Cochin (typeface)

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Category Serif
Classification Transitional[1]
Designer(s) Georges Peignot, Matthew Carter
Foundry Deberny & Peignot
Also known as Sonderdruck

Cochin is a Transitional serif typeface. It was originally produced in 1912 by Georges Peignot for the Paris foundry Deberny & Peignot and was based on the copperplate engravings of French 17th century artist Nicolas Cochin, from which the typeface also takes its name. The font has a small x-height with long ascenders.[1] Peignot also created the design 'Nicholas Cochin' as a looser variation in the same style.[2]

The typeface is used in the Harry Potter covers produced by Bloomsbury Publishing.[3]

In 1977 Cochin was adapted and expanded by Matthew Carter for Linotype, and this is the version best known today as a system font on OS X.[4][5] Other companies issued versions of the design in the metal type era.

The original and 'Nicholas Cochin' designs were also digitised by LTC and Linotype, and other versions are available from others including URW++, which adds an additional black weight not available from Linotype.[6][7] Sol Hess designed a bold design in the same style.[8] Badr is an Arabic font from Linotype by Osman Husseini which uses Cochin for its Latin alphabet.[9]

Cochin was previously a font option in iBooks for the iPad but was replaced in version 1.5 when Athelas, ITC Charter, Iowan Old Style, and Seravek were added.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b "Cochin™ Std Roman". Adobe. 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  2. ^ "Nicholas Cochin LT". MyFonts. Linotype. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Harry Potter Books (UK Editions) Terms and Conditions for Use of Images for Book Promotion" (PDF). Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. 2007-07-10. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  4. ^ "Cochin LT". MyFonts. Linotype. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Drucker, Margaret Re ; essays by Johanna; Mosley, James (2003). Typographically speaking : the art of Matthew Carter (2. ed.). New York: Princeton Architectural. p. 73. ISBN 9781568984278. 
  6. ^ "LTC Nicholas Cochin". MyFonts. LTC. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "URW++ Cochin". MyFonts. URW++. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "LTC Hess Monoblack". MyFonts. LTC. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Badr LT". MyFonts. Linotype. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  10. ^ J.D. Biersdorfer (2012-01-09). "Q&A: A New Look for iBooks". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  11. ^ Erica Thinesen (2011-12-07). "Apple Releases Update for iBook App". Net Communities. Retrieved 2012-09-07.