Friday, February 7, 2014

Introduction: Five Classic Typefaces

Students taking the course covered in this section are introduced to five classic typefaces, each representing a distinct stage in the evolution of type design. Although many were designed centuries ago, these typefaces remain among the most popular and widely used today. Below are listed the names of the five typefaces along with their historical classification and approximate date of design.
Garamond: FrenchOld Style1617
Baskerville: EnglishTransitional1757
Bodoni: ItalianModern1780
Century: AmericanEgyptian1894
Helvetica: SwissContemporary1957
There is no better way to train the eye to typographic subtleties than by studying the changing forms in typeface design over the centuries and understanding how seemingly minor changes in type design can affect both the character of the typeface and its appearance on the page.

Source: Cooper Union

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