Where are the typonews websites?

Originally published in 2001, in 2008 this article is already historical. How many website survived from this period? Even if we don’t refer to the design who changed dramatically, thanks to the CSS, the websites who still updated should be today considered as anscetors, such Typographer or the MS typography page to take to very different sources (a simple blog and a page from a major corporation).

A Christmas story

One hundred years ago, during the evening of the 22nd of December 1900, the students of the “Illumination” class at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, and their tutor and mentor, Edward Johnston gathered together in their second floor classroom…

Raymond Gid, affichiste et typographe

Raymond Gid est mort le dimanche 12 novembre, à Paris. Né le 25 novembre 1905, Raymond Gid s’est d’abord fait connaître par ses affiches après des études aux Beaux-Arts. Cinéphile, il en conçoit pour de nombreux films, dont Vampyr de Dreyer (photomontage, 1932), Le Silence de la mer de Melville (1949), Les Diaboliques de Clouzot (1955).

Doyald Young

Young is an eminent American lettering artist and type designer, who has just published an excellent new book called FONTS & LOGOS. ATypI-France has organized his coming to Paris. He will give a lecture on the 18th of October, 2000. As he is not very well known in France, we decided to interview him…


After many pleasant years of receiving news from Fontzone, we thought it would be a good idea to try to know more about the man behind one of the best typographical news web sites. Sadly, we took the opportunity at Fontzone’s closing at the end of April 2000 to interview him. Clive Bruton ran this web site with a small team of contributors, showing strong and rare editorial independence in the typographic scene.

Signage in Malakoff

We asked John Downer, an American specialist in sign painting, to comment on several pictures taken in our home city of Malakoff, a surburb of Paris. This article was initially published in 2000. In 2004, couple of the original signs are gone. Its why we decided to update the article a little bit.

One year’s work!

It all began in September 1997, during the ATypI conference in Reading, England, when Mark Batty asked me if I would be involved (with others) in organising the next conference, which would be held somewhere in France. In November, the organising team — which then consisted of Robert Norton, Thomas Gravemaker, Sharon Irving, Mark Batty and me — decided that the city of Lyon was the best location.

Typo-graphic design in France from the end of World War II to the year 2000

Let us begin with a short overview of those nineteenth & twentieth centuries that no longer really belong to us. All the generations of typographers who used metal type in their daily work understood the power of that poem of rectangularity, Gutenberg’s mechanism, the industrious craft that reached its first apogee with the arrival of the Industrial Revolution, & carried on until the middle of the twentieth century.

Gérard Blanchard: 6 September, 1998

Gérard Blanchard (1927-1998) had worked in many facets of type and graphic related industries, as a graphic designer, engraver, illustrator, writer and historian. His work brought him into touch with many well known designers including Roger Excoffon, Maximilien Vox and José Mendoza. As a writer and historian his work was internationally recognised and drew a wide audience. It is a great shame that his work is not more widely translated.