Arnold Böcklin (typeface)

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Arnold Böcklin
Category Serif
Designer(s) Otto Weisert
Foundry Linotype
Re-issuing foundries Adobe

Arnold Böcklin is a typeface for display use that was designed in 1904 by Schriftgiesserei Otto Weisert foundry. It was named in memory of Arnold Böcklin, a Swiss symbolist painter who died in 1901.

Probably the best-known Art Nouveau typeface, the font had a renaissance in the 1960s and 70s as part of the general Art Nouveau revival in popular design. Its influence can be seen in the work of illustrators such as Roger Dean and the Stuckist artist Paul Harvey.


Because it was included in early versions of Corel Draw under the name "Arabia", it became connected with Middle East and Oriental themes and used in a variety of contexts, from kebab restaurants to colonial shops, despite having little in common with actual Arabian lettering.

The font is used for the title of the TV show That '70s Show and on James Blunt's album Back to Bedlam.

The logo of White Dwarf magazine from the late 1970s to the early '80s used the font.

The band Dinosaur Jr has used the font on various album covers.

Early "Ram's Head" versions of the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff used the font.

The 1989 videogame Hippodrome by Data East used the font on the title screen.

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