Understanding Script fonts


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Understanding Script fonts

Script fonts don't all look alike. Some look elegant, reminiscent of fine handwriting created with a pointed, flexible quill. Others feel kitschy, fun, reminiscent of the scripts popular in the 1950s. Even though Scripts can look very different from each other, they have common elements. A Script is based on handwritten forms. The lowercase letters are linked and there's usually a forward slant to the letters. The first lead type Script font was designed in 1577 by Robert Granjon about 105 years after Nicolas Jenson created his Venetian font and almost 150 years before William Caslon designed his Old Style font In fact, using a fancy Script on a document was a status symbol in the late 1500s.

People especially preferred Scripts with detailed, complicated flourishes and contrast between thick and thin strokes. Of course, at the time, letter-pressed printing technology didn't allow for printing such thin details. This didn't happen for another 150 years when John Baskervill...

Understanding Script fonts
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Understanding Script fonts 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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