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© Martin Majoor


In 1994 I designed Telefont, a sans serif typeface that is being used exclusively for the Dutch telephone book. Simultaneously I was responsible for the inside typography of the telephone book, a rare combination that was ideal for me as a type/book designer. There are two versions of Telefont: 

Telefont List, a real workhorse, to be used in the automatically generated phonebook listings. It has four versions: Regular, Medium (added in 2004), Bold and Italic.

Telefont Text, especially designed for the custom-made introductory pages using many more typographic refinements such as small caps, ligatures and old style figures. It has the versions Regular, Small Caps, Bold and Italic. Telefont is not for sale.

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Four elaborate articles have been written about Telefont. Click to view:

>  A usefull instrument.   Jan Middendorp for Items, 1994
>  Criticle spirit of a telephone book.  Robin Kinross for Eye Magazine, 1995
>  Long Distance Savings.  Peter Hall for I.D. Magazine, 1995
>  New faces | Telefont.  Emily King, 1999.

The Dutch telephone book from 1994telefont in use