Typography Tuesday: History of Western Typefaces Infographic

If you’re a self-proclaimed typography aficionado, chances are you know the history behind a few classic fonts like Helvetica and Comic Sans. If you are earning (or have earned) a Graphic Design degree like the students at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, you’ve probably also been exposed to a detailed history of graphic design and typography, learning about the influences of people like Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of moveable type, or Milton Glaser who designed the iconic “I heart NY” logotype.

Mashable.com developed a concise infographic, A History of Western Typefaces, shown below, that highlights key players and dates of the graphic design industry from the year 100 A.D. to 2011. Although the designers seemed to have snubbed a couple of key typefaces worthy of recognition (for example Zapfino and Minstral), this infographic sheds light on recent typography influencers, like the typefaces used to represent Facebook and Google. To see a larger version of the History of Western Typefaces Infographic, visit Mashable.com.

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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