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Bodoni The King of Printers Tara Durtsche


Bodoni The King of Printers


Bodoni The King of Printers by Tara Durtsche 2013 Typography 3210-01 Text from Linotype.com


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iambattista Bodoni was called the King of Printers; he was a prolific type designer, a masterful engraver of punches and the most widely admired printer of his time. His books and typefaces were created during the 45 years he was the director of the fine press and publishing house of the Duke of Parma in Italy.

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He produced the best of what are known as “modern� style types, basing them on the finest writing of his time.


Modern types represented the ultimate typographic development of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

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Bodoni Std Roman 102 point

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Bodoni Std Poster 98 point

They have characteristics quite different from the types that preceded them; such as extreme vertical stress, fine hairlines contrasted by bold main strokes, and very subtle, almost non-existent bracketing of sharply defined hairline serifs.


Bodoni saw this style as beautiful and harmonious-the natural result of writing done with a well-cut pen, and the look was fashionable and admired.

Harmonious Bodoni Std Poster Compressed 72 point

Other punchcutters, such as the Didot family (1689-1853) in France, and J. E. Walbaum (1768-1839) in Germany made their own versions of the modern faces.


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Bodoni Std Bold Condensed 16-34 point

Bodoni Std Bold Italic 22-32 point


Even though some nineteenth century critics turned up their noses and called such types shattering and chilly, today the Bodoni moderns are seen in much the same light as they were in his own time.

Simple Elegant Romantic Bodoni Std Poster Italic 66 point

When used with care, the Bodoni types are both romantic and elegant, with a presence that adds tasteful sparkle to headlines and advertising.


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