Legible typefaces are determined by their transparency to the reader. In other words, legible fonts don’t draw undue attention to themselves–but that doesn’t mean they need to be sterile and without passion. A truly great editorial font can possess distinctive features; the secret lies in the restraint.
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The Buozzi family of typefaces is particularly suited for editorial purposes, inspired by the sketches and notes of the famous Brazilian printer ‘Walter Buozzi.’ Old World typeface design was distinguished by the ability of the letter forms to emulate hand writing instruments such as the quill pen or broad pen, and particular attention was paid to exacting the details of letter forms to produce the most legible printed material within the constraints of the inks and printing press available at that time.
When selecting a publishing font, readability and legibility are of primary concern. Typeface and point size that don’t frustrate the reader (or is imperceptible), should be the goal of books, magazines or websites, particularly those that are information heavy. The Buozzi family of typeface offers a unique combination of Old World font design while maintaining the character recognition which aids in visual comfort that is so important for reading blocks of copy.
A common trait of this typeface is its fully-developed counters, thicker stems and diagonal strokes, which add harmony to the reading experience. While reading text, the brain takes into account both the black letter forms and the surrounding white space as a factor of eye comfort; the Buozzi Normal and Medium fonts are a perfect balance of negative and positive space, allowing for rhythm disruptions and eye fatigue to be avoided. For text that is to be printed in color, the substantial strokes of these fonts will offer the best contrast for a pleasant reading solution.
When examining the serifs of both upper- and lowercase Buozzi fonts, an extremely unique and superlative mathematical combination of angle and taper has produced a font which boasts a contemporary essence, while maintaining a firm grasp of attention to detail which was so prominent in established and traditional type foundries. The Buozzi Light type, with ample lowercase x-heights, offers stellar legibility along with distinction, while Buozzi Bold alternates consistently thick horizontal strokes with thinner vertical lines that greatly enhances character readability.
Examine the Buozzi Italic font and you will notice the finials (tapered or curved end of letters) have been well thought out. The result is a typeface in which the kerning between characters is so proportional that it produces a visually pleasing body of text. Where tradition states limiting the use of italic as a reading font, you will find this italic font, with its gentle slant, will read most beautifully for large blocks of text.
This combination work and show horse font consists of eight typefaces–Light, Medium, Normal and Bold, in both regular and italic, and an extensive selection of glyph characters, along with ligature combinations that allow for more complex and interesting character designs. The Buozzi numerical characters offer the same robust bowl size and elegant curvature at the character ends, to combine seamlessly with alpha characters without being too narrow for decent readability.
Buozzi is available with Desktop OpenType, WebFont, ePub, and Mobile app licenses.