Typographes d’Estienne – French Type Specimen book

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Typographes d’Estienne 1950

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any type-related goodness, so I figured it was time to post the slab of paper above. The book includes 40 – 50 pages of modern San Serif specimens worked into menus, advertisements and letterheads. In addition, there are several tipped in brochures and posters you can flip through. Given the title, I would assume this is an annual and that there are other years available.

Estienne was a french typographer and his name is also linked to Paris based school of graphic design and type design.
And if I read the text on picture 4, it seems to be a work done during the holydays by the students. “Hunting” is the main theme developped on menu, book cover, etc.

SebHayez |

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Thanks Seb!
Does the school exist? and if so do you know if they still produce these type annuals?

Dave |

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Yes, the school always exists, it’s still a major scholl for french designer. I don’t know if this kind of annuals are always produced.
http://www.ecole-estienne.org/

SebHayez |

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Type design is still taught in Estienne, but unfotunately type annuals are no more produced by the school. I don’t know how many of those have been published, but I know they still are in le school’s library.
I’m curious to know where did you get this one, because I thought they were pretty rare ?

Pauline Nuñez |

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Finalement un peu de français par ici ;)
J’adore!

Web Design Company |

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