Q3) Families of Type Recipe

Divide up into 5 groups (1 member to write post)

Instruction: First research your specific family in greater detail (what are some key characteristics) and then post answer to each question,

  1. Outline some key characteristics of your family (by comparing and contrasting on this page)
  2. Give one reason why your font family evolved (current events in culture and technology)
  3. Write a cookie recipe:

• Imagine you are baking a batch of cookies in the shape of each type family

Write a recipe with a list of instructions (at least 4-5 instruction) as to how you would trim, elongate, cut negative shapes within, thin out, etc.

Include a link to a picture, which you can point to while you are presenting your recipe

Resources to start with: Old StyleTransitionalModernSlabSan Serif

5 thoughts on “Q3) Families of Type Recipe”

  1. In order for us to cut our lowercase “r” in Slab Serif we would start by cutting the arm horizontally to the right then, down in a 90 degree angle. Then we would curve the ear upward and back down to a 90 degree angle. After we would cut parallel to the first curve going down into the stem. Later, we’d cut a rectangle to form the serif and go back up vertically to the stem and connect back to the arm.

    Natalie, Paola, Juan, Dario

  2. Group: Melendy, Shari, Annmarie, Alex

    Our family is Transitional: Baskerville
    1) The serifs are more defined and prominent
    2) The arm of the lettering is thin

    Our Recipe for Letter “T”:
    Step 1: Draw a thick vertical stroke
    Step 2: Cut the arm thinner
    Step 3: Make the bottom serif thicker on both sides
    Step 4: Thicken the beaks on the arm

    Transitional: Baskerville evolved because there were improvements in ink and paper. Type technology was refined.


  3. 1. More legible compared to the previous standard.
    Thick strokes and heavy bracket serifs with the beginning emphasis on contrasts that would further evolve.
    Type no longer tried to imitate handwriting styles like blackletter.
    There are more thick strokes in compared to current serif and sans-serif type faces.
    Contains more upright stress position, and e’s had more horizontal cross bars.

    2. Old Style was developed to save money and provide further legibility compared to black-letter.

    3. Cookie monster recipe “g”:

    a. start by creating the counter not extending above the meanline.
    b. add the ear to right side.
    c. add link to the bottom left part of the counter maintaining the margin within the x-height.
    d. adding loop to the link making sure you don’t exceed the descender line.

    Anthony Guerra
    Anthony Colarusso
    Nelson “Jesus” Guzman

  4. The modern type family consists of straight skinny serifs, small apertures, which are the partially enclosed area within a certain character. The curved part, as in the letter e, would be called a terminal. Just like the serifs, the terminal is thinner. In addition to this, the crossbar is also thinner in comparison to other typefaces. All the stresses and the axis, the spaces inside of a letter, are either completely horizontal or vertical. The eye, pertaining to the letter e is wider. The actual lettering of the modern typeface as compared to black lettering is skinnier and more spacious as far as the serifs and terminals are concerned. How to make your typeface modern – first, make sure that the horizon of the letter is stressed. secondly, have strong contrast between the thick and thin lines.

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