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Greatest fonts countdown: 79 - Bickham

FontShop AG, the renowned type foundry, conducted a survey based on historical relevance, sales at FontShop.com (opens in new tab), and aesthetic quality. With a few additions from the experts at Creative Bloq and Computer Arts magazine, the best fonts ever were selected for the new book, 100 Best Typefaces Ever.

Here we are counting down the 100 greatest fonts, but you can read interviews with some of the typefaces' creators, a brief history of type, the anatomy of a font, and much, much more in the book – find out how to get your copy in print or digital formats at the foot of this post.

But without further ado, here is the 79th best typeface…

79. Bickham Script (opens in new tab)

  • Richard Lipton, 1997

Richard Lipton was born in New York in 1963 and studied art and design at Harpur College, before starting work in 1984 as a freelance illustrator and calligrapher. He spent eight years at Bitstream, where he revamped the font library and co-developed the exclusive font families Arrus and Cataneo.

He released his most successful typefaces at The Font Bureau (Bremen, Nutcracker, Shimano, Sloop and others) and Adobe (Bickham Script). Within only a few short years, the adaptable Bickham Script had become a best-seller in the USA. It was very popular as a wedding script, but it was also used heavily in editorial design and packaging.

The OpenType version of Bickham Script boasts sophisticated typographical features such as flourished forms and alternative glyphs

The OpenType version of Bickham Script boasts sophisticated typographical features such as flourished forms and alternative glyphs

The 100 Best Typefaces Ever

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This is an extract from The 100 Best Typefaces Ever (opens in new tab), the definitive guide to the greatest fonts ever created, in association with FontShop AG. Over 180 premium pages, the book dissects the world's greatest typefaces, bringing you some insightful background on each and interviews with their creators.

You can pick up the book at all good newsagents today or order it online (opens in new tab). Or you can download a digital edition directly to your iPad from the Computer Arts app on iTunes (opens in new tab).

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Rob is editorial, graphic design and publishing lead at Transport for London. He previously worked at Future Publishing over the course of several years, where he launched digital art magazine, ImagineFX; and edited graphic design magazine Computer Arts, as well as the Computer Arts Projects series, and was also editor of technology magazine, T3. 

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