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Types of Typography

Clarendon Serifs
Clarendon Serifs

Mitja Miklavčič describes the basic features of Clarendon designs (and ones labelled Ionic, often quite similar) as: "plain and sturdy nature, strong bracketed serifs, vertical stress, large x-height, short ascenders and descenders, typeface with little contrast" and supports Nicolete Gray's description of them as a "cross between the roman [general-purpose body text type] and slab serif model".

Glyphic Serifs
Glyphic Serifs

In typography, a serif (/ ˈ s ɛr ɪ f /) is a small line attached to the end of a stroke in a letter or symbol. A typeface with serifs is called a serif typeface (or serifed typeface). A typeface without serifs is called sans-serif or sans serif, from the French sans, meaning "without".

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Grotesque Sans Serif
Grotesque Sans Serif

Sans Serif (a.k.a. Gothic or Grotesque) type forms made their first appearances around 1815-1817. Both are marked by simpler letterforms with (usually) relatively uniform stroke weight, lacking significant contrast, often geometric in underlying design.

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Neoclassical & Didone Serifs
Neoclassical & Didone Serifs

Neoclassicism (from Greek νέος nèos, "new" and Latin classicus, "of the highest rank") is the name given to Western movements in the decorative and visual arts, literature, theatre, music, and architecture that draw inspiration from the "classical" art and culture of classical antiquity.

Old Style
Old Style

Old style typefaces are an important component of every good typeface library. Originally created between the late 15th and mid-18th centuries, these early roman types are characterized by curved strokes whose axis inclines to the left, and little contrast between thick and thins.

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Slab Serifs
Slab Serifs

In typography, a slab serif (also called mechanistic, square serif, antique or Egyptian) typeface is a type of serif typeface characterized by thick, block-like serifs. Serif terminals may be either blunt and angular , or rounded .

Square Sans Serif
Square Sans Serif

Square Serif is a slab serif font family. This typeface has ten styles and was published by FontSite Inc.

Transitional Serifs
Transitional Serifs

In typography, a serif is a small line attached to the end of a stroke in a letter or symbol. A typeface with serifs is called a serif typeface. A typeface without serifs is called sans-serif or sans serif, from the French sans, meaning "without". Some typography sources refer to sans-serif typefaces as "Grotesque" or "Gothic", and serif typefaces as "Roman".

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