20 Classic Typefaces



  • Choose one typeface from each column (a serif and a sans-serif)
  • Research each typeface thoroughly, (history, designer, significance)
  • print out the following letters from both the upper and lower case alphabet
    for each typeface at 2 inches tall (approximately 150 pts.)

Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Gg Hh Jj Kk Mm Oo Rr Ss Tt Uu Ww Xx Zz

  • Carefully trace each letter using pencil and tracing or layout paper paying close attention to thick and thin parts of the stroke, terminal endings, stress of rounded characters, x-height, shape of serifs, and connections
  • Identify distinguishing characteristics for each typeface based upon your close analysis of letterform.
  • Create an 11 x 17 inch B & W poster for each typeface
  • Refer to the Typographic Variables list to aid you in your formation of type on your poster
  • You should make use of additional weights (Bold, semi-bold, light, etc.) and postures (italics, back slant) of your typeface on your poster. You are not restricted to just the weight or posture that you traced.

Downloadable PDF of the 20 Classic Typefaces

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