Berthold Bodoni® Antiqua is a modern slab serif released by the Berthold Foundry in 1930 and enhanced in the 1970’s to add condensed versions and in the 1980’s with the expert series. It was based upon the great works of 18th century Italian master printer Giambattista Bodoni.
Berthold Bodoni Antiqua HistoryOpen
Giambattista Bodoni came from a printing family with both his father and grandfather being printers. A prolific publisher and expert typographer, Bodoni’s life works as an engraver, printer and typographer became well known and he even has a museum dedicated to him in Parma in Italy, the city where he eventually died in 1813. During his busy career, after starting as a promising apprentice in the Vatican’s own publishing arm – even being allowed as an apprentice (unusually for the day) to publish books under his own name. His mastery of ancient languages and typefaces was well appreciated by the print masters of the Vatican.
After recovering from malaria, Bodoni was retained on commission by Duke Ferdinand of Bourbon-Parma to develop La Stamperia Reale (The Royal Print) into one of the finest printing houses in Europe. His experience and wide knowledge soon brought prestige to this printing house and once it was established, he was permitted to open up under the Bodoni name; Officina Bodina (The Office of Bodoni).
Elsewhere in Europe was another type designer named Didot who himself came from generations of printers and typographers – his whole family has a long list of achievements in the field of printing and typesetting. The Didot print works was a great competitor of Bodoni but undeterred by the competition Bodoni engraved an impressive 298 typefaces over his busy and productive life. Although the Didot family had an advantage over Bodoni, he is still held up as the master of pseudo-classical typeface design and produced some highly stylistic typographic representations that in some cases, as he remarked himself, “were more to be admired than read”. His later career involved being the Court typographer for Charles III of Spain whose commissions were for the stylized typefaces that Bodoni has mastered.
Bodoni came up with an elegant version of a John Baskerville typeface with increased contrast between the stroke widths and sharper more tapered serifs which became known as the “Bodoni typeface” and has been copied and used as a design basis for many typefaces over the years.
The Bodoni style today is seen as one of the basic design statements of the late 18th/early 19th centuries. Unlike earlier serif typefaces, the x-height was not so high and there are the characteristic thick stroke verticals and thin strokes to contrast with them that the Bodoni style is famous for.
One very notable difference with the serifs in the Bodoni font is that they are slab-like. This is in contrast to the serifs of the day which tended to be sloped and often adjoined a crossbar such as in the lower case “t”. The flat appearance and thin strokes makes the serif wider in stroke than the actual letter strokes adding uniqueness to the Bodoni font family.
The Bodoni typeface became extremely popular, partly due to Bodoni’s own success, but also as it was becoming a standard readily available and functional typeface, many printers began to favor it over the Didot typefaces that were common at the time. The Bodoni typeface has stood the test to time and is still in common use today. The Berthold Bodoni Antiqua font family remains true to the original design of the revered printer who created the original.
Berthold Bodoni Antiqua UsageOpen
IBM is the most notable user, with Berthold Bodoni Antiqua forming a prominent part of the IBM corporate identity. Berthold Bodoni Antiqua has also appeared on countless posters and ad campaigns from a broad spectrum of other businesses represented in many languages.
Centuries of book and other publishing has made the Bodoni font family one of the most recognizable design features of the last 200 years. Bodoni is truly one of the kings of typography and Berthold Bodoni Antiqua appears regularly in all types of books and advertisements.
Licenses for desktop fonts
A typical desktop font EULA will allow you to install the font on your computer for use with authoring tools including word processors, design tools and other applications that permit font selection. Fonts can also be used for creation of print documents, static images (JPEG, TIFF, PNG) and logos. The cost of a desktop font license is determined by the number of workstations on which the font is to be used.View the desktop EULA for this family
Licenses for Fonts.com Web Fonts subscriptions
The Fonts.com Web Fonts license provides access to a selection of fonts for use on websites for use with CSS@font-face. Font delivery from our global network is available through all subscriptions – even our free plan. Some plans include the option to self-host, access to desktop fonts, and use of our FontExplorer X font manager and Typecast design application. The price of a plan is determined by its pageview allowance and other features included.View the Fonts.com Web Fonts subscription license agreement
Licenses for mobile apps
A mobile app license permits the embedding of a font into the iOS, Android or Windows Phone mobile platforms for a single title and a set number of app installations. You can view and modify the installation limit from the cart. App installations can be spread out across the platforms your app is available for. A new license is not required to cover updates to an app, however installations of newer versions of your app do count toward your installation limit.Learn more about licenses for mobile apps
Licenses for electronic publications (eBooks)
An electronic publication license can be used for the embedding of fonts into electronic documents including e-books, e-magazines and e-newspapers. A license covers only a single title but is valid for the full operating life of that title. Every issue of an e-magazine, e-newspaper or other form of e-periodical is considered a separate, new publication. Format variations do not count as separate publications. If a publication is updated and distributed to existing users, a new license is not required. However, updated versions issued to new customers are defined as new publications and require a separate license.Learn more about licenses for eBooks
Server licenses authorize the installation of a font on a server that is accessed by remote users or website visitors. These licenses are commonly used by Web-based businesses providing goods that are personalized by its users such as business cards, images with captions and personalized merchandise. Users are not allowed to download the font file and the font may not be used outside the server environment. The font may not be employed for a software as a service (SaaS) application in which the service is the actual product and not the means of providing the product. Server licenses cover a set number of CPU cores on production servers (development servers are not counted) on which the font is installed. The license is valid for 1 year.Learn more about server licenses