Greatest fonts countdown: 60 – Bell Gothic

Over 180 premium pages, the book dissects the world’s greatest typefaces, bringing you some insightful background on each and interviews with their creators. It features Bell Gothic on the cover and throughoutChauncey H Griffith, 1938
Bell Gothic was designed for ATT in 1938 for use in its telephone books and other listings. FontShop AG, the renowned type foundry, conducted a survey based on historical relevance, sales at FontShop.com, and aesthetic quality. His close collaboration with the type designers William A Dwiggins and Rudolph Ruzicka became eventually paid off in 1931 with the release of the successful newspaper font Excelsior. Words: Rob Carney Here we are counting down the 100 greatest fonts, but you can read interviews with some of the typefaces’ creators, a brief history of type, the anatomy of a font, and much, much more in the book – find out how to get your copy in print or digital formats at the foot of this post. The font experienced a renaissance in the early 1990s, when it was used by a number of respected designers (Bruce Mau and Irma Boom) and institutions including Cranbrook Academy of Art, the Design Academy Eindhoven and Rhode Island School of Design. It was a textbook career for newspaper boy Chauncey H Griffith, who was born in Ohio in 1879. The result was Bell Gothic, so named because ATT was founded by Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone. With a few additions from the experts at Creative Bloq and Computer Arts magazine, the best fonts ever were selected for the new book, 100 Best Typefaces Ever. It was used for 40 years. Or you can download a digital edition directly to your iPad from the Computer Arts app on iTunes. The 100 Best Typefaces Ever
This is an extract from The 100 Best Typefaces Ever, the definitive guide to the greatest fonts ever created, in association with FontShop AG. But without further ado, here is the 6oth best typeface…
60. Here, he successfully secured a position for the company in newspaper and book printing.

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