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Date: 1796

Designer:
Giambattista Bodoni

Foundry:
Bodoni founder and printer

Location:
Parma, Italy

Current equivalent:
Bodoni Classic

See also:
Bauer Bodoni, Linotype Bodoni ITC Bodoni, LTC Bodoni 26, Émigré Filosofia

Technologies:
Metal (foundry)
Metal (machine)
Photosetting
Postscript
Opentype

Famous for:
The definitive Italian modern face.

Applications: Book Publishing & General Purpose Text Setting

Ubiquity:
Widely used

Category:
Modern Roman

Stress: Vertical
Serifs: Perpendicular

Design history:
A new style based on the transitional movement in type design of the preceding century, that led directly to the 'fat face', and novelty types of the 19th century. There are many variations of Bodoni, all by different foundries, of which the newer versions – FF Bodoni Classic and ITC Bodoni, digitised from different sizes on Bodoni's original specimen sheets – are the most respected. The characters in Bauer Bodoni are more delicately drawn and correspondingly this type produces lighter 'colour' on a page of text. Linotype Bodoni, which includes Poster Bodoni and Ultra Bodoni, is perhaps not particularly faithful to the original, but is the most widely distributed.

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picture: Baseline magazine