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    Typography Question -- Traditional Fonts.

    Hi there,

    Does anyone know what the Old Style / Traditional Type faces are? Just the names of them.

    This would be the fonts that have existed for a couple of centuries and contain a slanted axis and a thick feet. This is different than transitional type faces who have serifs but are sharp feet and vertical axis.

    If you don't know the difference btwn Traditional and Transitional do not respond

    Can any of them be downloaded for free on pc? I need one for a Type2 project.

    Thanks!!!
    Dave E.

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    I may not know the difference between traditional and transitional typefaces but I can gaurantee that is why you havnt got any informative responses.
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    thanks.
    Dave E.

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    can I suggest trying the "fonts" forum?

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    good suggestion -- didn't know it existed.

    best,
    dave
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    I have to ask. I took typography in college, and are you asking about the old school leading - which got the name from the actual lead - and woodcut type fonts and looking for a digital/postscript variant of that?

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    Yes. Old Style/Traditional refers to a type that has thick, dull feet and a slanted axis -- ie the two thinnest areas of a C or e would create a diagonal line if you connected them.

    It was indeed thick because it was pressed with lead a very soft material. Later when they became copper cut/pressed they moved into thinner feet which is now called Transitional.

    This is not refering to leading which I believe is the space in between lines of text.

    Have a good day!!
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    yeah, I was asking the leading question to base what era you were looking for. and yes, leading is the lines between text.

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    in this page you'll find examples of each type classification. However all those fonts are commercial, and it will be very hard to find an example of traditional/oldstyle for free.

    if you need them just for a class project (as it sounds like you do) you could try the test drive function at http://myfonts.com/

    PS: Google is your best friend.

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    Awesome resource, as it turns out I have Garamond on my pc

    Thanks!

    cheers!
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