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Bembo Book Font by Monotype. Bembo Book contains 16 styles and family package options. More about this family Bembo Book Pro Bold Italic. In , he used a new roman typeface to print the book de Aetna, a travelogue by the popular writer Pietro Bembo. This type was designed by Francesco Griffo, . Bembo Book Pro Volume. Designers: Monotype Design Studio, Francesco Griffo; Foundry: Monotype; Classifications: Serif, Old Style Serif. download from

The degree of perceived idiosyncracy will of course be dependent on what your readers are used to. Computer Modern will look odd to people from the humanities, but will make maths people feel at home. I see I need to keep it more concise: 3 what features do you need? I suggest you consider that question first, and then see what fonts might offer it. At the moment, I'm having trouble understanding the role you have in mind for, say, swashes in a tech report ; 4 as you're already using LuaLaTeX, you already got the most appropriate tool available in the TeX world.

ConTeXt might be another good choice. But choose wisely, as jumping ships between the two might be difficult once your project has taken up speed.

Swashes -- I'm afraid you're trying to do something that, by its very nature, won't work. A swash is usually defined as a calligraphy-style embellishment, mainly for capital letters.

The 'A' has a flat top. Many lowercase letters show subtle, sinuous curves; the termination of the arm of both the r and the e flare slightly upward and outward. Characters "h", "m", and "n" are not quite vertical on their right-hand stems, with a subtle curve towards the left going down the stroke.

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The ascenders reach above the cap height. Not all digitisations include both. An eccentricity of Griffo's first De Aetna capitals was an asymmetrical M that does not seem to have a serif at top right. So odd it has been suggested it may have been the result of faulty casting of type, it was nonetheless often copied in French imitations by Garamond and his contemporaries.

Monotype also cut italic capitals sloped to match the lower-case, whereas in the Renaissance italics were used with upright capital letters in the Roman inscriptional tradition.

The bold Monotype's invention, since Griffo and his contemporaries did not use bold type is extremely solid, providing a very clear contrast to the regular styles, and Monotype also added lining upper-case height figures as well as the text figures at lower-case height used in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

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Design includes an alternate 'palm Y' in the style of Manutius. A book published by Antonio Blado in , using italics as was normal in the period: lower-case italics, upper-case upright capitals.

The modern concept of an italic using sloped capitals had not become popular at this point. This makes for loose text setting. This problem is exacerbated with sans serif faces.

One solution has been to add serifs often oversize ones to the base of the figure, creating a character that is out of character with the rest of the font. Franklin Gothic is one such example. In a string of numbers the problem is unnoticeable since most figures do not have serifs in a serif font. But when set next to letters a seriffed 1 in a sans serif typeface jumps out like a sore thumb. One solution is to cut off the serif in Adobe Illustrator or FontLab and then kern it.

Another is to use a more compatible 1 from another font—or an entirely different set of figures entirely. News Gothic bottom line: News Gothic kerned with baseline shift hyphen. Bulmer Monotype, ; based on ATF Bulmer [] which was derived from the types of William Martin, Finally, the lowly punctuation mark may be the flaw in a typeface.

The exclamation point and the question mark are the most obvious of these since they are the largest. Monotype Bulmer has a chubby exclamation point, resembling an exploding cigar, that is at odds with the elegance of the rest of the typeface.

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It belongs in a Betty Boop cartoon. On the other hand, Weiss Antiqua has an exclamation point that is so short that it looks to be in danger of vanishing entirely. It is not a bang but a whimper. Schneidler Medieval F.

Weiss cut off the bottom portion where the character either shifts from a curve to a vertical line or simply curls up. Even stranger is the question mark for Schneidler Medieval. It appears to be upside down.

For those who like the typeface, the question mark is its flaw. But for those who dislike Schneidler Medieval—and there are reasons, ranging from its overtly cupped serifs to its capital O—the weird question mark is no big deal.

Weiss Medium and Schneidler Medieval tracked bottom line: After all, some flaws are only blemishes to those who deeply love a typeface. But other flaws are more serious as they hinder legibility, inhibit reading, or fail to perform their expected function. Whether the flaws in a given typeface are fatal or can be worked around depends not only on the typeface but on the typographer.

Caveat littera! Best of the Blogs: May 19, CreativePro. As Frederick said, these typefaces are not really flawed as in useless, they just have quirks that one has to adjust to. However, as much as I love blackletter and can read it with relative ease I do feel that antiqua is easier to read overall.

The letter that gives me trouble is the k with its leg and arm turned into a bow so that it appears to be a bastardized t. I know what it is, but my eye stumbles over it each time. Great article. To me, it feels like a different weight altogether.

Thank goodness for that! It would be a shame to only have a handful of typefaces to play with. Paul, awesome as always. As a printer, of course, my primary concern is whether type will ease into the press or fight with it. Many of the concerns you cite end up creating problems on press as well, particularly in small settings. You have to really love type to make it all the way through this article.

There is truly a wealth of information here! But thanks for your reply. Very interesting read! I now wonder, why this is so? Is there a historical reason for this disabalanced position of the dash? Maybe these issues are more linguistic than cultural.

Though I cannot see blackletter as more readable than roman, despite my great love for it. It makes beautiful patterns and that is often antithetical to readability as there is less letter variation to aid the eye.

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I admire Zentenar but would not want to read a lengthy text in it. On the other hand, Jessenschrift or Wallau would be fine. A few of these issues might be cultural. Finally, as for blackletters, although they take more getting used to, I find the best of them grow surprisingly readable if I give myself the time to get used to them.

Matt, there is no alternate Y in Palatino. The normal Y —one of the key letters in identifying Palatino or its sibling Aldus—has historical precedent behind it but often looks odd to modern eyes. It is a Greek Y or palm Y.

The Romans did not have Y as a letter in their alphabet but the Greeks did. In the Renaissance Humanist scholars and scribes most notably Bartolomeo Sanvito revived the Greek Y as a sign of their erudition.

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It is a Y with curving arms hence the palm designation rather than angled strokes with serifs at the end. Sanvito and his contemporaries often avoided that problem by making it taller than the other capitals following the Roman practice of having some I s taller than others. The latter offers a Latin Y for those who are too timid to use the Greek one.

Someone must not have liked the way the capital Y looked when used in the brand logo, and replaced it with some kind of homebrew Y. Sometimes there is inconsistency even within a single sign. May 19, Themelabz.

Flawed Typefaces Sinting Link. John, script or calligraphic typefaces are a can of worms. I have been working on a book about them for the past three years. I just spent 8 hours sorting out the glyphs in Bickham Pro. But you are right about often not having the right capital letter. Ambrose, if you have no problem with the Burgundica capitals then more power to you. I can read blackletter typefaces with little problem, but that is because I have years of experience with blackletter calligraphy, but most American designers I know stumble over letters like A , D , S and lowercase k and x in such typefaces.

That is why I saw a bookjacket in the s for that Adolf Hikler. The idea of using roman capitals with blackletter seems weird at first but it actually has a solid history with German calligraphers and typographers.

Rudolf Koch made it part of his Wallau and Jessenschrift typefaces and Hermann Zapf has often done this in his calligraphy and book design. And Noordzij designed Tret, a roman face, to match Burgundica.

Unfortunately, it is not commercially available. Pairing it with Roman capitals looks even weirder to me. The question marks are fine too.

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I had to search the site. A fluke of email clients or browsers?

Greatly enjoyed the article, even with minor disagreements. I applaud your willingness to so criticize heralded, famous ly flawed typefaces. In so many cases, inevitably the one swash cap needed is the only one in the set drawn most ordinary—unembellished and without characteristic ornamental swashes and swirls.

Fortunately, ever more are released, easing the selection issue to a degree without the need to draw what for me are the most difficult to draw glyphs. That said, I appreciate and overwhelmingly agree with your postscript against advocating uniformity. I think most type junkies would agree that there can never be too many typefaces. A sizeable number will never see body text, but virtually any quirk can eventually find its unique use.

Good article btw.Reading women literacy, authorship, and culture in the Atlantic world, — Points of comparison: Morison initially commissioned from the calligrapher Alfred Fairbank a nearly upright italic design based on the work of Arrighi, and considered using it as Bembo's companion italic before deciding it was too eccentric for this purpose.

Most of the descenders survived the abuse, but not the g. Unfortunately, it is the figure that causes the most trouble.