What Are John Baskerville's Contributions To Graphic Design

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With the invention of the moveable type the creation of “cheaper” books changed the course of history. Many artisans went into the print making business and for better or worse we still have those means fonts and works to look back upon and gaze in awe in how they created such marvelous pieces. But none are looked upon with as much wonder and amazement then those of John Baskerville. Everything that Baskerville made screamed high quality from the type, to the design of the book, to even the paper that he had. If you had a Baskerville book you had a masterpiece. But, even with masterpiece comes a bit of perfectionism and he was quite the perfectionist. But how was this man such an influence in the world of type? And why did he inspire such people …show more content…
In 1751 at the young age of 44, Baskerville returned to what set him on his path in the first place, typography. Baskerville decided to experiment with printmaking, he decided that he was the one that would actually control every facet of book making. Baskerville was assisted in his work by the punch cutter John Handy and assistant Robert Martin, who later in life became Baskerville’s foreman (Meggs, p. 128). Baskerville’s types are considered the height of perfection as he was one of the designers that helped transition from the style of type we now call Old Style and our more modern style of type. One of the most obvious differences is the weight contrast of the thin and thick strokes and the wideness of the type, which in Old Style is actually quite thick and blocky. His serifs are also quite different as they are more elegantly treated then they were before. He also used much wider margins then were allowed at the time. His type is simply considered beautiful and light as there is a balance to their design. One of the most interesting things about Baskerville was his drive for perfection, if one piece was a little bit off or strange he had the whole type recast. He also melted down and recast his type after every run (Meggs, p. 128). Talk about a …show more content…
We see the man that influenced Bodoni and the Didot family, but he wasn’t truly appreciated until long after his death in 1775. This was achieved in the 1920’s when Bruce Rogers, who was the inventor of the Centaur typeface, was one of the driving forces of the revival of Baskerville’s type (Boardley, I Love Typography). Also of note was that Baskerville’s body had an interesting afterlife as in 1821 his coffin was discovered as workmen were digging out a cannel for Samuel Ryland, who now owned Easy Hill. Because Baskerville was an atheist he wasn’t allowed to be buried at the local cemetery so it was placed in a warehouse for eight years. The body was then bounced around for several years until he was finally laid to rest in the vaults of a chapel located at Warstone Lane. But the chapel was demolished and the vaults were blocked up to stop vandals

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