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May 12, 2014

Fifty Typefaces That Changed The World

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From a review in the March 25 New York Times Book Review: "In 'Fifty Typefaces That Changed The World,' John L. Walters,, editor of the design journal Eye magazine and a music critic for The Guardian, discusses influential typefaces, among them the Aldine Italic, commissioned by Aldus Manutius and designed by Francesco Griffo. 'Venetian publishers were obliged to pursue a more economical approach after the collapse of the credit market in 1500,' Walters writes. 'Griffo's slimline design was intended to permit more words in less space.' The book also singles out Cheltenham [top], designed in 1896 by the architect Bertram Grosvenor, the type for headlines in The New York Times."

[Visual credit: Nick Pope/St. Bride Printing Library]

May 12, 2014 at 04:01 AM | Permalink


Typefaces are the soul of communication.

I have been blessed to work in a field that has shown me countless Typefaces/Fonts, most are enjoyable

yet only a few are immortal.

Posted by: Joe Peach | May 12, 2014 5:12:35 PM

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