Didot Type Specimen

  • Assignment
  • Design a type specimen for one of the typefaces provided that will communicate as a poster and a booklet. The specimen should be reflective of the typeface.
  • Background
  • Designer: Firmin Didot
    Foundry: House of Didot
    Origin: Paris, France
    Year: 1784
    Category: Serif
    Class: Didone
    The Didot family was a highly innovative team of printers, publishers, type founders, and paper makers; their accomplishments strongly influenced the development and evolution of type design. In 1784, Firmin Didot designed the first truly Modern typeface.  The Didot types defined the characteristics of the modern (or Didone) roman type style, with their substantial stems flowing into extremely thin hairlines; the serifs are straight across with virtually no bracketing. Because of the fine hairlines that are characteristic of modern romans, their use was somewhat restricted in metal types. Redesigned by various type foundries such as Linotype and Hoefler & Co. for digital use, Didot retains all of the features that make Didot types superior for book work and other text use.
  • 22x33in B&W poster mounted on foam core.
  • Sources:
    Meggs, Philip B. Typographic Specimens: The Great Typefaces. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1993.
    Palacio, Bryony, and Armin Vit. 
    Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design. Beverly, Mass.: Rockport, 2009.
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