Do you know info on Giambattista Bodoni?

dcorbera26's picture

I'm doing a research pape on Giambattista Bodoni. I was wondering if anyone knows information about him of what tools he used to make his type. Also, more about his life for instance if he had children and other things. I've found a couple pages of info, but I feel like i'm missing a lot of data.

thank you

Reed Reibstein's picture

Haven't had a chance to read it yet (it's on my to-read list), but I've heard good things about Alessandro Segalini's timeline of Bodoni.

gthompson's picture

Typographic Milestones by Allan Haley has a good article on Bodoni and his background. He was married, but I don't recall if he had children or not.

U&lc also had a Bodoni issue when they released the ITC Bodoni, and the out of print FMR magazine had an article on the Bodoni museum in Parma including pics of his punches and tools. I believe it was just files and gravers like most type cutters of the time.

I felt bad because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no Bodoni

H. Todd Duren's picture

Are you kidding me? I'm not going to do you homework. Use Wikipedia for Godssakes.

H. Todd Duren,
designer. educator. yada yada

Miss Tiffany's picture

On the other hand, Todd, you don't need to be so mean. Yes, one can't expect others to do the work for them, but simple suggestions are a polite way to say the same thing.

Don McCahill's picture

Yeah, Wikipedia has 141 words on Bodoni. Should be no problem fleshing that out into a 20 page essay. (And since the original post was in May, I suspect that the user has finished the paper).

Antonio Cavedoni's picture

Dave: most of the books about type history, especially the anthologies like Lawson’s Anatomy of a Typeface or Updike’s Printing Types have informations on Bodoni. Some of them are listed here on Typophile, I would recommend to check with your school library if they have any available.

There’s also a great deal of information available on the man, depending how deep you want to go in your research. Unfortunately most of what I’ve found so far is available only in Italian (but that’s an advantage for me since that’s my first language!). For example, issue #9 of Progetto Grafico, one of Italy’s leading graphic design journals, has a substantial section about Bodoni’s types and derivative works.

Gary Lonergan's picture

I hope your experience of writing an essay has sparked an interest in Bodoni. If you can its a great experience to visit the Bodoni Museum in Parma italy. You will have to ring to make an appointment and when I went in February last year it was freezing cold as the heating was off. I had the chance to hold Bodoni's punches in my hand (as there were only two of us visiting) and they looked as if they had been cut yesterday.

gohebrew's picture

Frederick Goudy's book refers to Bodoni and his students (apparently, he had a famous school of type design), and their involvement in the creation of type used to ptoduce the classic Jewish books.

Interestingly, the design of the Romm family typeface designs, based upon ancient Sephardic drawings resembled Bodono's unique design style making one wonder who influenced who?

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