Type Classifications

February 2, 2010 at 5:06 am 1 comment

These two examples of old style serif fonts exemplify characteristic uneven serifs. In the first example, the diagonal stress of rounded letters is also evident.

Even serifs distinguish these examples of transitional serif typefaces from old style fonts. The stress on rounded letters is still diagonal. The examples also show straight shoulders.

These examples of modern serif typefaces show straight serifs, drastic contrast between thick and thin strokes and horizontal stress on round letters.

Grotesque sans serif fonts like these show narrow counters and uniform stroke thickness.

These geometric sans serif fonts have uniform stroke thickness and even weight stress. They are based on geometry, as can be seen in the perfectly circular O’s.

These examples of humanist sans serif fonts are distinguishable from other sans serif fonts by their uneven stroke thickness. They look more like human handwriting than the grotesque and geometric sans serif typefaces.

These examples of blackletter fonts are both found in the nameplates of newspapers. They look like calligraphy.

These novelty typefaces are decorative and don’t fit into any other category.

Script fonts like these look like fancy cursive handwriting. Like the novelty fonts, they don’t fit into any other category.

Square serif fonts like these have blocks instead of curved lines for serifs. They work well for adding contrast and catching focus.


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  • 1. Jenn  |  February 4, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Nice work. Careful on the Moderns. The ones you show are modern, but they aren’t pure moderns. They actually don’t have straight serifs as you say…they are bracketed. However, you’re right to call them Modern because all the other characteristics are SO modernesque. However, your last example isn’t a square serif. It’s just a really bold transitional.


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