Bifurcated Bodoni is inspired by the hypothesis of an evolving and transitional didone or modern face of the 19th century. Experiments upon the then considered ultimate in rationalised roman letterforms, are likely to have taken place - and these would have adopted the emerging ornamental influences of the day. But with the types design driven by the emerging commercial need for greater distinction and individuality within display letterforms.
EMF's Bifurcated Bodoni represents a missing piece of the typographic evolutionary puzzle which begins with the consideration of Giambattista Bodoni's curious specimen of Majuscole 90' from his 'Manuale Tipografico' of 1818, and ends with the Archaic and Deviant alternates exhibiting tentative and restrained characters and ornamentation, such as median decoration, internal tracery cusping and Romanesque letter formations; that reflect a 19th century obsession with the medieval and for Gothic Revival.

The transition has been increased and the proportions expanded pointing towards the predominant display Fat Faces of the period; while the serif bifurcates subtly to represent early tentative experiments within what became known as the ‘Tuscan’ form. The terminals are deliberately squared to reflect the origins of this proposed transition from: the highly rationalised modern types of Didot - to the eclectic and exuberant ornamented tuscans that became so reminiscent of the Victorian age.


Bifurcated Bodoni


Archaics & Deviants


Bodoni's specimen of Majuscule 90


Bodoni's specimen of 'Majuscole 90' [3.3 MB]