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BonsaiDesigner: Brian Willson
Publisher: Three Islands Press
Bonsai was developed by Brian Willson and released by 3 Islands Press. Bonsai contains 2 styles and family plan alternatives. p > Years back, I established an interest in the Japanese art of overshadowed potted trees, bonsai. I bought some books on the subject from Brooklyn Botanic Garden. In one-- Handbook on Bonsai: Special Techniques (seventh printing, February 1976)-- the type was bad. Old worn lead type, I believe, spread out large in the tops of characters and vanishing on the bottoms.

Two years later, I stumbled upon my Brooklyn Botanic Garden collection and was struck once again by this fascinating type. Motivated, I made a typeface. Didn't take me long to pick a name for it, either: a name with a double-meaning, based both on its look and its inspiration.

Bonsai, the typeface, has 2 designs, a roman and a real italic.

Font Family:
· Bonsai
· Bonsai Italic

Tags: 1950s, ancient, letterpress, top-heavy, uneven, vintage

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