Linotype Gianotten™ – an innovative typographical project – October 30, 2000

Bad Homburg, 30.October 2000.

According to expert opinion, the Linotype Gianotten™ typeface family, which took over five years to create, is the most successful new interpretation of the classic “Bodoni™” font. For this adaptation of the modern face, typographic designer Antonio Pace went back to Giambattista Bodoni’s original punches, kept in a museum in Parma, and reinterpreted the 200-year-old characters for the world of modern digital technology. Rigorous design and the organic, unadorned construction of the individual characters give the new typeface family a contemporary, highly readable appearance. Linotype Gianotten™ comprises 12 fonts for Macintosh and Windows PC and is now shipping in Germany at DM 340 net (EUR 173.62) plus carriage.

“My Bodoni™ had to be created with the special requirements of today’s production and reproduction processes in mind,” explains the designer Antonio Pace. Born in Italy, but living and working in Germany for over 20 years, he has the necessary intuition to reinterpret the Mediterranean classicistic typography of the original for the computer age. As Pace says: “Many problems with existing PostScript typefaces stem from the fact that they are adaptations of earlier digital processes and systems.” Previous Bodoni™ interpretations were not suited to body text, but Pace’s innovative work can be used as a “text font”.

However, after studying Giambattista Bodoni’s principal work “Manuale Typografico”, Antonio Pace came to a different conclusion. “My design is based on the typefaces from the Manuale which were made for large quantities of text, in particular ‘Lettura ‘, the ‘text font ‘”. But it was not possible to reproduce and enlarge these small type sizes dating from the beginnings of industrial book printing and turn them into usable templates.Thus,the entire design and production process for Linotype Gianotten™ focused not so much on the overall design of the letters,but rather on the character of different elements,on the overall impression of the original typeface and on the planned use.According to Pace,the best way to achieve authenticity is to design a special Bodoni™ for a special purpose.

The tranquil overall effect of the type enhances its readability and makes Linotype Gianotten™ a very appealing font. So far, the typeface family comprises six roman and five italic fonts, as well as a small caps font and non-lining figures. The weight of the fonts increases harmoniously in small gradations, allowing accentuation to be used in the text without distorting the typeface.

Incidentally, the name “Gianotten™” has nothing to do with Bodoni™, but takes its name from Henk W.J. Gianotten. The Dutchman, who describes himself as a “type lover”, has devoted nearly 40 years as a professional typographer to promoting quality typefaces, and Antonio Pace and Linotype Library have chosen to honour his Lifeway with the typeface.

Linotype GmbH – a subsidiary of the Heidelberg Group – offers one of the largest font libraries of original-cut typefaces using today’s state of the art technology.
To date there are more than 4700 PostScript and TrueType fonts available for Mac and PC and the Linotype FontExplorer, on CD or on the Internet, makes them accessible anytime, anywhere.
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