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Choice of Garamond (2)

Thierry Bouche replies to Apostrophe's list above.

  • Sabon claims to be very close to some punches that ended up in Germany for some reason (beware, the digital version keeped all stupid design distortions imposed by the linotype technology, its italic should be avoided but the roman is pretty nice). Imho, the most faithful to the punches in Plantin museum at Antwerp is Adobe Garamond -- the spacing was tightened, though).
  • Stempel Garamond: The weight is somehow too heavy, the f too short, it's less curly than Garamont's fonts, it is also limited by linotype low typographic abilities...
  • Adobe Garamond: yes, and they fit rather well, though the lower contrast of the italics modify the colour if you use it too extensively.
  • Monotype's Garamond: Sure, but soooo light (goes back to this period where monotype used to do the digital versions after the punches, not taking into account the ink spread in the actual print process)
  • ITC Garamond: it's a funny display font, accidentally called a garamond...
  • Berthold Garamond: I like that one. Less grace than Adobe's, but really efficient for long texts readings. Rather bold in contrast to the others listed here. I don't believe the Jannon heritage, it's quite close to Sabon, the italics don't have the baroque aspects of Jannon's (very wide x, different slopes between letters, caps almost verticals...)
  • Granjon: Someone quite knowledgeable said here that Granjon was some interpolation between Garamond and Caslon: it has more a transitional contrast and weight, and wider width than legacy garamonds. I think the italic is quite near to Granjon's, but the roman is a recent invention.
  • 1530 Garamond: Agreed, this one is perfect baroque music flyers or theater posters, not much for text.

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file name: T D C2006 Robert Slimbach Garamond Premier Pro


file name: Adobe Garamond Pro


file name: Robert Slimbach Adobe Garamond 1989 2001


file name: Robert Slimbach Adobe Garamond 1989 2001b


file name: Robert Slimbach Adobe Garamond 1989 2001d


file name: Robert Slimbach Adobe Garamond Bold 1989 2001


file name: George William Jones Chauncey H. Griffith Linotype Granjon 1928 1930


file name: Tony Stan I T C Garamond Book 1977


file name: Tony Stan I T C Garamond Light 1977


file name: Tony Stan I T C Garamond Narrow Ultra 1977


file name: I T C Garamond Poster by Evgenia Skalyha 2015


file name: Linotype Stempel Garamond after Stempel Stempel Garamond 1925


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file name: Linotype Stempel Garamond after Stempel Stempel Garamond 1925


file name: Stempel Garamond 1925 1936 Stempel Garamond 1925 1936


file name: Stempel Garamond 1925 1936 Stempel Garamond Bold 1925 1936


file name: Stempel Garamond 1925 1936 Stempel Garamond Italic O S F 1925 1936


file name: Stempel Garamond 1925 1936 Stempel Garamond Roman caps 1925 1936


file name: Stempel Garamond







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