Classification Question- Didone Sans?

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Jeremy Dooley's picture
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Classification Question- Didone Sans?
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What would you call a "Didone" (high thick/thin contrast) sans-serif? There doesn't appear to be a class that I am aware of.

Cristobal Henestrosa's picture
Joined: 24 May 2005 - 7:36am
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The story goes that first sans serif types were based on didone proportions. So I am guessing that a sans serif didone would be one of those.

Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm
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This is because the classification doesn’t consider this element. A sans with high contrast between thin and thick could be a geometric, like my Noir. Or it could be a humanist like Optima. Or a grotesque, like Giorgio. *

Even in a serif, the contrast isn’t really that big a part of the classification. It’s more about the shift in skeletal form and writing tool, and this again plays out in the rythm and contrast and the details.

* Of course, very few faces are spot on. Many geometric designs incorporate grotesque or humanist traits, for example.

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Sang Bleu is the closest I can think of:

Stephen Coles's picture
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Contrast is just one characteristic of a typeface. Didones have high contrast, but by most definitions they also have a specific type of unbracketed serif. So, too, would a sans with high contrast have other traits. It could be "high contrast humanist sans" or "high contrast Grotesque". They are also sometimes called "stressed sans".

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Thanks for the comments. Although "Stressed Sans" and "high contrast Grotesque" are correct, they aren't very marketable as font names. ala XYZFont Stressed Sans, etc.

Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm
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But they didn’t need to call it Helvetica Grotesque either, did they?

Stephen Coles's picture
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I didn't know you were seeking a name for your typeface. Frode's right. Don't force it.