Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Typefaces + Bembo

Old style (Gerald) – considered warm, friendly, shorter “x” height scooped serifs –Bembo, Calson, Garamond, Jenson, Palatino

Transitional – copperplate engravings – fine, rich, thick to thin, sharper serifs and a more vertical axis – Bakerville, Caslon, Perpetua

Modern (Didone) – technical exactness, thin straight serifs, sharp contrast from think to thin strokes -- Bodoni, Bauer Bodoni, Walbaum

Slab Serif (square Serif / Egyptian) - attracting attention, bold, decorative, heavy slab serifs – Serifa, Rockwell, Memphis Clarendon, New Century Schoolbook

Sans Serif (geometric) – Bauhaus movement, circular, geometric letters. Variation in stroke thickness, built around geometric forms – Futura, Folio, Gotham, Avant Gard

Script - fluid stroke created by handwriting, loose, causal, and similar to cursive – French script, Kuenstler, palace script, Vivaldi

Blackletter (gothic script) cursive style, bookhand script, heavy angular– American Text, Cloister Black, Fraktur, Goudy Text

Grunge – mixture of type, not systematic, random markings, not clean , messy, --fall, kreepy krawly, Nobby, tiza

Monospaced all glyphs have the same width, similar to a manual typewriter, used for computer codes– Courier, Consolas, Fixed, Andale Mono

Undeclared random category, may pertain some characteristics of other categories but do not fit within the parameters to be grouped with any category- Tema Cantante, Grasset, Kahana, Braggadocio



by Francesco Griffo

around 1495.

Old Style

Family members – Regular, Italic, Semibold, Semibold Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, Extra Bold, Extra Bold Italic

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