Reporters sans frontières, Album Photo #69: Patrick Chauvel
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The numbers for the dates on the opening spreads (1968, 1972, etc.) look a lot like ITC Garamond to me…
Agreed, and added. Merci!
Funny that this much-maligned 1970s throwback (see here) should make its return today…
As Michael Bierut hints at in that article, much of the rejection was related to its name, which led people to assume it’s just another Garamond, and hence a good choice for setting longform text. In fact, it’s a fine display face, especially in its condensed styles. The fact that it isn’t omnipresent anymore helps.
A new generation of designers don’t associate it with its questionable use for book typography, or with the 1970s, for that matter. It rather makes them think of Apple’s custom (less condensed) version from the 1980s and early 1990s, and the aesthetics of the fledgling digital age, which in many cases is the period of their childhood. As such, it now sees renewed use, sometimes in a positively retro way, but also in applications where the nostalgic angle isn’t that clear, see e.g. the Kensington Healing Verse project, or the posters for Jay Horsth’s Solitude Tour.