A few highlights from my secondary source research (both the facts and my commentary):
Serifs originated in ancient Roman times, when words were carved in stone. These small lines carved on the ends of strokes kept the stone from cracking…So interesting!
Serif typefaces have lost popularity in the modern world, but the more I learn about historical typefaces, the more I appreciate them. The idea that the materials used for presenting ancient typography (carved stone) dictated the development of serifs adds an incredibly interesting layer of complexity to this timeless typographic element. Serif typefaces have a foundation not just in two-dimensional art and design, but also in sculpture.
Thank you to Professor Bridget Sullivan of Towson University for her lecture, “The History of Typography.” This was just one of the interesting facts presented.
Baskerville. A radical but legendary serif typeface…What could be better than that? Baskerville was founded in the mid-1700s. Using strong contrast between thick and thin strokes “was denounced by many of his contemporaries as amateur and extremist” (Thinking with Type, Ellen Lupton).
There is an interesting lesson to learn from Baskerville; the innovative and deviant usage of classic typeface elements can lead to truly timeless designs.
Lupton, Ellen. Thinking with Type. Second, Revised and Expanded ed. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2010. Print.
- Humanist vs. Old Style
I have been having some trouble differentiating between humanist and Old Style typography. Here are a couple of links that shed light on that:
It’s all in the e’s.