Palatino alternativesGet closer to the source

Palatino is the work of de­signer Her­mann Zapf, who is a cal­lig­ra­pher by train­ing. Many of his fonts re­flect this in­flu­ence. But the Palatino sys­tem font is a harsh rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Zapf’s orig­i­nal de­sign. Palatino Nova is Zapf’s own re­work­ing of Palatino that re­stores its orig­i­nal fluid sub­tlety. Be­mbo Book is a re­vi­sion of the fa­mous 1929 Mono­type face, which was it­self based on Ital­ian Re­nais­sance ty­pog­ra­phy. De­spite the name, so was Iowan Old Style, but it’s a looser in­ter­pre­ta­tion of that model. The lovely Verdi­gris also draws on these influences.

by the way
  • These al­ter­na­tives ap­ply equally to Book An­ti­qua, which was cre­ated as a Palatino clone for Mi­crosoft Win­dows. Book An­ti­qua has caused its share of con­tro­versy over the years—Zapf him­self con­sid­ered it an un­eth­i­cal pil­lag­ing of his work. But in re­cent times, the al­leged pil­lager (Mono­type) ac­quired the al­leged pil­lagee (Lino­type), ex­tin­guish­ing the beef.