Frederic Goudy joined Lanston as art advisor in 1920. One of his first initiatives was to design a new version of Garamond based on original Garamond designs of 1540. Goudy intended his free-hand drawings to be cut exactly as he had drawn them and fought with the workmen at Lanston to keep them from "correcting" his work. This new type was called Garamont (an acceptable alternate spelling) to distinguish it from other Garamonds on the market (the original model has later been confirmed to actually be the work of Jean Jannon).
In 2001, Jim Rimmer digitized Garamont in two weights. The display weight is based on the actual metal outlines to compensate slightly for the ink gain that occurs with letterpress printing. The text weight is a touch heavier and more appropriate for general offset and digital text work. Digital Garamont is available to the public for the first time in 2005.
Garamont drawings in the Cary Collection
Garamont Specimen PDF
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