Since the turn of this century, there have been numerous attempts to develop a succinct system of typeface classification. While each of these systems has its pros and cons, there has not been a serious effort to bring them together for comparison, cross-reference and analysis. The purpose of this thesis project is to identify those classification systems which are in use, and to develop an illustrative database which maps the sub classes of type styles to each other. Additionally, the database allows the user to input identification specifics into a series of predetermined fields to compile a listing of typefaces, alternate names, characteristics, and grouping systems which meet specified criteria. A terminology list to aid the user has been incorporated to aid in glyph and style identification. This database may be significant, to those in the field of digital type creation and marketing, as well as typographers and designers, as both an educational and reference tool.

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Type and type-founding--Classification; Type and type-founding--Computer programs

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School of Print Media (CIAS)


Provan, Archie


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