Research for Type Specimen poster designs

I was torn between creating a Poster to show the fonts: Jenson, Bembo, Baskerville and Bodoni, so I did some basic research to help me decide which font type I would like to feature.

Nicolas Jenson and the success of his roman type

A close look at the earliest types cut in Venice shows that Jenson is one of the most important characters in the history of typography. Jenson was an engraver, printer, and type designer who produced and influenced some of the classics of typography we still use today. Having decided not to return to France because of political upheavals in the 1460s, Jenson travelled to Venice and opened his own printing workshop, where he went on to issue around 150 titles for clients. Jensonproduced work of such quality that it is still being used to this very day- A cleaned-up version of his beautiful Roman typeface is now one of Adobe’s core set of fonts (Adobe Jenson).

Francesco Griffo and the first version of Bembo type

Bembo is a very legible typeface which is frequently used for books. However, Bembo can be used for any type of project in which you need a classical yet stylish look. The first version of Bembo was cut by Francesco Griffo around 1496 for use by Venetian printer Aldus Manutius. The typeface got its name from being used in a book authored by Cardinal Bembo- This is Bembo Regular-

John Baskerville and the typeface Baskerville

The typeface Baskerville was heavily influenced by the processes of the Birmingham-bred John Baskerville, a master type-founder and printer. Baskerville, designed in 1754, is most known for its crisp edges, high contrast and generous proportions.  

“Having been an early admirer of the beauty of letters, I became insensibly desirous of contributing to the perfection of them. I formed to myself ideas of greater accuracy than had yet appeared, and had endeavoured to produce a set of types according to what I conceived to be their true proportion.”

Giambattista Bodoni and the typeface Bodoni

Bodoni is the name given to the serif typefaces first designed by Giambattista Bodoni (1740–1813) in the late eighteenth century and frequently revived since. Digital versions of Bodoni are said to be hard to read due to “dazzle” caused by the alternating thick and thin strokes, particularly as the thin strokes are very thin at small point sizes. This is very common when optical sizes of font intended for use at display sizes are printed at text size, at which point the hairline strokes can recede to being hard to see.

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