History Of The Copperplate Typeface

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The Copperplate typeface is a typeface that all designers in the industry should learn and know about. At first glance the Copperplate typeface seems very common but if you look at it in depth you can see its many interesting characteristics. Back in the day this typeface was not so used as it is today, now we can see it representing many businesses and people are using it more and more. For various reasons some people like or dislike the Copperplate typeface. With more detailed information about this typeface that will be discussed in this essay you will be able to make your own decision and determine whether you like it or dislike it. The Copperplate typeface was given this name because in that time period (from 1530 to the 19th century) copperplate engraving was a very popular technique for reproducing illustrated materials. Copperplate typeface was designed by Frederic William Goudy and it was first introduced to the world in 1901. Copperplate typeface was created by Frederic William Goudy in 1901. Goudy was born in the United states in march 8, 1965 in Bloomington, Illinois. He was an American printer and typographer and best known for being one of the most productive type creators in history. He was first a book-keeper for credit and mortgage companies then he moved to Chicago to work in the real state business. Later in 1892 he launched a magazine called “Modern Advertising” which issued only a few numbers. He later opened up a print workshop where he started to design typefaces for various publishing houses and companies. Goudy died on May 11, 1947 in Marlboro, New York. He left us with more than a hundred designed typefaces which include: Camelot, Berkely Old Style, LTC Kennerley, Goudy Old Style, Hadriano, LTC Deepdene... ... middle of paper ... ...peface as one of my elements because it doesn’t go with the feel and look that one would want. So this really explains why many people dislike this typeface. Some people that really like the Copperplate typeface have been able to make some successful knockoffs of it. Some look very similar to the original and some just look completely different, just like if they were not based on the Copperplate typeface at all. There is one knockoff by Gert Wiesher which she created in 2005 and she named the typeface Copperplate Modern. The interesting part about this knockoff is that she made the typeface in all lowercase letters which I had not seen. There is another knockoff of the Copperplate typeface by Jim Parkinson and he named it Modesto Light Expanded something completely off from the original name and this version looks very similar to the original Copperplate typeface.

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