Type Classifications & Terms

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5 CLASSIC TYPEFACES + 1:

Garamond, Baskerville, Bodoni, Helvetica, Century + Rockwell

 

TYPE CLASSIFICATION:

Old Style, Transitional, Modern, San Serif, Slab Serif

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TYPE CONTRAST:

High contrast, Medium contrast, Low contrast. No contrast

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Medium Contrast

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High Contrast

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No Contrast

STRESS:

Oblique, Slightly oblique, Vertical, No stress

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Example

SERIFS:

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.

SERIF TYPES:

  • 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.

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Example of analysis of modern font – Bodoni

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Example of analysis of slab serif font like Rockwell

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