>>> Type ID Pop Quiz V2.5 - 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 × 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, Mr Bald Condensed or me 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.


You're definitely right about the italic. And it’s the regular one.

All right, no move for quite a long time, let’s show the whole glyph…

That’s Storm’s Serapion Italic.

I know those lacrymal terminals anywhere!

Mike :-)

You’re right Mike :)

A beautifuly crafted and ballanced typeface, released for the first time in 1997 by Františěk Štorm’s type foundry Střešovická písmolijna (Storm Type Foundry).

Now it’s your turn!

Bump. Hey SuperUltraFabulous, you've had five months, have you come up with a new challenge yet? ;-)


Craig, if Mike (SuperUltraFabulous ) hasn’t posted a new challenge within the next 24 hours, I hereby decree that it is your turn to do so.

Okay, here we go.

Is that the original rotation? Is it a w?

Yes, it's not rotated. No, not a w.

|&| would be too predictable, right?

Not an ampersand.

Cound it be an /f/?

Not an f.


Not a k.

Is it a /b/?

Not a b.
Another view, same scale:

And no, it's not an /e/ :-)

You might say the designer prioritized getting the liaisons between letters to work over using a conventional structure for this particular letter.

Mistral, non? I was actually going to guess that as soon as I saw it, but having seen Mistral in metal I guess the digital outlines don't do it justice.

BTW, on what planet was that 24 hours? (That can probably be specifically answered actually. But this is not Astronomophile.)


Mistral is right. And the glyph?
You're right that this is an old and crappy digitization I found on my computer, the outlines of which don't do justice to the original (but it's the only one I had on hand to zoom so close into).



Hrant should still win for identifying the typeface, but is it the /x/?

Wow, I never noticed how peculiar Mistral's |x| is!
Now we know how an hastly written Turkish Lira will look ;-)

So is it my turn? How hard am I supposed to make this? Digital fonts only?


Yes, it's Mistral's /x/. Hrant has it.

This should be about right:


Okay, I guess we're guessing glyphs again then. :) It is a /G/?

It is a /G/?

Hmmm, I guess I'd have to say: yes and no. :-)


I'm hoping to pass the baton before my trip on the 13th, so I'm not going to wait too long before dropping a hint:

This font lives in a large, conventional house.


BTW, I just realized I was supposed to show off. I mean about the one I got, Mistral. So, behold the large and small masters of the /a in metal Mistral:


It is a /G/?

I guess I'd have to say: yes and no.

Are we talking about middlecase/uncial or simply small caps?

It's lowercase.


It seems I was overcomplicating your answer ;-)

OK, back from my epic journey to Yerevan, Istanbul and Reading, it seems I need to drop another hint...

And I'll just list them all here:
- The glyph is a lowercase /g.
- The font lives in a large, conventional house.
- And: The family features three "flavors" (each in four weights).


It's from Summer Stone?

He lives in the same half of the same state, but he's younger.



I'd punt at standard extra active.

Bingo! Good job, good job.
Don't forget to show off something you know about Reliq and/or Carl.

Aaaaand you're up.


Sorry, I don't know anything about Reliq or Carl. I just thought from your sample that if it was a lower case g, that shape must be from a kind of uncial font.
Here's a quite interesting article about Roger Excoffon though that some of you might have missed... http://typofonderie.com/gazette/post/roger-excoffon-a-part-of-the-mythol...

Ok, here goes... Not sure if this is easy or difficult. We'll see

I know that article because I translated it :-) since it's included in Rault's book about Excoffon.


That's a lowercase p or n.

No. It is a tricky one then...
It is lower case

If it's neither p or n it has to be m, doesn't it? Or a strange ligature involving r?

Well, it's not a p, n or m ;)


I'll give you a clue - this glyph appears in the name of the font

Ah, that might have made it too searchable. :) Livory italic: http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/hvdfonts/livory/italic/

Yep, well done. Sorry I made it too easy.

Bum, I don't know any exciting trivia about Livory. Maybe you can supply some?

In the meantime, here's the next challenge:

S, Sterling or french ampersand?