The British designer Rachel Ellaway created the font in 1999. Linotype Besque is part of the Take Type Library, chosen from the entries of the 1999 International Digital Type Design Contest for inclusion on the TakeType 3.1 CD. A generous typeface in which the circle, or better, the o, is without a doubt the dominant element. Almost all figures were constructed from the form of the o. The letters are therefore almost without exception convex and make an open, airy and dynamic impression. The wedges at the ends of some figures give the typeface a Celtic-Irish feel. Because of a lower grade of legibility, Linotype Besque should be used exclusively for headlines in larger point sizes. Linotype Besque is part of the Linotype Library. Linotype Besque is a trademark of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, which may be registered in certain jurisdictions, exclusively licensed through Linotype GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.
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