Ray Larabie is upset with the lack of relevance of older type classification systems. There is not enough variation for the display, sans and decorative styles that are being produced nowadays. His classification proposal made in October 2011 [all comments are his]:
- Old sans: Franklin Gothic and other sans with an ancient flavor.
- Geo-classical: Futura, Gill, Bernhard Gothic.
- Helveticas: Arial, and hundreds of other mid-century neutrals.
- Frutigers: Museo Sans, Verdana.
- Humanist sans: Easy. If the baseline is straight, it ain't humanist. Most of what I see categorized as humanist are just Franklins.
- Geo-gothic: Avant Garde.
- Square Sans: EF Digital, Bank Gothic, Chimes.
- Superelliptical: Microgramma, Eurostile.
- Brush Sans: Flash, Balloon.
- Technical: DIN, Highway Gothic, stencils, elevator buttons, template lettering, labels and other "ugly" lettering.
- Pixel: early computing retro, including segmented LED.
- MICR: Data 70.
- Rounded Sans: V.A.G., Arial Rounded.
- Compacta: Impact, Helv Inserat.
- Industrial slabs: Memphis, Museo.
- Stops: Stop and similar minimalist variants produced in the 70's and 80's. I didn't think it was a category until I moved to Japan. Bored font historians looking for a subject should try tracking Stop's influence on car emblems, videogames, graffiti and the circa 1990 4k demo scene.
- Geo slabs: Lubalin Graph.
- Structured scripts: Magneto, Deftone Stylus.
- Scripts: boo.
- Decorative: Actually decorative. Fonts that look like fire or chrome etc. It's often used as a catch-all category by the ancient ones.
- Misc: a better name for a catch-all category.
Ray Larabie's classification
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