from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Bodoni, Gianbattista 1740-1813. Italian printer and designer of the Bodoni typeface, which is still widely used.

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  • n. a typeface (based on an 18th century design by Gianbattista Bodoni) distinguished by regular shape and hairline serifs and heavy downstrokes
  • n. Italian printer who designed the Bodoni font (1740-1813)


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  • Then I hated Bodoni, which is now my other favorite font -- probably I didn't like it as kid because a magazine I disliked used it for everything.

    Blue Rose Girls

  • My favorite font is Bodoni, so I used it as my daughter's middle name.

    In My Home Office: Maira Kalman

  • Its capital was Bodoni, and its leader was General Pica.

    Fool me once…

  • Some of the students studied material printed with a conventional font Arial, while others had to penetrate a more challenging typeface — normal Bodoni or Comic Sans, a popular, cartoonish font loathed by many designers.

    Week in Ideas

  • Great, half finished equestrian statues are inspected for approval and, lest we forget the cost to animals as well as humans in wartime, Bodoni reminds us by depicting a horse in a gas mask, plodding obediently and precariously along a makeshift track as a great war ship prepares to embark far below.

    Bill Bush: Between Death and Reincarnation: This Artweek.LA (June 6 - 12)

  • Zsolt Bodoni: Gods and Mortals | Bodoni's new works make no apologies for the reinvestigation of age-old subject matter: most notably the female nude and the equestrian statue.

    Bill Bush: Between Death and Reincarnation: This Artweek.LA (June 6 - 12)

  • Bodoni turns again to the foundries that have inspired so much of his recent bodies of work.

    Bill Bush: Between Death and Reincarnation: This Artweek.LA (June 6 - 12)

  • Every time doctors got interested in methylene blue, it was eclipsed by more dramatic therapies: barbiturates, which came into vogue just as Bodoni was doing his experiments, the shock treatments of the 1930s, and the more powerful antipsychotic drugs of the last half of the twentieth century.


  • Basic cultural literacy now demands at least a passing familiarity with typefaces: witness a November episode of Jeopardy that featured the category “Knowledge of Fonts,” with correct responses including “What is Helvetica?” and “What is Bodoni?”

    Playing to Type

  • Another reason why: Headlines appear in the Post's Bodoni font or something close to it, and the body type isn't far off from the unmemorable Scotch Roman font the Post adopted last year.

    Post launches iPad app; Post columnist reviews it (semi-favorably)


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