Section 1

Type Classifications

This section examines in detail the history of type through the organization and classification of type styles and time periods. Each type classification is presented with an overview, brief biographies of prominent type designers, visual characteristics, and applications, as well as sidebars covering distinct developments or features of each type classification.

How does a graphic designer determine, among the thousands of typefaces available, which font or fonts might fulfill a specific need? While most typefaces are classified into three categories—serif, sans serif, and script—it is a limited and somewhat shortsighted ...

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