Goudy Old Style
(also known as just Goudy
) is an old-style classic serif typeface
originally created by Frederic W. Goudy
for American Type Founders
(ATF) in 1915.
Suitable for both text and display applications, Goudy Old Style is a graceful, balanced design with a few eccentricities, including the upward-curved ear on the g
and the diamond shape of the dots of the i, j,
and the points found in the period, colon and exclamation point, and the sharply canted hyphen. The uppercase italic Q
has a strong calligraphic
quality. Generally classified as a Garalde
(sometimes called Aldine
) face, certain of its attributes—most notably the gently curved, rounded serifs of certain glyphs
—suggest a Venetian influence.
Goudy Old Style is considered to be among the most legible and readable serif typefaces for use in print (offline) applications.
Old Style Family
Several variants, designed by several designers, were released in the ensuing years (all faces ATF unless otherwise specified):