The French designer Jean-Jacques Tachdijan (born 1958) created the font in 1999. Linotype Barock is part of the Take Type Library, chosen from the entries of the 1999 International Digital Type Design Contest for inclusion on the Take Type 3 CD. At first glance you might think, “What a mess!” The forms look as though they cannot settle down. But when you enlarge the figures you will understand why the designer named the font Barock, signifying ornateness. Not only is the font based on the forms of a transitional font, also called baroque Antiqua, but every character is composed of several different forms of the same letter in different styles and sizes. On the whole the font looks ornamental and almost restless, as though it is shaking, and is therefore meant for headlines in larger point sizes.