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2.2 Transitional Typefaces

Welcome to lesson number three, where you’ll learn about “transitional” typefaces. These are also serif, and they’re called transitional because they represent the era between old style and Didone, which is the next style on our list. Let’s find out more.

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2.2 Transitional Typefaces

Welcome to lesson number 3, where you'll learn about the transitional typefaces. These are also serif, and they're called transitional because they represent the era between old style and Dedone, which is the next style on our list. The transitional typefaces were in France in the 18th century by the Englishman John Baskerville. Named after its creator Baskerville is probably the most iconic transitional typeface. Now this style makes a significant departure from the old the style typefaces. It's a bit more modern, it's a bit more daring. So let's have a look at it's main characteristics. First we can see a much higher contrast between thin and thick strokes compared to old style. Then if we look at the ascender or head serifs we can see they're more horizontal. They're not as angled as the the old style ones. Transitional typefaces also have bracketed serifs and they now feature vertical stress. See the letter O for example, the thin parts are clearly on the top and bottom as opposed to at an angle like we saw on the old style types. Now, let's see some examples. As I was saying previously, Baskerville is probably the most iconic typeface of this style. Here we can see a version from Monotype and looking at it closely we can see the characteristics of the typeface. Bracketed serifs, vertical stress, the head ascenders are a bit more horizontal, and there is a higher contrast between strokes. Another transitional typeface, I know you're probably very familiar with this, is Georgia. This is made by Microsoft and it's one of the most popular type phases included in the Windows operating system. Then we have Bulmer. And Bulmer is another transitional typeface that fits our criteria. We have high contrast between strokes, we have vertical stress, bracketed serifs, and the head serifs are not as angled as the old style. Another transitional typeface is Bookman and this version by ITC. This one has wider letters. It doesn't have a big contrast between strokes, but we still get a vertical stress, bracketed serif and a slightly angled head sarif. Another one is called Perpetua by Monotype, this one approach is the characteristics of the original transitional typeface, which is Baskerville a lot more. But as you can see each one of these typefaces even though they have similar characteristics, they all have just tiny details that make them unique. For example, see the S's on Perpetua, see how they end in this serifs? Well, take a look at Baskerville, it has roughly the same ones. But if we look at Bookman, for example, right? See now they're kind of angled. So as I was saying in the beginning, it's the tiny details that make these different. Now apart from these fonts, I wanna show you two extra fonts from Envertal elements, and the first one is called Addington. And this is I guess, a kind of a mix between an old style and a transitional because we see a higher contrast between strokes and we see bracketed serifs. But we also see those angled head serifs and a slightly or a slight diagonal stress. The other one is called Antique. This one is also somewhere in between old style and transitional but it does have some nice features. All right, and those few examples of transitional typefaces. Now as I was saying in the beginning, transitional refers to the period between old style and Dedone. We covered old style, what about the other one? Well, let's cover Dedone in the next lesson, see you there.

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