>>> 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.


Could it be Variex by Rudy VanderLans?

Not Variex but you are right on the track, Jan!

Suburban Light!

Oh, ok. It’s the ‘3’ from Suburban Light (like Craig said).

Yes! Suburban Light by Rudy Vanderlans. Your turn Jan (Craig can't win, hehe...).

Oops, sorry for blurting. Obviously Jan deserves the credit anyway. :-)

Here goes:

No takers?
The font in question was kind of a special edition release.

At first glance I'd say that's a swash typeface.

Is the designer Asian-American?

No swashes involved.
Completely european.
Special edition release meaning an extra style of an existing typeface family.

I know what it is, I just have to find the glyph.

- Lex

It's the lower-case 'f' from Fakir Rock.

- Lex

Correct, Lex. Your turn.

Here goes:

- Lex

Hint: This is a lower-case Latin letter.

- Lex


I’d swear it’s a ‘p’, if I was allowed to participate.

If Jan were allowed to participate, I'd say he was right :-)

- Lex

Hint: the typeface this revival was based on was designed over 200 years ago.

- Lex

That's the lowercase p in Bulmer Italic, the Bitstream version not Adobe's (which is a lot softer)
It was designed by William Martin the brother of Robert Martin. Robert Martin was Baskerville's buddy.
Robert Bringhurst talks about this typeface on page 207 of the Bible!

All right! Your turn!

- Lex

The next one is a typographic first

This typeface was released in Metal and Digital form at the same time.

I think it's the g from RTF Stern Regular

It sure is!

Great! Here's the new one.

Is that a 1? or a g?

Hi Craig. I'll answer your question by zooming out a little.

Seems more a serif than part of a 1 to me...

The type designer responsible for this 1 once worked as head designer and art director for public radio in one of the American states.

Is it the 1 from Mark Simonson's Anonymous?

Yes! You got it. Looking forward to the challenge that you post…

Here goes:

Same glyph and scale:

This font's name comes from the 16th century. But it's a rival of an eccentric variant of a very 20th-century font.

The ‘y’ in Braggadocio?

You got it plumbago. 1930's Braggadocio by W. A. Woolley, a kind of "poor man's Futura Black."

Your turn!

Here it is.

Have fun!

Could be a caps Q.

or a lc g?

Yes, lower case ‘g’ from the 70's

I've seen this before, but I can't remember what it's called :-(

- Lex

Hi Marcelo,

Isn’t it the g of http://Victorian?

Yes my friend! it is. Your turn now.

Thanks, Marcelo. :)

Here is the new one:

Is it an 'LA' ligature?

- Lex

Hello Lex,

Yes, you’re correct. It’s an ‘LA’ ligature.

It looks like Century...

No, it’s not Century.