Didot is a Modern typeface, named for the famous French printing and type producing family. Firmin Didot cut the letters and cast them as type in Paris. His brother, Pierre Didot, used the types in printing. At the end of the eighteenth century, a fashion grew for faces with a stronger contrast between the thicks and thins, unbracketed serifs, and a strong vertical stress. These were called Modern typefaces. All the older faces became known as Old Style, while the more recent faces just prior to the changes were referred to as Transitional. Although Didot has a small x-height, it appears very wide and black. Because of the strong vertical stress, accentuated by its heavy thicks and hairline thins, Didot should be well leaded.