One type of ornament that stuck out to me is the ornaments in the typeface of Bodoni. I think these are extremely decorative and can have several uses.
Bodoni was created by Giambattista Bodoni. Bodoni’s typefaces are classified as Didone or modern. Bodoni had a long career and his designs changed and varied, ending with a typeface of a slightly condensed underlying structure with flat, unbracketed serifs, extreme contrast between thick and thin strokes, and an overall geometric construction.
Examples of how these can be used are in several ways like a calendar, a book cover, or even as a design element to emphasize a graphic.
In looking at https://www.typewolf.com/resources. I came across the typographic blog section. I think this is especially important because it’s a reflection of exactly what this blog is about which is looking and analyzing typography. On this website I took a look and scrolled through different blogs and came across some interesting things and type. I think it’s worth looking into because you can get an insight on exactly what other graphic designers are doing when it comes to typography.
I found these glyphs that are included in a book called “The Little Book of Typographic Ornaments” by David Jury. The ornaments in his book date back to the 1700’s and are from the type foundries and specimen books of that time. These ornaments are very beautiful and elaborate. I could see these on a very lavish wedding invitation or a very nice hotel logo/identity.
The two fonts I chose are Rufina and Pavanam from Google Fonts. I like when a serif font and a sans serif font go with each other. Especially when you are trying to chunk information, its good to have two distinct looking fonts. Here is what they look like together:
For this blog post I discovered and learned about fonts.com. What I’ve found and actually purchased from Fonts.com is an online subscription that unlocks thousands of fonts for a mere 15$ a month. In the past I’ve always found the differences in font lists across different computers to be a problem, especially when dealing with work horse fonts like Helvetica and Frutiger. With the subscription from fonts.com, most work horse fonts, and a ton of other fonts become available to use and work with at the click of just a button. Once installed on your computer, their program will sync whatever fonts you choose online with your computer and will allow you to use them in an instant. What’s especially useful to me was that it can be used across multiple computers as well, so when dealing with a unique font at home, I can also work on the same project in class or on campus. Fonts.com not only made working across multiple platforms easier, but unlocking thousands of fonts that i didn’t know existed was also quite pleasant.
Above are some of the ornaments that can be found in the Minion Pro font family. Designed by Robert Slimbach in 1990 for Adobe Systems, these ornaments were consciously given the character of being hand-drawn. With how beautiful and unique these ornaments look I feel they can be used in a wide variety of places, I personally chose to use the heart ornament in one of my business card designs. I can definitely see myself using them more in the future.
For the 10th and final blog post for Typography, I chose typographic ornaments from the font Zapfino. This font was designed for Linotype in 1998 by Hermann Zapf. Zapfino has an organic quality with a fluid calligraphic script font that comes with dozens of typographic ornaments and characters for combining and customization. All the ornaments have the style of pen-drawn illustrations, which is similar to the writing style of calligraphy masters. I can see these ornaments being used on printed materials such as business cards, brochures, or personalized papers for accents and page decoration.