expiremental 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 Foucault

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

Alfred Giraldon

French type designer (1855-1933) who made Giraldon (Fonderie Deberny, 1900). [Google] [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 Chapuis

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

Alice Doan

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

Alice Mesguich

Parisian 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 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 codesigned 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 codesigned the retro signage script typeface Coco FY (2014).

Alice Resseguier and Gia Tran codesigned 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]

Graduate student (b. 1984) from Estienne in 2006 and the University of Reading in 2007. In 2012, she was a Ph.D. student at the University of Reading. Thesis topic: International cross-currents in typeface design: France, Britain, and the US in the phototypesetting era, 1949-1975.

Pic by Ralph Herrmann. Her typeface Capucine Greek 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. She also made the constructivist typeface Pozor (2005) and the connected handwriting typeface Jeanine, done in 2006 at the École Estienne in Paris, where she studied from 2004 until 2006. She worked for a short time as a graphic designer in London before joining Monotype Imaging in 2008 as a full-time type designer.

In 2009, she codesigned 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 faces 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.

In 2010, finally, she published Capucine at Process Type Foundry (Grand Valley, MN), where she currently is part of Eric Olson's team.

Brill (2012), codesigned with John Hudson for Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands, won an award at TDC 2013.

Typecache link. Klingspor link. At ATypI 2014 in Barcelona she spoke about phototypesetting. [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]  ⦿

Alien Foundery
[Thibault Dietlin]

Alien Foundery used to be called Bsillkrieg. Thibault Dietlin (b. 1987, Besançon) who runs it is located in Annecy (before that, in Besançon). He makes these fonts freely available via Dafont in 2008: Zfonts (grunge), Pee On Face (grunge), Hardcore Pen (graffiti), La Fraktouille (sketched blackletter face), Crustype crust (grunge), Crust Clean (grunge), My Goth Is Better, city burn night after night and we spraypaint the walls 1.0. Additions in 2009: Black Spoon (minimalist sans with exaggerated x-height), Hurray (clean sans), Tes (sans), Urbana (grungy stencil), Black Spoon, Boa, The City Burn (grunge), Riot AF (grungy stencil), Blind (Braille font). MyFonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [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. In 2012, her 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 typefoundry started in 2012. At Nowak & Degeilh, she created the 3d geometric overlay font family Carton (2012).

At Fontyou, Alisa codesigned 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 codesigned 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, by Gregori Vincens, Bertrand Reguron, Gia Tran and Alisa Nowak) at Fontyou.

The EPS format display typeface Alice FY (2013) was codesigned 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 codesigned 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 codesigned 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 codesigned the curvy stressed elliptical sans typeface Bruum FY (2013).

Towards the end of 2013, she published four typefaces with Luis Gomes and Jeremie Hornus: Booster FY (a rounded sans), Gauthier FY (a transitional typeface family, followed in 2014 by Gauthier Next FY), Lean-O FY (a slab serif with leaning asymmetrical brackets; see also LeanO Sans in 2014), Marianina FY (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 codesigned the humanist sans typeface Klaus FY (2013).

The slender display typeface Sérafine FY (2013) was codesigned by Jason Vandenberg, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak.

Codesigner with Mr. Zyan of the alchemic hipster font Pyrenees FY (2013).

In 2013, she collaborated with Jérémie Hornus and Fabien Gailleul 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, Adrien Midzic, Jason Vandenberg, Jérémie Hornus, Julien Priez and Alisa Nowak codesigned the creamy script Vanilla FY. It was renamed Vanille FY after a few days. Still in 2014, Adrien Midzic, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak codesigned the very humanist sans family Saya FY and Saya Semisans FY. Luis Gomes, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak codesigned the rounded sans typeface family Booster Next FY in 2014. Joao Costa codesigned 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 codesigned the blackletter typeface Blackmoon FY. In 2014, Matthieu Meyer, Alisa Nowak and Jérémie Hornus codesigned 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 codesigned 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 codesigned 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 squezed g. [Google] [MyFonts] [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 System A. [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]  ⦿

Amanda Plenet

Graphic designer in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, who created the curly caps typeface Onduline in 2014. [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 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 (AmboboDesign) made the pixel typeface B.M. Pixel (2008) and the handwriting typeface Binetruy Script (2011). Ambroise was born in 1989 and lives in Besançon, France. Home page. [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 Duperre 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. Roxane (2011, Rosetta Type) covers Latin and Devanagari.

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

Amélie Boutry

French type designer (b. 1977) who created Cargoth (2001), a hybrid of Carolingian and Gothic. 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 Valverde

During her graphic design studies in Lyon, France, Amélie Valverde created the experimental geometric typeface Moveo (20150 and Kutch (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amélie Wagner

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

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


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

Anaïs Lefebvre

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

Anaïs Valentin

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

Anatole Type Foundry
[Elena Albertoni]

Elena Albertoni (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.

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

Her script typeface Dolce (2005) won an award at the TDC2 2005 type competition. She created Dyna (connected feminine script). Review of Dolce & Dyna.

Other faces include Kigara, Scritta (connected calligraphic script), Dolce (2005, connected script), Helene (squarish face), Valora, Schneider, Gregoria (a Gregorian chant font that won an award at TDC2 2007), Deja Rip and Deja Web (2010, eight-style sans family of great utility, codesigned with Fred Bordfeld; Cyrillic included).

Acuta (2010) is an all-purpose type family.

Scritta Nuova (2011) is a rhythmic upright connected script, which evokes retro calligraphic styles taught in Italian schools around the 1950s.

In 2012, she published the plump and curvy script typeface Molle at Google Web Fonts.

Nouvelle Vague (2011) is a connected display script along the lines of Mistral.

Spinnaker (2011) is a sans design based on French and UK lettering found on posters for travel by ship.

In 2011, Elena cofounded LetterinBerlin, a studio dedicated to handmade and digital design, with a special focus on lettering and type-design.

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

André Allaguy-Salachy
[TattooFont 3D]

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André Baldinger

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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]  ⦿

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).

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

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]  ⦿

[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.

Dafont link. Klingspor link. [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 Issabekian

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

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anna Personne

During her studies at ECV in Bordeaux, Anna Personne created the ornamental Cyrillic caps typeface Cyrillique (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Annaëlle Cousinié

Annaëlle Cousinié (Lyon, France) created the textured geometric solid typeface Dyslexie in 2013. [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 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 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-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]  ⦿


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 faces 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

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

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 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 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 Eisensohn

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 codesigned the haedline typeface Ilya FY, which is characterized by flared stem endings.

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

Antoine Guinet

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

Antoine Mauron

During his studiess at DSAA Design Graphique, Lycée La Martinière Diderot in Lyon, France, Antoine Mauron created Tubular (2014). 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).

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

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]  ⦿

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]  ⦿

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]  ⦿

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]  ⦿

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 shadowed 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), Kaleidoscoipic 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).

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

Ariane Sauvaget

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

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 Eurostyle 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.
  • 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-Std (2009, a take on Futura).
  • VenturisADF, VenturisOldADF, VenturisTitlingADF and VenturisSansADF (2007: alternatives for Utopia).
  • Verana Sans and Serif (from Bitstream Vera Sans and Serif).

Kernest link. [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). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arnaud Michelland

Grenoble, France-based designer of Kashi Condensed (2014). Behance links. [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. Behance link. On his home page, one can find free fonts such as Grootfont1 (2009, pixel face). [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 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]  ⦿


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

Astrologie CURA

The truetype font Astrol. [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 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 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]  ⦿

Atelier Telescopique (Fonderie Nordik)
[Xavier Meurice]

Fonderie Nordik is a new French foundry in Wasquehal near Lille, which publishes 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. 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.
  • Raoul (2007, with Stéphane Delobel). Original created for the Kursaal in Dunkirk, and named in honor of Lille-based singer Raoul de Godewarsvelde.
  • Stone Heure (2011). A prismatic typeface.
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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]  ⦿

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]  ⦿

Audrey Evrard

Parisian designer who created the modular typeface Bento in 2010. 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]  ⦿

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 Lenglet

Parisian graphic designer who created the calligraphic typeface Joe in 2014. [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 Vret

Designer of a type experiment based on Frutiger called L'in-vu. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aurelie de Bonis

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

Aurore Mathieu

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

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]  ⦿

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]  ⦿

Babel Font

Parisian studio. In 2014, they were commissioned by Dragon Rouge to create a typeface family for the soccer club Paris Saint-Germain. Their typeface family is called PSG. Creators of the Latin/ Arabic sans typeface Gibraltar (2014). Behance link. [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

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

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. [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]  ⦿

[Sebastian Bissinger]

BANK is a French/German design agency based in Berlin. It markets its fonts through T-26, starting in 2009. In 2009, Sebastian Bissinger and Matthieu David made the display faces 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. [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]  ⦿

Baptiste Chlx

During his studies in Rennes, France, Baptiste Chlx designed an angular typeface called Gothype (2012) and Cross Type (2013). [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 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 typefoundry Velvetyne in Paris. His creations include Treefamily (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Barbara Toth

Freelance motiondesigner and illustrator, currently living in Paris. She created the modular geometric faces 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. This is a thing of beauty. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Basile Buisson

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

Bastien Salvan

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

Bastien Sozeau

Typographer and graphic designer, who studied typography at ENSAV La Cambre in Brussels.

He created the free web font Karma (2010, Open Font Library), a slab serif face. Caledo (2010) is a narrow hand-printed church face. Pixacaos (2009) is based on Brazilian graffiti. Castles (2010) is an interlocked design font. Nemoy (2010) is geometric. Strato (2010-2012) is a connected signage script.

In 2013, he added Lil Grotesk (a sans), Beon (a stencil face), Young Serif, Futura Renner, and LS (a rounded sans designed for the Libertine Supersport party).

In 2013, Bastien Sozeau and Jean Gabriel Franchini set up AmoinsB, a free font foundry.

Cargo collective link. Open Font Library link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

BAT Foundry

French foundry opened 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). [Google] [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]  ⦿

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. [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.

Dafont link. Yet another URL. Old home page. Behance link.

Designer of the pixel fonts Logotix (2004), Latham and 5x7 Negatie Moyenne. In 2010, he made the paperclip face La Pipo, which was published in 2011 by Die Gestalten. 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 faces 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. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Boukagne
[GGI Fonts]

[More]  ⦿

Benjamin Campana

During his graphic design design studies in Marseille, France, Benjamin Campana codesigned 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 codesined the ink-trapped typeface Calico Monospace. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Fernandez

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

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.

Klingspor link. [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 codesigned 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 codesigned the 4-style retro display family Belleville FY. [Google] [MyFonts] [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). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Rylewski

Motion designer in Versailles, France, who created the hexagonal psycho typeface Opium in 2015. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Varin

French type designer who created these faces 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 faces 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 faces: 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 faces: Weird Cuts (2012).
  • Arts and Crafts: Home Square (2012).
  • Other: Flea Market (2013).
[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. 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 Desprez
[Bluefonts.com (was: theblueratsfontsarchives, or les rats bleus)]

[MyFonts] [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)]

[More]  ⦿

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]  ⦿

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]

[More]  ⦿

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 codesigned 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 codesigned 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 codesigned 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 codesigned the curvy stressed elliptical sans typeface Bruum FY (2013). In 2013, Denis Moulin, Bertrand Reguron, Valentine Proust and Laurène Girbal codesigned the hipster typeface Theory FY (2013, alchemic).

In 2014, Gia Tran and Bertrand Reguron codesigned 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 codesigned the retro signage script typeface Coco FY (2014). [Google] [MyFonts] [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]  ⦿


French creator of the iFontmaker font Mossy (2011, hand-printed). [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. [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]  ⦿

Binta Sall

Graphic designer in Paris who created Sixties Font (2013), a psychedelic typeface. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Type designer at the open source typefoundry Velvetyne in Paris. His creations include Bizmeud (2014, a hipster typeface codesigned with Quentin Bodin). [Google] [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]  ⦿

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]  ⦿

Bocan Andrei

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

Boul Yvan

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

Brenda Bounsaythip

Parisian student-designer (at ECV) of the pixel typeface Game Over (2014). [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 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;. Cobver a specimen book by Briquet and Loyson from 1751. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brittany Metz

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

Bruno Allard

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Bruno Bernard

French type designer (b. 1974) who lives in Asnières-sur-Seine and workls in Paris. Behance link. Klingspor link. His fonts:

  • 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 (2013). A 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.
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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]  ⦿

[Cyrille Couillard]

Bukacake is the foundry of Bernard B in Nantes, France. His first spurt, in 2010, was the outlined curvaceous Vasy Molo. His second typeface was Klang (2010).

Now, here is twist---in 2013, we discover Vasy Molo and Bukacake at Behance, and read that they were made by Coutances, France-based Cyrille Couillard.

Cyrille Couillard's web site. [Google] [MyFonts] [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.

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 faces: 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; codesigned with Olivier Raimbaud and Correntin Noyer), Robin (2010, a dingbat typeface with arrows, codesigned 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 faces 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.

Klingspor link.

View Damien Gautier's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [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 faces 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), ITC Elan (1985, lapidary), ITC Eras (1961-1976), 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), 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, FF Tibere. Since 1998, he distributes his own fonts through BVS Albert Boton: Albotoni Book (made in 1974 originally), Kit, Memo, Pompeii (1993), Linex Sweet, FF Page (2003, in PageSans and PageSerif families), FF Cellini (2003, Albert's take on Bodoni), FF Tibere (2003, a classic roman family), FF District (2004, a squarish sans family) and Linex Sans (Agfa, 2003) are some his latest typefaces.

Citroen's logo font at Delpire.

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 codesigned 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]  ⦿

[Christophe Badani]

Christophe Badani's French site dedicated to calligraphy. [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 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 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 Laurent

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 ttype 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. [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 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 codesigned the readable typeface Dauphine Regular, which can be downloaded here. See it in action on the web site of ESAD (Ecole Supérieure d'Art et de Design).

Typecache link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caractères d'imprimerie, 1853
[Paul Dupont]

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

Carlos Silva

Carlos Silva 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). [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]  ⦿

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 Laguerre

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

Céline Ibanez

Parisian designer of the rounded circular stencil typeface Neon (2014). Behance link. [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 Pennighen, Parisian Cecile Heidemann created the display typeface Alphabet Modulaire (2015). [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. Dafont link. [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 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.

In 2012, Parisian graphic designers Thomas Bizzarri and Alain Rodriguez codesigned 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) codesigned the great poster typeface Germanonetta (2013). Behance link. [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) and Luxurious Flourishes (2013, Vincent Le Moign). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

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 faces 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

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. 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 codesigned the readable typeface Dauphine Regular, which can be downloaded here. See it in action on the web site of ESAD (Ecole Supérieure d'Art et de Design). [Google] [More]  ⦿

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 at the open source typefoundry Velvetyne in Paris. His creations include Kurtz (2014, rounded stencil typeface) and Boeticher (2014, rounded spurred typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charles Privé

French type designer affiliated with FontYou. Rag FY (2013) is a wavy brush typeface codesigned 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 typefoundry. 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 typefoundry. 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, Lineto), Modular Stencil (1994, stencil typeface by Gregory La Vardera), and Le Corbusier (2000, stencil typeface by Nico Schweizer).

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. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Charline Bedroom

Parisian art director who created the lachrymal typeface Gouttype in 2014. 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 Suc

Lyon, France-based codesigner with Patrick Lallemand of a grid-based typeface in 2015. Behance link. [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 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 Utrecht

During her graphic design studies at Esadhar, Bordeaux, France-based Charlotte Utrecht created Absence (2014, a minimalist sans typeface). Behance link. [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]  ⦿

[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]  ⦿

Cheng Peng

During his studies in Reims, France, Cheng Peng designed the book cover typeface En Traversant Le Jardin (2014). [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).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


French typefoundry. [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 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.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chloe Faller

French creator of PNI (2011). [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 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 created 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]  ⦿

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 strated 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 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. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christiane Chen

Parisian illustrator who created Grid Font, Font Reboot, and aa 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 Barneau

Parisian designer of alchemic or mystery fonts such as Voodoo (2011), Voyager (2011), Spiritum (2011) and Black Anchor (2011).

He seems to be located in Wellington, New Zealand now. Behance link. Another Behance link. French link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

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 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]  ⦿

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]  ⦿

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 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 Ghyzel

French type designer. Lan Huang and Claire Ghyzel codesigned 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]  ⦿

Clarat Vucher

Avignon, France-based creator of the squarish typeface Georges (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claude (Chloe) Derieppe
[Ouvrez!!! Police!!! (Claude (Chloe) Derieppe)]

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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 faces 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. [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. Among many other types, this book has a Civilité. The Capsa family (2008, Dino dos Santos) was inspired by, but is not a revival of the Claude Lamesle types Gros Romain Ordinaire and Saint Augustin Gros Oeil. [Google] [More]  ⦿

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 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 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]  ⦿

Clavel Anthony

During his design studies in Annemasse, France, Clavel Anthony created the ornamental caps typeface Leopard Boy (2013). [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 Barbé

Parisian design student at ESAG Penninghen (where he is taking courses from, e.g., Muriel Paris) who made a custom typeface for the Housse de Racket band in 2012. Dinosaur (2012) can be bought at Ten Dollar Fonts. He also designed the thin display family Muerte (2012), the alchemic typeface Pharaon (2012, inspired by the Spielberg movie Indiana Jones : Raiders of the Lost Ark), the display typeface Tennis (2012), the volcano-shape-inspired Volcano (2012), and the wavy Sailor (2012).

In 2013, he amde the alhemic typeface Black. Hellofont link, where his fonts can be bought. [Google] [MyFonts] [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 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 creator of the vernacular typeface Montana (2014-2015), and the condensed sans typeface Gills (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clément Nicolle
[Zone Erogene (was: 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).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clément Tremblot

During his studies in Paris, Clément Tremblot codesigned the modular typeface Grams in 2013 with Olivier Do and Lucas Peilleron. [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 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]  ⦿

Clio Chaffardon

Art director at Studio B C in Amiens, France. In 2014, Clio Chaffardon and Benjamin Dennel codesined the ink-trapped typeface Calico Monospace. Behance link. [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 faces of the late 19th century. The No. 549-553 faces 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]  ⦿

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 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]  ⦿

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]  ⦿

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]  ⦿

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 Mallet

Graphic designer from INK Studio in Brussels, who studies in Paris. She created Hexo Type (2012).

Behance link. [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]  ⦿


Foundry in Paris, operational from 1714 until 1762. [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 codesigned 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.

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]  ⦿

Cyril Barrier

French codesigner with Jean-Charles Abrial of the geometric Bauhaus-inspired typeface Ortaki (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cyrille Couillard

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Graphic design student in Paris in 2013, who created two unnamed modular sans typefaces in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

D. Duvillé

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. In 2015, Nick Curtis designed Retrorocket NF (art deco) based on one of the alphabets. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[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 faces DK01 (2005) and DK Stencil (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[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]  ⦿

Damien Collot

A 2011 graduate of École supérieure d'art et de design 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. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Damien Gautier
[Bureau 205 (was: Trafik)]

[MyFonts] [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). Alternate URL. Yet another URL. Old URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Damien Guard
[Envy Technologies Ltd]

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Damien Raymond

French designer at Stereotype of the happy wino dingbat typeface Fleur aux Dents. Download it at Dafont. [Google] [More]  ⦿

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]  ⦿

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 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). [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

French designer of the free hand-crafted 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. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Poullard

Parisian type designer (b. 1972) who designed Métropolice (1998), Ordinatires (1999, inspired by names of Paris metro stations), Métropolitaine (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]  ⦿

Davy Diaz Miranda

Stains, France-based designer who created the hipster typeface New Vera in 2014. [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 faces 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: 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.

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]  ⦿

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 faces 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 garmond with a d. Reference: Wikipedia. [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 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 codesigned 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]  ⦿


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. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dimitry Hamekink
[Le Studio Graphic and Web Design]

[More]  ⦿

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]  ⦿

Dominique Idiart

French creator (b. 1981) of Naive (2013, hand-printed) and Comic Neue Sans ID (2013, a parody of Comic Sans).

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]  ⦿

Donatelle Liens

Web and graphic designer in Lyon, France, who created several display typefaces in 2014. Behance link. [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]  ⦿


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.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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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 d'art et de design Amiens (ESAD amiens)

Teachers at this school include Catherine de Smet, Patrick Doan, Thomas Huot-Marchand, Sébastien Morlighem, David Poullard, and Titus Nemeth. One can get a post-diplôme in Systèmes graphiques, langage et typographie. [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. Some pictures. [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

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Eddy Kindanda

French designer of the grunge typeface Dark Flame (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Editions 205
[Quentin Margat]

French foundry, 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.
  • 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. 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]  ⦿

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 Spriet

Graphic design student at L'École de communication visuelle in Lille, France, in 2014. Creator of the cursive typeface Unanime (2014). Behance link. [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]  ⦿

Egon Swaels

During his studies at ECV, Egon Swaels (Lille, France) created the fat finger font Charleston (2015). [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]  ⦿

Elena Albertoni
[Anatole Type Foundry]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

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]  ⦿

Elisa Vanrullen

During her studies in Amiens, France, Elisa Vanrullen created an untitled piano key typeface (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elliott Amblard

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 Eurostyle typeface (Aldo Novarese) by stripping it from this dated aesthetic. FontYou link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Elodie Deseve

During her studies in Montreal, Elodie Deseve created a decorative typeface that is based on AG Schoolbook (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Parisian desaigner of the modular ornamental typeface Brazurban (2013). [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 codesigned 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 doiwnloadable from Google Web Fonts. These slightly rounded heavyweight fonts were designed under the art direction of Hubert & Fischer. They were originally creeated for the branding of the Rubik's Cube Exhibition "Beyond Rubik's Cube" the Liberty Science Center, Jersey City. [Google] [MyFonts] [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 Messiant

During her studies in Lille, France, Emilie Messiant created a retro script typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emilie Rigaud

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Emilie Rinna

French art student who created the electric circuit-themed font Saccade (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emma Bedos

Parisian designer of the outlined typeface Bonobo (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

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 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.

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Emmeran Richard

Graphic designer in Toulouse, who created Blanka (2014), a free minimalist sans display typeface. Behance link. [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:

  • Champs Elysées (1956).
  • Flash (1953). Digital forms include Neufville's Flash ND and the URW copy called Flashes by Ralph M. Unger (2007).
  • Aragón: an art deco face. This was digitized by Nick Curtis as La Reyna Catalina NF, 2006).
  • Ilerda (1945, Neufville). This typeface is also known as Champs Élysées in France, where it was published by FTF.
  • Les Catalanes (1952). A Western saloon font that was never produced. It was digitized by Nick Curtis as Daliwood NF (2006), and by Harold Lohner as Cattle Annie (2006).
  • Paris Light (1953), Paris Medium (1953), Paris Bold (1953): all published at Neufville.
  • Fuga de Arabescos (1954, Neufville): flowing ornaments.
  • Île de France (1960). An incised typeface.
  • Revivals of other typefaces by Crous-Vidal include Anomique (2014, Benjamin Woodlock).

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:

  • 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 Cyril Dejenken.
  • 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]  ⦿

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 Mourier

French type designer who created the labyrinthine typeface Mourier, which was revived by Sébastien hayez ca. 2014 at the open source typefoundry Velvetyne in Paris. [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 faces: 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]  ⦿

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 these pages, you find an elegant set of capitals and numerals in which the glyphs are formed by elegantly drawn naked women.

Wikipedia. [Google] [More]  ⦿


At the ESAC in Pau, France, one can take type design courses. Teachers include Patrice Chaminade. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ESAD 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, Sébastien Morlighem, and Titus Nemeth. [Google] [More]  ⦿

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. [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 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]  ⦿

Eugénie Garcia

Parisian designer of Stretch (2013, alchemic typeface) and Igygraphie (2015, an artificial language font). Behance link. [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 faces. Has a history of Basque letters. Thierry Arsaut designed the commercial Basque faces 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 faces 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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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

Faak and Paat studio in Bordeaux, France, created the ornamental caps typeface 26 Type (2013). Free download. [Google] [More]  ⦿

FaakPaat Studio
[Julien Fesquet]

French design studio in Bordeaux created in 2012 by Julien Fesquet andt 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). Behance 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 faces 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. 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) and the free connected script typeface Fabfelt Script (2015). Behance link. [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 codesigned 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 cretaed the great free mechanical octagonal typeface Motorless, which was made with FontStruct.

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

Fabien Roché

Lille, France-based designer of the modular typeface family La Croisette (2014). 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 faces 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).

View Fabrice Ducouret's typefaces.

Dead Dafont link. Behance 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 advice is to see how close it is to the Garamonds on the lists provided by them. 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 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]  ⦿

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]  ⦿

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 codesigned 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). [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 codesigned 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. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fanny Laulaigne

Grenoble, France-based designer of an unnamed rounded monoline display typeface (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fanny Separt

Fanny Separt (Toulouse, France) designed the pixelish typeface Eaten (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Farid Sahly

Pantin, France-based designer of the fun typographic logo Yummyogurt (2012), which was created during her studies. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Adrien Midzic]

Fatnobrain is Adrien Midzic's design studio in Paris. Born in 1982, he 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 codesigned the creamy script Vanilla FY. It was renamed Vanille FY after a few days. Still in 2014, Adrien Midzic, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak codesigned the very humanist sans family Saya FY and Saya Semisans FY. Adrrien Midzic and Joana Correia codesigned Saya Serif FY (2015).

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

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

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 decoarte walls of buildings, both indoors and outdors. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Parisian designer of a green grunge typographic poster entitled 1979 (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

F.G. Levrault

French typefounder. Example: Gros Romain (1797-1798). [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 designer (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. 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. Pic.

Regarding 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. And 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.

Biography by Nicholas Fabian. Linotype link. FontShop link. MyFonts link. Wikipedia. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Flore Mazzonetto

Toulouse-based designer of the script typeface Nausicaä (2012) and the multilayered grungy didone typeface Nova (2013).

Behance link. [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

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Florent Hauchard

Graphic designer in Antony, France, who created Berlisco (2012) and Molieriste (2012). [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 runded 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]

[More]  ⦿

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 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]  ⦿

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 faces 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, and the didone typeface Gras Vibert [for a digital version of this, see Vibertus (2007, Lars Törnqvist)].

Sphinx (1925) was revived by Steve Jackaman as Sphinx RR (1925), 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 faces. Compare Peignotian typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderie Bertrand

French foundry from the late 19th century. A revival of a roman typeface is being 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 Deberny&Peignot

The timeline of this French foundry of the 19th century and early 20th century:

  • Gustave Peignot's typefoundry 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 typeface 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.
  • George 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, 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]). 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 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 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 fro 1754-1766. In 1766, Louis Delacolonge took the reins and ran the foundry until some time after 1789. Their specimen appeared in The Type Specimen of Delacolonge. Les caractères et les vignettes de la fonderie du sieur Delacolonge (Lyon, 1773). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderie Française

French foundry. Designers of some beautiful often didone faces, such as the fat typeface Liliom. They also produced well-known Victorian decorated capitals under the names Romantiques No. 1 through 5. The Egyptian faces 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

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]). 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 (aris, 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. 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 typefoundry. 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 typefoundry 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 Eurostyle 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 typefoundry 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 faces 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 (Softmaker), 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 Renault

Paris-based foundry operational in the early part of the 20th century. (Metal) typefaces by them include Denises. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderie S. Berthier

Foundry in Paris, which made the celebrated art nouveau Paris subway font Metropolitaines in 1905. Also called Berthier&Durey.

FontShop link.

Digital versions of this typeface include Metropolitain (1985, Elsner&Flake) and Metropolitaines P (URW), both all caps faces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderie Turlot

Big Paris-based foundry, with an extensive factory. Their work can be found in Caractères de labeurs de la fonderie A. Turlot (rue de Rennes, 128, Paris [ca.1896?]), Filets (Paris, 128, rue de Rennes, [ca.1898?]), Spécimen des caractères anciens de la fonderie Turlot (Paris, 1885, and PDF file; see also this PDF file) and Réglure. Fonderie Ch. Derriey, A. Turlot, successeur (rue de Rennes, 142, Paris [1880]). See also "Caractères de labeurs de la fonderie A. Turlot" (1896).

In 1880, they had acquired the Fonderie Charles Derriey. The major specimen book, Spécimen général de la fonderie Turlot, Henri Chaix, gendre, et cie successeurs (1910, 508 pages) [see also here] seems to indicate that the foundry was sold to Henri Chaix in 1910. The latter book is comprehensive. The "Néo-Didot" series mentions Fonderie J.-V. Éor, Turlot, successeur. Other niceties: "signes mathématiques", signes divers, the "Javanaises" (oriental simulation fonts, p. 103), the gorgeous vignettes (ex.: hibou, Japonaise, Nénuphar, Galvanos Modernes), and the hilarious "silhouettes reclames". This book has many illustrations of the start of the art nouveau style. Finally, in 1914, they published Spécimen Général (1914, Fonderie Turlot, Henri Chaix et cie, Paris: 454 pages).

Scan of the caps typeface Lettrines Renaissance. Scans from the 1885 specimen book: Elzevir No. 3, Elzevir No. 3, Filets Elzeviriens, Gothiques blanches, Initiales Elzeviriens. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderie Turlot: Spécimen Général

Berlintypes published the contents of the 454-page Spécimen Général, Fonderie Turlot (Henri Chaix et cie, Paris, 1914). By chapter:

  • 2. Elzeviers et Labeurs de Luxe: Elzévier Français, Elzévier Vieux Français, Elzévier Anglais, Elzévier No 3, Elzévier Plantin, Caractères Louis XV, Salammbo.
  • 3. Series de Labeurs: Néo-Didot, Néo-Didot Gras. Also: Vieux Style, Bibliophiles, Caractères pour Labeurs.
  • 4. Caractères pour Journaux: Examples for newspaper typesetting with references to the types used.
  • 5. Caractères Étrangères: Caractères Russes, Caractères Allemands, 1re Série, Caractères Allemands, 2me Série, Caractères Allemands, Gras, Caractères Grecs, Gras, Caractères Grecs, Penchés, Caractères Grecs.
  • 6. Caractères pour Affiches.
  • 8. Caractères de Fantaisie:
    • Antiques serrées grasses, Antiques simples, Antiques noires, Antiques grecques, Antiques serrées maigres, Antiques penchées grasses, Antiques penchées noires.
    • Egyptiennes effilées, Egyptiennes Etroites, Egyptiennes condensées, Egyptiennes serrées, Egyptiennes 1re Série, Egyptiennes 3me Série, Egyptiennes 2me Série, Egyptiennes larges, Egyptiennes grasses, Egyptiennes penchées noires.
    • Caractères Louis XV.
    • Latines larges, Latines noires allongées, Latines noires, Latines noires larges.
    • Vignettes Glycine.
    • Normandes 1re Serie, Normandes 2me Série, Rouennaises, Normandes larges, Etroites modernes, Allongées demi-grasses, Allongées grasses, Caractères gras allongés, Condensées, Bretonnes.
    • Italiennes.
    • Athéniennes.
    • Métropolitaines.
    • Vénitiennes.
    • Norvégiennes.
    • Elzévir gras éclairé.
    • Vignette Légére.
    • Elzévir Plantin (Romain, Italique).
    • Salammbo.
    • Canadiennes.
    • Chicago, Chicago Large.
    • Lyonnaises.
    • Latines penchées.
    • Vignette Décorative.
    • Excelsior.
    • Moscovites.
    • Transvaaliennes serrées, Transvaaliennes.
    • Péruviennes.
    • Phillipines.
    • Vignettes Chrysanthème.
    • Pittoresques droites, Pittoresques penchées.
    • Provençales.
    • Ondines.
    • Zodiaques maigres, Zodiaques noires.
    • Roxanes, Roxanes 4 oeils.
    • Caractères d'écriture.
    • Caractère Machine à écrire.
    • Bâtardes lithographiques.
    • Filets-Vignettes.
    • La Taille-Douce Azurée droite, La Taille-Douce Azurée penchée.
    • Antiques Litho No1, Antiques Litho No2, Antiques Litho No3, Antiques Litho No4.
    • Monastiques.
    • Vignettes Florale.
    • Initiales Elzévir 1re Série, Initiales Elzévir 2me Série, Initiales Elzévir 3me Série.
    • Antiques maigres serées, Antiques allongées, Antiques maigres larges.
    • Initiales Antiques noires, Initiales Antiques Greques, Initiales Égyptiennes allongées, Initiales Italiennes, Initiales Etroites allongées, Initiales Bretonnes, Initiales Demi-allongées, Initiales Classiques allongées, Initiales Classiques, Initiales Modernes.
    • Romaines droites, Romaines penchées.
    • Initiales Latines larges, Initiales pour annonces anglaises, Latines éclairées, Latines blanches.
    • Romanes.
    • Parisiennes.
    • Fantaisies diverses (8 designs, numbered).
    • Lettrines Renaissance.
    • Lettres ornées.
    • Monogrammes.
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Fonderie Typographique Française

Typefoundry in Paris, founded in 1921 by the merger of the firms of Chaix, Marcou, Durey, Huart and Saling. There were several catalogs of their typefaces such as Fonderie Typographique Française Catalogue Général (ca 1925, 798 pages). This site shows many samples from this foundry. The typefaces shown include Amadis (blackletter), Apollo, Ascot, Atlas (1933, an art deco typeface by K.H. Schaefer), Bizerte (art deco), Blanches Saint Germain (pearly caps), Caravelle (1957, the French name of Folio, a Helvetica-like typeface by Konrad Bauer and Walter Baum), Clipper (1951, by Louis Ferrand), Deauville (a charmer that conjures up Les Vacences de Monsieur Hulot), Décor (pixelized and with mosaic effects), Ecriture parisienne (ronde), Editor (1937, Henri Chaix), Estienne, Excelsior FTF (art nouveau), Flash (1953, Enric Crous-Vidal), Garamond FTF, Hélios (a shadowed titling face), Ile de France (by Enric Crous-Vidal), Marocaines FTF, Moscovites, Muriel (1950, a script typeface by Joan Trochut-Blanchard), Normandy, Paris (1953, Enric Crous-Vidal), Pittoresques FTF (1924, Japanese style art nouveau), Psitt (1954, by René Ponot), Ramsès (a tall-legged Egyptian), Stylo (1935, connected script), Swing (art deco), Vulcain (art deco). Apollo is FTF's reply to Renner's Futura. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fonderies Centrales P. Dutreix

Foundry in Limoges. Its work can be found in Spécimen des caractères de la fonderie J. Dutreix&cie (Limoges, 58&60-vieille-route-d'Aixe--58&60 [ca. 1886]). This publication has a few fantastic border ornaments.

In the 1930s, it published a geometric sans series called Universelles, just a few years after Renner had reaped success with his Futura. That typeface family was digitally revived in 2013 by Matthieu Cortat (Nonpareille) as Battling.

Another typeface family, inspired by Nicolas Cochin, is Jean-Jacques. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Antony Squizzato]

Fontastica is a foundry that was established in 2006 by illustrator and art director Antony Squizzato, who lives in Vic-le-Comte, France. He is the designer at Periscope Creations of the pixel fonts Zboldiner (2003), Zflegmata (2003) and Zpixknit (2002). Pixel fonts found at Fontastica include the Z_periscope family, the Z-teatime family, Zpix2, Zpix1, Z_knitomatic (2006), Z-bunker (2007) and the Z_bobold family. All fonts are free. Creator of the black metal typeface FrameRangers (2008). Behance link. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Michel Bujardet]

Michel Bujardet (a Frenchman living in West Hollywood, CA) runs Matchfonts, and started Fontmenu.com in August 2001. Commercial fonts, and free demos in all formats.

A partial list of fonts:

  • Square Text (old English).
  • Block Letters (orthography for kids), Skryptaag (2001, educational).
  • Boulons (letters made from nuts and bolts).
  • Kindergarten (funny faces), Learning Handwriting (K2), Learning Cursive Handwriting (Grade 2-4), Japanese Hiragana-Katakana (Year 1).
  • Morse code.
  • Dictionary phonetic notation for pronunciation.
  • The calligraphic fonts Chancellerie Moderne (1998, chancery hand), Oncial, Rodolphe, Willegha.
  • The dingbat fonts Dinosotype, Matched Potato, Nahkt hieroglyphs, SilBooettes, Angelots, Sceaux, Seraphiques, Talismans.
  • The monospaced fonts Bordofixed, Dactylographe (1997), Normafixed, Oloron fixed width screen font).
  • The mathy fonts Oloron program, Hexalist and Numberslist.
  • The handwriting fonts Charlotte, Louise, Mariette, Milko, Pierre, Quinze, Raoul, and Thibault.
  • The pixel font 8-PinMatrix.
  • The Bauhaus font BabyFace.
  • The Chinese simulation font Chinoiseries.
  • The LED fonts Diode, Cristolikid and Display.
  • The Greek simulation font Grecques.
  • The display fonts Zébrures (striped letters), Venitiennes, Ruban Dis-Moi, Parador, Osselets, Octogone, Metropolitain (art nouveau), Malabars, Halloween Match, Coulures, Chapou Relief, Candy Kane, Calebasse, Bujardet Freres and Big Bacon.
  • The MICR font MICR E13B.
  • The serif faces Baguad, Chap Clerk, Parlante, Presse, TSF&Co (art deco; +Heavy).
  • The sans serif faces Bordini, Boum-Boum, Halotique (a sans family), Junien, and Normographe.

Alternate URL for his shareware typefaces. MyFonts link for his commercial typefaces. Alternate MyFonts link. Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

[Gia Tran]

Fontyou was set up in Paris by Gregori Vincens ca. 2013. Gregori is the CEO, and Gia Tran is its type director.

Under the cover of Type Lovers and/or Fontyou in Paris, Gia Tran created the medieval typeface Court Hand (2012) and the blackletter typeface Gothic Fraktur (2012). He also did some great calligraphic pieces.

In 2013, together with Gregori Vincens, Alisa Nowak, Valentine Proust, and Elvire Volk at FontYou, Gia Tran created the monoline geometric sans typeface Younion FY. Younion One FY is free at Dafont. With Franck Montfermé, he codesigned the ball terminal beauty Squirrel FY. The letters of this ultra-fat didone reveal audacious geometric smoothness at large sizes.

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 codesigned 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 codesigned 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 codesigned by Bertrand Reguron, Alisa Nowak, Valentine Proust, Elvire Volk and Gia Tran at Fontyou. Gia Tran and Jason Vandenberg created the decorative typeface Ella FY (2013, Fontyou). Gia Tran, Alisa Novak, Micaela Neustadt, Bertrand Reguron and Grégori Vincens codesigned the curvy stressed elliptical sans typeface Bruum FY (2013).

Beaurencourt FY (2013) is a 19th centery secretary's hand codesigned with Jeremie Hornus.

Gregori Vincens, Gia Tran, J&eacxute;rémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak codesigned the humanist sans typeface Klaus FY (2013).

At Fontyou, Benjamin Lieb, Gia Tran and Julien Priez codesigned 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.

In 2014, Gia Tran and Bertrand Reguron codesigned the zombie script Vidok FY (free at Dafont). Together, Elliott Amblard (France) and Gia Tran created the bold signage / retro baseball script typeface Paname FY at FontYou in 2014. Minuit FY (2014, by Jason Vandenberg and Gia Tran) is a beautiful angular angry calligraphic display typeface. 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 codesigned the retro signage script typeface Coco FY (2014).

Alice Resseguier and Gia Tran codesigned 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.

Codesigner with illustrator Quentin Vijoux of the hand-printed typeface Léon FY (2014).

In 2014, he published the modular kitchen tile typeface Dorum FY with Julien Thébault.

Benjamin Lieb and Gia Tran codesigned the 4-style retro display family Belleville FY (2014).

With Evgeny Tkhorzhevsky, he designed the creamy signage script typefaces Maio FY (2014) and Kumiz FY [Maio renamed].

Hansom Slab FY (2014, Gia Tran, Jeremie Hornus and Alisa Nowak).

Another URL. Behance link. Dafont link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fraktur fonts by Yannis Haralambous

Metafont code by Yannis Haralambous for various Fraktur and Gothic fonts: yfrak, yswab, yinit and ygoth. Type 1 versions generated by Torsten Bronger. [Google] [More]  ⦿

François Boltana

French type designer based in Toulouse, born in 1950, died in 1999. He is an early graduate of Scriptorium de Toulouse (1972). In his lifetime, he achieved a great deal of success, including the Morisawa Prize in 1990. From 1975 until 1997 he was also a freelance graphic designer. Brief CV. Read his article in Cahiers GUTenberg, Ligatures&calligraphie assistée par ordinateur (1995). Fontshop link. Frank Adebiaye wrote François Boltana et la naissance de la typographie numérique together with Suzanne Cardinal in 2012.

His fonts:

  • Aurore (1993): a script face.
  • The typewriter font Capitole (1974).
  • Champion (1989): a wonderful calligraphic font.
  • Frédéric.
  • Geneviève (1969, Hollenstein Phototypo).
  • Girus.
  • Lineameca (1970, Hollenstein Phototypo).
  • Messager (1991); in two styles, Romain and Tradition.
  • Oscar.
  • Prosper.
  • Rabelais (1997): for this effort, he obtained the Meilleur Ouvrier de France en 1997 award.
  • Toscan.
  • Toulouse.
  • Stilla (1973): a modern psychedelic high-contrast ornamental didone display typeface with many ball terminals. In 1990, Elsner&Flake published Stilla EF. It is also in the Scangraphic collection as Stilla SH. Linotype too has a version of Stilla. Stilla is often incorrectly credited to Middleton.
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François Bruel

French cartoonist and designer of Solea (2000), London (London Underground simulation font, 2000), Lambada Dexter (2001), Fonitek (2000) and Brouss (great curly font, 2000). Overall, a great set of fun fonts. Other fonts not at TypOasis include Ugolin, Miambo, Blix, Monogaz. Bruel runs Le Carton à Dessins (click on "illustrations", then the "9", and then "typo"), where you can see but not download his fonts. Alternate URL [Google] [More]  ⦿

François Chastanet

François Chastanet (b. 1975, Bordeaux) is an architect and a graphic designer in Toulouse, France. He specializes in signage systems for transportation networks. Graduate of the École d'Architecture et de Paysage de Bordeaux, he pursued research in 2001 at the Atelier National de Recherche Typographique in Nancy, and completed a DEA in architectural&urban history at the École d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville in 2002. He currently teaches graphic design and typography at the École Supérieure des Beaux-arts de Toulouse. At ATypI 2006 in Lisbon, he spoke on Pixaçao letterforms, the shantytown graffiti letterforms found in the 1990s in Sao Paulo. In 2009, he and Alejandro Lo Celso cooperated with two students, Laure Afchain and Géraud Soulhiol, on an identity type for the city of Toulouse called Garonne. At ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, he and Catherine Dixon spoke on Cholo writing: The term cholo derives from an Aztec word xolotl meaning dog that was later turned on its head and used as a symbol of pride by the Mexican-American community in the context of the ethnic power movements of the 1960s from wich emerged the idea of La Raza or Chicano nationalism. Cholo writing originally constitues the vernacular handstyle created by the Latino gangs in Los Angeles as far back as the 1940s: it is probably the oldest form of the graffiti of names in the 20th century, with its own aesthetic, evident long before the explosion in the early 1970s in New York. Cholo writing can be seen as a cousin of the baroque gothic calligraphies typical of Mexico, as a genuine expression of a border culture between Mexico and the United States. This survey explores the genesis of these specific letterforms that paradoxically gave a visual identity to the LA infinite suburbia. For the first time ever a historical series of photographs from the early 1970s in LA is presented together with a contemporary collection, which gives a unique insight in the history of Cholo writing from an aesthetic point of view. See Placas in Los Angeles, the first suburban blackletters?, Baseline, vol. 55, 2008. In 2003-2004, he created Pontam Black: Pontam Black is a typographic project based on some letterforms observed on sewer plates destined for wordwide sidewalks, from Paris to Los Angeles, produced in Pont-a-Mousson, France. This idea was copied by Jack Usine in 2007 in his Trottoir typeface. Interview by Le Typographe.

Author of Pixaçao: Sãp Paulo Signature (2007, XGPress), and Cholo Writing: Latino Gang Graffiti in Los Angeles (2009, Dokument Press). [Google] [More]  ⦿

François Da Ros

French craftsman who is an expert in lead type printing. [Google] [More]  ⦿

François Desmoulins

French penman who published Le Paranimphe de Lescriture Ronde financière & italienne de nouuelle formes prompte enriches de diuers traictez des inuentions de françois Desmoulins escriuain. Le tout faict & grauépar luy mesme in Lyon in 1625. [Google] [More]  ⦿

François Didot
[Didot family]

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François Fournier

French typefounder. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

François Ganeau

Born in Paris in 1912, Ganeau died there in 1983. He worked with Roger Excoffon, and designed Vendôme Regular (1951-1954) for Fonderie Olive with him [see V691 Roman and Varennes on the SoftMaker MegaFont XXL CD, 2002].

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

François Guyot

French punchcutter who lived in the first part of the 16th century. In 1539, he became a resident of Antwerp, and from 1558 until his death in 1570, he delivered letter types to Plantin in Antwerp. His creations were used all over Europe and even in Asia. In his day, he was one of the greatest punchcutters. Day Roman (2002, Apostrophe) is described as follows by its designer: Day Roman, is a digitally redrawn version of what has come to be historically known as the "Two Line Double Pica Roman", a typeface designed by 16th century French punchcutter François Guyot, and used in numerous books between 1535 and 1570, most notable of which are J. Steelsius's printing of The Bible (1541) and Frisius (1551), Gillis Coppens van Diest's printing of Erasmus (1544), Georgius (1544), Serlio (1550) and Horatius (1552), and Rotarius's printing of Livius Brechtius (1549). The type was also used extensively by H. Dunham, and later J. Day, in London (the name Day Roman is simply a reference to J. Day having used the type). Original matrices of Guyot's roman type are now in the Museum Plantin-Moretus in Antwerp. A 1782 "Sale Catalog&Specimen of the James Foundry" shows a reproduction of that same type under the name "Two-Line Double Pica Macilent". Some specimens from unknown English printers dating back to circa 1650 also show the same typeface, but no proper references were given. The last recorded reference to Guyot's type can be found in "Type Specimen Fascimiles, vol. 1, No. 1-15," by John Dreyfus et al, printed in London circa 1963. See also here.

In 2003, Frank Heine published Tribute at Emigre as a creative revival of a 1565 typeface by Guyot. I received this email from a typographer: Did you see Frank Heine's Tribute font at Emigre? They're claiming that it's a Guyot! What a slaughter! I don't know what he was thinking when he made the A, V and W there... and why use a Century Q in a Garalde?. Bill Troop calls Tribute a Frankenstein of a font: see here or here. He supports Apostrophe's interpretation of the Roman and Frank Blokland's interpretation of the Italic. The lower case letters of the italic of DTL VandenKeere are based on Guyot's Ascendonica Cursief of 1557.

Sample of his Ascendonica Romaine (Gros Parangon). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

François H. Villebrod

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François Lallemant

French type founder who together with his brother Adolfo creater the print shop Lallemant in Lisbon. There, Libanio da Silva was introduced to typography and printing. [Google] [More]  ⦿

François Moissette

François Moissette was born in 1972 in France. After training in communication and in graphic design, he worked at Michel Lepetitdidier (AGI), at the Triways Agency, and finally at the Infinirouge agency in Metz, where he is a graphic designer. He also collaborates with the people at Images d'écritures. He designed a character for Building Letters (Fleurons of Hope) and created a pair of flag dingbat faces called The Birth of a Nation (2005), which won an award at the 2005 FUSE competition. [Google] [More]  ⦿

François Scalabrin

During his studies at Ecole Cifacom, this Parisian designer created a modular typeface (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

François Wirz

French graphic designer whose studio is called Pour La Gloire. He created a free kitchen tile font with FontStruct in 2009 called Macrobloc. [Google] [More]  ⦿

François-Ambroise Didot

Older son of the Didot printing business founder, François Didot, 1730-1804, Paris. François-Ambroise Didot inherited the work of his father François. Appointed printer to the clergy in 1788. He published "Artois" (Recueil de romans français, 64 volumes), "Dauphin" (a collection of French classics in 32 volumes, edited by order of Louis XVI), and a bible. More importantly, he invented a new printing-press, improved typefounding, and was the first to print on vellum paper. About 1780 François-Ambroise Didot adapted the point syste for sizing typefaces by width, using units of 1/72 of the pre-metric French inch. His "point", later named the didot after him, became the prevailing unit of type measurement throughout continental Europe and its former colonies, including Latin America. In 1973 it was metrically standardized at 0.375 mm for the European Union. Meanwhile, the English-speaking world adopted a "point" based on 1/72 of the smaller English inch. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

François-Marie Mallet

French type designer (b. 1969) who designed Oncia in 1993. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francis Tibaudeau
[Thibaudeau's classification]

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Franck Jalleau

French designer and type specialist (b. 1962). Works at the Imprimerie Nationale in Paris, and teaches typography at the Ecole Estienne. Fascinating interview (in French). His typefaces: As an OEM for the Imprimerie, he designed some fantastic fonts between 1990 and 1998, including Arin (1986; Morisawa award 1987), Garamont (1995), Grandjean (1997), Jalleau (1996), Perrin (1997), Roma (1996), Scripto (Morisawa award 1996), Virgile (1995, Agfa) and Oxalis (1996, Agfa).

  • Francesco (1998) is based on the letters of Francesco Griffo. Perfectly executed, it is a renaissance revival face---although first designed in 1998, it was published only in 2010 at BAT Foundry, which Franck helped co-found. It also covers Greek and Cyrillic.
  • In 2002, he created Le Brive, commissioned by senator and mayor Bernard Murat of Brive-la-Gaillarde.
  • In 2005, he digitized the Grec du Roi based on original characters and ligatures by Claude Garamond for François 1er, 1544-1550.
  • In 2009, he created Le Maghrébin based on material in the Imprimerie Nationale. The original from 1846 and 1850 was cut by Marcellin Legrand. This version of Arabic is also called western, or African (africain), and features many ligatures. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

  • Franck Kauffman

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

    Franck Montfermé

    Parisian type designer (b. 1972) who made the classical (old-style ligature) text font family Arcis and Arsis Sans in 1997. In 2010, he published the retro script Creamy Script at T26.

    In 2013, he joined the Fontyou and codesigned the ball terminal beauty Squirrel FY with Gia Tran. The letters of this ultra-fat didone reveal audacious geometric smoothness at large sizes. Together, Jérémie Hornus and Franck Montfermé designed the feminine italic typeface Maryleen FY (2013, Fontyou).

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

    Frank Abasse-Chevalier

    French graphic designer. Creator of the typefaces Robinson (decorative caps), Mondaine, Girofle, and Pixel. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Frank Adebiaye
    [Velvetyne Type Foundry (or: VTF)]

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    Frank Rausch

    Creator of Caracteres L1, L2 and L4 (2004), free fonts that cover L1, L2 and L4, the French traffic sign alphabets. Not to be confused with the German type designer Frank Rausch. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Frédéric Le Martelot

    French creator in Marseille of a monoline geometric sans face in 2011. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Frédéric Marie

    Typefounder in Rouen. His work can be found in Caractères de la fonderie de Marie le jeune, rue Étoupée, no 29, a Rouen (Rouen, ca. 1815). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Frédéric Michaud

    French designer of the medieval script typeface 1550 (2005). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Frédéric Rich

    Frenchman (Rodilhan, b. 1984) who created the poster typeface It's A Penalty Kick (2012), Paradise Road (2012), the shadow sci-fi typeface Far Away Galaxy (2012), the pixel game font Pixel Invaders (2012), Weltmeister (2012, a fat hand-drawn poster font), Chocolate Hippo (2012, hand-printed), Night Train 382 (2012) and Night Train 315 (2012). This font supports many languages, including for example : Romanian, Serbian (Latin and Cyrillic), Croatian, Slovenian, Bosnian (Latin and Cyrillic), Bulgarian, Russian, Belarussian, Macedonian, Turkish.

    In 2012, he created the grungy poster typeface Mezzanine, the condensed pixelish typeface Hauptbahnhof, the grungy In The Streets Of Europe, the techno typeface Platform Eight, Mastodont (in the obese category), the noisy Second-Hand Shop, the grungy Zagreb Underground, the striped game font Press Any Key To Continue, Dusty Matchbox (children's hand), Slaughterhouse (grungy), the pixel typeface Back Label Pixel, Please Hold The Line, Under The Bed (grunge), Refrigerator, I Fink U Freaky (a severe sans), Night Prowler (scary dusty caps face), Six Weeks Ago (texture face), Dimension (3d face), Ernestine, Frenchy (thin face).

    Typefaces from 2013: Hostile Headline (textured typeface), Emergency Exit (grunge), Lazy Sunday (shadowed outlined face), Moon of Jupiter (octagonal sci-fi face), Birthmark (grungy and condensed), Ruxandra (scribbly face), Auricom, Arcade Nightmare, Volga (grunge caps), Urban Brigade, Evil Conspiracy (poster fonts, +Shadow), Container (grungy stencil), Peach Milk (paper cut face), Brouhaha (a 3d face).

    Typefaces from 2014: Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon, Old School United (athletic lettering family; +Stencil).

    Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Frédéric Tracer

    Born in 1984, Tracer graduated from the National College of Arts and Design Olivier de Serres in Paris. He is now based in London, where he is a freelance graphic and type designer. His typefaces include Ray Bartok (2008-2009, experimental), Gordan (2008), Pizza (2007), Cotyle (2007, all segments are circle arcs---type named after a pelvic bone he broke), and Vurt (2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Fred Cre

    Frenchman based in Nice.

    Dafont link.

    Creator of Hand of Cre (2012, caps-only and hand-printed), Muscle Cre (2013, grunge face), Brushy Cre (2013), Papercutcre (2013), Dirty Hand of Cre (2013), Lighty Cre (2013), Vintage Cre (2013), Another Hand of Cre (2013), Cutty Cre (2013), and Inky Cre (2013).

    Typefaces from 2014: Handbrush Cre, Waterbase Cre, Marker Cre, Vanity Cre (brush script), Hand Left Cre.

    Typefaces from 2015: Bloody Cre (horror movie font), Bio Hand, Tag Cre (graffiti font). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Fred Salaün

    Parisian art director. Behance link.

    Creator of the ornamental typeface Villa Font (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    French Baguette Fonts
    [Paul Soldermann]

    French Baguette Fonts: Tonnerre, Correo Typewriter, Beverly Pills, TallyHand, Loki, Riad, and NoHandscript. Sold for 10 dollars per face. Downloadable test font versions available. Fonts made by Paul Soldermann, aka "frenchie". [Google] [More]  ⦿

    French foundries

    List compiled by Yves Perrousseaux. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    French TeX specialists

    The French TeX specialists, in 2014, as listed by Frank Adebiaye:

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    French type scene

    The French type scene, compiled by Frank Adebiaye (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    [Leo Garros]

    French youngster (b. 1991) who lives in Dourdan. He created the geometric sans typeface Tacoma (2008). Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Frits Knuf Antiquarian Books

    Dutch/French book seller with hundreds of old type books for sale. Their outlet is at 26, Rue des Béguines, 41100 Vendôme, France. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gabriel Cante

    Graphic and type designer in Paris and Bordeaux. He created a retro family that was inspired by the famous fifties car, the Facel Vega. His octagonal Ktulu typeface (2010) is also quite interesting. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gabriel Champeix

    French graphic designer. About his Prensa and Prensa Serif (2010), he says It is an elegant, twiggy and aerial font that brings weightlessness and respiration to a page. Gabriel lives in Paris, where he graduated in 2009 from the Intuit Lab Design School in Paris. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gabriel Pistre

    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]  ⦿

    Gabriel Rebufello

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    Gabriele Iacono

    Parisian graphic designer who made an untitled display alphabet in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gabrielle Gatti

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

    Gabrielle Magloire

    During her studies in Paris, Gabrielle Magloire created the modular minimalist typeface Gloria (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gabrielle Millecam

    During her studies in Motion Design at Les Gobelins in Paris, Gabrielle Millecam created the experimental vector format typeface Filaire (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gaby Mrörch

    Typographical links by Thierry Bouche and Gaby Mrörch. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    French creator of a large number of free typefaces, starting in 2012.

    Typefaces from 2015: Happy New Year.

    Typefaces from 2014: GaelleAbc (iFontmaker), GaelleDEF (iFontmaker), Gaelle Majuscule, Gaelle Number (+1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7, +8, +9), Clock, Gaelle 001, Enjoy, Gael 427, Gaelle.

    Typefaces from 2013: the hand-printed typefaces October, Ellega, Gaelling Pates, Gaelle Fine, Manuscrite, Gaelle 2002, Gaelle 307, Plaque, Gaelle 2000, Gaellefont 403, Gaelle 203, Gaelleings Letter, Ecriture, MJ Letter (outlined), MJ Letter2, Funny, AZ (outlined caps), April, Lettre Classique, Relier Les Points (connect-the-dots), Plume, Shiver For You, Galfont, Sur Un Trait, Frissons, I Love You Forever, Stop Please, Pinceau, Collage, I Love You Forever, Once Upon A Time, Japanese Letter, Shiver For You, Trouverlecode, Brush, Contour de Lettres, Dessin 123, Elegantegaelle, Fleche, Frissons, Highlight, Les Lettres d'Adam, Paille, Pointcarre, Pointgaelle (dot matrix), More Letters, Numero1, Cupidon, Saint Valentin (letters in hearts), Je suis doublée, Lettre Etoile, Les Dunes, Filament (multiline face), Ameno (calligraphic face), Petite Boule, Helveti (fat finger font), Ecolier (children's hand), Cfun, Miss, Vague, Happy New Year 2013, Highlight, Bubblefont.

    In 2012, Gaelleing created Trait Lettre (vertical striping), Beautiful, I Love You, Once Upon A Time, It's Beautiful, Papoune, Tournicoti (super-curly face), Double, Versaille, Love, Lettre Gaelle (fat finger font), Chouchou, Boule Noel (alphadings with Christmas balls), Inclined Letter, Elganoel, Gaelleing and Gaelleing2. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gaël Chrétien

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    Gaël Etienne

    Cofounder with Alexandre Dimos of de Valence in Saint-Ouen, France. Their typefaces: Dodo Grotesk (2005), Trois-cent quinze (2003), Le Gras (2004), Manuel (2003, stencil), Sweet Sweat (2004), Le Gros (2003), Sansas (2005, futuristic). French designer of Labomatic (1999) at Bulldozer. The font can be ordered from Typotek. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gaëlle Jordahn

    Nantes, France-based designer of the experimental typeface Flow (2015), which was created during a wirkshop led by Christophe Badani. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gaëtan Buffon

    During his studies at Ecole de Condé Lyon (France), Gaëtan Buffon created a typeface based on Google Maps images, called Venise (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Galadriel Goldberg-Vormès

    While studying in Paris, Galadriel Goldberg-Vormès designed the artsy monoline sans typeface Rodrigo y Gabriela (2013), which is named after the Mexican band of Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintera. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Wiki page on Garamond, a group of old style serif faces that can be traced back to Claude Garamond (1480-1561) and Jean Jannon. Easy to recognize by the small-eyed e, the genuflexing italic h, the small-bowled a and the tall ascenders with downwards sloping serifs, this letter style came to prominence in the 1540s. Garamond was commissioned to create a Greek typeface for the French king François I, to be used in a series of books by Robert Estienne. The French court later adopted Garamond's roman types for their printing. The typeface was widely used in France and Western Europe. Garamond based much of the design of his lowercase on the handwriting of Angelo Vergecio, librarian to François I. The italics of most contemporary versions are based on the italics of Garamond's assistant Robert Grandjon. The only complete set of the original Garamond dies and matrices can be found at the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerpen, Belgium. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Garcia Usine Studio
    [Jack Usine]

    Established in 2006, this is a graphic design studio in Bordeaux, run by Fanny Garcia and Jack Usine. In 2006, together they designed Soupirs, a family of ornaments. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gary Colin

    Paris-based design student who developed the technio typeface Tronique in 2012 for the techno-trash music band Lords of Acid. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gary Elsinger

    Gary Elsinger (Annecy, France) designed the straight-edge techno typeface Helva (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gasoligne Typofonderie
    [Yves Patinec]

    (Dead link.) Foundry est. 2008 in Brest, France, by two brothers, one of them being Yves Patinec (Roubaix). Their fonts: Urqinoa (2008, sans), Roundabats (2008), Neborg Sans (2008, organic and techno), Oxea (2008, organic), Abalys (organic sans family), Korsen (techno), Consortium (Roman all caps titling family), Veeko, Veeko Wide (informal and organic), Bellila (mini-serifed) and Luvtoner (sales sign script). Barobats and Practicitymap were in the works. MyFonts link. Very soon after the start, we read this allegation of cloning: Urqinoa is identical to Logotypia Pro (by Ralf Herrmann), and Korsen seems like a clone of Aura (by E-lan Ronen, T26, 1998). About a week after the typophiles discussed the cloning case, Gasoligne disappared from the radar. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Gaston Dubosc

    French engraver located in Paris. Author of Caractères en bois pour l'impression typographique fabriqés à Paris, 58, rue de Verneuil, 58 (1865, Paris, Imprimerie de l'illustration, Aug. Marc). This 173-page book showcases wood types. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gérald Alexandre

    Parisian type designer (b. 1974) who designed Manus (1997) and Altmodisch (1998) at Sogral. Brief CV. He also designed Linotype Zensur (1997, grunge).

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

    Géraldine Pace

    Graphic design student in Paris who created the display font Cat Power (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gérard Blanchard

    Influential French type activist, b. Le Florez, 1927, d. Paris, 1998. Author of Aide au choix de la typo-graphie (Atelier Perousseaux, Reillanne, 1998) and Pour une sémiologie de la typographie (1979). Well-known for leading the Rencontres internationales de Lure for many many years.

    In 2014, Sabrina Ekecik developed a typeface, Blanchard, that is based on Blanchard's handwriting. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Géraud Kettaneh

    During his art studies at ESAG Penninghen in Paris, Géraud Kettaneh designed the modular octagonal typeface Kaaris (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Géraud Soulhiol

    Student in Toulouse who with costudent Laure Afchain and with type designer Alejandro Lo Celso and professor François Chastanet (École Supérieure des Beaux-arts de Toulouse) codesigned Garonne in 2009 for the identity of the city of Toulouse. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Geneviève Gauckler

    Imaginative French illustrator and graphic designer, whose drawings shown in "L'arbre génialogique" (Editions de l'An 2, 2003) would make a fantastic ornamental typeface. In fact, she made a small dingbat typeface called Boo Dudes. More images. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Daniel Taupin from the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, F-91405 Orsay, France, offers open source code for creating PK, GF and TFM files from TTF files. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Geoffroi Duchambon

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    Geoffroy Tobé

    French designer of these fonts (no downloads): NSBC (stencil), Opening (octagonal), 2/3 (experimental), Didi, Chatsworth Road (comic book face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Geofroy Tory

    Also Maistre Geofroy Tory de Bourges. Parisian printer, designer and engraver, 1480-1533. As designer and engraver he produced beautiful initials, borders, and illustrations. In Champ-fleury, auquel est contenu l'art et science de la vraie proportion des lettres antiques selon le corps et visage humain (Gilles de Gourmond, Paris, 1529), Geoffroy Tory compared the proportions in letters to proportions in the human body. The books treats the design of roman capitals and is critical of the work of Dürer. It was translated in English by George B. Ives, New York, in 1927. There also exists a facsimile, with introduction by John Jolliffe. East Ardsley, dated 1970. He was rewarded by François I with the title of Imprimeur du Roi in 1531.

    Octavo.com sells a CD of the original book. You can also view the text on-line. Essay in Spanish on his life. Page at Columbia University.

    Scans, images: Letter I superimposed on a human face, Lettres Fantastiques (caps made from tools), [continued], Lettres Imperialles et Bullatiques (capitals), [continued], Lettres Tourneures (Lombardian capitals), Construction of an S, Construction of a Z, Construction of an A, his Lettres Latines alphabet, Cadeaulx (blackletter caps), [continued].

    There have been rather few attempts at making a typeface based on Tory's drawings from Champ Fleury. Gilles Le Corre (GLC) created 1529 Champ Fleury Initials (2010) for example. The text of that book, which was printed by Gilles de Gourmond in Paris, led Gilles Le Corre to develop the rough typeface 1529 Champ Fleury Pro. Christian Küsters designed AF Champ Fleury (1996). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    George Auriol

    French lettering artist and type designer, b. Beauvais, 1863, d. Paris, 1938. His real name was Jean-Georges Huyot. He was an illustrator, and started his career at the famous Chat Noir as editorial secretary in 1885. He published his typefaces at Fonderie Gustave Peignot&fils: Auriol (1901-1904, the ultimate art nouveau face), Auriol Champlevé (1904), Auriol Labeur (1904), Clair de Lune (1904-1911), Françaises (1902; also called Française Légè, a precursor of Auriol), Robur (1904-1911; in Pâle and Noir styles). [Robur Noir was digitized and extended by Patrick Griffin and Kevin King at Canada Type in 2010.] He also made many art nouveau style ornaments, lettrines, monograms, borders and vignettes such as the Vignettes Sylvie. Auriol was the basis for the lettering used by Hector Guimard for the entrance signs to the Paris Metro. It is the signature typeface of the entire art nouveau movement. Auriol was re-released by Deberny&Peignot in 1979 with a new bold face, designed by Matthew Carter [specimen: i, ii, iii, iv]. It has been cloned tens of times, notably by Bitstream as Freeform 721, and by Linotype (Carter's family, which includes Auriol Flowers and Auriol Vignette Styles) and Monotype as Auriol. Free clones include Krondor. In 2014, Ivan Louette set out to improve Auriol to stay truer to the original, and created the beautiful free font Blobby Georg Gras. In 2015, that font was renamed George A Rebours. Linotype page. Web site dedicated to Auriol by Jean-Christophe Loubet del Bayle. Pic. FontShop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Georges Peignot

    French type designer and typefounder, b. Paris, 1872, d. Souchez, 1915. His very original typefaces include Grasset, Auriol, Bellery-Desfontaines, Cochin, Garamont Peignot and Naudin. Son of Gustave Peignot (the founder of the Peignot foundry, which Georges took over upon Gustave's death in 1899), and father of Charles Peignot. Georges and his three brothers were killed in WWI. Biography, including the influence of Peignot on the art nouveau movement, by Jean-Luc Froissart, his grandson. Quoting Froissart:En criant a sa section: “En avant !”, le 28 septembre 1915, Georges Peignot a reçu une balle en plein front et s’est effondré pour un mois dans la glaise picarde du no man’s land. Dans ces étendues désolantes balayées par la mitraille et visitées la nuit par les détrousseurs de cadavres, on n’a pu identifier sa dépouille que le 27 octobre. Ses frères André (1914) et Rémy (1915) sont déjà morts. Le dernier, Lucien, devenu le plus intime, mourra en juin 1916. Les quatre frères qu’une profonde amitié unissait ont participé dans leur mort généreuse à la disparition des élites dynamiques de la France. Ils seront remplacés après guerre par les planqués, les couards, les mal venus, les profiteurs, qui se donneront d’autant plus d’importance qu’ils n’auront pas à lutter pour s’imposer faute de concurrence.

    En 16 ans de gérance, Georges Peignot a transformé une grosse fonderie de blancs en la première Fonderie de caractères de France. Grasset, Auriol, Bellery-Desfontaines, Cochin, Garamond, Naudin, il a créé sans relåche à une époque où les autres copiaient. En voulant toujours une typographie et non un alphabet il a imposé dans la création de caractères la notion d’ensemble typographique permettant les mises en pages harmonieuses (caractères complémentaires et ornements). Avec l’aide précieuse de François Thibaudeau il a lancé sur le marché commercial des caractères d’imprimerie un Specimen et des plaquettes d’une qualité artistique inégalée, forçant ainsi le respect pour la beauté de ses caractères. Assurance-maladie, caisse de retraites, congés payés, ce patron de droite aimait ses ouvriers qu’il savait enthousiasmer pour les causes qu’il leur confiait.

    Louis Barthou, ancien Président du Conseil, écrit en 1916 à propos de Georges Peignot : “apprécier son intelligence active et ouverte, impatiente d’initiatives, la droiture de son caractère ferme et loyal, sa passion frémissante et réfléchie pour le noble métier auquel il avait voué sa vie”.

    Georges Lecomte, directeur de l’École Estienne, dit en juin 1918 de Georges et Lucien : “Les frères Peignot avaient conquis l’affectueuse estime de tous les industriels du Livre, imprimeurs et éditeurs, des artisans et ouvriers de la profession, des amateurs de belles éditions, des écrivains attentifs à la manière dont on les imprime” Ils étaient venus en 1914 lui présenter les Cochins et il se souvient de : “leur ton de simplicité grave et de satisfaction très modeste, (…) d’une amabilité raffinée mais sans artifice”. Catalog of digital descendants.

    View the digital legacy of Georges Peignot. This includes Nicolas Cochin by URW.

    FontShop link. Linotype link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Georges Vial

    French designer of Améthiste (Fonderie Deberny&Peignot, 1954) and Bolide (Fonderie Deberny&Peignot, 1954). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Georges Villa

    French poster artist, 1883-1965. A poster for Piera Nova (1923) inspired Raconteur (2007, Nick Curtis). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gerald Nowaczyk

    Parisian designer of the fun sexual innuendo typeface Aimer (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gergely Boroka

    As a student at ENSAD in Paris, he co-designed Recréation (2000). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Germain Caminade

    As a student at ENSAD in Paris, he co-designed Recréation (2000). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Germain Felzinger

    Designer in Strasbourg, France, who created the minimalist geometric typeface Imagin (2012). Indiana (2013) is a thin decorative typeface with native Indian symbolisms. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Germain Poirrier

    Parisian designer of the sharp-edged typeface Machette (2012).

    Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    GGI Fonts
    [Benjamin Boukagne]

    GGI stands for Grenoble Graphik It, a French outfit run by Benjamin Boukagne, who is the designer of the dingbat typeface Tha Boukagne's (2005). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gia Tran

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    Gianni Bastien

    Antibes, France-based creator of Ufo Runes (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gilles Clemenceau

    Lyon-based designer of the medieval typeface 1413 Cursive (2013).

    Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gilles F. Robert

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    Gilles Kergadallan

    Art director in Paris, who created the custom typeface Sang Noir in 2014. The theme is oil. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gilles Le Corre
    [GLC --- Gilles Le Corre]

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    Gilles Poplin

    French co-creator with Jean-Baptiste Levée of Synthese (2012, BAT Foundry), a grotesk in eight styles. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gilles Vacheret

    As a student at ENSAD in Paris, he co-designed Recréation (2000). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Girard et Cie
    [Robert Girard]

    Robert Girard (b. 1883) was a school friend of Charles Tuleu, who had inherited Fonderie Laurent&Deberny in 1881. Tuleu teamed up with Girard in 1914 and they cooperated until 1921, when Tuleu retired and the business passed to Girard under the new name Girard Et Cie. Talks were started with Peignot about a merger. Deberny&Peignot was incorporated on July 1, 1923.

    Girard designed Astrée (Fonderie Deberny&Peignot, 1921-1923), a recut of a baroque face. Stephenson&Blake's version is called Mazarin (1926). [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Avignon-based designer who drew a children's alphabet in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    GLC --- Gilles Le Corre
    [Gilles Le Corre]

    French painter born in Nantes in 1950, who lives in Talmont St Hilaire. His fonts include 2010 Cancellaresca Recens (inspired by a chancery type of Francisco Lucas from the late 16th century), 2009 Handymade (comic book style), 2009 Lollipop (chancery style), 2009 GLC Plantin, 2009 Primitive (2009, a rough-edged roman script), 2008 Script 2 (2008), GLC Ornaments One (2008) and 2008 Xmas Fantasy (2008: blackletter). In 2008, he started GLC -- Gilles Le Corre and became commercial. Creative Market link. He is best known for his historic revivals:

    • 161 Vergilius (2010)
    • 750 Latin Uncial (2010): inspired by the Latin script used in European monasteries from circa 5th to 8th, before the Carolingian style took over. The uppercases were mainly inspired by a 700's manuscript from Fécamp's abbey in France.
    • 799 Insular (2010): inspired by the so-called insular style of Latin script that was used in Celtic monasteries from about 600 until 820.
    • 825 Karolus (2009), and 825 Lettrines Karolus (2009).
    • 1066 Hastings (2009).
    • 1350 Primitive Russian (2012) was inspired by a Russian Cyrillic hand of Russkaja Pravda. It has rough-edged Latin charaters and many old Russian glyphs.
    • 1420 Gothic Script (2008).
    • 1431 Humane Niccoli (2010), after writings of Florence-based calligrapher Niccolo Niccoli (1364-1437).
    • 1456 Gutenberg (2008, based on a scan of an old text). Followed by 1456 Gutenerg B42 Pro, which was based on the so called B42 character set used for the two Gutenberg Latin Bibles (42 and 36 lines).
    • 1462 Bamberg (2008).
    • 1467 Pannartz Latin (2009): inspired by the edition De Civitate Dei (by Sanctus Augustinus) printed in 1467 in Subiaco by Konrad Sweynheym and Arnold Pannartz, who was the punchcutter.
    • 1470 Sorbonne (2010) was inspired by the first French cast font, for the Sorbonne University printing shop. The characters were drawn by Jean Heynlin, rector of the university based on examples by Pannartz. It is likely that the cutter was Adolf Rusch.
    • 1470 Jenson-SemiBold (2008).
    • 1475 BastardeManual (2008, inspired by the type called Bastarde Flamande, a book entitled Histoire Romaine (by Titus Livius), translated in French by Pierre Bersuire ca. 1475, was the main source for drawing the lower case characters).
    • 1479 Caxton Initials (2009): inspired by the two blackletter fonts used by the famous William Caxton in Westminster (UK) in the late 1400s.
    • 1483 Rotunda Lyon (2010): inspired by a Venetian rotunda found in a 1483 book called Eneide printed in Lyon by Barthélémy Buatier (from Lyon) and Guillaume Le Roy (from Liège, Belgium).
    • 1484 Bastarda Loudeac (2008).
    • 1470 Jenson Latin (2009), inspired by the pure Jenson set of fonts used in Venice to print De preparatio evangelica in 1470.
    • 1491 Cancellarasca Normal and Formata (2009): inspired by the very well known humanistic script called Cancellaresca. This variant, Formata, was used by many calligraphers in the late 1400s, especially by Tagliente, whose work was mainly used for this font.
    • 1492 Quadrata (2008).
    • 1495 Lombardes (2008): a redrawn set of Lombardic types, which were used in Lyon by printers such as Mathias Huss, Martin Havard or Jean Real, from the end of 14OOs to the middle of 1500s.
    • 1495 Bastarda Lyon (2008, based on the font used in the "Conte de Griseldis" by Petrarque).
    • 1499 Alde Manuce Pro (2010): inspired by the roman font used by Aldus Manutius in Venice (1499) to print Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, the well-known book attributed to Francesco Colonna. Francesco Griffo was the punchcutter. The Italic style, carved by Francesco Colonna, illustrates the so-called Aldine style.
    • 1509 Leyden (2008; inspired by the type used in Leyden by Jan Seversz to print Breviores elegantioresque epistolae).
    • 1510 Nancy (2008, decorated initial letters was inspired by those used in 1510 in Nancy (France, Lorraine) for printing of Recueil ou croniques des hystoires des royaulmes d'Austrasie ou France orientale[...] by Symphorien Champion; unknown printer).
    • 1512 Initials.
    • 1514 Paris Verand (based on initial caps that Barthélémy Verand employed for the printing of Triumphus translatez de langage Tuscan en François.
    • 1522 Vicentino (2011). Based on Ludovico Vicentino Arrighi's 1522 typeface published in La Operina.
    • GLC 1523 Holbein (2010, after Hans Holbein's Alphabet of Death.
    • GLC 1525 Durer Initials (2010). Sample R.
    • 1529 Champ Fleury Pro and 1529 Champ Fleury Initials (2010): based on Geofroy Tory's original drawings and text face.
    • 1532 Bastarde Lyon (2008, based on work by an anonymous printer in Lyon (France) to print the French popular novel Les Grandes et inestimables Chroniques du grand et enorme geant Gargantua).
    • 1533 GLC Augereau Pro: inspired by one of Antoine Augereau's three roman typefaces: the Gros Romain size, used in 1533 to print Le miroir de l'&aciorc;me..., a poetic compilation by Marguerite de Navarre, sister of the French king François I.
    • 1534 Fraktur (2009; inspired by the early Fraktur style font used circa 1530 by Jacob Otther, printer in Strasbourg (Alsace-France) for German language printed books).
    • 1536 Civilité manual (2011). Based on a handwritten copy of Brief story of the second journey in Canada (1535) by French explorer Jacques Cartier.
    • 1538 Schwabacher (2008, based on a font used by Georg Rhan in Wittemberg (Germany) to print Des Babsts Hercules [...], a German pamphlet against roman catholicism written by Johannes Kymeus).
    • 1540 Mercator Script was inspired by an alphabet of Gerardus Mercator, who is known for his maps as well as his Literarum Latinarum, quas Italicas cursoriasque vocant, scribendarum ratio (1540).
    • 1543 Humane Petreius (2012) was inspired by the typeface used in Nuremberg by Johannes Petreius for De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium, the well-known mathematical and astronomical essay by Nicolas Copernicus.
    • 1543 German Deluxe (2009): a Schwabacher inspired by the sets of fonts used in 1543 by Michael Isengrin, printer in Basel, to print New Kreüterbuch, which is a book with numerous nice pictures, the masterpiece of Leonhart Fuchs, father of the modern botany.
    • 1543 HumaneJenson-Bold (2008, after the typeface used in Vesalius' 1543 book De humani corporis fabrica).
    • 1543 HumaneJenson-Normal (2008, same source).
    • 1545 Faucheur (2011) is a rough garalde typeface that was inspired by the set of fonts used in Paris by Ponce Rosset, aka Faucheur, to print the story of the second travel to Canada by Jacques Cartier, first edition, printed in 1545.
    • 1546 Poliphile (2009), nspired by the French edition of Hypnerotomachie de Poliphile ("The Strife of Love in a Dream") attributed to Francesco Colonna, 1467, and printed in 1546 in Paris by Jacques Kerver.
    • 1550 Arabesques (2008, caps).
    • 1557 Civilité Granjon (2010).
    • 1557 Italique (2008, based on Italic type used by Jean de Tournes in Lyon to print La métamorphose d'Ovide figurée).
    • 1565 Renaissance (2010), inspired by French renaissance decorated letters.
    • 1565 Venetian Normal (2008, initial decorated letters that are entirely original, but were inspired by Italian renaissance engraver Vespasiano Amphiareo's patterns published in Venice ca. 1568).
    • 1584 Rinceau (2008, a set of initial letters is an entirely original creation, inspired by French renaissance patterns used by Bordeaux printers circa 1580-1590).
    • 1584 Pragmatica Lima (2011). Based on fonts used in 1584 by Antonio Ricardo to produce the first publication ever printed in Southern America.
    • 1585 Flowery (2009): inspired by French renaissance decorated letters.
    • 1589 Humane Bordeaux (2008, inspired by the Garamond fonts used by S. Millanges (imprimeur ordinaire du Roy) in Bordeaux ca. 1580-1590. The alphabets were used to reprint L'instruction des curés by Jean Gerson).
    • 1590 Humane Warszawa is a rough-edged garalde typeface inspired by a font carved circa 1590 for a Polish editor.
    • 1592 GLC Garamond (2008, inspired by the pure Garamond set of fonts used by Egenolff and Berner, German printers in Frankfurt, at the end of sixteen century. Considered the best and most complete set at the time. The italic style is Granjon's).
    • 1610 Cancellaresca (2008, inspired by the Cancellaresca moderna type of 1610 by Francesco Periccioli who published it in Sienna).
    • 1613 Basilius (2012) was based on the hand-drawn types used by Basilius Besler (Germany) for the carved plates of his botanical manual Hortus eystettensis.
    • 1621 GLC Pilgrims (2010).
    • 1634 René Descartes (2009), based upon his handwriting in a letter to Mersenne.
    • 1638 Civilité Manual (2010). Inspired by a French solicitor's document dated 1638.
    • GLC 1648 Chancellerie (2011). Inspired by the hand-written 1648 Munster peace treaty signed by roi Louis XIV and Kaiser Ferdinand II.
    • 1651 Alchemy (2010): a compilation created from a Garamond set in use in Paris circa 1651.
    • GLC 1669 Elzevir (2011) was inspired by the font faces used in Amsterdam by Daniel Elzevir to print Tractatus de corde, the study of earth anatomy by Richard Lower, in 1669. The punchcutter was Kristoffel Van Dijk.
    • GLC 1672 Isaac Newton (2012) is based on the hand of Isaac Newton.
    • GLC Morden Map (2011). Based on an engraved typeface used on a pack of playing cards published by Sir Robert Morden in 1676.
    • 1682 Writhed Hand: very irregular handwriting.
    • 1689 GLC Garamond Pro (2010): inspired by Garamond fonts used in an edition of Remarques critiques sur les oeuvres d'Horace by DAEP, published in Paris by Deny Thierry and seprately by Claude Barbin.
    • 1689 Almanach (2009): inspired by the eroded and tired fonts used by printers from the sixteenth century to the early years of twentieth for cheap or fleeting works, like almanacs, adverts, gazettes or popular novels.
    • 1695 Captain Flynt.
    • 16th Arabesques (2008, an exquisite ornamental caps scanfont).
    • 1715 Jonathan Swift (2011). An example of the hand of Irish poet and novelist Jonathan Swift (1667-1745). It is a typical exemple of the British quill pen handwriting from about 1650-1720.
    • GLC 1726 Real Espanola (2012). Based on the set of typefaces used by Francisco Del Hierro to print the first Spanish language Dictionary from the Spanish Royal Academy (Real Academia Española, Dictionario de Autoridades) in 1726. These transitional styles are said to have been the first set of official typefaces in Spain.
    • 1741 Financiere (2009): inspired by the Fournier's font Financière. While it appears handwritten, it was in fact carved in 1741 by Pierre Simon Fournier le jeune and published in his Manuel Typographique in Paris (1764-1766).
    • 1742 Frenchcivilite (2008).
    • 1751 GLC Copperplate (2009), a 6-style family about which Gilles says: This family was inspired by an engraved plate from Diderot&Dalembert's Encyclopedia (1751), illustrating the chapter devoted to letter engraving techniques. The plate bears two engravers names: "Aubin" (may be one of the four St Aubin brothers?) and "Benard" (whose name is present below all plates of the Encyclopedia printed in Geneva). It seems to be a transitional type, but different from Fournier or Grandjean.
    • 1756 Dutch (2011).
    • 1776 Independence (inspired mainly from the font used by John Dunlap in the night of 1776 July 4th in Philadelphia to print the first 200 sheets of the Congress' Declaration of Independence establishing the United States of America).
    • 1781 La Fayette (2010): a formal bâtarde coulée script with caitals inspired by Fournier (1781).
    • 1785 GLC Baskerville (2011). Le Corre explains: The Baskerville's full collection was bought by the French editor and author Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais who used it to print---in Switzerland---for the first time the complete work of Voltaire (best known as the Kehl edition, by the "Imprimerie de la société littéraire typographique"). We have used this edition, with exemplaries from 1785, to reconstruct this genuine historical two styles.
    • 1786 GLC Fournier (2010), based on several books printed in Paris just before the Didot era set in. The Titling characters are based on hymns printed by Nicolas Chapart.
    • 1790 Royal Printing (2009): inspired by various variants of Romain du Roy.
    • 1791 Constitution (2011).
    • 1792 La Marseillaise (2011). Based on the original manuscript of the French revolutionary song La Marseillaise which later became the French national hymn---it was composed in one night (April 25, 1792) by captain Rouget de Lisle.
    • 1805 Austerlitz Script Light: a typical French handwriting style from that period, named after one of the few battles that Napoleon actually won.
    • 1805 Jaeck Map (2011). Inspired by the engraved characters of a German map, edited in Berlin at the end of 1700s. The engraver was Carl Jaeck or Jaek (1763-1808).
    • 1809 Homer (2011), a grungy typeface named after the "homer" message pigeons.
    • 1815 Waterloo (2008): a handwriting typeface originating in Napoleon's government. Why do I feel that GLC is nostalgic for the era of Napoleon? Their own present dwarf-version of Napoleon is not exactly a huge success.
    • 1820 Modern (2009) was inspired by a didone font used in Rennes by Cousin-Danelle, printers, for a Brittany travel guide.
    • 1822 GLC Caslon (2010): inspired by a Caslon set used by an unknown Flemish printer from Bruges, in the beginning of 1800s, a little before the revival of the Caslon style in the 1840s.
    • 1845 Mistress (2009): calligraphic script.
    • 1848 Barricades Italic, a quill pen italic.
    • 1859 Solferino (2009).
    • 1863 Gettysburg (2008; inspired by a lot of autographs, notes and drafts, written by President Abraham Lincoln, mainly the Gettysburg address).
    • 1864 GLC Monogram Initials (2011) was inspired by a French portfolio containing about two hundred examples of Chiffres---deux lettres, created for engravers and jewelers in Paris in 1864, and drawn by French engraver C. Demengeot.
    • 1871 Victor Hugo (2011). Based on manuscripts from the final part of the life of Victor Hugo (1802-1885).
    • 1871 Whitman Script (2008) and 1871 Dreamer Script (2008): inspired by manuscripts by American poet Walt Whitman. See also 1871 Dreamer 2 Pro (2012).
    • 1880 Kurrentschrift (2010): German handwriting, based on late medieval cursive. It is also known as "Alte Deutsche schrift" ("Old German script"). This was taught in German schools until 1941.
    • 1883 Fraktur (2009): inspired by fonts used by J. H. Geiger, printer in Lahr, Germany.
    • 1885 Germinal: based on notes and drafts written by Émile Zola (1840-1902).
    • GLC 1886 Romantic Initials (2012).
    • 1890 Registers Script (2008): inspired by the French "ronde".
    • 1890 Notice (2009): a fat didone family.
    • 1902 Loïe Fuller (art nouveau face).
    • 1906 Fantasio (2010): inspired by the hatched one used for the inner title and many headlines by the popular French satirical magazine Fantasio (1906-1948).
    • 1906 French News: a weathered Clarendon-like family based on the fonts used by Le Petit Journal, a French newspaper that ran from 1863 until 1937.
    • 1906 Fantasio Auriol (2010), inspired by the set of well known Auriol fonts used by the French popular satirical magazine Fantasio (1906-1948).
    • 1906 Titrage (2009): a didone headline typeface from the same newspaper.
    • Underwood 1913 (2007, an old typewriter font, whose commercial version is Typewriter 1913), and 1913 Typewriter Carbon (2008).
    • 1920 French Script Pro (2010).
    • 1920 My Toy Print Set, 1925 My Toy Print Deluxe Pro (2010): inspired by rubbert stamp toy print boxes called Le petoit imprimeur.
    • 1968 GLC Graffiti (2009).
    • 1917 Stencil (2009; with rough outlines).
    • 1920 My Toy Print (2010, grunge).
    • 2010 Dance of Death (2010): based on Hans Holbein's Alphabet of Death.
    • 2010 Pipo Classic: a grungy typewriter slab serif family.
    • 2011 Slimtype (2011, +Italic) and 2011 Slimtype Sans (2011): an old typewriter typeface.
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    Gosset versus Levé

    Damien Gosset runs a small type foundry in Paris. He created Bnko (2005) as a derivative of Excoffon's Banco. In addition, he drew the characters of Courier by hand, and used that to make a typeface called Sweeep. This led to a heated discussion between Jean-Baptiste Levée and Damien Gosset regarding what constitutes a derivative. Gosset argued that in both cases, the "distance" between his creations and the originals was sufficient. Nevertheless, some time after the discussion, Bnko was removed from the site when a famous French type designer contacted Linotype to put pressure on Gosset. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Grafia Latina (or Graphie Latine)

    A traditionalist movement in France in the 1950s that emerged under the impetus of Enric Crous-Vidal and Maximilien Vox. It emerged during the process of change from lead composition to photocomposition, with Vox as a major figure influenced by the theories of his friend Stanley Morison. Its ideology was based on the concept of Latin universalism that considered the Latin alphabet as culturally superior to any other model, in particular the more functional modern typography proposed and practiced by the Germans and the Swiss. Grafia Latina defended a drawn and humanist model of typeface. Their positions and theories were discussed during annual meetings known as the Rencontres de Lure and led to the Ecole de Lure, an organism for disseminating a journal.

    Contemporary type historians studying this movement include Manuel Sesma, Raquel Pelta, and Sebastien Morlighem. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    French association for the promotion of the typographic arts. Fighting for the survival of the treasures at the Imprimerie Nationale in France. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Graziella Olak

    Nantes-based designer of a decorative typeface called Nantes Identity (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Grégoire Pierre

    Grégoire Pierre, who, like so many fellow Frenchmen, has two first names, graduated in graphic design from ENSAD (Ecole normale supérieure des arts décoratifs de Paris). He studied under the direction of J.F. Porchez and R. Meyer. Currently freelancing, he joined CuboFonts in 2009 to distribute his fonts.

    In 2010, he made Mercurio (futuristic sans display family).

    In 2012, Florent Courtaigne and Grégoire Pierre codesigned the Leonardian typeface family. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Grégori Vincens

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    Grégory Bantzé

    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]  ⦿

    Greg Médina
    [DCO (or: dcoxy medina, or: Atelier Oxydes)]

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    Gregori 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. At Fontyou, he published a few remarkable typefaces, including

    • Younion FY (2013, with Alisa Nowak, Valentine Proust, Elvire Volk, Gia Tran). Younion One FY is free at Dafont.
    • Achille FY (2012, a slab serif typeface done with Gia Tran, Alisa Nowak, Valentine Proust, and Bertrand Reguron) and Achille II FY (2014, a slab serif by Alisa Nowak, Valentine Proust, and Gregori Vincens).
    • Kaili FY (2013: an exotic typeface with crazy ligatures, inspired by Indian scripts, by Gregori Vincens, Bertrand Reguron, Gia Tran and Alisa Nowak).
    • Respublika (2013, a humanist sans done with Malou Verlomme).
    • Gia Tran, Alisa Novak, Micaela Neustadt, Bertrand Reguron and Grégori Vincens codesigned the curvy stressed elliptical sans typeface Bruum FY (2013).
    • Gregori Vincens, Gia Tran, J&eacxute;rémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak codesigned the humanist sans typeface Klaus FY (2013).
    • In 2014, Alisa Nowak, Gregori Vincens and Andrey Kudryavtsev created Achille II Cyr FY.

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    Gregory Cadars

    Parisian designer of the gorgeous display bitmap font Canevas, Kind of Rounded, Bagel (2002, display bitmap font) and Huge. In 2002, he made the fantastic 9-pixel Western style bitmap font Reno. In 2003, he created the dingbats Typophilicons. Alternate URL. In 2010, he started dabbling at FontStruct, where he published Reno (2010, a pixel Western face) and Bagel (2011, a rounded pixel face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gregory Eresman

    French type designer at the ADT (Atelier de decoupage typographique). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gregory Flajszer

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    Gregory Pouillat

    French designer (b. 1982) of Bifurk (2006). Dafont link. Aka Gragoury. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Guilhem Combescure

    Graphic designer in Bordeaux, France, who created the octagonal typeface Combescure (2013).

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    Guilhem Greco
    [Script House]

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    Guilhem Greco

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    Guillaume Allard

    French graphic designer whose graduation thesis in 2010 contains Alphabet Formel [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Guillaume Benhamou

    Guillaume Benhamou (aka Zmo) was born in Marseille, France, and studies Graphic design and Typography at E.R.G. in Brussels. In 2010, he created a monoline typeface in which each letter was made with one stroke, called D'un trait. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Guillaume Berry
    [Marmite de Fontes (was: e753)]

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    Guillaume Bret

    Parisian designer who made an outlined logotype for the music band X-Ray Dog in 2013 during his studies at ESAG Penninghen. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Guillaume Crouzet
    [Zone Opaque]

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    Guillaume Dubois

    Guillaume Dubois (Grenoble, France) created the experimental typefaces Wired and riangular in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Guillaume Faivre

    Graphic designer in Annecy, Haute-Savoie, France. He created a geometric typeface in three hours in 2012, and the result is not bad on the eye. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Guillaume H

    Guillaume H. (aka Le Doude) is from Toulon, France. He created the geometric typeface Mont (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Guillaume Kurkdjian

    Nantes, France-based designer (b. 1991) of Artifact (2012, a thin straight-edged pen-drawn face).

    In 2013, he designed Anodin.

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    Guillaume Le Bé

    Born in Troyes in 1526, Guillaume Le Bé was a bookseller, engraver and typefounder, who studied under Claude Garamont. He set up his own foundry in 1545 and ran it until his death. In 1561, he became Garamont's successor---he took over Garamont's foundry that year. He died in Paris in 1598. The foundry started by Le Bé kept going until well into the nineteenth century through various successions. Since Robert Estienne's foundry ceased in 1545, Marius Audin speculates, but cannot prove, that Guillaume Le Bé got his start in 1545 by taking over estienne's foundry.

    The time line of the foundry:

    • 1545-1598: Guillaume Le Bé starts and expands the foundry.
    • 1598-1636: Guillaume II Le Bé (d. 1636), son of Guillaume Le Bé, runs the business.
    • 1636-1685: Guillaume III Le Bé (d. 1685, Paris), son of Guillaume II Le Bé, runs the business.
    • 1685-1707: Veuve Guillaume III Le Bé (d. 1707), runs the businees, according to Marius Audin. According to Renouard, it was in fact Veuve Guillaume II Le Bé who succeded her son, and who left the managerial task to the foundry of Claude Faure.
    • 1707-1730: The Le Bé sisters. The four daughters of Guillaume III Le Bé ran the shop under the directorship of Jean Claude Fournier le père.
    • 1730-1783: Jean Pierre Fornier heads the foundry. Born in 1706 in Paris, he was also called Fournier the elder (in French, l'aîné, or oldest son), son of Jean Claude. Upon his death in Mongé in 1783, he lkeaves the foundry to his three daughters.
    • 1783-1818: The Fournier sisters are in charge: Elisabeth Françoise, Marie, and Adelaîde.
    • 1818-1835: It is unclear what happened in 1818. I quote Audin, who notes that the foundry of Léger occupies the shop at 28, place de l'Estrapade in Paris, which is precisely where the Fournier sisters had their foundry. He thinks that Léger bought the Fournier foundry. The Léger foundry existed until 1835.

    Images of Guillaume Le Bé's work: Large Hebrew, Gros Canon Gras.

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    Guillaume Marical

    Toulouse, France-based design student who created the informal hand-printed typeface Dependence ASP (2012). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Guillaume Nalepa

    Parisian creator of Angle typeface (2013, angular geometric font). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Guillaume Ruiz

    Graduate of ECV d'Aquitaine. Bordeaux, France-based designer of the hipster typeface Vindra (2014), which was designed for the visual identity of Maisons d'Érivains et des Patrimoines Littéaires. Edith Type is a condensded snas created in 2014 for Edith Store. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Guillaume-Ulrich Chifflot
    [Number Nine (or: N9)]

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    Guillermo de Mendoza y Almeida

    French type designer (1895-1944) who designed for Projet Espana between 1929 and 1943 these fonts: Alcázar, Andalucía, Aragón, Baleares, Canarias, Castilla La Nueva, Castilla la Vieja, Cataluña, Extremadura, Galicia, Gracián, Grán Cursiva, Iberia, Lusitania, Mendocina, Soleares, Vascongadas, Pascal (with his son José). He also designed Touraine in 1943, which was published in 1947 at Fonderie Deberny&Peignot. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gun Gorkem Ulutasli

    Parisian graphic designer. Creator of the poster typeface Galata (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gustav Mori

    Type designer (1872-1950) who reconstructed Gutenberg-Textura (1928, Stempel).

    In 1916, he published a book on the Frankfurt-based foundry of Benjamin Krebs, Nachfolger, Die Schriftgiesserei Benjamin Krebs Nachf., Frankfurt a.M. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte des Frankfurter Schriftgiesser-Gewerbes.

    Die Hochdeutschen Schriften aus dem 15ten bis zum 19ten Jahrhundert der Schriftgiesserei und Druckerei was published in 1919 at Elsevier. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Gustave Mayeur
    [Mayeur Type Foundry]

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    Gustave Peignot

    Founder of the 19th century Parisian typefoundry Peignot. The business was carried on and extended by his second son Georges. He died in 1899. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


    Association of the French users of TeX. Has a newsletter, and publishes topical books. Run by Jacques André, University of Rennes. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Guy Arnoux

    Type designer at Deberny & Peignot who created Guy Arnoux capitales (1914: caps typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Guy Buhry

    French creator of Grobold (2006, comic book face). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    H. de Waroquier

    Designer ca. 1900 of a decorative caps face, shown here and here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    H. Didot, Legrand et cie

    Foundry in Paris. Its work can be found in Specimen des caractères de la fonderie Polyamatype de H. Didot, Legrand et cie, rue du Petit-Vaugirard, no 13 (Paris, Imprimerie de E. Duverger, rue de Verneuil, no 4. 1828). Of course, we have mostly modern faces in this book! [Google] [More]  ⦿

    H. Leymarie
    [Pelzin et Drevon]

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    H. Remy

    Belgian printer who printed proofs for Théodore Simon Gando in 1828 in Brussels. Gando was French but operated out of Brussels in that year (rue Notre-Dame-aux-Neiges). Remy was located in the rue des Paroissiens in Brussels. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Hadrien Degay Delpeuch

    Parisian designer. Behance link.

    Creator of various typefaces such as Neeo (2012, avant-garde), E-Pure (2012, geometric), Pixa (2012, hexagonal), Recompose (2012), TypEra (2012), and an unnamed alchemic typeface (2012).

    In 2013, Hadrian published the experimental typefaces Texta and Beyond Font and the display sans Modular. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Hakim Ghazali

    Moroccan/French type designer who created the calligraphic Arabic typeface Hakim Ghazali, which won the first prize for calligraphic Arabic type at Linotype's 1st Arabic Type Design Competition in April 2006. That typeface can be bought from Linotype. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Han Peng

    Lyon, France-based designer of an unnamed gridded 3d typeface in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    [Peter Becker]

    German designer (now based in Paris) of the beautiful calligraphic brush script typeface Meroe Pro (2012, Linotype) and of the free Jensonian typeface Vinta (2014). Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Hanggi Merwanto

    During his studies at ECV Nord Europe, Hanggi Merwanto (Lille, France) created the hand-printed typeface Magnificent (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Hans-Jörg Hunziker

    Type designer (b. 1938, Switzerland, based in Paris) who studied typesetting in Zürich from 1954-1958. Later he studied with Emil Ruder and Armin Hofmann in Basel (1965-1967). From 1967 until 1971, he was a type designer with Mergenthaler Linotype in Brooklyn, NY, where he worked with Matthew Carter. From 1971 until 1975, he worked with Frutiger in Paris, and became a freelance designer in 1976. From 1990 until 2006, he led some labs at the Atelier de Recherche Typographique, NRT, in Nancy. From 1998 until 2002, he had his own design bureau together with Ursula Held: Atelier H. He has also taught at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst in Zürich.

    He codesigned CGP (used in Centre Georges Pompidou; 1974-94, with Jean Widmer, and Adrian Frutiger), Centre Pompidou Pictograms (1974, for the same project in Paris), Cyrillic (in 1970 with Adrian Frutiger for IBM Composer), Frutiger (in 1976 with Adrian Frutiger at Stempel), Gando Ronde (a formal script, with Matthew Carter in 1970; Linotype; called French 111 at Bitstream), Helvetica (with Matthew Carter in 1970; Linotype), Helvertica Compressed (with Matthew Carter, ca. 1974?), Iera Arabic and Iera Roqa Arabic (1983, Institut d'étude et de recherches pour l'arabisation; Honeywell Bull), Metro (in 1970 with Adrian Frutiger; used in the RATP), Univers and Univers Cyrillic (in 1970 with Adrian Frutiger; Linotype), and the Siemens custom type family (in 2001, a cooperation with URW).

    Siemens (2001-2007, URW++), the project he is best known for, won an award at the TDC2 Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition 2002. Siemens Sans, Siemens Slab and Siemens Serif are here. Siemens Sans Global (4000 Euros) covers Turkish, Baltic, Romanian, Cyrillic, Greek, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Arabic, and Hebrew.

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    Harry Kessler

    Quoting MyFonts on Harry Kessler, b. 1868, Paris, d. 1937, Lyon. Wealthy Paris-born, English-educated son of a German-Swiss father and an Irish mother, a diplomat and patron of the arts, Count Harry Kessler established his private press, the Cranach Presse, in Weimar in 1913. In 1904 he came to London to seek the advice of Emery Walker on the design of books for Insel Verlag, the innovative Leipzig publishing house. While there he was introduced to Eric Gill and Edward Johnston, both of whom he commissioned to draw title pages for Insel Verlag. Kessler later asked Walker to produce a type for the Cranach Presse. Just as Walker had done with types whose design he had supervised for other major private presses --Kelmscott, Doves and Ashendene--- he chose Edward Prince to cut the punches. Unfortunately for all concerned, and despite help from Johnston, Prince had serious problems cutting the italic, seemingly unable to interpret the designs of Tagliente. The punches were finished only after Prince's death and barely used. Kessler's interests in fine printing were interrupted by World War I and his posting to Poland as ambassador. He left Germany for France in 1933, with the rise of the Nazis. Cranach published classic works by Shakespeare, Virgil, and Petronius, and such contemporary authors as Rilke, van de Velde and Hauptmann. Kessler's life story provides us with a valuable insight into the Weimar period of German history. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    French designer of the bold squarish typeface Conviction (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Hélène du Grand Placitre

    Rouen, France-based designer of the decorative typeface Spleen type (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Hélène Floch

    During her graphic design studies in Paris, Hélène Floch created a modular typeface (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Hélène Marian Srodogora

    Type designer and associate member at the open source typefoundry Velvetyne in Paris. Her creations include BiblioInc (2014, hipster typeface with Basque influences). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Hélène Zünd

    Swiss/French graduate of Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne (ECAL), who designed Chiavari (2011), a typeface that won an award at TDC 2012. Hélène Zünd (b. 1983) lives in New York.

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    Héraud Rodolphe

    French designer of Cheap Font (2006, artsy). Updated version of this font. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Hechicero is the French designer of the tattoo typeface Ivalician Gothic (2011), which imitates the font used in the video game Final Fantasy XII (a game by Square-Enix). Similar gibberish language faces include Crystal Bearers Script (2011), Pulsian (2011, from the video game Final Fantasy XIII), Clavat Script (2011, from Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles), Grace of Etro (2011, from Final Fantasy XIII) and Cocoonian (2011, from Final Fantasy XIII). Final Fantasy Symbols (2011, from Final Fantasy) is a dingbat face. HTML5 Values (2013) is a techno font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Hector Guimard

    Hector Guimard (b. Lyon, 1867, d. New York, 1942) was an architect, who is widely considered today to be the most prominent representative of the French Art Nouveau movement (1890-1905). Designer in 1901 of the art nouveau font Metropolitaines used in the Paris metro (see here). His lettering was based on work done by Auriol for the Peignot foundry. Entrance of a metro station in Paris. Digital implementations of Metropolitaines exist at URW and at Linotype. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Helene Chataigner

    Parisian creator of the experimental and artsy typeface Pierre Mallois (2012).

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    Hello Shane (was: Hello Richard)

    Parisian designer. In 2013, he/she made the ornamental caps typeface ABC consisting of the world's tallest buildings. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    HelloHikimori Type Foundry

    Located in Paris, this design studio is run by Nathalie Melato and David Ronhel since 2004. They created the modular typeface Lace (2009, HypeForType). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Heloise Hostachy

    During her graphic design studies in Besançon, France, Heloise Hostachy created a rounded minimalist typeface (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Hendrick Rolandez

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    Hendrik D.L. Vervliet

    Prolific Belgian type expert who was librarian at the University of Antwerp and professor at the University of Amsterdam. His work includes bibliography and books on humanism and book history. Author of

    • Sixteenth-Century Printing Types of the Low Countries. With a Foreword by Harry Carter, Amsterdam, 1968. This book has 267 facsimile-illustrations depicting 147 typespecimens.
    • Civilité Types (with Harry Carter, 1966, Oxford, University Press), for The Oxford Bibliographical Society).
    • Cyrillic & oriental typography in Rome at the end of the sixteenth century: an inquiry into the later work of Robert Granjon (1578-90) (1981, Berkeley Poltroon Press).
    • The Palaeotypography of the French Renaissance Selected Papers on Sixteenth-Century Typefaces (Library of the Written Word, 2008). This is a 565-page 2-volume oeuvre about which the publisher writes: This collection of thirteen essays examines sixteenth-century type design in France. Typefaces developed during this period were to influence decisively the typography of the centuries which followed, and they continue to influence a great many contemporary typefaces. The papers' common goal is to establish the paternity of the typefaces described and critically to appraise their attributions, many of which have previously been inadequately ascribed. Such an approach will be of interest to type historians and type designers seeking better-documented attributions, and to historians, philologists, and bibliographers, whose study of historical imprints will benefit from more accurate type descriptions. The papers and illustrations focus on the most important letter-cutters of the French Renaissance, including Simon de Colines, Robert Estienne, Claude Garamont, Robert Granjon, Pierre Haultin, and also include a number of minor masters of the period.
    • French Renaissance Printing Types: A Conspectus (New Castle, Delaware, and London: Oak Knoll Press, The Bibliographical Society, and The Printing Historical Society 2010). This conspectus aims at surveying exhaustively and regardless of aesthetics, all Roman, Italic, Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic typefaces made in France during the sixteenth century. Such a survey will be of interest to historians, bibliographers, and philologists wishing to identify the types used in the imprints they are investigating, as well as to type historians or type designers wishing to base their attributions on documentary evidence. The conspectus consists of introductory chapters on the sources available, the evolution of sixteenth-century type-casting and letter-engraving, biographical notices of 17 punchcutters (both famous ones, such as Colines, Garamont, Granjon, and lesser known ones, such as Vatel, Gryphius, or Du Boys) and the methodology used. The main part of the book consists of the facsimiles of 409 typefaces (216 Romans, 88 Italics, 61 Greeks, 41 Hebrews, 2 Arabics, and one phonetic) each with a short identifying notice, describing their letter family, size, punchcutter (or eponym), their first appearance in books or type-specimens, the surviving materials such as punches or matrices, and finally (for about two-thirds of them), the recent literature. Every typeface has been illustrated, several with multiple examples of their use.
    • Vine Leaf Ornaments in Renaissance Typography: a survey (2012, New Castle, Delaware : Oak Knoll Press and HES & DE GRAAF Publishers). The blurb: This new survey deals with the birth and early history of the typographical ornament commonly known as a vine leaf or Aldine leaf. Starting in 1505, the introduction sketches the fleurons beginnings in handwritten form onwards to printed epigraphical handbooks. These small ornaments originated as type-cast sorts in the first decade of the sixteenth century in Augsburg and Basle at presses that attended to the interests of a humanist reading public. From the 1520s onwards, the design evolved into an all-purpose decorative motif fitting for any publication. Venice and Paris designers, such as Garamont and Granjon, cut new designs that can still be found in most digital fonts today. The main part of this book is a comprehensive catalogue of all sixteenth-century type-cast vine leaf designs. It provides a descriptive notice of each fleuron, irrespective of its aesthetic merit or country of origin.
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    Henri Chaix

    Designer at the FT Française of Editor (1937), a display roman with short ascenders and descenders. Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Henri Didot

    Born in Paris in 1765, he died there in 1862. He was the son of Pierre-François Didot (1731-1793), who in turn was the youngest son of the Didot printing business founder, François Didot. Henri is remembered for his microscopic types. For producing type he invented the Polymatype, which consisted of a long bar of matrices into which hot metal was poured. Over a hundred letters could be founded at once. Henri Didot engraved the assignats---the paper money used during the French Revolution. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Henri Estienne

    Of the famous Estienne family in Paris. Check his type sample from 1509. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Henri Jules Ferdinand Bellery-Desfontaines

    French art nouveau era painter and illustrator, b. 1867 Paris, d. 1909 Les Petites Dalles. He designed a typeface and ornaments at the end of his life, which appeared posthumously in 1910 at Deberny&Peignot and was called Le Bellery-Desfontaines. Wikipedia. More on his typeface which could be bought from Deberny&Peignot starting in 1911.

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

    Henri Rogelet

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    Henri Roussier

    French designer (b. 1980) who lives in Cannes. Creator of Vincente (2005, a wayfinding sans typeface designed for Caplo Saint Vincent Clinic in Besançon, France), Diamond (2004, with Lars Harmsen and Boris Kahl, for Volcano Type), Xylopohone (experimental), Magny Cours [or Magnicourt, 2005), Typonautique (2008, with Ninja Himbert, for a watersports domain), Abrupte and Rollmops (experimental).

    Klingspor link. Link to Studio Roussier in Cannes. Behance link. Volcano Type link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Henry Parmentier

    Type designer and cutter who worked for Georges Peignot. Between 1914 and 1926, Parmentier developed a Garamond family for Peignot's foundry. That family was rediscovered by Matthieu Cortat (Nonpareille) and revived by Cortat in 2013 as Henry. Cortat writes: Henry is a personal reinterpretation of the Garamond cut for the Deberny & Peignot type foundry between 1914 and 1926 by Henri Parmentier, under the management of Georges Peignot, who owned the foundry. Their purpose was to recreate the gracefulness of Claude Garamont's type typeface while allowing for the development of modern paper making, with its wood pulp paper, as opposed to 16th century rag paper. This elegant and smooth text family has its own mind: Henry is based on the text sizes (9 to 14) of the Garamond Peignot. It is a light and fluid Garald, rather skinny and narrow, with a slender grace. There is an art nouveau spirit in its z leaning on the left, its serpentine a and J, the roundish lower bowl of its t, the wide tail of its Q. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Henry Valerian

    Strasbourg, France-based creator of a geometric typeface that was inspired by a building designed by Le Corbusier (2013). It was finished during his studies in Strasbourg. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    French creator (b. 1975) of Asylum (2011, grunge). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    High Bold

    High Bold, an information design company in Paris, created several interesting modular typefaces.

    They married Neo Sans Ultra and Baskerville Italic in Caractère Hybride (2012). Circle (2012) is a modular typeface based solely on circles. Eight Font (2012) is another magnificent modularly designed typeface family.

    Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Hirwen Harendal
    [Arkandis Digital Foundry]

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    Histoire de la typographie

    French books on the history of typography. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    French designer of the handwriting fonts Sfontaneus (2006) and Sfontaneus Large (2006). Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Honoré de Balzac
    [Imprimerie H. Balzac]

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    HorSujet YG
    [Yael Gauffier]

    Yael Gauffier (HorSujet YG) is a French designer. His first typefaces are all prismatic and geometric, and explore the boundaries of what can be done in these styles. One might call it type as an art form. His typefaces include Souple (2013), Bronson (2013) and Optical (2013). Roulette (2013) and Je Suis Tellement Riche (2013) are quite experimental. Chiffres (2013) is a squarish techno outline typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Hubbub Hum

    French designer (b. 1979) who has a very original web site. He created the free handwriting faces Sedna (2010), àKa (2007) and hubbubhum-font (2005), a scratchy script. I like he sense of humour in his "cv": HUBBUB = brouhaha, rumeur, tohu-bohu, tumulte, HUM = bruire, chantonner, fredonner, bourdonnement, grognement, grondement, ronflement, ronronnement, rumeur, vrombissement, saperlipopette. Based in Caen, he can also be found at La Sauce aux Arts and DaFont. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Hugo Chargois

    French designer of Gohufont: Gohufont is a monospace bitmap font well suited for programming and terminal use. It is intended to be very legible and offers very discernable glyphs for all characters, including signs and symbols. Free, in BDF and PCF formats. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Hugo Dath

    Graphic designer in Lille, France. Codesigner with Adrien Coquet of the rounded monoline display sans semicircle-patterned typeface Slot (2015: free). Earlier, he created Bauhaus (2015), a typeface family that was inspired by Marcel Breuer's slatted chair. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Hugo Domecq

    Bordeaux, France-based designer of several typefaces in 2014, including a bitmap and a slab serif typeface. These were finished during his studies at ECV in Bordeaux. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Hugo Dumont

    During his graphic and type design studies at Ecole Estienne in Paris, Hugo Dumont created the Arabic and/or Indic simulation typeface Humanist (2014). Still in 2014, Julien Priez, Hugo Dumont, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak codesigned 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 squezed g. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Hugo Marucco

    Graduate of the Type & Media program at KABK in Den Haag in 2014, where his graduation project included the development of Elisabeth, a transitional serif typeface. Hugo Marucco is a graphic designer and type designer from Annecy, France. He graduated with a BA as a graphic designer from The National School of Fine Arts of Lyon after studying visual communication at Bellecour School of Arts in Lyon. Before Type and Media he did several internships with Jean-Baptiste Lev&ecute;e and Atelier Carvalho Bernau.

    Old (dead) URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Hugo Rémusat

    Parisian designer of the hand-drawn poster typeface Modular (2014) and the electric lightning font Chroniques Electroniques (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Hugues Gentile

    During his studies in Paris, Hugues Gentile created Iganicius 2014: an angular calligraphic typeface) and drew a blackletter alphabet (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    [Tarin Samuel]

    French designer who lives in Besançon. Home page. Creator of the sans typeface Yorkville (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    [Guilhem Greco]

    Commercial fonts with free demos. This company was started in 2013 by Guilhem Greco (France). The typefaces from 2013 include Strong Glasgow (arts and crafts typeface), Deadmobil (a grungy version of the Mobil logo font), Midnight Moon, Google Spies, Tarantino (grungy wood type), Bronx Bystreets (grunge), Hidden Archives, Stallions, Hidden Archives (grunge), Broken Detroit (grunge), Motor (2013, a lovely scratchy grunge face), New Motor (2013), Twisted Stallions (scratchy typeface), Stallions, Dust Overhaul and Grunge Overlords.

    Typefaces from 2014: Primetime, Polar Vortex (grungy, 3d, beveled), Crushed, Flexsteel (techno), Diamond Dust, Delicacy, Primetime (sans).

    Typefaces from 2015: Neoteric (geometric sans).

    Dafont link. Fontspace link. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Ianis Soteras

    Designer in Marseille, France, who created a wavy font in 2012. Free AI-format download here. He created another unnamed AI-format font in 2012 as well.

    Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Iara Principe

    Iara Principe (aka illustrissima) is a French-Brazilian-Italian freelance illustrator and graphic designer who resides in Paris. She drew a fat roundish face, ABC (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Igor Mekhtiev

    Graphic designer in Paris who created the squarish modular Latin / Cyrillic typeface Nevsky (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Ill Studio

    Founded in 2007, Ill-Studio is a multidisciplinary platform based in Paris. Headed by Léonard Vernhet and Thomas Subreville, it also brings together Nicolas Malinowsky, Thierry Audurand, Pierre Dixsaut and Sebastien Michelini. Their commissioned typefaces:

    • Penguin Type (2009): Type design originally made for a rejected Zadie Smith novel cover published by Penguin Press.
    • NSW Light.
    • Die Welt.

    Typecache link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Ilya Ioj

    Illustrator and designer from Niort, France. Creator of the experimental faces Lift (2008, geometric), Bgame (2011), Pen (2011) and Conceptualisation (2008), and of David's Font (2011). Zfont (2011) is an experimental excess done in a moment of mental weakness.

    In 2013, Ilya designer Ioj Illustration Type (2013, Latin / Cyrillic) and Trait Gras.

    Old URL. Behance link. Another Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Frenchman (b. 1957) who started making fonts in 2010, after a career in illustration, comics, and video games. In 2010, he created the free fonts BabyJo (pixel face), Bayday, Chrom (beveled face), LaPresse (grunge), Muffaroo, Poppy, Poppydot, Spacecard, Strokewith, Strokeless, ToonLand (comic book lettering), ToonLandBlack, ToonLandShad, TrashToys (grunge), WorldColors (3d face).

    In 2011, he published Francobelge (comic book face), Freepress (grunge), Gamix (Western titling face), Inmyroom (dingbats), Majestrick (calligraphic), Onomatopaf (comic book dings), Outerzone, OuterzoneB, Starz (dingbats), Stenstreet (grunge), Tram, Tramix (texture face), TrashToys02, War-Lettersn, Mixagex, Massive Dynamite (grunge), Not Well (grunge), Actu, Blck, Gling (texture face), HeRioz (silhouettes), Brightoon (cartoonish brush face), Muzo (ink spill face), Sharpy, Space Shop (dingbats), Pulp Dance (hand-printed), Essef (art deco), Retro Sign (grunge), Labo (grunge), Exhausted, Komikoz, Puzzled, Toonimals (dings), Penstriped (sketch face), Cashier (grungy), Dan Hand, Hardwell (grungy caps), Colleged (athletic lettering), Goodjean (jeans texture face), Seaside Things (dingbats), Real Tek (techno), Zou (3d hand-printed caps), Painter, Border Line (grunge), Handout (grunge), Tract (grunge), Pulpatone (grunge), Logos I Love, Pal Antic (chancery hand), Twent (fat rounded display face), DoodFlow (dingbats), Afro Add (texture face), Crump (grunge), Big White, Dark Room (grunge), Manifesto (grunge), Tacketil (a FontStruct font), Otto Land (sketch face), Over (outline face), Under (brush dings), Baskertown (grunge), Nursery Tale, Panic (texture face), BlackNDot (ink spill face), Beyond (striped display face), Advert, Car Crash (grunge), Heartz, Starsteel, Smart Faces, Blackflag (a brushed blackletter), Dock 51 (grungy stencil), Lead (3d face).

    In November 2011, he created a number of texture faces: Hotöcop, Pal Mod, Speedy (sketch face), Thirties Gold, Sunset GP.

    Further 2011 faces: Poptivi, Shadow Mole, Super Modern Black.

    Faces from 2012: Remanence, Winter Days (dingbats), Nowharehouse (grunge), Snuff (grunge), Cup of Tea (3d shadow face), Talk of the wall.

    Typefaces from 2012: Egirlz (dingbats), Art Post (white on black poster lettering), Volutes (copperplate calligraphic script), From me 2 you (curly script), PS I Love You, Kolossal (caps only), Kraash, Alexandre (3d engraved headline face), Monstres de poche (dingbats), Alternate (grunge), Warning, Dreams (brush face), Headline Crack, Bump Pad (textured typeface), Carton (grungy white-on-black stencil face), Maybe maybe Not, Frames n Riboons (sic), Blackboard (sketched face), Logotronik (a 3d techno face), Big Bad Dogs (dingbats), Libre Expression (engraved copperplate typeface), Mecagothix (textured blackletter face), Destroy, Destroy Helpers, Buy More, Things we said (curly face), Lost Saloon (Tuscan), Salon de Coiffure (beveled), Brighton Pier (grunge), Motel Vacancy (grunge), Bates Shower (dripping blood typeface), Venus Furs (texture typeface), Showmen, True Men Tattoos (dingbats), Quicker (sketch font), Romanum Est (grungy Trajan face), Also (scratchy letters), Lazy Day (3d font), Pusher, Hard Dumb, The Idiot, Overflowing (grunge), Fast Foont (sketched), Melange (grunge), Jumbo Parade (circus font), Happy Monsters, Zozox (experimental), Magic Sound (packaging typeface), Arena Mascaras (dingbats), Top View (3d face), Flagadoum, Last King Quest, Rhythm n Blacks (textured face), Troll Sketched, Superpoz (a 3d painted typeface of exceptional beauty), HalloCuties (Halloween font), Gothik Steel (circus font), Silvestre Relief (3d titling face), Just Like That (comic book face), Numero 10 (athletic lettering), Tet de Mor (skulls), Facelook, Xmas Dad, Instant Marker, Ragtimer, Punk Dots (textured face), Onomato Vlam (comic book balloons), 8th Cargo (textured mechanical octagonal face), Zu Kabarett (creepy curly German expressionist face), Unusual Day One, Happy New One (party font), Xmas Doods, Xmas Doods 2, Higher, Usual Day One, Team 401 (athletic lettering), Doonga (comic strip letters), Killer's Move.

    Typefaces from 2013: Them (fat brush), Ghost Code, Tiny Heroes (figurines), Over There (sci-fi), Higher than High, Abandon (sketched face), Broken Hearts, True Stories, A wolf at the door (wood style poster face), Elo Hand, Bots n Droids (dingbats), Toonimals 2 (dingbats), Halftoned Backup (textured face), Novlang (textured poster face), Come With Us, Ptits Pirates (pirate figurines), Board Dudes (skateboard dingbats), Big Bro's Watch (grungy), Doonga Slash (comic book face), Round About, Signz, Lethal League (grungy athletic lettering), Dark Times, Dandy Hat Trick, tardots (textured typeface), Dinoz (dinosaur dingbats), Big Surprise (fat script), Comix Loud, Arlequin, Fanzine Title, Scotch Taped, Phoenix (dingbats), Rock's Death (grunge), Tuamotu (textured), Trees Friends (dingbats), King Arthur Legend (blackletter), Fairy Strange, Flame On, Mystery, Money Go Round (ransom note font), Seven of One, Captain's Talk, Peaches en Regalia (sketch font), Wrong Board (textured or crayon typeface), Subito (comic book face), Extra Sales (signage face), Gimme Danger (grunge stencil), Alphabet City (graffiti font), Raleigh Rock, Rysky Lines, Splash, Good Vibers (comic book figurines), Tequilla Sunrise (3d shadow face), Graphers Blog, Star Waves, Splash, Action Comics, Wild Trails (wood plank typeface), Tiki Club (dingbats), Bad Striped (sketched face), Come With Me (paint drip face), Famous Oldies (textured face), Girly Toons (dingbats), Eshop Advert, Full Pack 2025, Dickson's Tale (a great grungy caps face), Hand Typewriter, Campus Relief (athletic lettering), ZalienZ (dingbats), Manga Style (oriental brush), Journal du Soir (letterpress emulation), Royal Delight (3d sketched face), Gothix Fate, Lettrisme (a letterpress ransom note font), NYC Zone 123 (graffiti face), Tedz (teddy bear dingbats), Merry Xmas, Last Day On Earth (textured typeface).

    Typefaces from 2014: Dite Alla Giovine (flared cursive script), Heavy Gothik (textured blackletter), Comix Bubbles, King of Scotland (textured), Lazy Sketch, Arabica Export (coffee bag texture), Scream Again, Season of the Witch, Soul Festival, Back Ride 342, Cheap-Potatoes, Nine-Feet-Under (grunge), Remingtoned-Type, Search'n-Destroy, Starz-2, Vanished, On The Roof (or: On The Tops), Mad Groove Blast, Another Brick (textured face), Destination Future, Perversionist, Dex's Jobs (Treefrog-style typeface), Ptit Coeur d'Amour, Mickey's School (athletic lettering), One Way or Another (a hand-drawn poster typeface), Californian Cars (license plates), Building State Empire, Back on Lime (shadow face), Next Ups (graffiti face), PatchFun (textured face), Railway to Hells, Shut'em Down, Misunderstanding, Another Brick (textureface), Perversionist (grunge), Destination Future, Linographer, Polish Posterisation, For Girls Only, Half Price 4 You (sketched typeface), Secret Agency (bad ink grunge), Player One (a grungy baseball Script), Raw Notice, Home Mad Popsters, No Silly Walk There, Bad Coma (lovely grunge), Dark Net Warrior (grunge), Cowboy Movie (Western font), Palm Beach (textured typeface), Search n Destroy (textured), Carnaval de mai, Variations (textured), Black Jeans (weathered font), City of Light, Santa's Air Mail (snow-capped letters), Cheap-Potatoes, Nine-Feet-Under, Remingtoned-Type, Search'n-Destroy, Starz-2, Vanished.

    Typefaces from 2015: Curse of the Zombie, After the Goldrush, Avantgardiste 1934, Easy Fashion (textured), Free Thinking's Murder (textured), Phantom Zone (zombie texture), Snake In The Boot, Checkpoint Charlie (grungy stencil), For Girls Only Bold, Playing In The Mood (piano key face), Intergalactik Airlines, Les Mystères de Paris, Season of the Witch Black (blackletter), Resistance Is Futile (a great textured mechanical typeface), On The Tops Lights (matinee signage), Strawberry Fields, Serif of Nottingham, OnomatoBom (cartoon smaks).

    Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Imprimerie de A. Fain

    Foundry in Paris. Its work can be found in Épreuves de caractères de la Fonderie et de l'Imprimerie de A. Fain (Paris, 1832) and in Specimen des caractères de la fonderie Polyamatype de H. Didot, Legrand et cie, rue du Petit-Vaugirard, no 13 (1828). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Imprimerie du Commerce Evariste Mangin

    French printer. In 1867, they published Spécimen des caractères de l'Imprimerie du commerce Évariste Mangin. Samples: Cover page, Egyptiennes blanches, Egyptiennes éclairéees, Fantaisie, Ronde, i, ii, iii, iv. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Imprimerie Edmond Monnoyer

    French printer, est. Paris, 1618, and in Le Mans in 1751. In 1889, they published Spécimen des caractères de l'imprimerie Edmond Monnoyer (Le Mans) [Other link]. Picture of Edmond Monnoyer.

    Samples: Anglaise, Cover page, Elzevir, latines lithographiqes, Ronde and écossaise, Ronde and gothique.

    Antoine Monnoyer was master printer in Paris in 1618, and ran the print shop until 1634, when (his son?) Pierre Monnoyer took over. There is a historical hole after that, until Jean Baptiste Monnoyer (b. 1688, d. 1777, Joinville), who was a printer for the duke of Orleans in Joinville. Charles Monnoyer (b. 1720, joinville, d. 1793, Le Mans) became the printer of the king and the bishop of Le Mans, where he established himself in 1751. He headed the business until 1789. Charles II Monnoyer (b. 1758, Le Mans, d. 1811) was in charge from 1789 until 1811. Charles III Nicolas Monnoyer (b. 1793, Le Mans, d. 1860) headed the firm from 1811 until 1860, and was followed from 1860 until 1889 by Charles IV Edmond Monnoyer (b. 1829, Le Mans, d. 1899). Finally, from 1889 until 1932, the firm was in the hands of Charles V Antoine Monnoyer (b. 1868, Le Mans) and Paul Charles VI Frederic Monnoyer (b. 1903, Le Mans). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Imprimerie et Fonderie de J. Pinard
    [J. Pinard]

    Printer and typefounder at rue d'Anjou-Dauphine, No. 8, Paris, who introduced a new typeface designed by himself in 1824. That typeface is shown for the first time in the printing of Montesquieu's book Le Temple de Gnide (1824) [Monteqsuieu is Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brede et de Montesquieu (1689-1755)---the original book is from 1724]. Pinard writes about the typeface specially created for this occasion: Je n'ai rien épargné pour les caractères qui ont été employés dans cet ouvrage. M. Lombardat, auquel la gravure en a été confié, les a refaits plusieurs fois, d'après les dissins que je lui ai remis, et les observations que je lui faisais sur chaque lettre.. Le caractère italique de cet Avertissement a reçu des formes nouvelles.. Toutes les lettres des titres ont été gravées par moi. On remarquera que l'Invocation au Muses est composée avec un caractère différent, mais de même dimension. Ce caractère se distingue par quelques lettres d'un dessin nouveau introduit depuis quelques années dans l'imprimerie. Ce volume est donc en quelque sorte un specimen de quelques types de ma fonderie et de mon imprimerie.

    Later, in 1827, 1829, 1833 and 1835, he introduced other type specimens (according to Bigmore & Wyman). His foundry was subsequently absorbed by other foundries. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Imprimerie H. Balzac
    [Honoré de Balzac]

    Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850), a famous author, got involved in printing in 1826 when he André Barbier (b. 1793), a typesetter, set up a printing and publishing business on the Rue de Marais-Saint-Germain in Paris. At one time, thirty workers were employed at Imprimerie H. Balzac which was funded with 70,000 Francs in borrowed money from Balzac's mother, as well as from his mistress, Laure De Berny. Link. The printing business thrived. In 1827, he bought Laurent's typesetting firm in order to extend his immediate control over all aspects of the printing business. In 1827, he published a specimen book with many Egyptian letter types. Another publication was Specimen des divers caracteres vignettes et ornemens typographiques de la Fonderie de Laurent et De Berny (now republished with a foreword by J. Dreyfus). Earlier that year, he had also bought the famous foundry of Joseph-Gaspard Gillé. See also here. Balzac spent most of his income to access the social circles of his mistress, Duchess d'Abrantès. Barbier left the business in 1828. The Imprimerie went bankrupt that same year. Luckily, Balzac's first mistress, Louise-Antoinette-Laure De Berny (1777-1836), forgave her loan and took over the print shop. As the wife of a high-ranking official in the French royal court and god-child of Queen Marie-Antoinette, Laure De Berny had sufficient financial resources. She entrusted the business to her 19 year-old son, Alexandre De Berny (1809-1881). Balzac left the type and printing business. Laurent&Deberny was born. References include Balzac: A Life (Graham Robb, 1994: New York: W. W. Norton& Company), and an article in Caractère in 1975 entitled Deberny et Peignot: La Belle Époque de la Typographie. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Imprimerie L. Danel

    Imprimerie L. Danel was founded in 1698, as a successor of Imprimerie Fache, which existed in Lille since the early 1600s. It has remained a family business, and occupies two factories, one in Lille, and one in Loos. It appears that some original type was made by L. Danel over the years, although it cannot be said that such was the focus of the business. The Livret Typographique L. Danel (Lille, 1935) describes some of its history and typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Imprimerie Nationale

    The national French foundry and press from 1640, when it was created, until today. It grew out of the Imprimeurs du roi pour le Grec, which itself was founded in 1538 by king François I. Today, it is entirely state-owned. The imprimerie nationale contains le cabinet des poinçons (where one can find all the old metal types) and a historic library. Between 1985 and 2004, Paul-Marie Grinevald wrote about ten articles on the Imprimerie. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Imprimerie Royale

    The central French national typefoundry from the 17th until the 20th centuries. Books: Imprimerie Royale. Spécimen typographique de l'Imprimerie Royale (1842, Paris), Imprimerie Royale. Spécimen typographique de l'Imprimerie Royale (1845, Paris), Imprimerie Royale. Notice sur les types étrangers du spécimen de l'imprimerie royale (1847, Paris). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Ink Magazine
    [Pierre Delmas Bouly]

    Design magazine. Graphical concept by Patrick Lallemand and Pierre Delmas Bouly. They designed the random modular font Minimal Bloc (2007, Superscript): here modularly decomposed letters can switch between various geometric forms. This was followed in 2008 by Basics, another modular design. Superscript is located in Lyon. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Innocive Trauma

    French designer of a series of neurotic or abstract typefaces. as of 2014, one can purchase these fonts: trAUMa 63 / Abnormal Fairy, TrAUMa33 / Lobotoxine, TrAUMa72 / The Orgians, TrAUMa1 / Tantrisme, TrAUMa30 / Bacteria, TrAUMa41 / Mad Hatter, TrAUMa58 / Pantheist, TrAUMa12 / Neo Pompous, TrAUMa54 / Discordance Matricielle, TrAUMa69 / Medieval Sweetshop, TrAUMa84 / Flacons Et Potions, TrAUMa4 / Mandragore, TrAUMa16 / Happy New, TrAUMa20 / Art Drone, TrAUMa51 / Effaceur Rococo, TrAUMa59 / Neo Geo, TrAUMa15 / No Dummy, TrAUMa19 / Neuromicr, TrAUMa23 / Carnivalesque, TrAUMa24 / Tchouk Tchouk Baroque, TrAUMa34 / Koan, TrAUMa37 / Artefact, TrAUMa43 / Newbic, TrAUMa70 / Goraphobia, TrAUMa78 / Dinoxyde, TrAUMa116 - X-Space, TrAUMa7 / ACME, TrAUMa10 / New Forge, TrAUMa18 / Kid Teeth, TrAUMa26 / Nimal Nimoy, TrAUMa47 / X-Cute, TrAUMa49 / Bubble Gummy, TrAUMa64 / Prehisto Nouveau, TrAUMa92 / Target Climax, TrAUMa110 / Lapdog, TrAUMa111 / Pictorial Abuse, TrAUMa114 / Rankle Distone, TrAUMa22 / Butterflying Lullaby, TrAUMa28 / Stereo, TrAUMa32 / Futuristic Resistance, TrAUMa56 / Effaceur Glued, TrAUMa119 / Modelism Altar, TrAUMa5 / Galactic Organ, TrAUMa6 / Gargoyle Grief, TrAUMa40 / Ataxie, TrAUMa44 / Genometry, TrAUMa76 / Narco, TrAUMa113 / Dark Rankle, TrAUMa120 / Mecamythic, TrAUMa11 / Axone, TrAUMa / trAUMa 25 / Nyctalope, TrAUMa31 / Arcane, TrAUMa48 / Pictechron, TrAUMa53 / Lost Childhood, TrAUMa61 / Next Stop : Twilight Zone, TrAUMa67 / Spawn, TrAUMa73 / Dissecting Geometry, TrAUMa80 / Neurosteptic, TrAUMa89 / Outer Christ, TrAUMa101 / Karmic, TrAUMa104 / Microne, TrAUMa105 / Horns To Come, TrAUMa115 / Lysergic Gamma, TrAUMa118 / Pharmaceutique, TrAUMa122 / Inksects, TrAUMa8 / Neuromoog, TrAUMa14 / Destination : Earth !, TrAUMa27 / My Valentine From Mars, TrAUMa38 / The Watchers, TrAUMa52 / Dizzy Molecules, TrAUMa66 / Tripton, TrAUMa81 / Cyberno, TrAUMa86 / Smart Kids, TrAUMa98 / Bark At The Code, TrAUMa100 / Paraphilia, TrAUMa107 / Dopamine, TrAUMa108 / Heterodoxa, TrAUMa112 / Rankle, TrAUMa9 / Camphre, TrAUMa17 / Feast Of Unique Rites, TrAUMa21 / Neuromecha, TrAUMa36 / Chemical Aberration, TrAUMa45 / Alceste, TrAUMa46 / Spacelab, TrAUMa55 / Minimixture, TrAUMa65 / Play Quo, TrAUMa71 / No Island, TrAUMa77 / Madame Guillotine, TrAUMa85 / Elixir, TrAUMa96 / Coaxial, TrAUMa99 / Faun Call, TrAUMa106 / Multicorporate, TrAUMa3 / New Puppy, TrAUMa13 / Schizophrenia, TrAUMa29 / Primary School, TrAUMa35 / Space Clinic, TrAUMa39 / Locked-in Glow, TrAUMa42 / Abtoy, TrAUMa68 / Transfix, TrAUMa88 / Hard Sync, TrAUMa/ trAUMa 94 / Cloud Blood, TrAUMa102 / Minigami, TrAUMa109 / Lysergic 1a, TrAUMa2 / Space Drug, TrAUMa57 / New Induction, TrAUMa74 / Once Upon A Damned, TrAUMa79 / Floppy Disk Overdrive, TrAUMa82 / Abracadabra, TrAUMa90 / Lovely Breeze, TrAUMa91 / Panthrax, TrAUMa50 / Chalice, TrAUMa60 / Medication, TrAUMa62 / Deep Low, TrAUMa75 / Clown Fate, TrAUMa83 / Ink Lust, TrAUMa87 / Intermezzo, TrAUMa95 / Childhook, TrAUMa97 / Modulotnik, TrAUMa103 / Minimori, TrAUMa121 / Anthrax, TrAUMa93 / Mardi Gras, TrAUMa117 / Human Decay. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Institut de l'Histoire du Livre

    At this French institute in Lyon which forms part of the Musée de l'imprimerie de Lyon, there are occasionally courses on typography. For example, in the Book History Workshop from 5-8 April 2004, James Mosley gave a course on Type, lettering and calligraphy 1450-1830. From 25-28 April 2005, he gave a course there on Typographie et calligraphie 1830-1980. We also find a list of books on typography and calligraphy, covering 1450-1830. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Integral Ruedi Baur

    Studio in Paris, Zürich and Berlin. In 2008, they were commissioned to make a special identity typeface for Les Beaux-Arts de Paris. Clearly a near-copy of Verdana, the French typophiles recat with astonishment and surprise. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    International J. Fonts
    [Julien Marie]

    Julien Marie (International J. Fonts) is the French designer of the grunge font IJF0400-Crunched (2002) and the handwriting fonts IJF0100 through IJF03000. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    International Journal of Digital Typography

    Started in 2006, and edited by Yannis Haralambous (ENST Bretagne, Brest, France), John Plaice (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia) and Apostolos Syropoulos. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Ion Lazarescou

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    Iris Valles Saez

    Parisian creator of the triangular display typeface Florence And The Machine (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    IRISA (Université de Rennes)

    Study typography in the Computer Science unit of the University of Rennes (France) under the supervision of Jacques Andre. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Irvin Heller

    Parisian creator of innovative decorative lettering pieces for Roger Tallon (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Isabelle Mattern

    Visual Communication student at ECV Paris, and graphic illustrator. Creartor of the geometric experimental typeface Moon (2011).

    Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Isabelle Maugin

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

    Isis Marques

    Brazilian visual designer who is based in Antibes, France. Creator of the tall thin sans typeface Vitral (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Ivan Kiriliuk

    Paris-based designer. He created the experimental faces We Are Enfants Terribles (2012, angular, angry and modular) and Gareth Pugh (2011). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Ivan Rodéo Rodriguez

    Designer in Pau, France. He made Grafeo (2011, experimental) and Caseo (2011, also experimental). Behance link. Other creations include Rodeo (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    J. Pinard
    [Imprimerie et Fonderie de J. Pinard]

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    JAB'M Foundry
    [Marco Miniussi]

    Marco Miniussi (b. 1955, Nancy, France) is a sculptor who lives in Paris. His JAB'M Foundry produces logos, designs and fonts. The latter include the art nouveau Metro New One and Two (2008), which were inspired by Hector Guimard's design for the Paris subway, but extended to lower case.

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

    Jack Usine
    [Garcia Usine Studio]

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    Jack Usine
    [SMeltery Fonts]

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    Jacky Frossard

    French art director. Home page

    Designer in 2000 of UniCase, and in 2008 of Blackfountain (a free modular face, FontStruct) and Azertype (a rounded squarish FontStruct font). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jacqueline Yue

    Designer of the dotted-endings font Soiree (2008, T-26), which was inspired by the neo-classical façades of modern Paris.

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

    Jacques André
    [Bibliothèque virtuelle de livres de typographie]

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    Jacques André
    [Truchet and Types]

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    Jacques André

    French type professor (b. 1938) who designed some experimental fonts such as Delorme (1989). Jacques André has been working in the field of structured documents and digital typography since 1980. He was the leader of the European Didot Project concerned with the digitization of types. He is Research Director at INRIA (the French National Institute on Computer Science) in Rennes, and his work covers the digitization of ancient books and the encoding of their fonts and glyphes.

    Author of Histoire de l'écriture typographique: Le XIXe siècle français (2013, with Christian Laucou). 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 Gillé 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.

    Author of Caractères numériques: introduction, in: Cahiers GUTenberg, 1997, pp. 5-44. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jacques de Sanlecque

    Jacques de Sanlecque started his own foundry in Paris in 1596, and ran it until 1648. Various successors kept it going until it came into the possession of H. Haener in Nancy in 1786. A few details on Jacques de Sanlecque and his successors, in chronological order:

    • 1596-1648: Jacques de Sanlecque (b. 1558, d. 1648, Paris) had a bookstore before he set up his foundry. He studied under famous typefounder Guillaume Le Bé.
    • 1648-1660: Jacques II de Sanlecque (b. 1612 or 1614, d. 1659 or 1660) was the son of Jacques I.
    • 1660-1688: Veuve Jacques de Sanlecque. According to some, such as Lottin, it was Jean de Sanlecque's brother Louis, who ran the foundry from 1661 until 1688.
    • 1688-1716: Jean de Sanlecque (b. ca. 1660, d. 1716).
    • 1716-1757: Veuve Jean de Sanlecque.
    • 1757-1778: Jean Eustache Louis de Sanlecque (d. 1778)
    • 1778-1784: Veuve Jean Eustache Louis de Sanlecque, whose name was Marie Del (d. 1784).
    • 1784-1786: Maurice Prosper Joly
    • 1786: Henri Haener, typefounder in Nancy, b. 1744, Nancy, d. 1817, takes over the foundry. He came from a family of printers and was imprimeur du roi in 1783. The last of the Haeners was Jean-Baptiste Jacques Haener (b. 1773, Nancy, d. 1838, Dommartemont). He passed the imprimerie on to Hinzelin.

    Publications include Epreuves des caractères du fond des Sanlecques (Paris, 1757). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Jacques de Sanlecque the elder
    [Robert Granjon]

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    Jacques Devillers

    French designer of Theresa (Éditions du Cerf, 1980). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jacques Gourdon

    Basque lettering artist in Biarritz, France. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jacques Haumont

    French publishing house. Enjoy the pictures of old book covers. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jacques Sabon

    Jakob or Jacques Sabon (b. Lyon, 1535, d. Frankfurt am Main, ca. 1580-1590) was a typefounder who worked at the Egenolff Foundry in Frankfurt in 1555, and briefly at the Plantin Foundry in Antwerp in 1563. Jan Tschichold named his garalde typeface after him in 1964.

    Linotype writes about Tschichold's Sabon: In the early 1960s, the German masterprinters' association requested that a new typeface be designed and produced in identical form on both Linotype and Monotype machines so that text and technical composition would match. Walter Cunz at Stempel responded by commissioning Jan Tschichold to design the most faithful version of Claude Garamond's serene and classical roman yet to be cut. The boldface and particularly the italic are limited by the twin requirements of Linotype and Monotype hot metal machines. Bitstream's Cursive is a return to the form of one of Garamond's late italics, recently identified. Punches and matrices for the romans survive at the Plantin-Moretus Museum. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Jacques Sacon

    French typographer in Lyon, b. Romano Canavese, Italy, ca. 1472-1530, also known as Saccon, Sachonus, Zachonus, Zacconi, Zachone, Zachoni, Zacchoni and Zachon. He drew an initial caps alphabet in 1519 that depicted birds, beasts and flowers. Revival in 2010 by Dick Pape as Sacon Initials.

    In 2011, Marion Chalvin and Raphaële Mouren (Ecole nationale supérieure des sciences de l'information et des bibliothèques, Villeurbanne, Rhône, Université Lumière, Lyon) wrote Jacques Sacon, imprimeur-libraire lyonnais du XVIe siècle: 1497-1529. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jacques-Louis Joannis

    Typefounder in Paris from 1755 until 1806. Specimen book cover from 1776. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jan Brito

    Jan Brito (Jean le Breton) was born around 1415 in Pipriac (Brittany) and moved at a young age to Bruges, the Venice of the North and cultural capital of Europe at the time. There he lived his life and printed in French and Flemish. His publications included the poems of Jacob Van Maerlant. In the 19th century, M. Gilliodts published a thesis that would put Brito's first mobile metal characters around 1445, about ten years ahead of Gutenberg, but that thesis was refuted later on, and the date was changed to 1464. The first printer is probably Johannes Genfleisch (aka Gutenberg) in Mainz, but the Dutch claim it is Laurent Coster from Haarlem. Work by Brito can be found in Kortrijk, Brugge, Edinburgh and the national library of France. Brito, also called the Gutenberg breton, died in Bruges in 1484.

    There is a Musée Jan Brito in Pipriac. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jan Sonntag
    [Sonntag Fonts (or: S Fonts)]

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    Jan Tonellato

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    Janique Le Bail

    Janique Le Bail (Jellygraphers, London, UK, and Paris, France) created Jazz (2013, a rounded typeface for the publishing house Jazz), Tense (2013, a connect-the-dots typeface), Captain (2013, a modular heavy italic, renamed Capitaine), Drop (2013, based on a drop of water), and Antheor (2013, a hexagonal typeface).

    Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Janon Co

    Authors of Fine Hand Embroidery (1914, New York). This book contains many embroidered alphabets and monograms. Janon Co had offices in Paris and New York.

    Digital typefaces based on their work include Antoinette Monogrammes (2013, Ryoichi Tsunekawa). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jany Bassey

    Parisian graphic designer who created the multiline display typeface L'Intangible (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jany Belluz

    French creator of the Latin / Greek programming font Comic Sans Neue Mono (2013, free at OFL). Predictably, within one week, Jany was forced to rename that typeface Cosmic Sans Neue Mono, and then a third time to Fantasque Sans Mono (2014). Github link. Jany explains: Inspirational sources include Inconsolata and Monaco. I have also been using Consolas a lot in my programming life, so it may have some points in common. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jaune Wolf
    [Jonathan Mignot]

    Jaune Wolf is Jonathan Mignot (b. 1987), a Paris-based illustrator and designer. In 2010, he created some expewrimental typefaces, including a part geometrical / part script typeface Marie Stuart, named after the queen of Scotland. He also has a nice book of drawings of alphabets. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jay Cobs

    Jay Cobs (Marseille, France, b. 1994) created the free typeface Abstract Labyrinth Rounded in 2013. Rockbuchet (2014) is a weird split personality typefaces created as a mixture of Rockwell Bold and Trebuchet MS. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    JB Foundry
    [Jean Boyault]

    JB Foundry was established by Jean Boyault (b. 1960, Suilly La Tour, France), a type designer who lives in Suilly La Tour. He is the designer of the cursive and other school fonts for teachers, all free and made in 2006-2007: JBCursive, JBEtude-Regular, JBMatrice, JBBatonRond-Bold, JBBatonRond-Extra, JBBatonRond-Italic, JBBatonRond-Regular, JBChantier, JBCursive++Feutre, JBCursive++Marqueur, JBCursive++Normal, JBFil, JBRond, JBScolaireT1-Bold-Italic, JBScolaireT1-Bold, JBScolaireT1-Italic, JBScolaireT1, JBScolaireT2-Bold-Italic, JBScolaireT2-Bold, JBScolaireT2-Italic, JBScolaireT2.

    Typefaces made after 2007: Simple Ronde (2011, upright connected script), JB Etude (2007), JB Script (2010), JB Haut>, JB Lames (2008), JB Elegant (2008), JB Cursive, JBStyle (2008), JB Fil Std (2009) and JB Calli (2008).

    Commercial faces: JB Davayé (2010, connected upright script), Belladone (2010, a graceful display family), Maceriam (2010, +Nova, +Putri, +Lapide: letters cemented into walls---a great idea).

    From 2011: Old French School Bold (upright connected script), Filature (a monoline connected upright script).

    Typefaces from 2012: Only One Dollar (a shaky script), JB Cursive 3, Purple Line, Purple Deco, Suilly La Tour, Typha Latifolia, Bouclettes (a curly upright typeface).

    Typefaces from 2013: Friandise (a decorative typeface reserved for chocolate enthusiasts), Capucine (a chocolate store pair of typefaces), Cuivrerie (a flared interlocking typeface based on lapidary inscriptions found in Bourgogne), Only One Dollar, Suilly La Tour (calligraphic script), Gaston (a large script family), Typha, Centaurea (a beautifully executed layered type system based on a didone with curved serifs), Toubib (hand-printed).

    Typefaces from 2014: Hirondelle (connected script), Lecteur Heureux (connected upright loopy script), Happy Reader (connected script), Hopeful Giraffe (a very tall and thin upright script).

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

    JC Fonts
    [Joël Carrouché]

    JC Fonts is the foundry, est. 2009, of Joël Carrouché (b. 1984). Joël Carrouché lives and works in Kaysersberg in France's Alsace region. He created the minimal sans serif family Estate (2009, T-26). In 2011, he created the fattish comic book style typeface Bango and the monoline geometric sans family Ando.

    In 2013, he published the simple condensed sans typeface Hand Gothic and the rounded sans family Korb.

    Typefaces from 2014: Bango Pro (a heavyweight poster font with a strong cartoon feel), Troika (a free German expressionist or dadaist papercut typeface), Reso (an experimental geometric typeface), Linotte (a rounded sans that can see applications in techno advertising but also children's products and food posters; it is in the round bubblegum style of Sofia Soft and Nokia), Norse (free rune simulation font).

    Klingspor link. Behance link. Dafont link. Fontsquirrel link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Jérémie Hornus

    Frenchman Jérémie Hornus studied typography at Le Scriptorium de Toulouse, France and the University of Reading, where he graduated in 2006. He worked at Dalton Maag, where he designed Tornac (which became a retail typeface in 2013 at Dalton Maag), a connected script face, and was involved in brand identity for clients such as Burberry, Toyota, HP, Nokia, Danish Industries, Dubai Metro, Manchester Metrolink, and the city of Southampton.

    Currently located in Paris, he set up his own commercial foundry in 2013. He also started publishing some of his typefaces at the French type coop Fontyou in 2013. His typefaces:

    • Kefa (2006), a Latin/Ethiopic family with slab serif origins and a futuristic twist. Kefa is an Apple system font. In 2013, he published Kefa II Pro.
    • Schoiffer Sans. A soft slightly flared sans inspired by Enschedé's Roman No6, also known as the Scheffers or Quentell types.
    • Together, Jérémie Hornus and Franck Montfermé designed the feminine italic typeface Maryleen FY (2013, Fontyou).
    • The connected script typeface Tornac (retail typeface from 2013 at Dalton Maag).
    • Beaurencourt FY (2013). A vintage 19th century connected secretary's hand script codfesigned with Gia Tran.
    • Booster FY (2013, with Alisa Nowak and Luis Gomes). Luis Gomes, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak codesigned the rounded sans typeface family Booster Next FY in 2014.
    • Gauthier FY (2013, with Alisa Nowak). A transitional typeface family. In 2014, Jeremie Hornus and Julien Priez codesigned the hairline typeface Gauthier Display FY.
    • Lean-O FY (2013, with Alisa Nowak and Benjamin Lieb). A slab serif with leaning asymmetrical brackets. Has a hairline weight. See also LeanO Sans in 2014.
    • Marianina FY (2013, with Alisa Nowak). A contemporary condensed 24-style headline sans family with simple strokes. Characterized by kinks in the ascenders.
    • The slender display typeface Sérafine FY (2013) was codesigned by Jason Vandenberg, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak.
    • Gregori Vincens, Gia Tran, J&eacxute;rémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak codesigned the humanist sans typeface Klaus FY (2013).
    • At the end of 2013, Jason Vandenberg and Jérémie Hornus codesigned the groovy poster typeface Jack FY.
    • In 2013, he collaborated with Alisa Nowak and Fabien Gailleul 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, Adrien Midzic, Jason Vandenberg, Jérémie Hornus, Julien Priez and Alisa Nowak codesigned the creamy script Vanilla FY. With Midzic and Nowak, Hornus codesigned the very humanist sans typeface family Saya FY (2013) and Saya Semisans FY.
    • Joao Costa codesigned 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 codesigned the blackletter typeface Blackmoon FY.
    • In 2014, Matthieu Meyer, Alisa Nowak and Jérémie Hornus codesigned 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 codesigned the classical copperplate script typeface Vicomte FY.
    • Wes FY (2014). A sans family modeled after Futura.
    • Hansom FY (2014) and Hansom Slab FY (2014, Gia Tran, Jeremie Hornus and Alisa Nowak). An organic sans and slab with very large bowls.
    • In 2014, Julien Priez, Hugo Dumont, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak codesigned 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 squezed g.

    Klingspor link. Old URL. Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Jérémie Leroy

    Parisian designer of Wartype (2013), a multilined typeface with a threatening appearance. He also made Glitch (2013) and Rosée (2013, a connect-the-dots typeface).

    Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jérémie Nuel

    Jérémie Nuel studied graphic design at Strasbourg (France). Afterwards he worked as an independent graphic designer in Lyon (France) for three years. He created BlueMono and Octogone in 2009. Blue Not Mono (2013) is the proportionally spaced version.

    Volcano Type link. Cargo Collective link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jérémy Landes-Nones

    Type designer at Frank Adebiaye's Velvetyne Type Foundry in France, which is committed to the Open Source movement---all fonts are free. He created the free stencil typeface Rupture (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jérémy Obriot

    Toulouse, France-based designer (b. 1984) of the dingbat fonts Bubbles (2006) and Aaronfaces (2006). Dafont link. Another URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jérôme Bruley

    In 2014, Jérôme Bruley was studying design in Lille, France. In that same year, he created a Bauhaus-style typeface called LMVDR, which is named after Mies Van Der Rohe, architect and director of the Bauhaus school, on who's work the font is based. In particular, the piano key glyphs are inspired by the German Pavillion in Barcelona (1929). He also created Sail Font (2014).

    Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jérôme Delage

    French designer of the graffiti faces El&Font Block (2006), El&Font Brush (2006), El&Font (2006), El&Font Destroyl (2011), El&Font Tag (2006), El&Font Gohtic (2006), El&Font Urban Calligraphy (2010, graffiti face), and El&Font Bubble (2006).

    Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jérôme Knebusch

    French type designer who lives and works in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Jérôme graduated from l'École nationale supérieure d'art de Nancy and from l'Atelier national de recherche typographique. Since 2008, he teaches graphic and type design at ESAL (Ecole Supérieure d'Art de Lorraine) in Metz. He also teaches at National Institute for Typographic Research, Nancy, France.

    In 2012, he designed the sans family Instant, which can be bought from BAT Foundry, and, since 2014, directly from his own foundry, Knebusch. In Instant, each style corresponds to a speed or style of writing. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Jérôme Vogel

    As a student at ENSAD in Paris, he co-designed Jannet (2001), a typeface based on Jannet's garalde revivals, ca. 1860. He is an independent designer since 1996, who is an active participant in Le Typographe. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jéröme Berthemet

    Graphic and web designer in Paris, b. 1983. He made the art deco blackened out geometric typeface Caligari (2008, German expressionism), the mirror typeface Rivulet (2011) and the martini glass-inspired art deco beauty called Sophia (2008).

    Home page with incorrect HTML code. Behance link. Klingspor link. Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean Alexandre

    French punchcutter who was the successor of Philippe Grandjean, the developer of the Romain du roi in 1702. The complete set of 21 sizes of roman and italic letters was finished by Grandjean's successor Jean Alexandre and completed by Louis Luce in 1745. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Jean Baptist De Panne
    [De Passe&Menne]

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    Jean Baptiste Allais de Beaulieu

    French penman who published L'art d'Ecrire ov Le moyen d'exceler en cet Art sans Maistre in Paris in 1680. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean Boyault
    [JB Foundry]

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    Jean de Beauchesne

    Influential French master penman, 1538-1620. Jean de Beauchesne and John Baildon published the first writing manual in England: A Booke containing divers sortes of hands, as well the English as French secrataries with the italic, roman, chancelry&court hands (1570-1571, London: Thomas Vautrollier). In 1580, he published Le Tresor d'escriture, auquel est contenu tout ce qui est requis&necessaire à tous amateurs dudict art. His third book was La Clef de l'escriture laquelle ouvre le chemin à la jeunesse, pour bien apprendre à excrire la vraye lettre françoyse&italique (1595, London: G. Boulengier). He also published Specimens manuscrits anglais dédiés à Mme Elizabeth fille unique du roi de Grande Bretaigne (1610, England).

    Sample of his batarde angloise (1570). Digital typefaces based on his examples include Piacevole (2008, Marc H. Smith). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean de Beaugrand

    French penman. An undated book by him is Poecilographie Ov diverses escritures propres pour L'Usage Ordinaire avec une methode fort breve et facile pour les bien apprendre par Jean de Beaugrand Parisien Secretaire . . . de la chambre de Roy etc (Paris). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean de Tournes

    French typefounder and printer whose version of Civilité was used in "Galathée (1598). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean de Villeneuve

    French type founder who worked in Portugal from 1732 on. He was commissioned to create typefaces for the Academia Real de História. His work was of the greatest quality. That type family was recreated in 2001 by David Laranjeira for his 2001 diploma thesis at Ecole Estienne in Paris---it is called Villeneuve. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean Gabriel Bery

    Fred Smeijers writes: Jean Gabriel Bery was a Paris stencil maker whose atelier was located on the Pont Notre-Dame. His work is mainly known from the stencil set he supplied to Benjamin Franklin in 1781, now at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. Bery's confident sense of design and the excellent production of his stencils rank him among the best stencil makers of any period. Bery's roman letters exemplify the blend of calligraphic, engraved and typographic qualities found in French stencil letters throughout the eighteenth century. As a consequence, Fred designed the stencil typeface Bery Roman in 2012 at Our Type based on Bery's stencils. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean Hennequin

    French creator of the (free) connected neatly outlined script typeface GS Open (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean Jannon

    French type designer and punchcutter, 1580-1658, who has some typefaces named after him. Frantisek Storm writes this: The engraver Jean Jannon ranks among the significant representatives of French typography of the first half of the 17th century. He was born in 1580, apparently in Switzerland. He trained as punch-cutter in Paris. From 1610 he worked in the printing office of the Calvinist Academy in Sedan, where he was awarded the title "Imprimeur de son Excellence et de l'Academie Sédanoise". He began working on his own alphabet in 1615, so that he would not have to order type for his printing office from Paris, Holland and Germany, which at that time was rather difficult. The other reason was that not only the existing type faces, but also the respective punches were rapidly wearing out. Their restoration was extremely painstaking, not to mention the fact that the result would have been just a poor shadow of the original elegance. Thus a new type typeface came into existence, standing on a traditional basis, but with a life-giving sparkle from its creator. In 1621 Jannon published a Roman type typeface and italics, derived from the shapes of Garamond's type faces. As late as the start of the 20th century Jannon's type typeface was mistakenly called Garamond, because it looked like that type typeface at first sight. Jannon's Early Baroque Roman type face, however, differs from Garamond in contrast and in having grander forms. Jannon's italics rank among the most successful italics of all time ? They are brilliantly cut and elegant.

    Many of today's Garamond style typefaces are in fact due to Jannon. The headline of this page is set in New G8 (2012, Michael Sharpe), which in turn is a digital descendant of URW Garamond No. 8.

    Commercial digital typefaces based in Jannon. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Jean Joseph Marcel

    At one point director of the imprimerie de la république. Author of Alphabet irlandais, précédé d'une notice historique, littéraire, et typographique (Paris, Imprimerie de la République, nivôse an XII [1804]). This book explains the Irish alphabet, but has little in terms of typographic information. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean Joveneaux

    Author of La lettre dans la peinture et la publicité (1957, Editions Charles Massin, Paris: see also here and here). His Futura Stencil-like Le Pochoir (plate 40) was digitally remade by Toto as Le Pochoir (2011), and also by Jan Gerner as Pochoir (2006). Author also of La lettre dans le décor. An art deco typeface from that book was digitally revived by Toto and Dick Pape in 2011 under the name La lettre dans le décor. Free download here.

    The alphabets of La lettre dans la peinture et la publicité (1957) include many styles, from art deco to blackletter, Victorian and retro. Joveneaux gave them names, so I will list them in alphabetical order: 1erEmpire, AnDeGrace1320, Antiquites, Aquarium, ArtsGraphiques, BalDeNuit, Bar, BeauxArts, Cafe, CompositionDecorative, Constellation, CoursDeStenotypie, DerniereHeure, EclairageFluorescent, Editorial, ElectroStatique, EnExclusivite, Exposition, Illustration, InitiationSportive, JeuDeDominos, LaGrandeParade, LePochoir, LettresOrnees, Massif, Meubles, ModeDEte1950, Motos, Nouvelle, Ordonnance, OrpheeAuxEnfers, PrestigeDeLaSoie, Promotion52, RealisationsGraphiques, RobesDEte, SalonMai1953, Samedi23Mai1953, TissusTousColoris, TouteUneGammeDeLaines, ZoneInterdite. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean Larcher

    French type designer and calligrapher (b. 1947, Rennes) in Cergy-Pontoise whose fonts include Abécédaire à Renayures (1991, for Collector magazine), Beauté (1966, for Magazine Votre Beauté), Castillejo-Bauhaus (1980, Rapitype Madrid), Catich (1998), Digitale (1974, Hollenstein Phototypo), Gautier (1992, Agence J.-P. Gautier&Associés), Guapo (1973-75, Hollenstein Phototypo), Hollywood Script (1989), Honolulu (1974, Hollenstein Phototypo), Incise Volume (1981, for Cergy Magazine), Jamaica Experience (1978, for Rock Hebdo Magazine), Lancöme (1981, Rapitype, for Lancöme), Larcher (1974, Hollenstein Phototypo), Latina (1987, Mécanorma), Liberté Égalité Fraternité (1985, for the Ministère de l'Éducation Nationale), Logement (1980, Rapitype, for Cergy Magazine), Menhir (1973-75, Hollenstein Phototypo), New Crayon (1980, Rapitype, for Cergy Magazine), Optical (1974, Hollenstein Phototypo), Plouf (1970-74, Hollenstein Phototypo), Rasgueo (1979, for U&lc Magazine), Revival (1979, for 20 ans Magazine), Soleil (1973-75, Hollenstein Phototypo), Super Crayon (1976, Titrage CCT), Tornade (1974, Hollenstein Phototypo), Veloz (1987, Mécanorma), Vibrator (1976, Titrage CCT).

    3D Alphabet (by Character) is inspired by an alphabet coloring book designed by Jean Larcher, 1978. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean Lochu

    French designer (b. 1939), calligrapher by training, who lives in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges. He is the designer of Sélune (1998, Creative Alliance, with influences of Grandjean and Didot), Garonne (1972, Hollenstein Phototypo), Loire (1991-1997, Creative Alliance), and Rhône (1987, Mecanorma).

    Bio at Agfa/Monotype. FontShop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Jean Marconi

    Annemasse, France-based creator of the Music Typography typeface (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean Midolle

    French designer at Strasbourg in 1834 of Diabolique, initials depicting the devil and other monsters. Jessica Slater digitized it in 2001 and writes: This alphabet was designed by Jean Midolle and published in Strasbourg in 1834. During the previous 50 years the French had seen violent revolution (1789-1799), and the Napoleonic wars (1803-15), followed by the restauration of a monarchy that was increasingly reactionary, intent on augmenting the influence of the wealthy classes, and curbing civil liberties (Louis XVIII 1814-24; Charles X 1824-30). The July Revolution of 1830 restored what promised to be a more moderate monarchy under Louis Philippe. But this new government was not to respond to the economic needs and political desires of the lower classes, and further discontent became inevitable. Within this context, the often tasteless images of this "Alphabet diabolique" may be better understood as portraying through satire the harsh realities that the French people had faced within a single lifetime.

    He also created Midoline (ca. 1840) at Julius Klinkhardt in Leipzig (revival by Gerhard Helzel). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean Mosambi

    Designer in Tarbes, France, who made Gothic Light (2012) based on a wood type specimen from Hamilton, ca. 1857, called Gothic Light No. 21. Dribble link. He specializes in custom retro type and graphic design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean Pierre Fournier l'ainé

    French typefounder. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Jean Romain

    Bordeaux-based designer. Behance link. Creator of the experimental geometric typeface No Name Typography (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean Widmer

    French type designer (b. 1929) who designed Bi-89 1989 (1989, Ministère de la Culture - ANCT) and CGP (1974, with Hans-Jörg Hunziker and Adrian Frutiger for Centre Georges Pompidou). Rather, he was the man who managed the visual identity part of the Centre. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean-Antoine Alessandrini

    Type designer, graphic designer and illustrator, born in Marseille in 1942. Allessandrini (sometimes spelled Alessandrini in various publications) used to work at Paris Match, Lui and Elle. His typefaces: Akénaton 1969 (Hollenstein Phototypo) (1975, VGC??), Alias 1977 (Hollenstein Phototypo), Allessandrini 7 1972 (Hollenstein Phototypo), Anarchiste (Mécanorma), Andronique 1984 (Mécanorma), Astronef 1976 (Hollenstein Phototypo), Circus World, (Mécanorma), Cléopatre 1984 (Mécanorma), Combinat 1976 (Hollenstein Phototypo), Éclipso 1982 (Mécanorma), Electric-Type 1977 (Hollenstein Phototypo), Futuriste 1977 (Hollenstein Phototypo), Germain 1969 (Hollenstein Phototypo), Grand Dadais 1977 (Hollenstein Phototypo), Grand Large 1977 (Hollenstein Phototypo), Graphic Man 1973 (Hollenstein Phototypo), Grossium 1977 (Hollenstein Phototypo), Gyptis 1977 (Hollenstein Phototypo), Hypnos 1969 (Hollenstein Phototypo: a psychedlic face), Legitur, Mikado 1977 (Mécanorma: oriental simulation), Mirago 1970 (Hollenstein Phototypo), Priam 1976 (Hollenstein Phototypo), Showbiz 1969 (Hollenstein Phototypo), Sigle (Mécanorma), Technos 1984 (Mécanorma), Trombinoscope 1964, Vampire 1969 (Hollenstein Phototypo), Wotan, (Mécanorma).

    Inventor of the classification system Codex 1980 that provoked heated responses from luminaries such as Vox, baudin, Blanchard and Mendoza.

    Author of Typomanie / Jean Alessandrini; préface de Massin (Paris: La Noria, DL, 1977).

    In 2013, David Rault wrote the monograph Jean Alessandrini Le poète de la lettre.

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    Jean-Baptiste Franceschetti

    During his studies at ESDAC, Marseille, France-based Jean-Baptiste Franceschetti created the rhombic typeface Opream Sans (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean-Baptiste Levée

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    Jean-Baptiste Levée

    Jean-Baptiste Levée is a French type designer based in Paris. He is a co-founder of the Bureau des Affaires Typographiques. teaches typeface design at the Caen-Cherbourg school of Arts & Media and at the University of Corte. He designs custom and retail typefaces. His typeface portfolio:

    • Vuitton Persona (2007): a family made under the supervision of Porchez for Vuitton's bags.
    • Wallpaper corporate typeface (2008): Under the art direction of Meirion Pritchard and Christian Schwartz, this 2-style sans was developed for the architectural magazine Wallpaper. It is a self-confessed blend of Meta and Amplitude.
    • Le Monde Courrier PTF (2008): an extension and OpenType completion of the glyph tables of Porchez's LeMonde Courrier.
    • Panorama (2004-2008): an elegant full-fledged sans family from hairline to extended bold, and from Extra Condensed to Extra Extended. It can be bought at Production Type.
    • Henderson Serif & Sans (2006): This is a Baskerville family conceived by J.-F. Porchez, but extended and perfected by Levée. The Sans is in the style of Arial with large x-height. The Typofonderie page does not mention Levée.
    • Retiro (2007): Done with J.-F. Porchez for Madriz Magazine. This is a didone family with juicy and classy alternates. Will be available to the public in 2015.
    • Pimkie (2006): a playful feminine display face.
    • Seenk Serif and Seenk Sans: a text family done with Christophe Badani in 2005.
    • Expert (2009): a unicase typeface done for magazine, ca. 2009.
    • Acier BAT (2009-2010, BAT Foundry): an extensive family that builds on Cassandre's 1930 font by the same name.
    • Gemeli and Gemeli Mono. This sans family can be bought at Production Type.
    • Synthese.
    • Carrefour Origin (2011). A tall thin face. This custom typeface led to the vretail typeface family Origin Super Condensed.
    • Cogito Atelier Malte Martin. The sans family Cogito can be bought at Production Type.
    • Telerama Dogon. This is a matchstick or campground face.
    • Nathan Enfantine. A simple upright connected script.
    • RMNGP Constellation (2013) is the bespoke dot matrix typeface of Réunion des Musées Nationaux---Grand Palais for their on-site, online and printed communications.
    • Vanity Fair France (2013).
    • Countach (2014, Production type). Described as follows by the designers and team, Superscript2, J.-B. Levée, Sandra Carrera and Irina Smirnova: Countach, the tough compact sans supercharged with brawn & brains. Developed for The Crew, a critically acclaimed auto racing video game, Countach evokes the muscular and mechanical dynamics of fast cars and urban adventure.
    • Reception Semi (2014). A hybrid corporate typeface for Unibail / Rodamco.
    • Granville (2015). A Peignotian (or modulated) sans published by Production Type.

    Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam and ATypI 2014 in Barcelona.

    Behance link. Old URL. Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean-Baptiste Morizot

    Type designer at the open source typefoundry Velvetyne in Paris. His creations include Bluu (2014, wedge serif typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean-Benoist Prouveur

    French designer of the skull dingbats font TotenKopf (2005). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean-Charles Abrial

    Parisian designer of the Bauhaus-inspired Ortaki (2012, with Cyril Barrier). In 2014, he designed the display typeface Norris and the calligraphic typeface Yonne.

    Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean-Claude Fournier

    French typefounder. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Jean-Claude Gineau

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    Jean-François Porchez
    [Metro Type]

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    Jean-François Porchez
    [Lettres françaises]

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    Jean-François Porchez
    [Porchez Typofonderie]

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    Jean-François Porchez
    [Le Monde]

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    Jean-François Porchez

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    Jean-Jacques Morello

    Jean-Jacques Morello is a French digital craftsman. He has been working in the print and web industry in France and Burkina Faso since 1994 as a graphic designer. Creator of Easy Speech (2012, a free hand-printed typeface) and Grumph (2012, a retro typeface). Home page.

    In 2012, he set up his own commercial foundry in Pierrevert. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Jean-Jacques Tachdjian
    [Radiateur Fontes (ICI)]

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    Jean-Luc Chamroux

    French type designer (b. 1968) who designed Ibryde, 1996. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean-Luc Vinot
    [Orly fonts]

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    Jean-Marc Lévy

    Independent part-time type designer, ex-type teacher at the International Design Academy in Montreal, and presently working at an ad agency in France. Type glossary in French. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean-Marie Douteau

    Jean-Marie Douteau (France) made free school handwriting fonts (with and without rulers): Ecolier, Ecolier_lignes, Ecolier_court, Ecolier_lignes_court, Douteau, Obase, Odumo. See also here, here and here.

    Dafont link. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean-Michel Moreau

    Jean-Michel Moreau (Moreau Le Jeune) was a French draughtsman, illustrator and engraver, 1741-1814. Born in Paris, he produced drawings of paintings and was an expert engraver. In 1770 he succeeded Charles-Nicolas Cochin as chief Dessinateur des Menus Plaisirs du Roi, on Cochin's recommendation, which occasioned his prints celebrating the marriage of the Dauphin and his coronation as Louis XVI; in 1781, in part on the strength of these productions he was appointed Dessinateur et Graveur du Cabinet du Roi, which brought an annual pension and lodgings in the galleries of the Palais du Louvre. His name is present in typographic circles mainly due to the fact in 1913, the Fonderie Peignot released the Cochin and Moreau-le-Jeune faces that revived the popularity of eighteenth century letterforms such as those originally created by Nicolas Cochin. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean-Michel Papillon

    French wood engaver, b. 1698, Paris, d. 1776, Paris. Son of Jean Papillon, the famous manufacturer of fine wallpapers. He was for a long time employed by the Imprimerie Royale as wood engraver. There, he created numerous ornaments. Author of Traité historique et pratique de la gravure en bois (1766, Paris). Chapters cover cutting of the block, inking and printing, monograms, xylography and block books, cutter's tools, and chiaroscuro prints.

    Digital typefaces that are based on his work include

    • Papillon 1760 (2007, Dick Pape). A free font. First shown in Paris in 1760, and reprinted by Clarence P Hornung in Dover Pictorial Archive Series: Early Advertising Alphabets, Initials and Typographic Ornaments (1956, Dover Publications). Hornung's images inspired Pape's typeface.
    • Papillon Woodcuts (2013, Jose Jimenez). A commercial font based on the same sample from 1760.
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    Jeanne Billand

    Parisian graphic designer. She created the experimental counterless typeface Tritype (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jeanne Duplessis

    During her studies in Rennes, France, Jeanne Duplessis created an untitled counterless typeface (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jeanne Rolfe

    During her graphic design studies, Jeanne Rolfe (Tours, France) created a geometric solid typeface in 2013 under the supervision of Malou Verlomme. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean-Philippe Goussot

    French type designer at the ADT (Atelier de decoupage typographique) who designed fonts like Le JeanPhi, La Stephanie Blue Eyes (1998), La Tania (1998), Les Outils (1998, dingbats), La Edith (1998, after Edith Piaf). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean-Pierre Mallaroni

    Marseille, France-based designer of Argor Priht Scaqh (2007, blackletter), Argor Brujsh Scaqh (2007, blackletter), Argor Cwar Scaqh (2006, pixel blackletter), Argor Biw Scaqh (2006, blackletter), Argor Flahm Scaqh (2001, blackletter), Argor-Got-Scaqh (2001, blackletter) and Argor-Man-Scaqh (2001). The author's fonts can be used for his artificial language Silarg. Dafont link. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jean-Renaud Cuaz

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    Jef Tombeur

    Typographic afficionado who contributes links to the St. Bride Printing Library in London. This page has links to the main type sites on the web.

    I can't resist this wonderful short autobiography of Jef, and I do not want to translate it, because it would lose its punch: Jef Tombeur, ex-vagabond professionnel&auto-stoppeur en Europe, au Moyen-Orient et en Amérique du Nord depuis l'âge de 15 ans, s'est rapidement tourné vers le journalisme par désoeuvrement. Vendre à la criée The International Times et The Black Dwarf à Londres, puis Le Monde à Strasbourg, l'y incita. Laissant tomber facs et école de journalisme, il contribua à rédiger, composer, gérer l'hebdomadaire franco-alsacien Uss'm Follik (Issu du Peuple), ce que facilitèrent ses origines bretonnes. Repéré ensuite à Belfort, Niort, Reims, devenant progressivement grand reporter et de moins en moins pigiste pour Libération et d'autres. Chef de desk à l'Agence Centrale de Presse, il en diffusa la dernière dépêche puis retourna à la rue et aux facultés. Ayant traduit divers auteurs anglophones au passage, tel Tom Coraghessan Boyle (cf. www.tcboyle.net), il s'est de nouveau passionné pour la typographie, en devenant le seul journaliste spécialisé français (notamment pour Création Numérique ou Pixelcreation.fr). Envisage de devenir chômeur en fins de droits et propagandiste plénipotentiaire pour Phil Martin en Afrique avant d'avoir atteint, prochainement, si possible, 55 ans. Localisé fréquemment chez Ali (bar La Gitane, près de Strasbourg-Saint-Denis, Paris) ces temps derniers.

    Author in 2004 of Femmes&métiers du Livre, Women in the Printing Trades, which appeared with Talus in Belgium. It describes women typographers and printers throughout history. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jennifer Lemoy

    During her graphic design studies, Jennifer Lemoy (Valence, France) created the experimental typeface Vibration (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jennifer Ward

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

    Jeremie Barry

    Parisian designer. Creator in 2012 of the curly geometric hairline typeface Ipsen for the pharmaceutical lab Ipsen. This is a tour de force, as the user can choose to use between one and seven oparallel lines to compose the glyphs. A beautiful blend from a monoline display typeface to a prismatic wonder. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jeremy Calli

    French designer of the free font Oubli Cap (2014), named after a documentary produced by Franck Brudieux. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jeremy Gomez

    Multimedia student at the University of Strasbourg. Creator of the geometric all caps typeface Ultra Violet (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jeremy Rabier

    Parisian art director. Designer of the geometric typeface Type01 (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jessy Naudin

    Jessy Naudin (b. 1995) is the Bourges, France-based designer of the counterless geometric typeface Devlose (2012) and of the hairline drafting typeface Go To The Sky (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Illustrator in Bordeaux, France. Fontstructor of the minimalist squarish severely restricted free typeface AWSM (2014). Dafont link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Joachim Vu

    Type designer who contributes to FontYou. In 2014, Joachim Vu, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak codesigned the classical copperplate script typeface Vicomte FY.

    Janko FY (2014, FontYou) is an informal calligraphic typeface. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Joanna Angola Soria

    During her graphic design studies in Paris, Joanna Angola Soria created the alchemic typeface Metropolis (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Joanne Marcillat

    Parisian designer of the art deco typeface Croque Mr Font (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jocelyn Jean Pezon

    Perigueux, France-based creator of the free multiline all caps font AAA (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Joel Brogniart

    Joel Brogniart from the University of Lyon created the connected school handwriting font Cursiv JB based on Cursif by Christophe Beaumale. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Joel Christophe

    French type designer at the ADT (Atelier de decoupage typographique) who designed fonts like Le Joel. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Joel Feral

    French designer of the free fat finger typeface Cigogneau (2013), which was meant for use in comic strips. Other fonts by Joel include Helvetica Grosse Bit (pixelish) and Foie Canape (hand-printed).

    Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Joel Maillot

    Designer in Toulouse, France, who created the didone display typeface Black Italic in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Joël Carrouché
    [JC Fonts]

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    Johan Davidson

    Graphic designer in Paris, who made the wavy cursive typeface Galliano in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Johan Morgane

    French designer of the free font Rozel Cut Cut (2014, OFL). This typeface provides a stencil cut of the successful typeface Alegreya by Juan Pablo del Peral (Huerta Tipografica). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Johan Mossé

    Freelance designer in Marseille, France. He created the angular typeface Guillemet (2011, Gestalten). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Johanna Grandgirard

    Based in Rennes, France, Johanna Grandgirard published the industrially-inspired decorative typeface Le Dix-Neuf (Le 19) in 2014. Le 19 is also the name of an art center in Montbéliard, France, that has an umnbilical chord to the Peugeot factory. Elements of car design can be discovered in Le 19.

    Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Johanne Blain

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

    Johannes Bergerhausen

    Johannes Bergerhausen (b. 1965, Bonn, Germany), studied Visual Communication at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf. From 1993 to 2000, he lived and worked in Paris. First he collaborated with the Founders of Grapus, Gérard Paris-Clavel and Pierre Bernard, then he founded his own office. He returned to Germany in 2000, where he is Professor of Typography at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz (since 2002). In 2003, together with Paris-Clavel, he published the font "LeBuro" at ACME Fonts, London. At ATypI 2004 in Prague, he spoke about Decoding Unicode. He describes his Unicode character collection project at Typotechnica 2005.

    Author, with Siri Poarangan, of decodeunicode: Die Schriftzeichen der Welt (2011, Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz). This text shows all 109.242 typographic symbols in the Unicode standard at the time of its publication. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Johannes Heinecke

    Designer in Lannion, France, of Sertofont, a metafont for Syriac created in 2001, and improved in steps until 2013. Serto is a form of the syllabic alphabet used for Aramaic (a Western semitic language) which has been spoken in the Near East since at least 1100 BC. More precisely, Sertois used for Syriac which is the variant of Aramaic spoken since the second century AD. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jonas Deprund

    Parisian designer of the oddly angular typeface Arsenal (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jonathan Giuntini

    Jonathan Giuntini (Montplellier, France) is a freelance graphic designer. He created the slabby modular headline typeface L'Estoquefiche (2012) and the alchemic hipster typeface Valstarr Neue (2014).

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    Jonathan Gravier

    Graphic designer in Nantes, France, who created Organique (2014, a series of experimental textured typefaces), and the Aztec-inspired Dédale (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jonathan Kleinpeter

    During his studies in Strasbourg, Jonathan Kleinpeter created the typeface Runica (2014). It consists of Runica True (a runic font) and Runica and Runica Bold, which are runic simulation typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jonathan Mignot
    [Jaune Wolf]

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    Jonathan Perez

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    Jorgensen Fonts
    [Per Baasch Jørgensen]

    Foundry in Copenhagen which sells the fonts made by Per Baasch Jørgensen: Escale (2010, humanist sans), Applejack (2008), Drakkar (2010, runic simulation face), FF Falafel (2002, simulation of Arabic), FF Bagel (2002 simulation of Hebrew), FF Holmen (2007, 19 styles in this didone family), Escale (sans). Other fonts by him include Versus (1994, his graduating project at EMSAT, Paris, a very fresh sans face).

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    José de Mendoza y Almeida

    Influential French type designer, born in Sèvres in 1926. He worked with Maximilien Vox in the early 1950s. From 1954 to 1959 he was the assistant of Roger Excoffon at the Fonderie Olive, Marseille. From 1985 until 1990, he was a professor at the Imprimerie Nationale, Paris, where his students included Thierry Puyfoulhoux, Frank Jalleau, and Poul Søgren. Neufville republished many of his fonts. Thesis on Mendoza by Lucie Jullian for her graduation from Estienne in 2008. In 2010, Martin Majoor and Sébastien Morlighem published José de Mendoza y Almeida (Bibliothèque Typographique). List of his fonts:

    FontShop link. Linotype link. FontShop link. Wikipedia link. Showcase of Mendoza's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    José Torres

    Lisbon-based creator of the techno typeface Maria Alberta in 2011. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Joseph Apoux

    French creator of the wonderful decorative caps called Alphabet Pornographique, circa 1880. As an example, the letter C is a nun performing a certain oral service on a hooded monk who is holding a whip. The full set of naughty caps can be seen here. The caps were digitized in 2007 by bobistheowl. For the sake of completeness, here is that alphabet again: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Joseph Balthazard Silvestre

    Author of Alphabet Album Collection de soixante feuilles d'alphabets historiques et fleurons (Paris, 1843). Creator of an alphabet in 1834 in which each letter consists of human figures. See also here. The alphabet is referred to as the Silvestre-Girault alphabet, because it was etched by Girault. A digitization by Character (2006) is called SilvestreBodies. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Joseph Bertocchio

    Born in Marseille (1907-1978), under the pseudonym of Berto, Bertocchio designed Berto in the 50s as a lithographer. In 2000, Christophe Badani made a modern day font based on it, called Berto. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Joseph Gaspard Gillé

    Son and successor of Joseph Gillé, a Parisian typefounder who died in 1789. Joseph Gaspard Gillé was one of the promoters of the newer styles of ornament, and offered typographic decoration to the printers of France, in a kind of stereotype, which he felt sure was going to overthrow the aging woodcuts of the ancien r&eacurte;gime. read about him in Fleuron 6 (pp. 167ff) and in D.B. Updike's A translation of the reports of Berlier & Sobry on Types of Gillé fils. Gillé fils was influenced by Didot in the design of his lush vignettes, borders and rules. His house specialized in ornaments, fancy letters and script letters. In September 1827 it was bought by Honoré de Balzac.

    Author of Receuil Des Divers Caractères, Vignettes et Ornemens [sic] de La Fonderie et Imprimerie J.F. Gillé (Paris, rue Saint-Jean-de-Beauvais, division du Panthéon, 1808). This book was selling for 18,000 Euros in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Joseph Gillé

    Typefounder in Paris (d. 1789). His work can be found in Caractères de la fonderie de J. Gillé, graveur et fondeur du roi pour les caractères de l'imprimerie de la loterie royale de France,&autres (Paris, Rue&petit marché Saint-Jacques, 1778). This book still shows mainly transitional faces, with slight hints of the start of the geometric trend in typography. Gillé seems to be mostly remembered for being the author of the ornamental typeface called Madame.

    On digitizations. In 2011, Jose Jimenez of Celebrity Fontz created Parisian Ornamentals after a design by Gillé. Home Style (2003, Michael Hagemann, Font Mesa) is an exquisitily detailed family based on work by Joseph Gillé, and implemented elsewhere under the names Circus, Roma and Madame. See also Gillé Classic (2004, Michael Hagemann). I think that this is a renaming of home Style. Initiales ombrées (2007, Ari Rafaeli, ARTypes) is based on Gillé's original all caps typeface (from 1828, it is claimed).

    The elder Joseph gillé was succeeded about 1790 by Joseph Gaspard Gillé fils. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Joseph Jeantet
    [Swimming Poulp]

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    Joseph Pinel

    Frenchman Joseph Pinel called himself a typographical engineer, but was at the time employed as a type draughtsman at the Linotype Works in Altrincham. In 1899 he supervised French 10pt No2, a typical French didone typeface, as well as other typefaces. It appears that this and some other faces that he supervised, were, except for use on the Linotype, also meant for manufacturing matrices for the Dyotype, a composing machine invented by Pinel. The Dyotype was a complicated machine and consisted, like the Monotype, of two separate contraptions, a keyboard which produced a perforated paper ribbon and a casting machine which produced justified lines of movable type. Unlike the Monotype which has a square matrix carrier, the Dyotype had the matrices on two drums, hence the name of the machine. The Pinel Diotype company was founded in Paris and a machine was built with the help of the printing press manufacturer Jules Derriey. A lack of sufficient capital prevented the commercializing of this composing machine.

    Pinel's French 10pt No. 2 was digitally revived by Coen Hofmann in 2014 at URW++ as Pinel Pro. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Joseph Rezeau

    French designer of Dialecte (2002), an extension of Times to accommodate some characters used in the West of France. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Joseph Rozier

    During his art direction studies in Paris, Joseph Rozier created Stencil Minimal (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Joseph-Gaspard Gillé

    Typefounder in Paris (d. 1827) who became famous for his borders designed in the 1790s. There are folios of his from around 1808-1810 entitled "Choix de nouvelles Vignettes de la Fonderie de Gille fils, à Paris, rue Jean-de-Beauvais, no. 28". Gille started directing the Fonderie de Gille fils (his father was a famous typographer, so he distinguished himself as Gille fils) in 1789. He was influenced by Didot in the design of his lush vignettes, borders and rules.. His work can be found in Recueil de divers caractères, vignetts et ornemens de la fonderie et imprimerie de J.G. Gillé (Paris, De l'imprimerie de Gillé fils, 1808). This house specialized in ornaments, fancy letters, and script letters. In September 1827, it was bought by Honoré de Balzac. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Josselin Tourette

    Strasbourg, France-based creator of some gridded typefaces in 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Journet Flavie

    Parisian designer of the hairline hipster typefaces Claustrophobia (2014) and Island (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Juart Little
    [Trappist Monk]

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    Judith Gillet

    Parisian creator of the modular octagonal blackletter typeface Enigma (2014), the script typeface Je (2014) and the art deco typeface Ballroom (2014). Enigma can be bought at Ten Dollar Fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jules Didot

    Fourth generation Didot dynasty member in Paris, 1794-1871. Son of Pierre Didot. Jules Didot is famous for his invention of round-edged initials, to take the place of the sharp-edged ones. In 1825 he took his printing plant to Brussels and founded the Royal Printing House there. Relevant here is the publication Specimen des caractères de la fonderie normale à Bruxelles, provenant de la fonderie de Jules Didot et de son père Pierre Didot (Haarlem: Joh. Enschedé en Zonen, 1914). [