From stroke weight to set width, it’s the subtle and not so subtle nuances of a typeface that gives it life and personality. Some typefaces are loud and proud, while others are more soft-spoken and modest. Just like people, typefaces are full of character.
Which typeface best resembles your personality type? Take this short quiz and find out.
1. My workspace is:
A. Covered in ink spots and spills
B. Draped in inspirational patterns and textiles
C. Full of mechanical gadgets
D. Borderline OCD
E. Clean and minimal
2. My friends would describe me as:
3. My dream vacation would be to:
4. I like to draw inspiration from:
A. Reading books
B. 1940’s Film Noir Posters
D. Geometric shapes — particularly triangles and circles
E. The fine grid structure found in maps
5. In my spare time, you can find me:
A. Doodling with my fancy calligraphy pen
B. Reading fashion magazines
C. Playing with my vintage typewriter
D. Solving geometry problems for fun
E. Literally everywhere. Just call me Mr./Ms. Popular
Garamond is an old style serif face with calligraphic roots designed by Frenchman Claude Garamond. However, the Garamond we all know and love today are based off the designs of Jean Jannon.
Garamond is a highly readable typeface and is used extensively as the body copy of books, magazines and publications. Some famous works include the epic Harry Potter series and The Hunger Games trilogy.
Some defining characteristics of Garamond include the small bowl of the lowercase “a” and the small eye of the lowercase “e”. Other old style serifs include Goudy, Palatino Linotype and Minion Pro.
Bodoni is a modern serif typeface characterized with the dramatic contrast between the thick and thin hairline strokes. Modern serif typefaces are also characterized by clean un-bracketed serifs. Italian typographer Giambattista Bodoni is credited as the designer of the typeface.
Bodoni has a strong vertical stress, narrow set width and small x-height making it a poor choice for body copy. Bodoni is famously used by Vogue Magazine. Other modern serifs include Didot, ITC Fenice, ITC Zapf Book.
Rockwell is an American typeface by Frank Hinman Pierpont, and can be categorized as a slab or Egyptian serif. The notable features of this typeface include the heavy square serifs and the mono-weight strokes of the letterforms.
Rockwell works best as a display face and has been used in advertisements, posters and wild west films. The typeface has a mechanical and heavy duty appeal. Other slab serifs include typewriter inspired typefaces like Courier, Clarendon and Archer.
Futura is a geometric sans serif designed German typographer Paul Renner. The typeface is characterized by the near perfect circles of the counters and the sharp triangles in the apex and vertex of letterforms. The typeface can sometimes appear static, efficient and cold.
Futura has been famously incorporated into the logotypes of Ikea and Volkswagen. Other geometric sans serifs include Eurostile, ITC Avant Garde and Avenir.
Helvetica is a neo-grotesque san serif of Swiss origin designed by Max Miedinger with the help of Eduard Hoffmann. Helvetica has a high x-height and wide set width making it quite readable. The typeface is neutral in form to best allow for the content to take center stage.
Helvetica has become a ubiquitous typeface and has been used in everything from IRS tax forms to countless logotypes. Other neo-grotesque sans serfs include Univers, Arial and MS Sans Serif.
So, what typeface are you? Let us know in the comments!
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