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Type Style Finder by Timothy Samara

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Toddlers
The conventionally rounded approach to typefaces aimed at describing
or communicating with babies is still valid for toddlers. Faces that are con-
structed simply and offer a minimum of confusing detail, especially sans
serifs, dominate the category for this age group. Consider that toddlers of
three—and even two—years of age will begin reading during this time; the
simpler the letterforms, the easier it will be for them. Typefaces used to
convey the idea of toddlers to adults may be more stylized. Sans serifs, in
their simplicity, continue to convey the idea of childhood’s early stages,
but condensed, heavier weights, along with italics, convey the toddler’s
mobility. More decorative faces—ones that show different heights among
characters, shifts above and below the baseline, or create disconnects
between interior and exterior contours—present the quality of movement
and new sense of self associated with these young explorers.
Out of the crib, onto the floor—and out the door! Toddlers are active
and excited about exploring the world, especially now that they’re
mobile. Toddler style in typography and color is vibrant and fun.
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STIM Visual Communication
Timothy Samara
New York City [NY] USA
Age Groups
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Fontoon
TM
Graphic Sans Serif | Medium
Weight | Hand-Drawn Detail |
Condensed |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Sauna Black
Semi-Serif | Moderate Contrast |
Slightly Extended |
Underware
www.underware.nl
info@underware.nl
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P22 Toybox Regular
Graphic | Uniform Medium
Weight | Erratic Baseline |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
MVB Grenadine
Sans Serif | Medium Weight |
MVB Fonts
www.mvbfonts.com
info@mvbfonts.com
510.525.4288
Carousel
TM
Serif | Black Weight |
Extreme Contrast |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
ITC Freddo
TM
Sans serif | Black Weight |
Pronounced Contrast | Soft
Terminals |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
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Nice Weekend Bold
Modified Slab Serif | Slightly
Condensed | Medium Weight |
Garage Fonts Type Foundry
www.garagefonts.com
info@garagefonts.com
800.681.9375
Slappy Inline
Graphic | Uniform Medium
Weight | Erratic Baseline |
T.26 Digital Type Foundry
www.t26.com
info@t26.com
888.T26.FONT
Arbuckle Black
Stylized Sans Serif |
Small Counters |
Garage Fonts Type Foundry
www.garagefonts.com
info@garagefonts.com
800.681.9375
Chaloops
Graphic | Uniform Medium
Weight | Erratic Baseline |
The Chank Company
www.chank.com
friendlyfolks@chank.com
877.GO.CHANK
Tekton
TM
Regular
Sans Serif | Light Weight |
Uniform Strokes | Rounded
Terminals |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Chumley Medium
Graphic | Uniform Medium
Weight | Erratic Baseline |
The Chank Company
www.chank.com
friendlyfolks@chank.com
877.GO.CHANK
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Sample Color Combinations
Type Style Finder
Toddler Color
Building on toddlers’ newfound ability to distinguish more complex
colors, the toddler palette expands on the baby palette of primaries.
Tertiary colors—aqua, yellow-orange, fuchsia—and slightly desatu-
rated primaries, along with basic neutrals, such as brown and
beige, enter the palette. Combinations of these colors may be more
analogous, meaning that colors that are related to one another may
be combined—orange and yellow-orange, for example, or green and
aqua. Neutrals, while sometimes appropriate, should be considered
secondary with regard to the brighter hues of the color scheme and
therefore used sparingly.
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