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Making Sense Of Type Classification (Part 1)

By Joseph Alessio

This chapter deals with terminology, probably more specifically than most designers are used to, and the title gets to the heart of what I’m communicating in this chapter.

Everyone knows their serifs and sans, slabs and scripts, but most classifications go much deeper than that. Type classification, while helpful, is often convoluted, confusing and even controversial. This chapter, distilling some of the complexities into a more understandable format, lands somewhere in the middle between the basics and genuine type nerdery — the perfect level for a practicing designer.

Making Sense of Type Classification

Why Classify Type? ...

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