Tag Archives: Klassifikation

Type classifications are useful, but the common ones are not

This is an article I wrote for the publication accompanying the conference Research in Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts Kattowice where I gave a talk on the subject in January 2012. Please excuse the lack of illustrations. I will try to add some later, but usually those are empty promises as you […]
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Where do you want to drive?

I love this quote by John Hudson which just popped up in a discussion about type classifications: Tinkering with the wheel alignment of a car that might turn out not to have an engine seems pointless, especially if you haven’t even decided where it is to which you wish to drive. This actually fits all […]
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The Difference between Humanist, Transitional and Modern Typefaces

Some key-characters for classifying typefaces are a, e, and R. Humanist (Serifs, Sans, Slab) a’s mostly have an open upper counter and a rather small bowl; the lower half of the e has an open, friendly »mouth«, whereas the eye in the upper half is usually small. R has a diagonal, often long, maybe swashy […]
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Ein Schriftfächer-Klassifikations-Musterbuch

Ende letzten Jahres wurde ein neuer Schriftfächer von seinen Autoren auf typografie.info vorgestellt. Thomas Kunz hat nun dankenswerterweise eine Liste der vorgestellten Schriften veröffentlich. So viele verschiedene Gruppen sehen in bunt toll aus. Aber die Einteilung finde ich nicht in allen Punkten toll, die ersten beiden Bezeichnungen eher unglücklich gewählt. »Schriften vor Gutenberg« sind natürlich […]
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Schriftklassifikation in a nutshell

Meine Einteilung nach Formprinzip habe ich 1998 im DIN-Ausschuss zur Klassifikation der Schriften vorgestellt. Dort lernte ich auch Max Bollwage und Hans Peter Willberg kennen, die später mein Konzept in ihre Büchern übernommen haben. Hier eine Passage aus meinem Buch Buchstaben kommen selten allein (gekürzt). Worin unterscheiden sich Schriften? Am augenscheinlichsten kann man zwischen Serifenschriften und Serifenlosen unterscheiden. […]
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Thoughts on Classification of Typefaces

Master of cross-references and typedirector at Fontshop San Francisco Stephen Coles posted a question recently that bothers me for some years as well: How can we name typefaces with modern, classicistic structure like Didones but with bracketed serifs instead of straight, hairline ones? There are subclasses like “Scotch” within this group, typefaces designed for the tricky […]
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