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Type Style Finder by Timothy Samara

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(Provision) Type Style Finder
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When looking for typefaces to represent fragility, the details of their con-
struction must be carefully considered. Since most type is drawn to be
as robust as possible, fragility in a type style may depend on lightness in
weight; however, it’s a brittle quality in the junctures that is crucial, for
this will skew the association away from strict elegance or freshness.
Abrupt, exceedingly thin junctures against equally thin stems—or against
much heavier stems—will cause the strokes to begin to separate optically,
making them appear to crack apart at the seams. A bold face with separa-
tion between bowl and juncture, or open, almost unbalanced apertures
in the lowercase, may also begin to appear fragile. Some typefaces actually
separate the strokes from each other, allowing sharp inclusions of counter-
space to crack the form. Similarly, heavier, sans-serif forms with linear
inclusions or strike-through elements, which damage the intrinsic strength
of the forms, may also feel somewhat dissolved. Ethereally light or script
faces, especially those without contrast, appear cloudlike and insubstantial.
Fragility—the breakable quality of crystal or glass, the delicate fronds
of a leaf, the vaporous nebula of mist—can be both elegant and anxious
in its associations. This tension, indeed, is part of what makes fragile
objects so interesting. And paradoxically, fragile typefaces can hint at
strength, even as they appear to dissolve.
Book Jacket
top, and detail, bottom
Loewy
Paul Burgess
London United Kingdom
Fragile
Moods
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Laureate Four
Sans Serif | Ultra Light Weight |
T.26 Digital Type Foundry
www.t26.com
info@t26.com
888.T26.FONT
P22 1722 Roman
Graphic Oldstyle Serif |
Textured Contour |
Pronounced Contrast |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Neue Helvetica
TM
25
Ultra Light
Sans Serif | Uniform Strokes |
Slightly Squared Shoulders |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Dynasty Thin
Sans Serif | Light Weight |
Slightly Extended |
Device
www.devicefonts.co.uk
rianhughes@aol.com
44 (0) 7979.602.272
Jakita Wide Inline
Stylized Sans Serif | Inline |
Brittle Joints | Extended |
Device
www.devicefonts.co.uk
rianhughes@aol.com
44 (0) 7979.602.272
Camellia
TM
Sans Serif | Very Light
Weight | Lowercase |
Exaggerated Proportions |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
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Moods Fragile
Cirkulus
TM
Sans Serif | Ultra Light
Weight | Uniform Strokes |
False Joints |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Cronos
TM
Pro Light
Sans Serif | Light Weight |
Slight Contrast | Brush Details |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
ITC Cyberkugel
TM
Graphic Script | Erratic
Light Weight | Condensed |
Sharp Joints |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
F2F Allineato
TM
Graphic | Erratic Contours |
Light Weight |
Stroke Distortion |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Horatio Light
Sans Serif | Uniform Strokes |
Slightly Condensed | Open Bowls
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
ITC Mithras
TM
Roman
Serif | Light Weight | Textured
Modulation | Sharp Serifs
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
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Type Style Finder
ITC Mixage
®
Book
Sans Serif | Light Weight |
Slight Modulation |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Noa
TM
Std Light
Sans Serif | Slight Contrast |
Pronounced Horizontal
Emphasis |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Sensuell Thin
Sans Serif | Ultra Light
Weight | Extended |
The Chank Company
www.chank.com
friendlyfolks@chank.com
877.GO.CHANK
Nueva
TM
Std Light
Serif | Light Weight | Notable
Modulation | Slight Upper
Emphasis | Reverse Oblique Axis
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Linotype Puritas
TM
Light
Sans Serif | Noticeable
Modulation | Slight Upper
Emphasis |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
ITC Quorum
®
Light
Serif | Little Contrast | Slightly
Condensed |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
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Moods Fragile
Linotype Silver
TM
Graphic | Light Weight |
Uppercase |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Linotype Startec
TM
Graphic Sans Serif | Light
Weight | Inline Detail |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Titus
Serif | Lighter Medium
Weight | Slight Modulation |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Venus
®
Mager
Sans Serif | Light Weight |
Slightly Condensed
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Linotype Schachtelhalm
TM
Graphic Sans Serif |
Light Weight | Abstract Details |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
ITC Woodland
TM
Light
Sans Serif | Light Weight |
Modulation |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
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