Fonts

Fonts are categorised in this list according to the tools used to produce the letter forms, be they pens on paper, chisels in stone, or molded metal on the printing press.

The word "Serif" comes from Seraphim, the angelic creatures which carried divine messages. You might notice, when you read text in a book, that the tiny lines on the letters help your eye to follow the flow of text and so help you to gather the message of the sentence. Serifs originated in the time when monks would copy whole books by hand. It was simply a means of preventing the ink from blobbing on the paper at the ends of each stroke; draw the stroke, then move slightly with the nib to end it. When the printing press was invented the craftsmen making the metal type copied the form of letters as they had been written.

The word "Sans" is the French word for 'without' - Sans serif = 'without a serif'.


or Roman - the writing tool cleanly tapers the ends of letters and carries the eye along the message of the text.


or Swiss - drawn with precision and clarity.


or Egyptian - the blocked ends give architectural stability to the words. Think of square chisels and letters carved in stone.


Written with a practised hand, using a variety of tools.


Ordered, civilised, personal and beautiful.


The printed and written word is its own artform. You may recall that printing originated in Gutenberg.


Theatrical & embellished.


Illustrated with dimension and lighting.


The counters and limbs of the letters are supported by ligatures.


Cast or wrought in metal.


Type with a sense of touch.


Set by a typewriter or computer.


Computerised or science-fictional.


Words with pictures.


Ideal for disguising intent or identity.


The artist's tools are a computer, a photocopier, and probably a skateboard.