Two Typefaces

September 29, 2009

So I saw something similar to this somewhere on the vast interwebz. It inspired me to make some of my own, considering my type fetish. I have done a few, will probably post all at some point in the future. Here is Bodoni & Didot, two slab-serifed typefaces.

didot & bodoni

Taken from Wiki:

“The (Didot) typeface takes inspiration from John Baskerville’s experimentation with increasing stroke contrast and a more condensed armature. The Didot family’s development of a high contrast typeface with an increased stress is contemporary to similar faces developed by Giambattista Bodoni in Italy. Didot is described as neoclassical, and is evocative of the Age of Enlightenment.

“Bodoni’s typeface has a narrower underlying structure with flat, unbracketed serifs. The face has extreme contrast between thick and thin strokes, and an overall geometric construction.”

I think I like Bodoni’s take on the style of typeface more than Didot’s. His (Bodoni’s) x-height is shorter, the letters seem more compact and practical. This is especially visible in the ‘w’ and ‘m.’ Both are classics tho.