3 Comments on “Edward Tufte books”
The Tufte books have the most beautiful, handsome and properly black Bembo I have ever seen. I remember I was nearly brought to tears when I opened Visual Explanations – I have been looking at feeble type on screen for too long.
I think so too – they really capture the quality of Bembo printed on metal in classic books.
It’s worth noting, though, that Stanley Morison felt that Bembo was a little darker on the page than he preferred, according to the Barker biography. Then again, given that he liked the Fournier and Bell designs and Perpetua, he may have liked designs more spindly than most.
@Blythwood Not surprising. I surmise that feeble, high-contrast type courts a certain “modern” illusion, given the fact that he wrote Towards an Ideal Italic and lead Jan van Krimpen down that path too.
It’s also worth noting that the ET Bembo on GitHub (now ET Book) does not come with any OT features or even kerning data.