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A Short Guide To Typeface Classifications

Typeface Classifications

Typeface classifications could be useful to understand. Here is a rough guide to grasp the basics of Typeface classifications. The picture shows another kind of typeface that one could interpret into the word Fontface.

A Short Guide To Typeface Classifications

Typeface Classifications

Blackletter

A script style of calligraphy made with a broad-nibbed pen using vertical, curved and angled strokes. Popular from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance (and up to the 20th Century mainly in Germany). Styles are often associated with certain countries or regions.

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Subclasses:

Fraktur, Old Engsh;Rotunda,Schwabacher,Textura

Calgraphic

Typefaces based on letters made with a broad-nibbed pen.
Subclasses:

Chancery,Etruscan

Gaec

Subclasses:

Angar,Uncial

Inscriptional

Typefaces modelled after or inspired by letters carved in stone. Classic example: Albertus.

Subclasses:

Roman Inscriptional

Non-alphanumeric

Typefaces which contain pictures or symbols rather than letters and numbers.

Subclasses:
Dingbats,Ornaments,Pictorial

Ornamented, Novelty

Typefaces with an ornate or whimsical appearance, or which simate non-typographical forms. Classic examples: Rustic, Moore berty.

Subclasses:
Art Deco,Art Nouveau;Comic Strip Lettering;Dot Matrix
Futuristic;Machine Readable;Pixel;Pseudo Foreign Script;Victorian

Sans Serif

A typeface without serifs.

Subclasses:
Gothic;Grotesque;Geometric Sans;Grotesk;Humanist Sans;Square Gothic;Swiss Gothic

Script

Typefaces based on letters made with a flexible pen or brush, or derivative forms.

Subclasses:
Brush Script;Casual Script;Engsh Roundhand,French Roundhand;Handwritin,Rationazed Script

Serif

A typeface with serifs.

Subclasses:
Grecian,Latin,Modern;Didone;Scotch Modern;Old Style;Antique;Dutch Old Style;French Old Style;Spanish Old Style;Venetian Old Style;Slab,Serif,Clarendon,Egyptian,French Clarendon,Geometric Serif,Spur Serif,Transitional,Scotch Roman;Tuscan

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