Typographic Terminology Part 1

Here I am going to explain a few type terms:

  • Old Face: Old face type styles are characterised by little contrast between thick and thin strokes. Old face originates in the 16th & 17th century. Old face type styles have serifs. Ref: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/old-face oldface
  • Humanist: Humanist type styles are based on hand writing and can sometimes be referred to as ‘old style’. humanist
  • Roman: Roman type is your bog standard type style, it is the alternate to italic. It is just normal type.
  • Italic: A form of type that slants up and to the right like this. 

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