Claudium began as a sans serif
version of Garamond. Over time it became a meditation on the nature of French
typography from Garamond to Excoffon.
The italic is a more cursive form, based in part on Garamond’s
Greek forms and Victor Hammer’s Andromaque cursive. The italic was also designed only as lower
case and mated to the regular caps ala Griffo’s original italic type.