A Brief History of Typography

This wonderful account, authored in 2005 by Thomas W. Phinney now comes to DTG readers with hundreds of links and references added, and updated. Learn the history behind the fonts! August 30, 2010

Transitional & Modern Type Families

Now we continue with the Transitional genre of typography, so-called because of its intermediate position between old style and modern -- as we continue the brief History of Typography. August 30, 2010

Sans Serif: Gothic and Grotesque

Why do they call Sans Serif fonts 'Grotesque' or 'Gothic' ? Find out and meet some of the founding fathers in this part five of the "Brief History of Typography" by Thomas Phinney August 30, 2010

Slab Serif: Egyptian Type Styles

Continuing the history of typography we now discover many sans serif type faces and how they became modified with serifs to become the Slab Serif or Egyptian classification with fonts like Rockwell, Clarendon and others August 30, 2010

Decorative & Display Typestyles

In this part six of the series, we look at one of the most beloved classifications -- yet probably the most over-used generas: Decorative & Display Typestyles : Wood Type, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Fat Faces and more August 30, 2010

Script, Brush, Italic & Freehand

In part seven of our History of Type, we'll look at the script, brush, italic and freehand styles that everyone loves. From basic handwriting to steel brush, to digital calligraphy, the classification is called "scripts" August 30, 2010

Synthesis & Modern Day Fonts

The conclusion to our History of Typography covers the latest 'synthesis' fonts, as well as some striking new entries and the 'grunge' movement. This part also includes info about Thomas Phinney, his blog, and the bibliography for the whole history. August 30, 2010

Fonts: Your Own Handwriting

Here's a great idea -- for yourself or for a gift: YourFonts.com is an online service that allows you to make a TrueType font out of your handwriting December 10, 2009

Cooper Misunderstood

The Cooper typeface is quite often misunderstood by the graphic design community -- but they're usually thinking about Cooper Black, when the Cooper Old Style type family is quite a nice face! September 29, 2009