a pair for bodoni

ALJ's picture

does anyone know of a typeface that goes well with bodoni?

Stephen Coles's picture


> Really?

Yes. What matters most is your subject matter and audience.
Tell us more about your project.

ALJ's picture

it's for the graduation invitation + program for my college. I'm using bodoni for the big type but I'm looking for another face (or faces) to set the small information in. it has to be super legible for all the parents & grandparents. any ideas?

Stephen Coles's picture

What is your subject of studies? How much information is there? Would you consider your design classical or contemporary? Formal or casual?

ALJ's picture

it's for a fine art & design program. it has to be classic/formal/serious but also a little bit wacky since it's an art school. there is a lot of information: lists of names, times of exhibitions, receptions, hotels, restaurants, etc. legibility is really important, which is why I don't want to use bodoni for the small stuff...

Stephen Coles's picture

Great. Are you limited to what's available in your school's type library?

gulliver's picture

If Bodoni is your display type, and you are looking for a legible body type, consider a Neoclassical type like Baskerville, or a Scotch Roman like Georgia or Bell. These would also be very scholarly choices in terms of their appearance, and they are very readable as well.

Bulmer is another good choice that sort of straddles the boundary between the Neoclassical types like Baskerville and the Romantic types like Bodoni.

I would steer clear of anything humanist (like Hoefler Text, any Garamond or Adobe Caslon) as they might clash with the high contrast and geometry of Bodoni.

If you want to use a Bodoni for the body copy, ITC Bodoni or Berthold Bodoni Old Face would be good choices.

David Thometz

ALJ's picture

Stephen, no I am not limited to my school's type library.
David, thanks for the ideas!

Dan Gayle's picture

ITC Bodoni Six is my favorite typeface. It's totally funky, yet classical and elegant. It's a chunky typeface, optimized for small point sizes, but even at 12 pts it's still pretty cool. It totally fits the classic/formal/serious but also a little bit wacky requirement.

And because it is an authentic Bodoni, no one can call your bluff if you use it with a display Bodoni.

Stephen Coles's picture

I third the ITC Bodoni. Also, Farnham, FF Clifford, FF Acanthus, and even more funky, FF Danubia.

ALJ's picture

great ideas. thank you!

lettertiep's picture

Futura? Or is that too radical?

zwoelf's picture

Goergia? - i think Georgia was optimised for electronic (display) use, i wouldnt use it for print. Or am i wrong?

blank's picture

Our Bodoni was specifically designed to pair with Helvetica.

ALJ's picture

great! thank you so much.

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