ITC Oldbook

Designed by Éric de Berranger. Published by ITC in 2003.

Starts at $45.00 for a single style and is available for:
Ornaments
Bold
Bold Italic
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
Lining Figures
167 167
Oldstyle Figures
167 167
Superscript
167 167
Fractions
135/167 135/167
Replaces figures separated by a slash with 'common' (diagonal) fractions.
Small Capitals From Capitals
CAPS CAPS
Small Capitals
Small Small
Case-Sensitive Forms
(H-o) (H-o)
Shifts punctuation up to a position that works better with all-caps text.
Ordinals
1a2o 1a2o
Replaces characters with ordinal forms for use after figures.
Standard Ligatures
flfi flfi
Replaces a sequence of glyphs with a ligature. Active by default.
Nobody messes around with a nerd’s computer and escapes unscathed.
— E. A. Bucchianeri
Punctuation
Uppercase
Lowercase
Modifiers
Ligatures
Currency
Symbols
Decimal
Other
Mathematical Operators
Miscellaneous
Letterlike
Geometric Shapes
Lowercase
Uppercase
Uppercase
Lowercase

For some time, Eric de Berranger had wanted to create a distressed typeface design - one that gave the appearance of antique printing and showed signs of wear, yet was still highly readable. He was busy designing a new face called Maxime, when an idea struck: "I realized that I could use these lettershapes as the basis for my antique typeface," he says. The two faces ended up being designed in tandem. While ITC Oldbook clearly captures the flavor of aged, uneven and imperfect printing, it also meets de Berranger's goal of being exceptionally readable in text sizes. Beginning with well-drawn characters was the key, and these were carefully modeled into the distressed forms. "The process was more difficult than I originally thought," says de Berranger. "The antique letters had to be tested and modified several times to work correctly." ITC Oldbook elegantly simulates antique printing in both text and display sizes. And while stroke weights are uneven and curves are irregular, the design has remarkably even color when set in blocks of text copy. Add to this the design's inherent legibility, and ITC Oldbook acquires a range far beyond replication of things old; it's suitable for any project that calls for warm and weathered typography. ITC Oldbook is available in roman and bold weights with complementary italic designs. Small caps, old style figures and a suite of alternate characters and ornaments provide additional flexibility and personality to the design.