Cochin (typeface)

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Designer(s)Georges Peignot, Matthew Carter
FoundryG. Peignot et Fils, Linotype
Also known asSonderdruck

Cochin is a serif typeface. It was originally produced in 1912 by Georges Peignot for the Paris foundry G. Peignot et Fils (future Deberny & Peignot) and was based on the copperplate engravings of French 18th century artist Charles-Nicolas Cochin, from which the typeface also takes its name. The font has a small x-height with long ascenders.[1] Georges Peignot also created the design 'Nicolas-Cochin' as a looser variation in the same style.[2]


With a very low x-height and delicate design, Cochin is described by Walter Tracy an example of a style of lettering and graphic design popular in the early twentieth century in several countries.[3] Similar designs are Astrée and later Bernhard Modern and Koch-Antiqua, as well as several designs by Frederic Goudy such as Pabst and Goudy Modern. It had considerable success, for example becoming available on Monotype's hot metal typesetting system in the United States (Tracy describes this version as disappointing due to changes to the italic) and was also sold by American Type Founders.[4]

In 1927 Monotype UK produced a typeface Cochin Series 165, Roman and Italic, based on an 1812-face Cochin 18c of the Peignot-foundry.[5] The Monotype font has less high ascenders compared with other Cochin-fonts. This make Series-165 more usable for long texts.


In 1977 Cochin was adapted and expanded by Matthew Carter for Linotype, and this four-weight version is well-known today as a system font on macOS.[6][7] Other companies issued versions of the design in the metal type era.

The original and 'Nicolas-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.[8][9] Sol Hess designed a bold design in the same style.[10] Badr is an Arabic font from Linotype by Osman Husseini which uses Cochin for its Latin alphabet.[11]



The typeface is used in the Harry Potter covers produced by Bloomsbury Publishing.[12]

The Editorial Nascimento of Santiago Chile, used Cochin in many of its 6500 publications, which included books by Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral from 1923 onwards.

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.[13][14]


  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. ^ Tracy, Walter (2003). Letters of Credit: a view of type design. Boston: David R. Godine. pp. 50, 139–140, 180. ISBN 9781567922400.
  4. ^ Shaw, Paul. ""Stop Making Type": The Quixiotic Quest of the National Board on Printing Type Faces". Paul Shaw Letter Design/Print. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  5. ^ Alembic-press Monotype faces
  6. ^ "Cochin LT". MyFonts. Linotype. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "LTC Nicholas Cochin". MyFonts. LTC. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  9. ^ "URW++ Cochin". MyFonts. URW++. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  10. ^ "LTC Hess Monoblack". MyFonts. LTC. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Badr LT". MyFonts. Linotype. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ J.D. Biersdorfer (2012-01-09). "Q&A: A New Look for iBooks". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
  14. ^ Erica Thinesen (2011-12-07). "Apple Releases Update for iBook App". Net Communities. Retrieved 2012-09-07.

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