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Type Style Finder by Timothy Samara

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Renaissance type styles include Gothic styles still in use after the Medieval
period—frakturs, textura, and blackletter forms—as well as humanistic
styles incorporating Carolingian forms into the new modern alphabet of
fifty-two characters: the upper- and lowercase serifs. These new faces,
which would eventually be known as oldstyle, refer to archaic capital
structure in their proportions, with some characters markedly wider than
others, but integrate the soft, rounded pen strokes of uncials and minus-
cules. Renaissance oldstyle faces are remarkably organic, with fluid shading
and minimal contrast between thick and thin strokes, a small x-height in
the lowercase, teardrop, brush-formed serifs, and soft, rounded terminals.
Their curved characters, in both upper- and lowercase, show a pronounced
oblique axis, further evidence of their derivation from the brush. Overall,
Renaissance faces tend to be more extended than those considered conven-
tionally regular in width. Italics, which first made their appearance in the
fourteenth century, are also generally useful for imparting a Renaissance
quality to typography, especially if they exhibit scriptlike junctures.
In Europe, the late thirteenth through early sixteenth centuries were
marked by a tremendous expansion in scholarly activity. Following the
rediscovery of ancient learning lost in the Middle Ages, this burst of
creativity affected literature, science, and the arts—among them, type
design. A shift from an agrarian, feudal society toward a culture of
commerce, exploration, and humanism is reflected in type and color
of increased richness, subtlety, and refinement.
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Petter Ringbom, Tsia Carson
New York City USA
Renaissance
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Alcuin
TM
Regular
Serif | Medium Weight |
Modulation |
Moderate Contrast |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Bembo
TM
Italic OsF
Serif | Medium Weight |
Moderate Contrast |
Slightly Condensed |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
P22 Elizabethan
Graphic Script | Fraktur Detail |
Medium Weight |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
P22 Goudy Aries
Serif | Lombardic Detail |
Moderate Contrast |
Medium Weight |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Linotype Gaius
TM
Regular
Serif | Light Weight |
Noticeable Contrast | Brush
Detail | Slight Italic Posture |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
P22 Operina Romano
Serif | Italic Lowercase |
Medium Weight |
Slightly Condensed |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
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Context Renaissance
P22 Operina Corsivo
Serif | Slight Italic Overall |
Swash Detail | Medium Weight |
Pronounced Descenders |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
P22 Tynedale
Stylized Serif | Moderate
Contrast | Pronounced Serifs |
Light Weight |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
ITC Galliard
®
Italic
Serif | Medium Weight |
Moderate Contrast |
Abrupt Joints |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Garamond
TM
#3 Italic OsF
Serif | Medium Weight |
Soft Terminals | Small x-Height |
Reduced Contrast |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
P22 Durer Caps
Graphic | Carolingian
Roman Caps |
Sketched Alternates |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
LTC Goudy Thirty
Stylized Serif | Textura Details|
Moderate Contrast |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
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Telegdi
Serif | Moderate Contrast |
Medium Weight |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Telegdi Italic
Serif | Moderate Contrast |
Moderate Posture |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
P22 Latimer
Serif | Lombard and Fraktur
Detail | Condensed | Lighter
Medium Weight |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
P22 Aragon
Stylized Serif | Swash Details |
Medium Weight |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
ITC Cerigo
TM
Medium
Serif | Medium Weight |
Brush Influence |
Moderate Contrast |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
P22 Avocet
Serif | Swash Details | Light
Weight | Moderate Italic Posture |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
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P22 Cilati Regular
Serif | Condensed |
Moderate Italic Posture |
Moderate Contrast |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
ITC Mendoza Roman
®
Medium
Serif | Heavier Medium
Weight | Reduced Contrast |
Soft Terminals |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
P22 Cilati Swash Small Caps
Serif | Condensed |
Moderate Italic Posture |
Script Influence |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Time
+
Context Renaissance
ITC Giovanni
®
Book
Serif | Medium Weight |
Brush Detail |
Moderate Contrast |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
San Marco
TM
Sans Serif | Bold Weight |
Gothic Influence |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Linotype Trajanus
TM
Roman
Serif | Medium Weight |
Sharp Joints |
Noticeable Contrast |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
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