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Type Style Finder by Timothy Samara

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Type that is classified as archaic in the Western tradition harks back to the
simple, lapidary (stone-carved) forms derived initially from Sumerian
cuneiform—sharp, angular, and chiseled strokes—and later refined by the
Greeks and Romans. All-capital faces dominate this category, as these
forms were the first to be developed. Simple construction, geometrically
circular curves, abrupt junctures, and quadrant-based proportions in
width—in which the O, A, H, and N define a square, supported by letters
with half-square widths, such as E, F, L, S, B, and R—join with brush or
pen-inspired strokes. Faces that reference older forms tend to be uniform
in overall weight, while those that evoke the refined culture of Rome show
contrast among the strokes. Archaic typefaces may have serifs—evidence
of the chisel and the brush as drawing method—or may not. Single-weight
script forms—sometimes clearly hand drawn—allude to casual writing
from the era. Geometric glyphlike alphabets round out the category. Modern
interpretations of archaic forms sometimes include lowercase forms,
integrating the past with present needs for text.
From the haze of prehistory to the cultures of early human civilization—
the Sumerians, Phoenicians, Egyptians, ancient Greeks, and imperial
Romans—the archaic in type and color embodies the ancient.
Catalog Cover top, and detail
STIM Visual Communication
Timothy Samara
New York City USA
Archaic
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Lithos
TM
Light
Sans Serif | Uniform Weight |
Square Capital Proportion |
Modulation |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Herculanum
TM
Roman
Sans Serif | Medium Weight |
Caps with Selected Alternates |
Brush Influence |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Minerva Display Caelatura
Archaic Serif | All Caps |
Lighter Medium Weight |
T.26 Digital Type Foundry
www.t26.com
info@t26.com
888.T26.FONT
RTF Cadmus
Archaic Sans Serif | Uniform
Lighter Medium Weight |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Pompeijana
TM
Serif | Medium Weight |
Pronounced Contrast | Rustic
Influence | Brush Detail |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Albertus
TM
Roman
Serif-Sans Serif Hybrid |
Medium Weight | Varied
Contrast | Modulation |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
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Context Archaic
Augustea Open
TM
Serif | Square Capitals |
Light Weight | Inline Detail |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
ITC Braganza
TM
Graphic Script | Medium
Weight | Pronounced Contrast |
Cursive Influence |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Castellar
TM
Roman
Serif | Medium Weight |
Pronounced Contrast | Inline
Detail | Sharp Serifs |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Charlemagne
TM
Serif | Medium Weight |
Moderate Contrast |
Sharp Serifs |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Codex
TM
Serif-Sans Serif Hybrid |
Medium Weight | Noticeable
Contrast | Cursive Influence |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Etruscan
TM
Sans Serif | Light Weight |
Condensed | Lapidary
Influence | Glyphic Detail |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
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Persephone NF
Archaic Sans Serif |
Uniform Medium Weight |
Slight Modulation |
Nick’s Fonts
www.nicksfonts.com
Koch
TM
Antiqua
Serif | Light Weight | Notable
Contrast | Small x-Height |
Upper Stroke Emphasis |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Lithos
TM
Bold
Sans Serif | Uniform Weight |
Square Capital Proportion |
Modulation |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
RTF Lancelot Title
Archaic Serif | All Caps |
Moderate Contrast |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Moonglow
TM
Std Regular
Sans Serif | Medium Weight |
Modulation | Inline Stroke |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
ITC Motter Sparta
TM
Sans Serif | Bold Weight |
Graphic Brush Detail
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
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Context Archaic
ITC Noovo
TM
Light
Sans Serif | Light Weight |
Condensed |
Textured Contour |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Omnia
TM
Serif | Bold Weight | Unicase |
Uncial Influence |
Noticeable Contrast |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
The Boustrophedon Plain
Archaic Sans Serif |
Greek Lapidary Detail |
Caps with Alternates |
Garage Fonts Type Foundry
www.garagefonts.com
info@garagefonts.com
800.681.9375
Rusticana
TM
Sans Serif | Medium Weight |
Square Capital Proportion |
Modulation |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Silentium
®
Pro Roman 1
Serif | Bold Weight |
Pronounced Contrast |
Brush Detail |
Slight Italic Posture |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Linotype Syntax
TM
Lapidar
Serif Text
Serif | Medium Weight | Varied
Posture | Caps with Alternates
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
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