A universal typeface

For several decades, or rather since graphic production became widespread in the 1980s and 1990s, Garamont's typefaces have become a paradigm and a yardstick of quality. Since 1931, books in France's prestigious Pléiade series have been set in Deberny & Peignot's Garamond. It is, incidentally, one of the few collections to systematically use the elegant ligatures of "ct" and "st".

IT firms combine their names with those of Renaissance typefaces.

Starting in 1984, and for nearly two decades, Apple's Garamond was the exclusive typeface for Apple Computer (until 2002, when it was replaced by Myriad). It embodied the renaissance that typography enjoyed thanks to computer technology – it was also the first digital Garamond. It was used to set every document issued by Apple, from advertising campaigns to user manuals to packaging. In reality, it was not an original design, but rather ITC Garamond that had been condensed to 80% and corrected to be easily readable on screen. Garamond had truly become an international name.

Maximilien Vox hose it for one of the categories in his type classification system: the Garaldes – a combination of the last name of Claude Garamont and the first name of Aldus Manutius, a Venetian printer who was the originator of the so-called "Aldine" faces. The Garaldes include typefaces from the 16th and 17th centuries and other inspired by them. This classification, which was adopted by the Association Typographique Internationale in 1962, is today referred to as Vox-ATypI, and it is the international standard for graphic arts professionals.

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