Dante Font

The font Dante was designed by Giovanni Mardersteig and is owned by the foundry Monotype. This font was issued in 1933 and was created to work nicely with Times New Roman in his printing press. Mardersteig started development on this type face right after the World War when his printing press was fully operational again. This is an elegant serif font easy to read for the publication agency to use in different books. This project shows Mardersteig’s attention to perfectionism with such an elegant yet easy to read font, showing his skill and mixing together his experience from working on Centaur and Monotype Bembo. This font is also inspired by Mardersteig’s true inspiration, Giambattista Bodoni, who gave him permission to use his typefaces. Dante is also exceptionally important because it was the last font that Mardersteig designed in his professional career, this font’s presentation shows Mardersetig’s need for perfectionism in his work as well. Dante was also his most successful design, loved by many different designers.  After 6 years of development, the typeface was used in Boccaccio’s Trattatello in Laude di Dante. The typeface was also named after this work. The Monotype foundry also convinced the designer to let them develop the font using machines. The Dante font is now a classic in the world of graphic design, used for publishing and other projects.

Dante® font family typeface story. Fonts.com. (n.d.). Retrieved April 5, 2022, from https://www.fonts.com/font/monotype/dante/story

Discussion — One Response

  • Eryn Szwarckop 04/15/2022 on 10:21 PM

    Hi Savannah!
    I enjoyed reading your post on this font. This may be due to my poor eyesight, but when I first looked at and tried to read this font, I found myself squinting and doing a double take to make sure I could read what the words were saying. Some of the letters almost flow completely together, making it hard to read easily at first glance. Your point on how this font was made to work nicely with Times New Roman was interesting, as I view this font as looking similar to Times New Roman except in all capital letters. I am not sure if I could comfortably sit down and read a book that was printed in this font. What do you think?

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