Alice Savoie — type design & research

© Louis Lepais

Selected awards
Type Director’s Club Certificate of Excellence (2010, 2013, 2019, 2023),
Typographica Favourite typefaces of 2018,
French Ministry of Culture/Cnap (Faune, 2018),
Leverhulme Trust (Research project grant, 2017),
Arts & Humanities Research Council (CDA 2010)

Selected clients
Google, The Times, Turner Broadcasting, Ogilvy, Landor, Chermayeff & Geismar, Johnson Banks, Centre national des arts plastiques, Groupe Imprimerie Nationale, Attoma, A practice for everyday life, Studio Makgill, Danielle LaPorte

Selected features
Le Monde, ‘Design: des femmes de caractère’
Femme Type, ‘Designer interview: Alice Savoie’
Print Mag, ‘10 Brilliant Female Creatives Creating Letters Today’
Le Monde, ‘Mais qui fait la police?’, Faune d’Alice Savoie

Atelier 14 rue Pailleron
69004 Lyon, FR
Frenchtype is a type design practice led by Alice Savoie. We collaborate with design studios and communication agencies on the design of custom typefaces for identity and editorial purposes. Alice’s own typefaces include Lucette, Romain 20Faune and Capucine. With over fifteen years of experience, we have collaborated with international clients (The Times, Turner Broadcasting, Ogilvy, etc.) and type foundries such as Monotype, Process Type Foundry, Tiro Typeworks, Frere-Jones Type & Darden Studio.

Our typefaces have a voice. For every project, our ambition is to design original and high-quality typefaces, in close collaboration with our clients. We make a point in identifying the specificities of each project in order to come up with relevant typographic solutions that aim at being remarkable and user-friendly. 

Alice Savoie is a graduate from École Duperré and École Estienne in Paris, and holds an MA in Typeface Design and a PhD in type history from the University of Reading (UK). Between 2008 and 2010 she joined Monotype as an in-house type designer, working on custom projects for international clients. She currently teaches type design at Écal Lausanne (CH) and supervises research projects at Atelier National de Recherche Typographique in Nancy (FR). From 2018—2021 she was the principal researcher on the Leverhulme-funded ‘Women in Type’ project at the University of Reading with Prof. Fiona Ross. She co-edits the Pamphlet collection at Poem editions with Jérôme Knebusch, and is a member of the Atypi and Alphabettes networks. You can access a full list of her talks and publications.
After spending some years in Paris, London and Frankfurt, Alice is now based in Lyon (FR) and is available for commissioned work.

© Alice Savoie 2023