Countdown: X

ITC Bodoni Seventy-two marks this, the third day of our countdown to the end, with an X. Unlike their romantic contemporaries the Didots, the Bodonis manage to present high court style with still a bit of down-to-earth-ness. Seventy-two is of course the optical size of the face, meaning it was designed specifically to be reproduced at display sizes ~72 pt. Looking through them, one can see how the lettershapes thicken up (lower in contrast) and become more caricatured as they progress from larger display sizes to smaller text sizes. And be sure to check out this face’s set of swash alternates.

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