Probably similar to other countries, most French news in 2000 came from the web. Several type designers now have their own domain name and others have set up information websites about type.

ATypI-France upcoming event

Doyald Young, conference and exposition in Paris in October 2000.
For the second time, following the successful John Downer lecture in April 1999, ATypI France (French Country Delegate) is currently completing the organisation of an event to be held in October 2000. This time, it is a lecture and exhibition of Doyald Young, an eminent American lettering and type designer, who has just published an excellent new book on type design.

The event is sponsored by Prissy Imprimerie who have offered the costs of the poster/flyer, École de communication visuelle (ECV) who are providing the conference and exhibition room, and online bookshop A signature day will be followed by a sec- ond exhibition of the same material.

Lecture, 18 October 2000, 19:00 at ECV, free entry.
Exhibition from 11 to 19 October. ECV, 1 rue Dahomey, 75011 Paris, telephone 01 55 25 80 10.

Exhibition from 20 to 26 October at librairie Artazart, 83 quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris, telephone 01 40 40 24 00,
Signature day, 20 October, at 18:00 at Artazart book-shop.
More info at, telephone 33 (0)146 542 692

Exhibitions, conferences

Type Director Club 45 and tdc2
As in past years, France welcomed the tdc Exhibit from New York with the section dedicated to type design.

Typographier l’espace, Lure 2000.
At the time of writing, the annual meeting of Rencontres internationale de Lure is taking place… more next year.

Créapub, Salon PAO, Apple Expo.
As last year, during these commercial events dedicated to computers, printing and graphic reproduction, conferences took place on the subject of typography, for example the type afternoon during Créapub (where the TDC exhibition was staged): Serge Cortesi, Olivier Nineuil and Jean-François Porchez discussed their latest custom fonts projects.

Associations and non-profit initiatives

Rencontres internationales de Lure
The oldest association of typographers was created by Maximilien Vox (father of the Vox ATypI classification of typefaces), Jean Giono (author) and Jean Garcia (Graphic designer and typographer) at the beginning of the 1950s. The main event is the summer session that takes place every year during the last week of August in Lurs-en-Provence. The association also organises a calligraphy meeting in August, and monthly meetings are held in Paris throughout the year. It publishes an occasional newsletter for its members and opened a website at the end of last year.
Rencontres internationales de Lure, Jacques Blocis (President) 12bis rue Soyer, 9220 Neuilly-sur- Seine. Telephone and fax 33 (0) 1 42 55 79 13.
Jean-Christophe Loubet del Bayle runs several small websites on type: from online magazine on type to index of foundries, history of typography, etc.
E-mail Web

Typographie-Irisa mailing list
This very active francophone mailing list (20 messages each day) on typography was created by Jacques André (association GUTenberg) a researcher of computer typography and TeX, who is a typography afficionado. The list is moderated by Olivier Randier, a typographer who also manages the mailing list faqs. Generally, the discussions are more focused on typography use; Unicode rather than type design.

Graphê (Association Graphê pour la promotion de la typographie).
Graphê, Princess-Elisabeth, port de Javel-Haut. 75015 Paris. Telephone 33 (0) 1 40 59 01 71. Fax 33 (0) 1 40 59 02 90

GUTenberg (Association GUTenberg).
This association aims to bring together the French users of TeX. It publishes books on typography and computer languages, as well as a newsletter.
Association GUTenberg, c/o Jacques André, irisa/inria Rennes, Campus Universitaire de Beaulieu, F-35042 Rennes. E-mail,

An Association run by two young dynamic calligraphers which organises workshops and exhibitions on the history of writing.
Scripsit/Le calligraphe, 84 rue de Charenton, F-75012 Paris. Telephone 33 (0)1 43 45 47 51, Fax 33 (0)1 43 45 49 98.


Scriptorium de Toulouse
An excellent independent type design, typography and calligraphy school headed by Bernard Arin since 1968.
Scriptorium de Toulouse, Bernard Arin, 246 chemin de Tournefeuille, 31300 Toulouse. Telephone 33 (0) 5 61 49 20 09.

Atelier National de Recherche Typographique
Directed by Peter Keller since 1990. ANRT runs post-graduate typography and type design courses. The Atelier has recently moved to Nancy.
ANRT, e-mail

Atelier de Création Typographique from the Ecole Estienne
Created in 1991 by Franck Jalleau and Michel Derre which runs a two-year course devoted to type design.
ACT, École suprieure Estienne, 18 Boulevard Auguste-Blanqui, 75013 Paris. Telephone 33 (0) 1 43 36 96 19.


Frutiger, Adrian. L’Homme et ses signes, Signes, symboles signaux, Atelier Perrousseaux Éditeur, Reillanne, 2000.

Peignot, Jérôme. Petit traité de la Vignette, Imprimerie nationale éditions, Paris 2000.

Étapes Graphiques published two very comprehensive and long articles on the two key figures of French type design:

Chatelain, Roger. “Adrian Frutiger, une oeuvre protéiforme”, Étapes Graphiques, Paris. March 2000.

Nineuil, Olivier. “Ladislas Mandel, explorateur de la typo française”, Etapes Graphiques, Paris. October 1999.

Atelier Perrousseaux opened their own website in 2000 where you will find news about their forthcoming books, authors, and some general news about French type events.

Type market

This year, several comprehensive custom fonts have been created: particularly the huge multi-style family for the supermarket Carrefour (Serge Cortesi). Others include Transilien for sncf (Christophe Badani with Brand company), Bienvenue, France Telecom, Charente, Parisine Dingbats (Porchez Typofonderie).

Independant foundries

Bonté Divine!
Olivier Nineuil published a new catalogue with some new fonts in 2000.
Bonté Divine!, telephone and fax 33 (0) 1 46 62 62 95.

BVS, Albert Boton
Albert Boton distributes direct new fonts and re-designs of his old Berthold fonts.
BVS Albert Boton, telephone and fax 33 (0)1 42 40 21 55.

Les Rats Bleus
Benoît Desprex publishes several freeware and retail fonts through his website.
Benoît Desprez. 43, cours Eugénie, 69003 Lyon. Telephone 33 (0) 4 37 91 01 02, fax 33 (0) 4 72 68 03 29, E-Mail Web,

La Fonderie
Eric de Berranger and Stphane Gambini opened their own website in 2000. La Fonderie, 8, rue des Lyonnais, 75005 Paris.
Telephone and fax 33 (0) 1 43 37 48 24. E-mail

Porchez Typofonderie
Owned by Jean-Franois Porchez since 1994. First e-commerce with secure payment and automatic down- load of fonts in France launched September 2000.
Porchez Typofonderie, Telephone and fax 33 (0) 1 46 54 26 92. Web,

Présence Typo
Thierry Puyfoulhoux opened his own individual foundry in 2000 accompanied by a website. He regularly publishes high quality classical font families.
Présence Typo, Rue de Pouzenc, 05200 Baratier. Telephone and fax 33 (0) 4 92 43 32 59. E-mail Web

Qui résiste?
Pierre de Sciullo opened his own website in 2000. In the near future, he will also sell his fonts, and he will continue his experimental publication “Qui résiste?”
Qui résiste?, e-mail Web

Radiateur fontes
Owned by Jean-Jacques Tachdjian since 1996. Experi- mental fonts appear on a regular basis.
Radiateur Fontes, telephone 33 (0)3 20 54 15 48, fax 33 (0)3 20 57 51 34, e-mail, Web

Created by Grald Alexandre and Sandra Chamaret in 1997.
Sogral, 28, rue Capitaine-Ferber, 75020 Paris. Telephone 33 (0) 1 43 64 03 81. Email

Christophe Badani opened his own website in 2000. One custom font, lettering and a couple of retail fonts.
Typophage, 93, boulevard Jean-Jaurés, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt. Telephone and fax 33 (0) 1 41 31 21 23, Email Web

Typotek, Trafic
Damien Gauthier opened two websites in 2000. The first is Trafic dedicated to his own studio, and the other, called Typotek, want to became the online source for French type designers.
Damien Gautier, Trafik, 3, place Saint-Vincent, F-69001 Lyon, Telephone 04 78 29 16 19, Fax 04 78 27 63 60, Email, Web TrafikWeb Typotek


Adobe France, zi La Fosse la Barbire, 4,rue Germain-Planqué, 93609 Aulnay-sous-Bois cedex. Order from European headquarters in Great Britain and from their website. Web

Agfa Monotype
Agfa-Gevaert sa, 274-276, bd Napolon-Bona- parte, bp 301, 92506 Rueil-Malmaison Cedex. Telephone 33 (0)1 47 32 69

FontShop France.Telephone 33 (0) 144 38 11 40. Web

Signum Art
Signum Art, telephone 33 (0) 1 48 89 60 46.