Wonderful German site concerned with typography. Plus a German glossary. Small free font archive. Type in use on posters, such as this beautiful 1964 poster by Lou Dorfsman (1918-2008).
Their type classification:
- Venetian renaissance antiqua (15th through 17th centuries). Called humanians in England, and humanes in France. Slightly left-leaning axis. Mostly characterized by a sloped stroke on the e. Includes Deepdene, Horley Old Style, Jersey.
- French renaissance antiqua (15th through 17th centuries). Also called garaldes. More left-leaning axis than the Venetians, and more contrast-rich as well. Examples include Sabon Antiqua, Goudy Old Style, Palatino, and all Garamonds.
- Baroque antiqua (17th through 19th centuries). Called transitionals in anglophone countries. These typefaces have more contrast than the old style (or antiqua) typefaces. Examples include Caslon, Baskerville and Times New Roman.
- Klassizistische Antiqua, didones, or modern typefaces, developed between 1750 and 1800. Characterized by high contrast, ball terminlas, thin square serifs and a logical design, these include Walbaum, Caledonia, Didot and Bodoni.
- Slab serifs or Egyptiennes or mechanistic typefaces, 19th and 20th centuries. Blocky serifs with some didone influences left in the glyphs. Examples incluude Clarendon, Impressum and Lubalin Graph.
- Sans serifs, aka lineales in French and lineals in English. Developed starting in the 19th and 20th centuries, the sans serifs include Franklin Gothic, Avant garde and Helvetica.
- Antiqua variants, and incised typefaces.
- Hand-drawn antiqua. These include Delphin, Time Script and Ondine.
- Gebrochene Schriften
- Non-Latin scripts.
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