Note: Bembo

Note

Great typography is enduring.

It eschews trends and strives for lasting power. It brings with it its own history.

Bembo is a humanist serif typeface created in 1495 by Francesco Griffo in Venice, Italy. It is an attractive typeface, well suited for book-length text.

Characteristics include thin, asymmetrical serifs with mild bracketing, moderate contrast and moderate x-height. Small beak on ‘e’, stretched ‘f’, and elongated ‘j’. Warm, welcoming and inspirational.

Bembo users include Penguin, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, National Gallery and Yale University Press.

A comparable typeface is Centaur designed by Bruce Rogers in 1914 for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with a delicate, subtle feel.


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