Bringhurst says the golden section is universally appealing. I submit that the same can be said for the voluptuous, rounded stroke-ending known (to the cheeky) as the ball terminal. So, today, let’s take a short break from talking like pirates to celebrate some fonts well-endowed with those sweet dollops of goodness that are rarely discussed, but so widely appreciated.
ITC Zapf Book
Hermann Zapf is usually hailed for his calligraphy or Optima or Palatino. I’ve recently discovered the beauty of his fat serif faces. Check out the heavy weights of ITC Zapf Book and International. Chew-worthy!
Jason Walcott‘s delicious Cabernet is just sick with ball terminals. Honestly, check out the superfluous swash on the ‘u’ up there. Mmm, hurts so good. The font is a revival of an old tricked-out Caslon by Ed Benguiat. These high contrast, decorative vintage types are all the rage these days, showing up on tee shirts and album art.
Christian Schwartz returned to the sparkling types of punchcutter Johann Fleischman for this family. Fans include Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone.
I’m not sure whether to call this new face from Rian Hughes Victorian or Deco, so I shall call it Victodeco!
Mark Simonson’s aptly-named Coquette is the typographic equivalent of a young Anna Karina. He describes his creation as “the result of a happy marriage between Kabel and French Script”. So true. Incidentally, it’s her geometric sanscestory that makes Coquette the perfect feminine companion for the ever-popular Neutraface. C’est magnifique!
A “scotch roman” is a sturdy newspaper type. A little old school, but handsomely exudes importance. Matthew Carter’s Miller is the most complete scotch available. Cuts for text and headline sizes, and styles for every occasion. Web designers can think of it as a Georgia for print.
Beautifully buxom. A throwback to both art nouveau and the flower-power ’70s.
ITC Modern No. 216
Ed Benguiat usually did things in a big way, and he certainly wasn’t going to hold back on the ball terminals in this English Modern.
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