Ofont, open source CMS to list fonts

I made a tool to list and organize fonts online.
It can be used to share references with co-workers or students, to make a foundry portfolio, or as a private tool.
You can download, modify and contribute to ofont on GitHub.
You can see ofont in use here, in a project that lists libre fonts I like.
Ofont is still in development. You can submit features on the issues page.

genre/classifications question

what would you classify the typeface used on this site under?
or the headlines on here

what I really want to do is find more similar typefaces. I would put Officina Serif maybe Courier in the same feel I'm looking for too. I'm at a loss of words to describe it which is why I'm asking if there's a classification for it.

I'd say it is the kind of sans-serif with serifs/tails for recognition purposes rather than stemming from calligraphic origins. These typefaces are almost very technical in that they're devoid of any hint of human hand. But not in the way Klavika or Bank Gothic looks techy.

Does this make sense? Does anyone know any similar typefaces?

Typeface Classifications ?

Recently I came upon a typeface class called, Realist(you guys have probably heard about it). Is it the same as Grostesque, because I saw it used for typefaces such as Akzidenz and Franklin Gothic. If not, can you please tell me about some of its characteristics.

I basically know(I think) all the general classes but can someone list them and their defining characteristics.


Specific Typeface Historical Classifications


Hi, I'm need of some help in identifying 5 specific typefaces per each of the following categories (listed in CAPS). I've also listed typefaces I believe to fall under these categories. Could you help me round out my list? -- Or correct me if I have them mislabeled?

(See attached for the specific guidelines of these classifications I'm using)

hoefler text




gill sans
trade gothic

avant garde itc
century gothic

times roman


Thank you for your help!

New type taxonomy

When I was fresh out of school I wanted to do a grandiose thesis to prove myself and ended up working for 8 years without my diploma. Now I just want to do a simple thesis project to be able to teach a couple of classes.

I am aiming to propose a new type taxonomy system for latin alphabet typefaces and I would like your valuable opinion to help me decide if this is reasonable and achievable.

I know typophiles are not fond of type classifications because they tend to misrepresent the universe of the typographic inventory. My aim is no to try to create a new definitive or better system but to explore a different perspective.

Typefaces, font organisation and terminology

I am wondering if italic isn’t more a style than small capitals: what italic really is if you need to define it precisely?
In CSS, italic is called a "font-style" such as in the dedicated page on this website. Can we imagine that italic is the same type than a rounded or outline version of a font? If italic is just another font, it stays related to a typeface, such as weights isn't it?
Another result of my research tells that "angle", "weight" and "width" are separated characteristics.
If I need to make a typeface database, should I order fonts like:

Case 1

Font Collection: categories and sub-categories

I am in the process of cleaning up my fontcase library and I am starting off this time by taking better care to define each font into a collection. I have my basic classifications listed already; serif, sans serif, blackletter, script etc etc...

What I am looking for is good deeper classifications others may be using.
Some other Categories I have are Condensed Serif, Condensed Sans Serif and Wood Type

I know these may differ depending on the persons library and preference but I was curious to see how others are breaking their libraries down and hope to get some good ideas in the mean time.

Become an "happy typographic families" player!

The "happy typographic families" is available!
Learn, understand, revise typography and its families with fun and with friends!
74 cards 5,8 x 9,3 cm in a plexiglass box.
60 fonts from the most famous foundries are presented (linotype, underware, B&P foundrytypes, 205, FontFont, 256tm, Font Bureaun Emigre, etc.)
In French or in English.
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Happy typographic families: available!

The "happy typographic families" is available!
Learn, understand, revise typography and its families with fun and with friends!
74 cards 5,8 x 9,3 cm in a plexiglass box.
60 fonts from the most famous foundries are presented.
In French or in English.
Published by Éditions Deux-Cent-Cinq:

It's a really "serious" game to understand, learn or revise typography and families.
You can play with friends (and even with your children, I played with my children and they liked it!) like with a "happy families" game.

Help with typeface classification

Hi everybody,

I'm a student doing a uni assignment which asks that we find examples of typefaces from different categories.

The ones I'm stuck on are these:

• humanist axis
• vertical (rational axis)
• implied vertical axis
• no axis
• sloped roman

If someone could please post examples and/or links to definitions of these categories (I've searched in books and on the net to no avail), that would be terribly appreciated :-)

thanks again!