Style Icons: Male »Oswald Bruce Cooper

Cooper Black Isn't Cooper Black the finest of fonts? Oswald Bruce Cooper is the man who designed it back in 1921, when it was way popular; it regained fashionability in the seventies.

Cooper wanted to be a famous illustrtator but, according to his biography, learned he was “no good at drawing pictures”. Oops.

Thank goodness for us he found his calling in typography — he also had a knack for copy; he described his undying type face as “Cooper Black: for far-sighted printers with near-sighted customers.”

It's been said to have influenced Goudy Heavyface, but old heavyface has no chance of comparing to the original.

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Posted on March 3, 2008

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