Greek Font Society


33 Sp. Merkouri Str.
116 34 Athens
Greece

T: +30 210 725 1979
F: +30 210 725 1979
E: gfs[at]greekfontsociety.gr
 

 

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Introduction

GFS was founded in 1992 by the late Michael S. Macrakis (1924-2001) as a Non-Profit Organization with the expressed aim of contributing to the research of Greek typography. The Society was founded initially by the Kostopoulos Foundation, with further support provided by the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Leventis Foundation, Regis College-USA, the Maliotis Foundation and the Girondelis Foundation. Furthermore, the Greek Literary and Historical Archives (ELIA) offered valuable support by providing office space for the first four years of GFS’s operation.

Board of Directors (2004-2006)

M.V. Sakellariou, President
L. Macrakis, Vice-President
D.G. Portolos, Secretary
L.G. Savidis, Treasurer
G.E. Agouridis
A.G. Drimiotis
A. Giakoumakis

GFS’s Profile

GFS’s type design programme began through the collaboration of painter-engraver Takis Katsoulidis with type designer George D. Matthiopoulos. Since then, GFS has designed a growing list of Greek polytonic (fully-accented) fonts which include various historical revivals and new designs with respect to typographic tradition. In addition, GFS was commissioned to design fonts for the Athens Academy, The Athens Archeological Society, the Institute of Speech amongst others. Furthermore, GFS organised an International Conference, Greek Letters: from Tablets to Pixels at the Institute Français d’Athènes in 1995, and has been active in the publication of works on Typography. For this aim GFS edited and designed the proceedings of the Conference: Michael S. Macrakis (edit), Greek Letters: from Tablets to Pixels, Oak Knoll Press, Newcastle-Delaware, 1996. With a grant from the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation, GFS also translated and designed Robert Bringhurst’s, The Elements of Typographic Style, Crete University Press, Iraklion, 2001. For the occasion of the 2004 Olympics in Athens, GFS designed and published, with the kind support of the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation, a set of seven bilingual publications (English, French, German, Italic, Modern Greek, Russian, and Spanish) of the 14 Olympic Odes of Pindar using historical Greek typefaces from the 15th to the 20th century for the ancient Greek text.

Ongoing projects 2005-

• Compilation, design and publishing of An Anthology of Greek Typography: 15th-20th century (with support from the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation and in collaboration with Kotinos Publications).
• Digital revival of the Theokritos font by Giannis Kefallinos (1957) (in collaboration with the School of Fine Arts, Athens).
• Digitisation of historical Greek typefaces.
• Web page http://www.greekfontsociety.org and monitoring of GFS typefaces (freeware).

Artistic collaborators

George D. Matthiopoulos works as type designer for the Greek Font Society. He is also a freelance typographer specialising in book design, corporate identity, and typographic communication for museum exhibitions. He has written the text book of the course Type History and Design for the Greek Open University (2002) and he has translated Victor Scholderer’s, Greek Printing Types: 1465-1927 (Typophilia, 1995) and Robert Bringhurst’s, The Elements of Typographic Style (Crete University Press, 2001). He teaches Computer Graphics and Typography at the School of Graphic Arts of the Technical Institute of Athens.

Michail Semoglou works as a calligrapher and type designer. He is co-founder of cannot not design, a graphic design bureau, and of the type initiative. He has studied calligraphy, graphic arts and type design and he is a member of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators (1997) and the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (2000). In addition he contributes articles to periodicals, such as 2+3D (Poland), Hyphen (Greece), etc.

Natasha Raissaki has studied graphic design at the School of Graphic Arts of the Technical Institute of Athens and type design at Reading University. She is designated representative for Greece of the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI).