Understanding Venetian fonts


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Understanding Venetian fonts

When we categorize fonts for text, we usually start with old style fonts, but in order to understand old style fonts, we need to understand where they came from. We need to understand Venetian fonts, and in order to understand Venetian fonts, we need to step back a couple of years, and start with the first fonts in the first Western books printed by Johannes Gutenberg. In the 1430s, Johannes Gutenberg started experimenting with casting metal type. About ten years later, he built his first press, and in 1455, his 42-line Bible was in progress.

Gutenberg's printed books looked a lot like handwritten manuscripts at that time. In fact, he thought people would be more accepting of his work if it looked like the handwritten materials they were used to, so he even cast different forms for some of the letters. Here the top A is slightly narrower, and has less detail on the bowl. By creating slight imperfections in some of the letters, the text looked more varied; more like it was done by a huma...

Understanding Venetian fonts
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