>>> Type ID Pop Quiz V2.4 - Expert Level

This is how it works:

  • A portion of a glyph is published in the Type ID Pop Quiz.
  • Try to identify the glyph and the typeface. To win, you need to name at least:
    1. typeface
    2. weight
    3. character/glyph
  • Show off your knowledge by casually mentioning additional trivia, like who designed it, when and by whom was it (first) published, and other cool stuff to impress your fellow Typophiles with.
  • The winner produces a new challenge -- a portion of a glyph, black on white background, presented in a 288 x 288 pixel square, including a R204G000B00 1 pixel border.
  • The person who posts a challenge can't win the next game.

In case of any disputes, I will act as judge, jury and avenging angel of wrath.

If you think this is a little too difficult, maybe try the Entry Level Type ID Pop Quiz or Intermediary Level Type ID Pop Quiz first.

Good luck everyone, and have fun. ;^)

With respectful thanks to the originator of this utterly useless but highly entertaining waste of time, the often imitated but never duplicated Cheshire Dave.


Okay, now I’ve found it. Released in 1988, right? Nice one, Marcelo! (I can’t win this one because I’m hosting another quiz at the moment) :-{

Yes Florian! 1988

Ha! Now I can win – let’s swap! :^D

It is Variex Bold by Rudy Vanderlans and Zuzana Licko of Emigre fame.

We have a winner!

Your turn Florian

Very well then!
How about this one?

Have fun!

lowercase g ?

Well, I actually picked the ‘a’, but this part looks pretty much the same in the ‘g’.
Same glyph (thus, lowercase a), zoomed out a bit:

It is by a designer who celebrated a milestone birthday earlier this year.

And is based on her handwriting, right?

Yes, I think you got it … but you can’t win, alas!

It's the 'a' from Columbine (Light?) by Gudrun Zapf-von Hesse who celebrated her 90th birthday earlier this year.

- Lex

We have a winner!
It is Colombine Pro. URW++ once gave away an OpenType version (with more than 1.000 glyphs – mainly alternates for better connections) for free.

Your turn, Lex.

Right on. I've just got to find a scanner, then I'll have the next one ready to go - maybe tomorrow.

- Lex

Sorry for the wait. Here's the image:

The outline isn't supposed to be rough like that - it's just the scan.

- Lex

Hint: the glyph is in the standard Latin character set.

- Lex

Hint: it is a letter.

- Lex

Is it a y?

It's not a 'y'.

- Lex

Hint: it is a lower-case letter.

- Lex

Another image:

Same glyph, same scale.

- Lex

Is this glyph could be an lower case a?

Yes it's a lower case 'a'.

- Lex

Still no guesses? I think I just dyed a little inside.

- Lex

My guess is that it's a brush script ( looked at Choc first ), but it's not one being sold at MyFonts or Veer ( which takes a whole bunch out of the equation... )

No, it's not a script.

- Lex

P.S. Just to remind you, the outlines are not that jagged. I scanned this 'a' from a book, which produced the rough edges.

Same glyph, same scale.

- Lex

It might be a reverse typeface.

Yes! It's an outlined face with a shadow.

- Lex

Same glyph, same scale.

- Lex

I wish I could give more hints, but I know nothing about this face. I found it in a 1985 Letraset book, but all of the online versions say it was designed in 2006.

- Lex

No guesses? Here's the full character:

- Lex

Hint: "Dyed a little" was actually a hint and not a misspelling.

- Lex

Hi Lex, I think it's Tintoretto Outline.

You got it, Marcelo! Your turn.

- Lex

Ok! here is it:

Zoom out of the same glyph.

Probably a swash letter.

Yes André, from a calligraphic font.

A TDC winner BTW.

I think it's P22 Dearest but I can't find the glyph.

Hi, Craig. I'm afraid is not P22 Dearest.

That would explain why I can't find the glyph!

The designer is latin american and the typeface in question is older than P22 Dearest.

G from http://Arcana!

Yes! It's Arcana by Gabriel Martinez Meave. TDC winner in 2000.

Your turn Craig.

Awesome, my first pop-quiz success!

Here's mine

I imagine certain European publishers might find this an efficient font.

Same glyph and scale.

Is this a FontStruction?

- Lex

No, not from Fonstruct. Part of a large family from a respected digital typefoundry.

An ffi ligature?

Couldn't you make it more difficult? :^/

Nick Cooke

edit - efficient ;^) just got it.