Cochin™ Font Family is a serif Italian old-style typeface, designed in 1912 by Georges Peignot and now published by Linotype and Adobe. There are limited typefaces in this family, with only 6 different variants available. The design was named after notable engraver Charles-Nicolas Cochin le Jeune (the Younger), though it does not resemble any of his work.
The Cochin family of fonts was based upon copper engravings from the 18th century, which partly explains why the Cochin typeface is wide in appearance. Copper is easy to work and engrave, being a soft metal, but to improve legibility it often has wider characters that might be seen in print. An engraved font needs to have sufficient spacing to allow the reader to be able to discern between upright strokes.
The Cochin font was named after a French engraver named Charles Nicolas Cochin (1715–1790) although his work is not related to this typeface in any way. George Peignot (1872–1915), the designer of the Cochin typeface, was a well-known engraver of the period and his Cochin font was widely used in the early 20th century. The Cochin typeface was also used and modified by several other foundries during the 1920s, and is also commonly known as “Sonderdruck”.
The original typeface was cut for Paris foundry, Deberny & Peignot by Charles Malin in 1912.
The original Cochin font is an unusual typeface, with a disparity of shapes which make slightly quirky as typefaces go. It has, however, found its way into a number of printed and published works. The Rock band Keane used the typeface on their earlier album and single covers. It is used in wedding invitations, business cards, greetings/birthday cards, and reproductions of old texts and certificates. The latest usage is in the Apple iPad—this is a strange choice of typeface as it is intended to be part of the e-reader program. Bundled with the iPad, it is hard to see why this font has been included as it is not completely suitable for general reading.
Cochin variants have found their way into recent Hollywood film promotion with the recent film with Tom Hanks "Angels and Demons" using it in theatrical posters and film titles. The Cochin family of fonts appears on many book covers as well.
Unique to Font Family
The Cochin font family has many oddities about it that render it less useful in mainstream publishing. The design itself retains a historic look to it and the regular typefaces do not appear too odd, although they do look dated. The italic version of this font has some design features that some may find stylish, while others find it disparate. With over-curled uprights on the lower case “d”, and an unusual curl on the lower-case “h”, some letters join together in a cursive manner, while others are separate. Inconsistencies like these give the typeface a unique appearance—they are not always practical in use, but can lend an eccentricity often called for in the reproduction of old texts, or where a traditional style of typeface may be required.
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 the font into the iOS, Android or Windows RT mobile platforms. Licenses are platform-specific meaning a separate license is required for each platform the font is embedded into. Licenses remain valid for the total operating life of the app and a new license is not required to cover free updates to the app.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