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There’s a whole world of wonder – and mania – font land.

Beware.

The point of this area is to arm you with the very most basic terms.

Handwriting

We’ll save the history lesson for another area.

People wrote things with their hands. Sometimes we think of Cursive as “fancy” – but it wasn’t always considered that way. Cursive is actually a way to write really fast! If you couldn’t afford the massively labor-intensive book with the steady hand lettering, – maybe you could afford a scribbled one!

(figure incoming)

Blackletter (aka Gothic)

In 1450 Johannes Gutenberg had invented his metal movable type printing press and started actually printing things.

Blackletter was a type of writing. There were many types – in many places. One version was called Textualis and that’s what Mr. Gutenberg followed when carving out the first printable typeface? **

So, – Blackletter. It looks like this. It’s very stern calligraphy and clearly shows the thick nib used to letter it. You can see the little serifs at the beginning and end of each stroke.

They printed the Christian Bible with it. Thanks?

1400s

Humanist (aka Venetian)

 

1400

Old Style (aka Garalde)

1500s-1700s

Transitional (aka Realist)

1700s

Didone (aka Modern)

1800s

Slab (aka Egyptian)

1900s

Grotesque (aka Gothic)

early 1900s

Neo-Grotesque

late 1900s

Humanist

1900s

Geometric

1900s

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