February 22, 2009 at 11:14 pm (09_271_sp Type1)

Garamond – Claude Garamond (c. 1480-1561)


Claude Garamond was the first person to make type available to printers at an affordable price. In the 1540s Claude Garamond was commissioned to create a typeface for the French king Francis I for a book series by Robert Estienne. This typeface was later adopted for France’s printing. The classification for Garamond is old style serif. The lowercase letters of Garamond were influenced by the handwriting of Angelo Vergecio; the librarian to King Francis I. Garamond also based his type on Griffo, a Roman type. Some contemporary uses of Garamond are seen in Dr. Seuss books, Harry Potter books, and Apple, Inc.





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