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Monday, April 14, 2008

Favourite Font: Poster Bodoni Baby!

I used to work with a guy who absolutely loved to shout "Poster Bodoni Baby!" in a really loud, obnoxious voice.

I had been thinking about writing a post like this for the past few days, because it is one of my most memorable typography/font/design moments. The above mentioned co-worker, crazy Mike B. just recently friended me on Facebook so I thought today was the day!

In my very early design days, I was in 4th year university and I had become a volunteer graphic designer for the schools student body marketing department. I got to use great software like CorelDraw! 5 and pretty good computers, but the people were what really made that job what it was... good and the bad. This was back in the day when I could identify a number of fonts by site alone, which is actually kind of a fun. I can't do the same today really but I hope to resurrect that skill... though I can still tell the difference between Verdana and Lucinda Grande (ok, maybe on a good day).

Anyway, MikeB. always said his favourite font was Poster Bodoni, and he would come into the office shouting "Poster Bodoni Baby!" anytime he wanted a poster made (he was in PR, so we created the posters he needed). And admittedly, its quite a nice font. You can see what it looks like by checking out the Poster Bodoni sample page on Myfonts.com which is where you can buy it if isn't already installed on your machine. That site is really neat because it includes the history of how the typeface was created. Which is just great for us typegeeks.

What's your favourite font? Let me know in the comments!

4 comments:

Chris said...

Hmm... Not to toot my own horn, but my favorite font is probably the font I made for the ClickPopMedia logo.

I'm sure most people wouldn't think it's that great, but it's probably something like parenthood. You know how parents love their kids even if they're horrible jerks.

Rick Henderson said...

Thanks for your comment Chris. Actually the font at ClickPop is quit e nice. Reminds me of 80's video games, including Pacman (I guess its the C!).
Which program did you use to produce the font?

Chris said...

I actually put it all together in Illustrator, and then fonted it up in FontLab.

I'm just finishing up a new font that I think we're going to give away, I'll let you know when it's done so you can critique it if you like. I always appreciate feedback.

Rick Henderson said...

I'd love to hear if you've got any more fonts Chris. I'll have to drop by ClickPop again soon.

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