Identify a Humanist Sans Serif Font for Use on the Web


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Identifying a Humanist Sans Serif font

Sans Serif fonts do not all look alike while Transitional Sans like Helvetica and Arial are sometimes called Generic or Anonymous, and some Sans Serifs based on circles and triangles are called Geometric. Others which incorporate humanist forms reminiscent of old style fonts are called Humanist. In 1926, right around the same time Paul Renner was designing Futura, a Geometric San Serif, Eric Gill was designing Gill Sans.

Gill Sans is what we'd call a Humanist Sans Serif. Looking at this digital version of Gill Sans we can see it has a double-decker G with a closed loop. It has a double-decker Humanist form a with varying stroke thickness. The a ends with a curled form. It has relatively generous apertures and the shape of the bowl suggest a stress even though the stroke is monoline. Gill Sans also has a round O but that's the only bowl in the system that is Geometric, the rest of the font feels Humanist.

There are many humanist Web fonts available today. Most of the Sans Serif text ...

Identifying a Humanist Sans Serif font
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Identifying a Humanist Sans Serif font provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Laura Franz as part of the Choosing and Using Web Fonts

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