Carmina® BT font family

Designed by  Gudrun Zapf-von Hesse in 1986
At the behest of Matthew Carter, Gudrun Zapf von Hesse (the German bookbinder, calligrapher, and type designer) designed Carmina BT from 1984-86 for Bitstream, Inc. Carmina BT is available in four weights (light, medium, bold, and black), each with its own italic. Although Carmina BT is a neutral design, optimized for use in digital publishing, Zapf von Hesse's unique calligraphic spirit is still quite visible in the family's letterforms.

This is not surprising, as all of Zapf von Hesse's typefaces are calligraphic in nature. Yet Carmina BT is suitable for almost any conceivable digital text application, from book design up through signage use. If you like Carmina BT, take a look at some of the other typefaces from Zapf von Hesse's profilic body of work, including Alcuin, Ariadne, Columbine, Diotima, Shakespeare, and Smaragd.

Additionally, a unique type anthology, The Gudrun and Hermann Zapf Collection, is now available. This contains all of the typefaces from Gudrun Zapf von Hesse available from Linotype, as well as those of her husband, Hermann Zapf."

Carmina® BT

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Carmina BT

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Technical font names:
File name: 0719A___.PFB, 0719A___.PFM
PostScript name: , CarminaBT-BlackItalic
PostScript full name: , Bitstream Carmina Black Italic
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These fonts support the Basic Latin character set. Each font is Unicode™ encoded, and available in d

Tag: Basic Latin

Function: These fonts support the Basic Latin character set. Each font is Unicode™ encoded, and available in different formats. Please review the product information for each font to ensure it will meet your requirements.