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Types of Fonts

Brought to you by TYPES OF TYPE ΤΥΡΕ FONTS CLASSIFICATION SERIF TYPE STYLES Old Style This category includes the first Roman types, originally created between the late 15th and mid 18th centuries, as well as typefaces patterned after those designed in this earlier period. Serifs are almost always bracketed in old style designs and head serifs are often angled Transitional Serifs These typefaces represent the transition between old style and neoclassical designs, and incorporate some characteristics of each. While the axis of curve strokes can be inclined in transitional designs, the strokes normally have a vertical stress. Neoclassical & Didone Serifs Since the mid 20th century, these fonts have been classified as neoclassical or didone. Contrast between thick and thin strokes is abrupt and dramatic. In many cases, stroke terminals are "ball" shapes rather than an evocation of a broad pen effect. Slab Serifs These typefaces have very heavy serifs with minimal or no bracketing. Slab serif type styles look like sans serif designs with the simple addition of heavy (stroke weight) serifs. Clarendon Serifs Clarendons were designed as bold faces to accompany text composition. Their stroke contrast is slight, and serifs tend to be short to medium length. Character stroke weight that is more obvious, and serifs that tend to be longer than earlier designs Glyphic Serifs The distinguishing feature of these typefaces is the triangular-shaped serif design, or a flaring of the character strokes where they terminate. In some type classification systems this category is sub-divided into two groups: "glyphic" and "latin." "Latins" are faces with strictly triangular-shaped serifs. SANS SERIF TYPE STYLES Grotesque Sans Serif Contrast in stroke weight is most apparent in these styles, there is a slight "squared" quality to many of the curves, and several designs have the "bowl and loop" lowercase g common to Roman types. Aa Stroke contrast is less pronounced than earlier designs, and much of the "squareness" in curved strokes has been rounded. Square Sans Serif These designs are generally based on grotesque character traits and proportions, but have a definite and, in some instances, dramatic squaring of normally curved strokes. They usually have more latitude in character spacing than their sans serif cousins, and tend to be limited to display designs. Geometric Sans Serif Simple geometric shapes influence the construction of these typefaces. Strokes have the appearance of being strict monolines and character shapes are made up of geometric forms. Humanistic Sans Serif Typographic experts claim that these are the most legible and most easily read of the sans serif typefaces. Humanistic sans serif typefaces also closely match the design characteristics and proportions of serif types, often with a strong calligraphic influence. END OF PART 1 THE NEXT PART CONTAINS CLASSIFICATION OF SCRIPT AND DECORATIVE FONTS Reference: /level1-/type-anatomy/type-classifications

Types of Fonts

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Good fonts are basic necessities of a good design. A quality font can uplift your design which could be anything ranging from advertisement graphics to book layout. Understanding fonts will help you g...


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