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This is not a 'hard and fast' category; typefaces may get used for any other purposes at any time during their lifespans. Some are designed to be general-purpose, some have a very specific application.

 

Some of them get used ironically for situations they were never intended for.

Click on a typeface name below to see its individual profile page.

Religious/Devotional
1. Gutenberg’s B-42 type
7. Gebetbuch type
34. Wolfgang Hoppyl’s textura
40. Breitkopf Fraktur
52. Ehrhard Ratdolt’s rotunda
60. Hammer Uncial
66. Zapf Chancery
69. Peter Jessenschrift
74. Cancellaresca Bastarda
79. Poetica

Book Publishing & General Purpose Text Setting
2. Nicolas Jenson’s roman
3. Francesco Griffo’s italic
4. Claude Garamond’s roman
5. Firmin Didot’s roman
8. Cheltenham family
10. Aldus Manutius’ roman
12. William Caslon’s roman
13. Pierre-Simon Fournier’s italic
18. Ludovico Arrighi da Vicenza’s italic
21. Johann Michael Fleischmann’s roman
23. ATF Garamond
24. Giambattista Bodoni’s roman
26. Nicolas Kis’ roman
27. Minion multiple master
28. Unger Fraktur
29. John Baskerville’s roman

30. Lucida
37. Optima
38. Bauer Bodoni
39. Adobe Garamond
46. Scotch Roman
53. Romanée
54. ITC Stone family
55. Trinité
56. ITC Garamond
64. Sabon
65. ITC Novarese
71. Bitstream Charter
75. Joanna
80. Marconi
81. PMN Caecilia
84. Souvenir
86. Apollo
88. Melior
90. ITC Flora
95. Digi-Grotesk Series S

Business/Corporate
6. Akzidenz Grotesk
9. Helvetica
19. Univers
47. Syntax
42. Courier
62. Meta
67. Rotis
85. Thesis
97. Antique Olive

Newspaper Publishing
15. Times Roman
17. Bell
22. Clarendon
25. Century Old Style
31. Ionic
83. Imprint

Advertising and Display
14. Futura
33. Robert Thorne’s fat face roman
35. Vincent Figgins’ antique roman (Egyptian)
49. Memphis
51. Fette Fraktur
57. Avant-Garde Gothic
59. Deutschschrift
72. Peignot
73. Erbar
82. Stadia/Insignia
87. Penumbra
96. Compacta
98. Bodoni 26
100. WTC Our Bodoni

Prestige and Private Press
20. Romain du Roi
32. Golden Type
36. Johnston’s Railway Sans
45. Doves Type
92. Walker

Signage
11. William Caslon IV’s sans serif
43. Trajan

Historical Script
48. Snell Roundhand
50. Robert Granjon’s civilité
70. Excelsior Script

Experimental/expressive
44. Mistral
61. Beowolf
76. Dead History
77. Behrensschrift
78. Eckmannschrift
89. Neuland
91. Element
93. Remedy
94. Template Gothic

Onscreen/multimedia
16. Chicago
58. Oakland
63. OCR-A
68. Base Nine and Base Twelve
99. Evans and Epps Alphabet

Telephone Directory publishing
41. Bell Gothic

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