Francesco Griffo

Francesco Griffo (also Francesco da Bologna) – born 1450, died 1518 in Bologna, Italy – type founder, punch cutter, type designer. Trained as a punch cutter and type founder in Bologna.

1495: works with Aldus Manutius, for whom he cuts Greek alphabets and in 1501 an italic typeface for a Virgil edition. 1496: cuts the alphabet for Pietro Bembo’s "De Aetna", . 1502: parts company with Aldus Manutius. 1503: cuts an italic typeface for the printer Gershom Soncino in Fano. 1516: opens his own printing workshop in Bologna. He cuts his third italic alphabet for his first publication.

* TYPOGRAPHY – An Encyclopedic Survey of Type Design and Techniques Throughout History by Friedrich Friedl, Nicolaus Ott (Editor), Bernard Stein, published by Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft mbH.
Bembo was cut by Francesco Griffo, Stanley Morison supervised the design of Bembo for the Monotype Corporation in 1929. Bembo is a readable and classical typeface because of its well-proportioned letterforms, functional serifs, and lack of peculiarities.

Griffo Classico is based on the roman and italic types cut by Francesco Griffo at the end of the 15th century. Griffo Classico was designed in 1993 by Franko Luin.

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