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5 CLASSIC TYPEFACES + 1:
Garamond, Baskerville, Bodoni, Helvetica, Century + Rockwell
Old Style, Transitional, Modern, San Serif, Slab Serif
High contrast, Medium contrast, Low contrast. No contrast
Oblique, Slightly oblique, Vertical, No stress
The projections extending off the main strokes of the characters of serif typefaces.
Serifs come in two styles: bracketed and unbracketed. Brackets are the supportive curves which connect the serif to the stroke. Unbracketed serifs are attached sharply, and usually at 90 degree angles.
- Hairline serifs are much thinner than the main strokes.
- Square or slab serifs are thicker than hairline serifs.
- Wedge serifs are triangular in shape.
- Unbracketed serifs attach directly to the strokes of the letterform, sometimes abrubtly or at right angles.
- Bracketed serifs provide a curved transition between the serif and the main strokes.
- Within these divisions serifs can be blunt, rounded, tapered, pointed, or some hyrid shape.