9 Calligraphics

Less structured than the other classifications, the name is simply a reference to the idea that these typefaces reflect a hand-drawn style.

Glyphic, also called incised

Influenced by characters engraved or chiseled in stone. Many contain only capitals. Characterized by flared ends rather than serifs and a heavy calligraphic influence in the strokes.


Inspired by handwriting styles using a variety of tools. This classification can range from very formal to very casual. Often characterized by connected characters (so do NOT use optical kerning) and the presence of alternate glyphs to help vary character styles (as happens in handwritten cursive) and to add swashes.


A bit of a catch-all for any typefaces that use a hand-drawn style but don’t fit nicely into the other categories. Used for decoration and headlines.


Based on early manuscript letterforms, this style is meant to mimic a pen held at a 45° angle. It was made popular by Johannes Gutenberg and may convey a range of feelings for different readers. Characterized by extreme contrast and narrow proportions, though the varieties in the Blackletter classification are quite broad.


Typically used for decorative purposes, Gaelic typefaces are based on Classical Gaelic. These typefaces are strongly associated with Scotland and Ireland… and Lord of the Rings.



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