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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