Archive through June 05, 2003

Yves, you let the cat out of the bag. You were sooo close. But John Hudson nailed it positively. It is indeed Trump Medi


Kent, I think, without Yves, John will never found it, no? I propose that booth, in conjonction, will propose a new quiz?

Yves, I have seen also a Stone, but quickly, I noticed that Stone don’t have a diagonal cut like that.

John, what is the proportion of this part of a glyph? xheight? cap? its a Latin “based” script (such Greek, Cyrillic and others are in some way?)

So it may be an ae or oe ligature?

what is the proportion of this part of a glyph? xheight?


its a Latin “based” script (such Greek, Cyrillic and others are in some way?)

Sheesh, you want me to tell you everything?

It’s European script in modern use (which effectively means that it is Greek-based).

Here’s a shot in the dark: a lower case abkhasian che from Gentium.

Wow, wild shot, but it’s really nothing that obscure. Since so few people seem to be making a stab at this, let me provide some clues:

This is, in fact, exactly the same glyph as the Latin lowercase e character in a Latin typeface, but you would likely be misled if you set off looking for a Latin typeface.

This typeface is available online.

Well, this is a very poor showing. And you call yourselves type ID experts? Sad. :-)

Okay, here’s a bit more of the type, and another clue: this typeface was originally designed for typesetting the Bible.

Type ID pop quiz second

Is it from a Dutch designer?

too bad to be Dutch! I’m sure I know it now, but I really have no idea, grr. The only “started as Bible font” I know is Weidmann, but its not that one.

Europe or America designer?

before 1990 or after?

John — On the DTL site, can’t see the detail
on DTL Romulus and no pdf is available.

Is this a digitization from Van Krimpen’s work?

No, I don’t think it’s DTL Romulus.

Maybe, maybe not, Jean-Fran

Not Romulus. Not Dutch.

(To be fair, Jean-Fran

>(To be fair, Jean-Fran

It’s a little tough for me to tell from the samples at my disposal, but I’m thinking this is Octava by Vladimir Yefimov.

— K.

That’s gotta be it…

Octava book! by Yefimov, 1997, paratype. Yes! well spotted. A good typeface.

Bravo Kent! It is indeed Octava, originally commissioned by the Russian Bible Society.

From your clues, John, I thought Cyrillic right away. Then I remembered the Kyrillitsa 99 catalog — bingo! Octava.

Here’s the next challenge.

Type Quiz 6/5/03

The Antiqua Black by Luc(as) de Groot?

Heinrich —

Man, you always seem to nail my IDs right out of the gate. Just one detail — Tell me *which variant* of The Antiqua and the prize is yours.

— K.

This is like Interpol Serif (from and Silica by Summer Stone!

I really would not have got it without Yves’ mention of Trump. Compared to most of the present company, I’m very bad at identifying typefaces. However, since Yves has been so gracious (except for the bit where he called me an American!), I’ll post a challenge very shortly.

Okay, here it is. I was really tempted to post something non-Latin: a small corner of a Chinese character, the feather of an Armenian bird letter, or the reph form of an Hindi vocalic R, but I settled on something a little less obscure:

Type ID popquiz first

Looks like a Latin lowercase e to me, but appearences can be misleading.

Wow, John, is this “less obscure”? ;-)
Anyway, I’m assuming this is not Latin, right?

(except for the bit where he called me an American!)

John, I know this is a sensitive topic, but technically,
you are, just as I’m a European. I’m a Belgian and you’re
a Canadian, but I was referring to the whole continent
in regards of time zones. ;)

(Whew, did I talk me out of this one!)

ITC Stone Serif

No, not ITC Stone Serif.

Eduardo, it may or may not be Latin. It may in fact be a lowercase Latin e. But that in itself might be misleading. :-)

Hmm… So it’s a character that looks like a
Latin e but it’s actually a character from
another language/script…
Well, I have no idea. :-)