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Italic, Script & Decorative Type

Italic, Script & Decorative Type

Author: Maria Tucker
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In this lesson you will learn to recognize italic, script and decorative typefaces and give examples of their proper usage.

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Notes on "Italic, Script & Decorative Type"

Citations

Image of Italic type, Creative Commons

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Garamond_Roman_I...

Image of Bembo font, Public Domain


Image of Caslon font, Creative Commons

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CaslonSp.svg

Image of Times New Roman font, Creative Commons

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Times_New_Roman-...

Image of Wanted Poster, PD-1923


Image of Nueva Sdt. Typeface, Creative Commons


Image of Script font, Creative Commons

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kuenstler.svg

Image of Script font, Creative Commons

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CaflischScriptSp...

Image of Algerian typeface, Creative Commons


Image of Astur font, Public Domain


Image of Readability, Creative Commons


Image of headline script, by Maria Tucker

Image of Illuminated Letter, Public Domain


TERMS TO KNOW
  • Posture

    The vertical orientation of a typeface. Some typefaces slant to the right (italic).

  • Italic

    A type posture; type which appears to slant to the right.

  • Script

    A type classification developed in the late 1700s and originally based on handwriting. This style is characterized by italic letterforms that can be formal or casual and sometimes joined. Member families include Nuptial and Zapfino.

  • Initial Capital Letter

    The first letter of the first word in a paragraph, often decorative, it is enlarged to the height of several lines which surround it.

  • Decorative Type

    Novelty or illustrative typefaces used primarily for headlines or initial capital letters.  

  • Readability

    How easily words and blocks of words can be read.