What is Bodoni?

  • (noun): Italian printer who designed the Bodoni font (1740-1813).
    Synonyms: Gianbattista Bodoni
    See also — Additional definitions below


Bodoni is a series of serif typefaces first designed by Giambattista Bodoni (1740–1813) in 1798. The typeface is classified as Didone modern. Bodoni followed the ideas of John Baskerville, as found in the printing type Baskerville: increased stroke contrast and a more vertical, slightly condensed, upper case; but took them to a more extreme conclusion. Bodoni had a long career and his designs evolved and varied, ending with a typeface of narrower underlying structure with flat, unbracketed serifs, extreme contrast between thick and thin strokes, and an overall geometric construction. Though these later designs are rightfully called "modern", the earlier designs are "transitional". Some 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 only occurs when display versions are used at text sizes, and it is also true of much display type that is used at text sizes. Non-dazzling versions of Bodoni that are intended to be used at text size are "Bodoni Old Face", optimized for 9 points; ITC Bodoni 12 (for 12 points); and ITC Bodoni 7 (for 7 points).

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Bodoni - Popular Culture
... Bodoni was the capital city of San Serriffe. ...
Bodoni (disambiguation)
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Giambattista Bodoni - Further Reading
... de Lama, Vita del Cavaliere Giambattista Bodoni.. ... e Corrado Mingardi (1989) De Azara - Bodoni ed ... Bertieri, L'Arte di Giambattista Bodoni (1913) G ...
History Of Western Typography - Transition To Modern Type: 17th and 18th Century - Modern Romans
... arrived with the types of the Italian Giambattista Bodoni and the French Didots ... Bodoni was foremost in progressing from rococo to the new classical style ... The roman types of Francois Ambroise Didot and son Firmin Didot closely resemble the work of Bodoni, and opinion is divided over whether the Didots or Bodoni originated the first modern romans ...
Gavril Bănulescu-Bodoni - Biography - Clergyman in Moldavia
... In 1784, Bănulescu-Bodoni returned to Iaşi to serve under Metropolitan Gavriil Callimachi, then moved to the diocese of Huşi ... of Ekaterinoslav to be the locum tenens Exarch of Moldo-Wallachia, naming in 1791 Bănulescu-Bodoni bishop of Cetatea Albă ... but prior to the Russian retreat, in February 1792, Amvrosii appointed Bănulescu-Bodoni the Metropolitan of Moldavia ...

More definitions of "Bodoni":

  • (noun): A typeface (based on an 18th century design by Gianbattista Bodoni) distinguished by regular shape and hairline serifs and heavy downstrokes.
    Synonyms: modern, modern font, Bodoni font