Font Game

I love typography has arather difficult type game — guess the font. I got 28 out of 34 w/o peeking at references. [via Making Light]

4 responses to “Font Game”

  1. Miss Havisham

    And, I love you (being an adwoman by trade)! Your coverage of the fire is spectacular.

  2. Susan A. Kitchens

    I should repeat my comment from the Making Light thread here. Because it was so fun. Some of it won’t make sense, but I have major stories about Optima that simply must be told.

    . . .

    When I saw Palatino and Optima, I thought of Hermann Zapf, who designed them both.

    I never think of Mormons and Optima [this was from a comment by Teresa Nielsen Hayden]; I think of really crappy tightly kerned mid-1970s everything newslettery with Optima. Then I read Friedrich Neugebauer’s The Mystic Art of Written Forms and saw how beautiful Optima could be as a text font. The not-quite sans serif boot-leg cut of the strokes makes it easier to read that uniformly sans serif. If you set your letter tracking a little wider than standard (but not by much), Optima is drop-dead gorgeous.

    I just went to the web site for The Vietnam War Memorial Wall, and yes, the names are all set in Optima. capitals. Just found, at the bottom of this page, the last question in the FAQ confirms that it’s Optima.

    . . . .

    Not that long ago, I spent a goodly amount of time trying to match a font. San serif. Bold. It wasn’t Helvetica. It was not Frutiger. It was not Univers. I went to Identifont — or some other site I’m too lazy to look up at the moment — where I answered a series of questions about parts of letters, and in the end it announced that it was Arial / Arial Black, and I gnashed and growled. So. obvious. in. retrospect.

    What a lovely thread [at Making Light]. This kind of arcane typographic knowledge is a light I usually put under a bushel. It’s fun to bring it out from time to time.

  3. Jenny

    Interesting.

  4. ralph

    Arial makes me want to gnash and growl too. The signage for the commuter train that I take to work every morning is in Helvetica. Or at least it’s supposed to be. At one stop, half of the signs are in Helvetica, and half are in Arial. It grates on my nerves every morning and every evening when we stop there and makes me think of Erik Spiekermann’s great rant in the movie “Helvetica”.

    I’ve spent waaaaaay too much time playing with type over the years….