Lithos was created for the Adobe platform in 1989 by American artist and calligrapher Carol Twombly. Lithos was born of the desire to mimic the geometric lettering seen in the inscriptions of ancient Greek buildings. Twombly didn’t intend to replicate the Greek style exactly, and instead included bold weights, which were never seen in historic Greece. The style of all capital letters was intended for titles only—never body text. This playful and exotic font is recognizable for it’s use in MTV’s logo in the late 80s and early 90s.
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