27th July 2015 Ghazzala Zubair



Image of the day today is Sara Elisa Verona’s Thortful and wonderfully meta portrait of one of the Godfathers of typography, Giambattista Bodoni. Sound familiar? It’s one of the very many fonts you scroll through before you get to Helvetica. It’s one of the earlier members of the Serif family, pre-Times New Roman and way pre-Georgia. Bodoni was around in the late 18th and early 19th century, inventing alongside Robert Besley (Clarendon) and Baskerville (Baskerville).

Sara was inspired by Dylan Roscover’s typographic portraits of President Obama (‘Burdened’ for TIME magazine) and Steve Jobs, and so created the above portrait of Bodoni to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his death. The font is Bodoni, naturally, and the text is made up of his biography. How Thortful is that?

Check out Sara Elisa’s Tumblr page here, or connect with her on twitter, here.

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