Garamond Research

1. Name of the typeface: Garamond

2. Name of the typeface designer: Claude Garamond

3. Year it was designed: Early to mid 1500’s

4. 1 or 2 paragraphs (100 words) about the typeface and the purpose of its form:

The Garamond we know is modeled after Claude Garamond’s original punches, which were perfected until his death in 1561. After his death, his punches found their way into foundries and served as inspirations for many different typefaces, as well as variations of Garamond — some recreations and others modern interpretations.

Garamond was the first to craft letters deviating from a purely handwritten-style, which would read better when printed. These letterforms were thinner, more delicate, and more decorative, which allowed the ink to bleed on the page without overly distorting the words and used less ink. Other key characteristics include the way the top serifs of the lowercase letters curve back into the letter, the feeling of airiness from the generous openings in the letters (counters), and the tall ascenders. Garamond truly lives on paper, so it is common to find it in books, including popular books of Dr. Seuss and the Harry Potter novels.

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5. Full set for the typeface (letters, numbers, punctuation):