Chapter 9. Typography

61 Types of Type

Fonts can be divided into six main categories: serif, sans serif, script, blackletter, novelty, and dingbat. Here are a few words about each.

Serif (also called Roman) typefaces—as their name suggests—have serifs. Serifs are rectangular, tapered, pointed, rounded, straight, arched, thin, thick, or blocky shapes projecting from the end of a letter’s stroke(s). The letters of serif fonts are almost always built from strokes of different widths.

Sans serif fonts are without serifs and are usually made from strokes of the same width. (Actually, if you look very closely at the letters of most sans serif fonts, you’ll find that their strokes are subtly sculpted in ways that allow them to come across as being ...

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