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Italic, Script & Decorative Type

Italic, Script & Decorative Type

Author: Maria Tucker

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"


Image of Italic type, Creative Commons

Image of Bembo font, Public Domain

Image of Caslon font, Creative Commons

Image of Times New Roman font, Creative Commons

Image of Wanted Poster, PD-1923

Image of Nueva Sdt. Typeface, Creative Commons

Image of Script font, Creative Commons

Image of Script font, Creative Commons

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
Decorative Type

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

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.


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


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


How easily words and blocks of words can be read.


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.