Geneo: a synthesis of historic and present-day visions of typography by Stéphane Elbaz

To be honest, we’re quite obsessional about typefaces and typography. It’s why we decided with Stéphane Elbaz to update Geneo. This typeface a synthesis of historic and present-day visions of typography, a slab serif constructed on an oblique axis. Few years after its publication and certain success, here we go again on optimizing the spacing and kerning of the typeface family along few other design details. Changes on Geneo improve its text color, but isn’t such a dramatic change! As a foundry, we’re constantly listenning to our customers, and looking at previous published designs, to see if we can correct and improve certains things. In addition, we launched the STD versions and Try-out versions.

  • Geneo: a synthesis of historic and present-day visions of typography by Stéphane Elbaz
  • Geneo: a synthesis of historic and present-day visions of typography by Stéphane Elbaz

The subtle contrast of Geneo evokes both Renaissance elegance and the robustness of the Egyptian typefaces that were in vogue during the 19th century. Geneo falls halfway between the classic styles of Garamond and Fournier, with aspects of contemporary slab serifs like Rockwell, Boton, and even Le Monde Courrier. From this blend of styles and genres, it emerges with a singular identity perfectly suited for modern illustrations of quality, savoir-faire, and culture. Geneo’s limited contrast has been carefully crafted to make the font adaptable for use as both text and headlines, as well as for small-print elements like footnotes, appendices, and captions. Its lighter styles — rarely found in today’s serif type families — add delicacy to large-print works. The variety and precision of certain weights, like Regular or Book, allow minute adjustments of the font color in text compositions. This flexibility is especially useful for displaying on devices with high pixel densities such as the latest iPhone or iPad, on which text may appear too thin.

  • Geneo: a synthesis of historic and present-day visions of typography by Stéphane Elbaz
  • Geneo: a synthesis of historic and present-day visions of typography by Stéphane Elbaz

The sturdiness of Geneo makes it a perfect choice for posters, logos, print and any project that requires finesse and sophistication. This versatile font is available in nine weights, from thin to black, with corresponding italics. Geneo offers small capitals, old-style figures, and other features such as case sensitive punctuation and fractions. It also provides alternate versions of some letters such as g and a, plus special arrows and dingbats to give you the flexibility you need for your typographic projects. Geneo pairs perfectly with Allumi, Ardoise, or Ambroise, also available from Typofonderie.

Geneo in use

Enjoy recent use of Geneo typeface by our customers. See our Fonts in use section for more.

Project: Addenda by Sébastien Lordez set in Geneo
Project: Addenda by Sébastien Lordez.

Project: Gauz Debout-payé by Félix Demargne, Cheeri Paris set in Geneo
Project: Gauz Debout-payé by Félix Demargne, Cheeri Paris set in Geneo
Project: Gauz Debout-payé by Félix Demargne, Cheeri Paris.

Geneo: Availability of the updated typeface family

The updated Geneo OpenType fonts are available in our PRO (exclusive), STD, Epub versions. Existing users of Geneo can download the updated version from their account section. Feel free to contact us for any help about this update. Download the Geneo specimen in pdf format for full details of these Advanced typography functions.

→ From € 45 to € 55 for any of Geneo styles
→ From € 119 to € 146 for the Geneo Family of 4 fonts
→ From € 466 to € 569 for the Geneo Full Family of 18 fonts

Geneo: Download the Try-out version!

We’re very pleased to announce that the Geneo OpenType Full Family of 18 fonts is available in Try-out format: This license solely grants you rights for preparatory works, evaluation and internal testings and must only be used by the licensed owner. Neither production, nor final sketch, final artwork are permitted. The Try version includes only capitals but H replaces R, Z. For the minuscules, n replaces h, u. For the figures, 6 replaces 3, 9. Minimal punctuation includes ,.-

→ Download for free the Geneo Full Family of 18 fonts in Try-out format