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Type Style Finder by Timothy Samara

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Medieval typefaces, and those inspired by the forms from this time frame,
show a loss in refinement as a result of the fall of Rome and the fracturing
of European culture. All-capital faces with more pronounced curvature in
the strokes, more fluid junctures derived from pen inscription, and the
introduction of uncial-based forms—predecessors to the modern lowercase
developed in the third through sixth centuries A.D.—relate to scribal work.
Decorative details, influenced by animal interlace and manuscript illumina-
tion, may be found adorning terminals and cross-strokes—exaggerated
curves, swash forms, curlicues, and illustrative inclusions, such as animal
or leaf forms. Medieval-style faces often show dramatic contrast between
thick and thin strokes, as in Lombardic initials or early textura forms, pop-
ular in Germany, Austria, and eastern Europe after the ninth and tenth cen-
turies. Harsh blackletter faces—with overall condensed characters made up
of dominant, heavy vertical strokes with quick, sharp junctures—bring the
late stages of Gothic type style into the mix.
European feudal society—following the fall of Rome and continuing
up through the late Gothic period, prior to the Renaissance—provides
the context for medieval type and color. The decorative manuscript
work of scribes, heraldic symbols, pageantry, and ritual inform the visual
style of this category.
Packaging top, and detail
Love Communications
Preston Wood, Amy Veach,
Scott Greer
Salt Lake City [UT] USA
Medieval
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LTC Jacobean Initials B
Lombardic Initials | Caps |
Lacking Numerals |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Neue Hammer Unziale
TM
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Regular
Sans Serif | Moderate Contrast |
Medium Weight | Sharp
Terminals | Uncial Influence |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
P22 Elven
Half Uncial–Sans Serif Hybrid |
Lighter Medium Weight |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
P22 Kells Round
Half Uncial–Sans Serif Hybrid |
Lighter Medium Weight |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
P22 Amelia
Cloister Initials |
Floral Frame Detail |
Lacking Numerals |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
P22 Morris Troy
Lombardic–Uncial Hybrid |
Medium Weight |
Pronounced Contrast |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
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Context Medieval
P22 Morris Ornaments
Lombardic–Cloister Initial
Hybrid | Caps with Alternates |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Schwarzkopf Oldstyle
Fraktur | Medium Weight |
Pronounced Contrast |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
LTC Jacobean Initials A
Cloister Initials | Caps |
Floral Frame Detail |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
P22 Dwiggins Uncial
Uncial-Serif Hybrid |
Pronounced Contrast |
Medium Weight |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
LTC Jacobean Initials C
Lombardic Initials | Caps in
Reverse | Floral Frame Detail |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Almonda
Stylized Sans Serif | Fraktur
Details | Bolder Medium Weight |
T.26 Digital Type Foundry
www.t26.com
info@t26.com
888.T26.FONT
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Type Style Finder
Fette Fraktur
TM
Graphic | Black Weight |
Pronounced Contrast |
Blackletter Gothic | Curved
Shoulders |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Text Regular
Stylized Sans Serif | Fraktur
Brush Details | Condensed |
Medium Weight |
T.26 Digital Type Foundry
www.t26.com
info@t26.com
888.T26.FONT
RTF Alexander Quill
Stylized Sans Serif | Moderate
Contrast | Medium Weight |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Fette Gotisch
Graphic | Black Weight |
Pronounced Contrast |
Blackletter Gothic | Angled
Shoulders |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
RTF Fellowship Normal
Stylized Sans Serif | Moderate
Contrast | Slight Italic Posture |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
P22 Kells Square
Stylized Wedge Serif |
Glyphic Detail | All Caps with
Selected Alternates |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
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Beneta
TM
Regular
Graphic Sans Serif | Bold
Weight | Pronounced Contrast |
Brush Influence |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Aquitaine
TM
Initials
Serif | Bold Weight |
Pronounced Contrast |
Inline Detail |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Archangel
Stylized Sans Serif |
Pronounced Contrast |
Caps and Small Caps |
T.26 Digital Type Foundry
www.t26.com
info@t26.com
888.T26.FONT
Idiosynoptium Bold
Stylized Sans Serif | Moderate
Contrast | Uniform Cap and
Lowercase Height |
T.26 Digital Type Foundry
www.t26.com
info@t26.com
888.T26.FONT
Linotype Textur
TM
Lombardisch DFR
Graphic | Bold Weight |
Inline and Linear Detail |
Lombardic Influence
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Carolina
TM
Serif | Lighter Medium Weight |
Slight Italic Posture |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
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