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Thibaudeau's classification [François Thibaudeau]

In 1921, François Thibaudeau (1860-1925), a French typographer, proposed a simple classification system based on serifs:

  • Triangular serifs are called Elzevir (or antique, as in Jenson and Garamond).
  • Rectangular serifs are found in the Didot family.
  • Egyptians have rectangular serifs on top and bottom of thickness equal to the stroke witdth.
  • "Antiques": sans-serif capital typefaces such as those drawn by the greeks and Romans.
Thibaudeau later added the Script and Display sections to the list above to categorize types used in advertising.

Franços Thibaudeau wrote the art nouveau-styled Manuel français de typographie moderne, faisant suite à "La Lettre d'imprimerie"... Cours d'initiation... par la pratique du croquiscalque, ou manuscrit typographique (1924). He also wrote La Fonderie Typographique Française Album d'alphabets pour la pratique du croquis-calque, édité spécialement pour le Manuel français de typographie moderne de F. Thibaudeau (ca. 1920, impr. de G. de Malherbe, Paris). Local download of thae latter book in PDF format [15.7MB].

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Typeface Classification ⦿ Type design in France ⦿ Modern style [Bodoni, Didot, Walbaum, Thorowgood, Computer Modern, etc.] ⦿ Elzevir ⦿ Books on type design ⦿ Art Nouveau typefaces ⦿













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