Over 70 years in the making, the Diotima® Classic typeface family is not only one of the most beautiful typefaces ever designed – it is also one of the more versatile.
Diotima Classic History
It’s been said that the Diotima® design is one of the most beautiful typefaces ever cast in metal. Drawn by Gudrun Zapf von Hesse, a practicing calligrapher for over 70 years, the design dates back to the beginning of her career. At the time, Zapf von Hesse was working as a bookbinder, and her calligraphic handwriting rendering for text from Hyperion to Diotima, by Friedrich Hölderlin, served as the foundation for Diotima Italic. It wasn’t until 1948 that a roman design was added to the family. Shortly after this, the D. Stempel AG type foundry became aware of the design and began to produce the first metal fonts of Diotima in 1951.
This original Diotima was particularly suited to display applications such as invitations, social announcements, and brochures. The two-weight family was eventually made into fonts for phototypesetting equipment – and finally into digital fonts.
In 2008, Akira Kobayashi, Linotype’s type director, and Zapf von Hesse collaborated to revive and reinterpret Diotima for both text and display typography. The result of their work is Diotima Classic, a four-weight family – each with a complementary Italic design. The new Diotima Classic Light captures the delicate spirit of the original Diotima, while the Regular weight has more robust serifs and thicker hairlines, making it ideally suited for copy in text sizes. The Bold weight provides emphasis in text copy, while the Heavy is perfect for those instances when you want to make an important point – but in the nicest of all possible ways.
The new Diotima Classic family is also available as a suite of OpenType Pro fonts. Graphic communicators can now work with this versatile design while taking advantage of OpenType’s capabilities, including the automatic insertion of old style figures, ligatures and small caps.
The Diotima Classic Pro fonts also offer an extended character set supporting most Central European and many Eastern European languages.
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