Aldus (typeface)

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Linotype Aldus
Category Serif
Classification Old style
Designer(s) Hermann Zapf
Foundry Linotype
Date created 1954
Trademark Linotype

Aldus is an old-style serif typeface designed by Hermann Zapf in 1954. It is named for Aldus Manutius, the famous fifteenth-century Venetian printer.

Aldus was designed as a book weight text face companion for Palatino, which Zapf considered to be a display typeface. Aldus (which Zapf wished to be called Palatino Book) is designed to complement Palatino, but with a lighter stroke weight, more open counters, and better suited for text in smaller point sizes. Aldus has a non-kerning roman and italic f, allowing the typographer to avoid ligatures.

Aldus nova[edit]

Aldus nova was also designed by Hermann Zapf, with Akira Kobayashi (born 1960). A bold weight is added into the font family. The character set support is similar to Palatino nova, but Greek and Cyrillic are not available in book weight fonts. The bar in ampersand is only available in book roman font.


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