Parmigiano Typographic System (named after Parma, the city where Bodoni established his printing house) has the stated ambition to be the most extensive family of fonts ever to have been inspired by Giambattista Bodoni.
Parmigiano Text has a delicacy which contrasts with the Piccolo version and it is more solid than the Headline cut. Highly versatile, it is an ideal choice for setting magazines, books or any other long texts whose contents need to be easily accessible. Designed for smooth readability, its sharp and elegant letterforms make for a comfortable, relaxed reading experience, while its thin, horizontal serifs, vertical axes and the round terminations on certain lowercase letters give it a thoroughly contemporary feel.
Compared with the continuous text typefaces cut by Bodoni himself, Parmigiano Text has a higher contrast and a less eccentric structure. While it retains a certain distinction, eye-catching details more suited for display purposes have been softened in order to offer a more neutral effect, making it the easiest to use of the Parmigiano fonts. It is recommended for use in sizes 10 points or larger; sizes smaller than 10 points are adeptly handled by Parmigiano Caption, which was designed for this purpose.
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Borders & ornaments
Parmigiano contains also borders, arrows, and ornaments digitised from Bodoni’s Manuale Tipografico.
Cantillation marks are only used in the printing of biblical texts, and it is rare to find a typeface that supports the vowel and consonant modifications that correctly position the cantillation signs, enabling and guiding the chanting of liturgical texts. Parmigiano renders correctly cantillation marks required for biblical typesetting.
The Parmigiano family also features different cuts for use in specific point size ranges, called optical sizes. While Parmigiano Headline is perfect for use at big type sizes, text in smaller sizes requires different optical sizes. Parmigiano Text is softer, and is recommended for use in sizes of 10 points or larger; sizes smaller than 10 points are adeptly handled by Parmigiano Caption. Parmigiano Piccolo is wider and rougher, with reduced contrast, shorter ascenders and descenders, and strong serifs, ideal for practical typography and legibility in critical conditions.