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3.3 Humanist Typefaces

Welcome to this, the final lesson of our typography course, where you’ll learn about the “Humanist” typeface style. Humanist typefaces are also sans serif, and many typography experts claim that they are among the most legible and readable. Let’s find out why.

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3.3 Humanist Typefaces

Hello and welcome to the final lesson of this course where you'll learn about the Humanist typeface style. This is also sound serif and many typography experts consider this style to be the most legible and readable. That's probably because humanist typefaces have roots in calligraphy and they borrow some characteristics from serif types. So they're not as cold as grotesque or geometrics, but instead feel warm and more natural. The earliest Humanist type phases were designed in the early 20th century by Edward Johnston and Eric Gill. There are also two type phases named after them. Now, let's have look at some characteristics. First, we can see a low to moderate stroke contrast, this is a slight departure from the cold grotesque style. And then we can clearly see some influences from calligraphy as well, making these typefaces feel warmer. All right, time to see some examples of Humanist typefaces. The first one I'm gonna show you is called Gill Sans. It's named after Eric Gill and this is what it looks like, right? So they do resemble grotesques in the sense that they're very simple. Of course, there are sound serif but at the same time, it can see some influences from calligraphy here and that. Just subtle sole differences. Another one is called Johnston named after Edward Johnston And this is what it looks like. Then we have Frutiger, this is a bit more condensed than the other ones. Then we have PT Sans from Google fonts. This is a Humanist typeface. Then we can see Open Sans again from Google and then we have Verdana. This is another very popular font that I'm sure or I shouldn't say font, excuse me a very popular typeface, that you've definitely used before, because it's made by Microsoft. It was bundled with the Windows operating system. And this is also considered to be a Humanist typeface. And probably the one that I think explains this concept of humaneness typefaces the best is Optima because you can clearly see that it's grotesque at its core. But it has those influences from calligraphy, you can see it in the shapes of the letters and the strokes. It's very very nice. Next we can find some Humanist typefaces and vital elements, this one's called Magdelin and then we have one that's called Quinta. Another one called Arthura. We have Helder and finally, Sentral. The author calls it a Geomanist type family, probably a combination between a Geometric and the Humanist. And that concludes the sansar of type faces and this course. Now before I wrap things up, I wanna make a quick note. There are a couple more, let's call them intermediary styles when we're talking about typefaces. For example, a Dedone has the fat faces subset, Slab has the clarendon subset. So these are just typefaces that came out in a different time. They have slightly different characteristics than their parent styles and in this course I chose to give you the main styles, right? We covered seven of them and I did that for two reasons. Number one, this is a short course, number two, I didn't wanna confuse you with too many names, too many styles, right? I think the seven we covered are more than enough to get you started on this path of, let's call it typographic discovery, right? Hopefully by the end of this course, you have a much bigger knowledge of what a typeface is, what are the styles, what's difference between the different, or the various styles of typefaces. And hopefully that's going to help you in your everyday work as a designer. With that said I wanna thank you very much for watching this course, I'm Adi Purdila and until next time, take care.

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