Rick Griffith: If Denver's letter connoisseur were a typeface, what type would he be?

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This week's cover story, "Extra Bold," details local designer Rick Griffith's love affair with everything having to do with letters. It made sense, therefore, to ask his friends, family and colleagues what typeface Griffith most resembles -- and all of them were eager to weigh in. You can check out visual representations of their answers below. So which type hits the mark?

Jeremy Peterson, art director at Griffith's MATTER design studio:

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Reversed-stress slab serif
"It's kind of a 'fuck you' to how type should be constructed, but it's beautiful and it works."

Jessica Wurtzel, Griffith's wife:

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Mrs Eaves
"It's a reference to classical ideas. It's modern and it's got a twist."

Allison Clayton, MATTER designer:

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Poster Bodoni Italic
"It's big and kind of funny-looking, but it makes a lot of sense."

Nick Sherman, author of Woodtyper.com:

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Cooper Black
"It has this history of being misused, it has a little bit of a cartoony feel, and it has a really bold and strong style."

Jim Sherraden, manager of Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tennessee:

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A round typeface
"'Cause his head is round, and the cigarettes he rolls are round."

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The better example of the reverse stress is a Belgian or Italian slab...More extreme...There's a few in the Rob Roy Kelly Collection...As a category they challenged conventional views on beauty...Which may have been the point....

The Q is a good example of Mrs. Eaves....However Mrs. Eaves is best enjoyed next to it's predecessor Baskerville, It helps create the dialogue between old and new...The purpose of revival faces, is to consider new uses and new technologies as well as the intent of the original forms....The italics, small caps (or titling) and ligatures of this face perform with impeccable resolve.

The best example for Bodoni Poster Italic for this purpose will be the ffi ligature, the f is magnificent and it is this extreme contrast which probably inspired the thought. I guessed the EXTREME, not the magnificent.

The interior space of the Cooper Black 'O' is perhaps the most notable. (counter) It has a unique tilting. Best to use this specimen, since, well...figure it out...

Now round...round is most certainly going to be a face which has as much vertical presence as horizontal, so the choice here not appropriate, it's only an 'O' round by nature....and since Sherraden comes from the letterpress world you might look at Gothic Rounded (RRK), there are many other faces with a consistent circular or geometric philosophy like (Renner's) Futura, (Bayer's) Universal....they are, however, only round when roundness is required.

While other comments might debate the merits of the man, conceit, and commas, I'd rather talk about type.

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