Appendix A Fonts

The period of stagnation for type design was in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Many presses overlooked the rules of type design and mixed many sizes and styles of type into single pages, fliers and playbills. These 100–150 years witnessed very little in the progression of typography. Some histories of type start from ancient Egyptians and their hieroglyphs, but we are going to examine the type of fonts that you’re likely to encounter in your everyday work. If we do not take into account some really exotic faces, the modern history of type begins in the fifteenth century, when the first examples of the fonts now called Old Style appeared.

Figure A.1 Letters in detail

During centuries prior to that time, the prevalent ...

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