Thursday, 29 January 2009

Critical Type (2)

It is obvious that Seebad is a modern font. Created only couple of years ago it has all what a modern typeface should have. It is brave and sleek, but also cheeky in the form of letters. A strong, powerful and friendly. Tall san-serif in a mood for fun. The curves are geometric, it is less organic then Bodoni as it has less contrast, still it looks very human to me, mainly because of it's cheekiness.

Seebad font was created back in the year 2003 by Silvan Kaeser. The font is used mainly in computer related texts because of its robust and digital form. Seebad is a trademark of Linotype GmbH and may be registered under certain jurisdiction. Designed 2002 by Silvan Kaeser.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Critical Type (1)

It is a font with a great character.
I love the contrast between the thin and thick part of the letters and very organic curves. The thing with
Bodoni is that it is very elegant, for some work/projects it is not the right type, but still it is always visible in a set of other fonts. It is playful and ambivalent.
It is a classic font though. Was designed in 1798 by Italian designer and it took it's name from him. It grew from the designer's admiration towards Baskerville (mainly it's upper case). I find that there is certain lightness about Bodoni comparing it to Baskerville though. It is more agile and looks more flexible towards modern designs. It is not the font I always use, but I always check it against the idea I have in my head.

The typeface is classified as didone modern. Bodoni followed the ideas of John Baskerville as found in the printing type Baskerville, that of increased stroke contrast and a more vertical, slightly condensed, upper case, but taking them to a more extreme conclusion. Bodoni's typeface has a narrower underlying structure with flat, unbracketed serifs. The face has extreme contrast between thick and thin strokes, and an overall geometric construction.

"Miss Bodoni
Beautiful Bodoni, brimming with style and sophistication. This Italian stunner has voluptuous curves and always looks better well leaded. She moved in aristocratic circles in her formative years (the Duke of Palma was especially impressed with her cupped top serifs) and then enjoyed a glittering career, particularly in the world of fashion. She’s often seen in Paris and Milan and her face regularly appears in leading style magazines."
By Talor Lane...