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Leon Bridges – Coming Home

Contributed by Alex H on May 10th, 2018. Artwork published in .
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    Leon Bridges’ critically-acclaimed debut album, Coming Home, uses Onyx [or rather Poster Bodoni Compressed, see comments] for titles throughout the identity. I believe the secondary typeface, used on the cover for track titles, is Neue Helvetica, in the light extended weight.

    Album art by Dave Bett, with photography by Rambo. The Coming Home brand including the Bodoni Poster logo type treatment for that campaign, as well as the official tour mats, posters and merchandise that followed, were designed by David Bartholow.

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    1 Comment on “Leon Bridges – Coming Home

    1. May 10th, 2018  7:21 am

      The Onyx situation is really confusing. Gerry Powell’s design for ATF (1937) was sold by Lettergieterij Amsterdam as Arsis. Today there are digitizations under both names: Monotype and Adobe have it as Onyx, URW and Linotype as Arsis. The typeface used in the Leon Bridges artwork is a different (albeit similar) one, though: It is Poster Bodoni Compressed, originally by Mergenthaler Linotype (1938). It was digitized by Bitstream who confusingly named it Onyx.

      tl;dr Onyx = ArsisOnyx (BT) = Poster Bodoni Compressed

      The former is more compressed. There are also differences in some details, see especially aqyGQ in Onyx MT (left) vs. Onyx BT (right):

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