Serif Font: Battista Regular [STD]

The BATTISTA typeface stands in the long tradition of the designs developed by Giambattista Bodoni, who made his famous typefaces in the end of the eighteenth century. Similar designs can be found on various specimen books e.g. Alexander Wilson, John Bell, Edmund Fry and Alexander Thibaudeau. One of the best italics was available by Stephenson Blake & Co. foundry form Sheffield, England. In the end of the nineteenth century an unknown punch cutter at the German type foundry Schelter & Giesecke made an very bold cut of this Bodoni design. He brought both designs, the regular and the italic to an new level of harmony.

Compared to the original Bodoni designs the new typeface was a lot bolder, which was well taken by the audience in this time. The BATTISTA typeface is an remarkable design, assembled of ultra bold and very fine shapes, but in all, the spirit of Bodonis design was well preserved.

Whether it be the swee­ping eagle in his flight, or the open apple-blos­som, the toiling work-horse, the blithe swan, the bran­ching oak, the winding stream at its base, the drif­ting clouds, over all the cour­sing sun, form ever follows func­tion, and this is the law. Where func­tion does not change form does not change. The gra­nite rocks, the ever broo­ding hills, remain for ages; the light­ning lives, comes into shape, and dies in a twink­ling. It is the per­va­ding law of all things or­ga­nic and in­or­ga­nic, of all things phy­si­cal and me­ta­phy­si­cal, of all things hu­man and all things su­per­hu­man, of all true ma­ni­fes­ta­tions of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is re­cog­ni­za­ble in its ex­press­ion, that form ever fol­lows func­tion. This is the law.

[Louis H. Sullivan; 1856 – 1924]