Thursday, October 17, 2013

Giambattista Bodoni - Manuale Tipographico

Bodoni created a series of typefaces that were considered didone modern. He is most famous for the  beautiful typeface, Bodoni.  Bodoni drew inspiration from French type designers like Pierre Simon Fournier and Firmin Didot. Also, he thoroughly enjoyed the work of the English gentleman John Baskerville and based a lot of the typography architecture from Baskerville. There are some distinctive characteristics of Bodoni's letter like the round dot over the letter i, or the double story lower case a. As far as upper case the distinctive characteristics are the tail of the Q, the slight hook in the J, and there are 2 versions of R. 

I find it quite amazing that someone put most of there life building a type face and not knowing how famous it actually became. For the ABCfriday blog I have some pictures that I would like to show of Giambattista's book, Manuale Tipographico.

In honor of the Print King Giambattista Bodoni

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