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Date: 1976

Designer:
Hermann Zapf

Foundry:
Linotype Hell

Location:
Frankfurt, Germany

Current equivalent:
Linotype Marconi (Marconi Bold shown above)

See also:
Linotype Melior by the same designer

Technologies:
Digital Photosetting
Postscript
Opentype

Famous for:
First typeface created with the aid of URW Ikarus CAD system.

Applications: Book Publishing & General Purpose Text Setting

Ubiquity:
Not widely used

Category:
20th century Serif Roman

Stress: Vertical
Serifs: Bracketed Serif

Design history:
Hermann Zapf's prolific output included Marconi, a text face for books and magazines available in four weights with italics. The round forms of Marconi follow the principle of the superellipse – a form between oval and square. The lowercase letters are enlarged as the result of reading tests, while the capital letters are slightly reduced. Therefore it is a highly legible, open face at small sizes, and suitable for long texts. Created originally in 1973 for the Digiset (a digital typesetting system produced by the German firm Dr.-Ing. Rudolf Hell GmbH), Marconi was released three years later, subsequently re-released by Linotype in 1990 when Linotype merged with the Hell Corporation.

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picture: SOTA