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Example of the Korinna typeface

Korinna is a serif typeface, first released by the H. Berthold AG type foundry in 1904. A revival of the typeface was designed in 1974 by Ed Benguiat and Vic Caruso for the International Typeface Corporation (ITC). Their version follows the formulary ITC approach of increased x-height, and multiple weights from light to ultra. The face is named for the c. sixth century BC Greek female poet.

Notable uses[edit]

Korinna is best known for its usage in television game shows. It is the display font for clues on the Alex Trebek-hosted version of Jeopardy![1] and for displaying answer choices during the question round of Press Your Luck. It was used on ABC's Good Morning America from 1986 to 1988. It was also used as the chapter placard typeface for the television series Frasier, Hank Parker's Outdoor Magazine, TNN's New Country, and Mork and Mindy. The font was used on The Joy of Painting from 1986 to 1989, and it was used for Paramount's FBI warning from 1989 to 1995. Japanese video game developer and publisher Capcom set their logo in the Korinna typeface. The Walt Disney Company used the font when re-releasing its animated features to theatres and VHS by labelling them as Walt Disney's Classic on the movie posters and VHS covers, the word classic in Korinna typeface. The font was used for title and heading text on some Advanced Dungeons and Dragons books and is used for the current GURPS logo. It was also used to render the subtitle text in the music video to Devo's "Whip It". It is also used as the primary textual font in many newspapers both local and nationwide.

See also[edit]

  • Benguiat, a similar-styled typeface by ITC



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