Scangraphic Fonts. When digitized?

James Gareth's picture

Can anyone shed some light on when the Scangraphic phototype library was digitized? Any history on the foundry would also be appreciated. Thanks.

James Gareth's picture

I've read that statement, which is similar to the one on their website. It seems to imply that their typefaces were developed for phototypesetting (non-digital) beginning in 1980. Is this a correct interpretation?

Further, were there any digital SG fonts prior to 2004 or was this the first time the SG fonts were digitized?

bieler's picture


I have a couple of Scanographic digital fonts that are dated 1992 (with their trademark). I think Scanographic was initially analog (of proprietary nature).


Stephen Coles's picture

Scangraphic was recently purchased by Elsner+Flake.

James Gareth's picture

1992 ... That's interesting. Thanks for the information, guys. I wonder if there's a list of their entire catalog from 1992 somewhere. Perhaps someone from Elsner+Flake should know. Thanks again.

ktinkel's picture

There were Scangraphic specimen books around in the early 1990s. Somewhere I have a set, one with black covers, the other with white. I don’t remember for sure what the difference was, but perhaps one was for the proprietary library, the other for desktop (Type 1) offerings. (Or maybe film and digital.)

Later, the company exhibited for a year or two at either Seybold or MacWorld, and gave away a smaller book of one-line showings of fonts available in PostScript Type 1. (All this is from memory; can’t find the books right now.)

FontHaus used to sell Scangraphic fonts; I have Zapf Renaissance and Today Sans from that period.

-- Kathleen

Stephen Coles's picture

Current Scangraphic resellers: FontHaus, FontShop, MyFonts

James Gareth's picture

Before I contact E&F, does anyone know if they added any fonts to their catalogue when they redid them in 2004, or if they refreshed only existing fonts.

Thanks for the additional information, Kathleen!

Stephen Coles's picture

They've added a few that were off the market, such as Avant Garde Alt.

Stephen Coles's picture

Writing a book, James?

twardoch's picture

Scangraphic fonts were digitized on Ikaurs equipment in close collaboration with URW in the 1980s. Scangraphic is based in Hamburg, just like Elsner+Flake and URW++, and the activities of the companies are somehow interconnected. Veronika Elsner, now co-head of Elsner+Flake, was the first type designer who worked at URW (she was hired by Peter Karow in 1975 or so). Jelle Bosma (now Monotype Imaging) worked at Scangraphic when the company digitized their type collection. The Scangraphic fonts were converted to Type 1 about 1992 and used to be sold via some channels mentioned above. Since Scangraphic literally abandoned the font business, last year Elsner+Flake has taken over their font collection. They added Euro characters to all the fonts, remastered them, re-issued in Type 1 format and additionally published in OpenType PS format.


James Gareth's picture

Thanks for the great info, Adam! That helps, a lot. No book, Stephen, just some curiosity which then led to some nagging questions which I had to try to get answered.

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Am looking for Pointille IMA 307 or IMA 566

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