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Why Arno Pro instead of Adobe Jenson?

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Miguel Sousa's picture
Joined: 18 May 2003 - 8:30pm

> I’m betting the rest of the light series simply wasn’t ready.

I worked on the production of Arno Pro, and there was never a plan for a "Light series". Perhaps Robert thinks the design, design space or style doesn't lend itself to it. I can ask him, if you want.

Garamond Premier Pro, Robert's work prior to Arno Pro, only has Light Display as well.

Tiffany Wardle's picture
Joined: 13 Jul 2001 - 11:00am

I think the details and characteristics in Warnock were strong enough to withstand having a light caption weight. I don't think the same can be said of Arno.

Dave Bayer's picture
Joined: 12 Feb 2007 - 8:25am

Thanks all! While I think Arno Pro is an amazing font, I'll stay with Warnock Pro light for math typesetting, which harmonizes well with Hermann Zapf's Euler math fonts.

Even Warnock Pro light falls apart a bit on a 600 dpi laser printer. It looks great at 1200 dpi. Maybe in another decade fonts will be generally be a bit lighter, to match future displays and printers.

Luis Filipe Cunha Moreira's picture
Joined: 5 Mar 2007 - 12:07pm

it's my debut in typophile, and I'm happy that I start it speaking about Robert Slimbach.
As a graphic designer I must say Robert still surprises me after all those great typefaces he had done.
Arno is wonderful. Congratulations to him and to the ones who worked with him in Arno Pro.

Dan Gayle's picture
Joined: 17 May 2006 - 7:00pm

Welcome to Typophile! An interesting thing about Arno Pro, as attested by Thomas Phinney, is that the version we see is only a beta version.

When I showed him a piece of work that I did with it, it took him a second to figure it out because the current version's lower case e is now totally different! Who would have thought that there could be more to work on that would totally change the appearance of a typeface, especially on a typeface that for anyone other than Slimbach would've been complete a long time ago...

Thomas Phinney's picture
Joined: 3 Sep 2002 - 11:00am

I don't know about *totally* different. But it has been tweaked a bit, I think.

I really look forward to the actual release of the typeface. It will ship in the boxes with the next Creative Suite and the CS applications, so the March 27th launch should reveal the availability date.