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BodoniBodoni is a series of serif typefaces first designed by GiambattistaBodoni (1740–1813) in 1798. The typeface is clas...
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Bodoni

  1. 1. BodoniBodoni is a series of serif typefaces first designed by GiambattistaBodoni (1740–1813) in 1798. The typeface is classified as Didonemodern. Bodoni followed the ideas of John Baskerville, as found inthe printing type Baskerville, that of increased stroke contrast anda more vertical, slightly condensed, upper case, but taking them toa more extreme conclusion. Bodoni had a long career and his de-signs evolved and differed, ending with a typeface of narrower un-derlying structure with flat, unbracketed serifs, extreme contrastbetween thick and thin strokes, and an overall geometric construc-tion. Though these later designs are rightfully called “modern”, theearlier designs are “transitional”. Among digital versions, there aretwo good examples of the earlier, transitional period: Sumner Stone’sITC Bodoni, and Günther Lange’s “Bodoni Old Face” for Berthold.Virtually all other versions are based on Bodoni’s most extreme latemanner. Bodoni admired the work of John Baskerville and studiedin detail the designs of French type founders Pierre Simon Fournierand Firmin Didot. Although he drew inspiration from the work ofthese designers, above all from Didot, no doubt Bodoni found his ownstyle for his typefaces, which deservedly gained worldwide acceptanceamong printers.

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