Knowing how fonts are classified makes it easier for you to search for fonts (free or paid), use them, and make good choices with font combinations. That’s why I thought I’d share the major font categories with you and their subcategories.
While different sites and experts will use their own methods of categorization, I’m going to use the one developed by Fonts.com. I think it is one of the most comprehensive systems of font classification.
Font Categories and Subcategories
Here are font categories according to Font.com.
- Old Style
- Neoclassical & Didone
- Blackletter & Lombardic
Now let’s look at each of the major categories in more detail.
Serif fonts have small lines called serifs attached to the letter strokes. These fonts are often used in print for readability reasons. Some examples of serif fonts are:
Sans serif fonts are made up of simple lines and do not have serifs, hence the name sans serif. (“Sans” is French for “without”.) These fonts are commonly used on the web. Here are some examples of sans serif fonts:
Script fonts are similar to cursive and often have strokes that join the letters together. Some examples include:
Decorative fonts are, as the name suggests, decorative and fancy. They are used for things like signs, book covers, image quotes, and headlines rather than long blocks of text like you find in a book or on a web page. Here are examples of decorative fonts:
By the way, those decorative fonts are by Kimberly Geswein. I highly recommend her fonts.
Now, there’s one more group of fonts that I want to mention and that is the dingbats. It’s made up of symbols, pictures, and ornaments rather than letters and numbers. Here are some examples of those:
As I said, other experts use other categories like Modern and Slab Serif which are fine too. As you search the web, you’ll become familiar with all of these different font categories.
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