Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Font Of The Week #6: Andantino

I hope everyone is having a great week and enjoyed the Oscars this past Sunday! It's time again for my font of the week. This week we will take a look at Andantino…


   Andantino is a script font from the Jukebox library and it is a digital revival of an old photo-typositing face called “Adagio”. The original was designed in 1953 by Karl Klauss for Geuzsch & Heyse. The font never made it into the digital era, so I finally did that for Jukebox in 2003.

   The name Andantino like Adagio, is a musical term. Andantino is an Italian word that refers to a medium-slow tempo at which the music should be performed. I have often found many parallels between music and fonts given the variety and combinations which 26 letters or 12 notes can create. That is one of the reasons I felt that musical terms were perfect for both of my foundry names: Jukebox and CounterPoint.

  Andantino has a classy and refined feeling to it, and yet is approachable as well. It seems to be the perfect font for wedding invitations or semi-formal events. As a script font it has the interesting design element of non-connecting lower case letters which is part of why it has a more upscale feeling. The one-step-removed from true script writing bridges the gap between a handwritten font and a purely designed print face.

   A notable use of Andantino is on the cover of Debbie Macomber's Book “Home for the Holidays”.

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