This article is about the font.
For the entrepreneur, see Jacques-Antoine Granjon.
|Designer(s)||George W. Jones (roman, italic)
Chauncey H. Griffith (bold)
|Foundry||L&M (Linotype & Machinery)|
Granjon is an old-style serif typeface designed by George W. Jones in the period 1928–1929 for the British branch of the Linotype company, and based on the Garamond typeface that was used in a book printed by the Parisian Jean Poupy in 1592.
Because several other Garamonds were on the market in the 1920s, Jones decided to name his type Granjon.
Jones, a master printer based in London, had been engaged by Linotype to improve the quality of their typeface range through the development of revivals of notable type designs of the past.
Granjon was popular in the metal type era and Beatrice Warde described it as her favourite revival of French renaissance typefaces in her famous 1926 article on the topic; it was also praised by former Linotype designer Walter Tracy.
(Many of the Garamond revivals of the 1920s were later shown to be actually based on the types of Jean Jannon; Granjon was an exception to this.
Warde commented "It would seem that Garamond's name, having so long been used on a design he never cut, is now by stern justice left off a face which is undoubtedly his.")
Jones developed a companion bold named Bernhard, named for sixteenth-century engraver Bernard Salomon.
A longtime popular text type, Granjon's digital version is sometimes criticized as being "anemic" in smaller point sizes.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, vols.
I & II (by Julia Child, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle) were set in Granjon typeface.
Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granjon.