Bernhard Modern

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Bernhard Modern
Category Serif
Designer(s) Lucian Bernhard
Foundry ATF

Bernhard Modern is a modern style classification serif typeface designed by Lucian Bernhard in 1937 for the American Type Founders (ATF).

Lucian Bernhard's Bernhard Modern typeface was the ATF's response to the many popular old style engraving faces of the early 20th century. A somewhat decorative text typeface, it is distinct for its low x-height, elongated ascenders, and relatively short descenders giving it an appearance of height without requiring excessive leading. Serifs are wide and splayed. The lowercase roman g is unusual for having the upper bowl larger than the lower one. Fordham University, in New York City, currently uses Bernhard Modern as the central typeface of its design identity.


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