• Steven Heller

All Hail the Face of Windsor

Whatever you might think of Woody Allen’s recent movie Cafe Society, one thing is certain: The art and set direction is gorgeous, even if the film itself is a little stiff. Woody Allen has the best set designer, Santo Loquasto. And speaking of design, actually, two things are certain: Allen also has the most consistently modest yet identifiable title sequences of any other filmmaker. The star of his titles is almost always Windsor, one of the world’s great character types.

Windsor is that widely seen but often unspoken workhorse designed by Eleisha Pechey (1831–1902) and released by the Stephenson Blake type foundry. While it is a striking display face, a case can be made for its rare use as body text—although warnings are in order (and never do it for an entire book page).

Bauer specimen sheet cover designed by Mo Lebowitz, 1970s.

Nothing compares with the lowercase ‘n’ of Windsor.

I was always a Windsor fan. Much more elegant than Cooper Black, it served a similar purpose to make a page bold and a little quirky. So, hats off to the face that always does its job—and gets better with age, unlike, sad to say, Woody Allen.

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