Thursday, February 1, 2018

Manutius & Griffo (roman comes back!)

this typography, famous for its quality and clarity (in roman typeface cut by fancesco griffo), was used by Manutius in february 1495 for De Aetna of pietro bembo, for which reason the typeface was named Bembo (when it was revived in 1929 by Stanley Morison).

griffo made his lowercase ascenders taller than the capitals to correct what he thought was an optical color problem (that is, the tendency of capitals to appear too large and heavy in a page of text) that had plagued earlier Roman fonts. griffo's typeface became the model for the french type designers who perfected these letter forms during the following century (MHGD).