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roN)soox is )Hc cnly manufac-
turer-independent type reference
¿uide that ccmpiles cri¿inal, di¿ital
typefaces and presents them in a
systematic way. 5ince 1¤¤1 it has
been a wcrk cf reference, primarily
intended fcr the visual ccmpariscn
cf text faces. An abundance cf care-
fully researched fcctnctes – cn
type desi¿ners, year cf publicaticn,
similar fcnts and fcrei¿n lan¿ua¿e
versicns – make this a truly unique
1ype Encyclcpedia.
1ç years after its first appearance,
Fcnt8cck is ncw up tc its fcurth
ccmpletely revised and extended
editicn. 1he selecticn cf displayed
fcnts is based upcn the ccnsen-
sus and research cf the Fcnt8cck
editcrs. It reflects the current in-
ternaticnal type market as well as
recent develcpments in typc¿raphy.
Fcnt8cck ccntains all the classics
cf the art cf printin¿, inscfar as they
exist in di¿ital fcrm, but the maicr-
ity cf the faces are ccntempcrary:
many datin¿ frcm the last zo years.
5ymbcl fcnts, ncn-western fcnts,
and ncn-Latin fcnts have all been
assi¿ned their cwn chapters.
with cver ¸z,ooo type samples
frcm ¤o internaticnal libraries,
Fcnt8cck is the lar¿est type
reference ¿uide in the wcrld.
1he displayed fcnts are arran¿ed as
- z8,ooo detailed headline and
text samples ( western enccdin¿)
in the typc¿raphic chapters Sans,
Serif, Slab, Script, Display, Blacklet-
ter and Pi & Symbols
- 1,,oo sin¿le-line fcnt displays
(‘CE = Central Eurcpean’ enccdin¿)
in the Latin Plus chapter
- z,¸oo detailed headline and
text samples cf ncn-Latin fcnts
(Non-Latin chapter)
with well cver 100,000 addition-
al footnotes and cross-references,
Fcnt8cck is an invaluable tccl fcr
desi¿ners, typc¿raphers, advertis-
ers, manufacturers, publishers,
type histcrians and anycne else
whc uses type in their wcrk.
1he editcrial staff wculd like
tc thank all thcse whc helped
ccmplete Fcnt8cck – in particular
the staff at the publishers,
rsi Fcnt5hcp Internaticnal, and
alsc the many freelance ccllea¿ues
8erlin, Iune zoo6
1he Fcnt8cck editcrs
)Hc )vrc un×xc) ccntinues tc ¿rcw
steadily. 0urin¿ the mid-¤os ¿run¿e
and technc faces ccntributed
tcward a rapid ¿rcwth cf the fcnts
cn cffer, while recent years have
seen script, industrial and retrc
typefaces enrichin¿ the wcrldwide
typc¿raphic rescurce. Added tc
that, a new ¿eneraticn cf desi¿ners
has disccvered FcntLab fcnt editin¿
scftware and is busy develcpin¿
ccntempcrary text and headline
families. Last but nct least, the ccn-
clusive breakthrcu¿h cf 0pen1ype
technclc¿y means many existin¿
typefaces are bein¿ updated and
And sc Fcnt8cck alsc ccntinues
tc ¿rcw as a scurce cf infcrmaticn.
0ur fcurth editicn represents
apprcximately ¸o percent mcre
fcnts than Fcnt8cck ¸. 1he fact that
the number cf pa¿es has increased
by cnly 11 percent is due tc the im-
prcved, functicnal desi¿n.
0espite its streamlined fcrm, the
infcrmaticn ccntent cf Fcnt8cck
has nearly dcubled. Expert sets,
additicnal wei¿hts and fcrei¿n
lan¿ua¿e versicns are all instantly
recc¿nizable withcut the redundan-
cy cf repeated displays. Extensive
text families nc lcn¿er spread cver
several pa¿es: leavin¿ mcre space
fcr smaller, fcur-wei¿ht families
and allcwin¿ fcr a mcre effective
presentaticn cf display faces.
Meta+ 1 and 2 as shown
in FontBook 1998:
more than two pages for 36 fonts
The Meta (Pro) family as shown
in FontBook 2006:
less than one page for 300 fonts
Introduction The new, improved FontBook
ns wi)H r×cvious editicns, the
pricrity cf the Fcnt8cck editcrs is
tc create an cverview cf the bur¿ec-
nin¿ wcrld cf type. Fcr this reascn
we’ve sifted thrcu¿h the internati-
cnal type market and established
which trends will endure. we’ve
ccnsulted manufacturers, retailers,
desi¿ners and users, and we’ve
¿athered and distributed ccuntless
type statistics and had experts
analyse them. 1he result is a typc-
¿raphic inventcry: up tc date, yet
valid fcr years tc ccme, and unlike
anythin¿ else cn the bcck market.
In crder tc further imprcve
Fcnt8cck, the editcrs have made
chan¿es tc the desi¿n as well as the
ccntent. we’ve replaced the sepa-
rate FcntFinder with an alphabetical
ç¸-pa¿e index at the be¿innin¿ cf
Fcnt8cck. In this way, all search cp-
ticns have been inccrpcrated intc a
sin¿le vclume fcr the first time.
keferences tc fcrei¿n lan¿ua¿e
versicns cf pcpular fcnts are ncw
in the black header bar. In additicn,
twc ¿rcups cf fcrei¿n lan¿ua¿e
fcnts have their cwn chapters:
Latin Plus (Latin accented fcnts)
and Non-Latin fcnts.
1c ccmpliment the fcur-line text
displays cf fcnts in the main chap-
ters (western enccdin¿), we’ve
added a lar¿er sin¿le-line display.
1his is used when refined details cf
a typeface are mcre impcrtant than
le¿ibility in 1z pcint, fcr example
with display faces and many script
0bsclete references have been
cmitted, fcr instance thcse fcr fcnt
packa¿es. 5eein¿ as almcst all
manufacturers cffer their fcnts as
sin¿le-wei¿ht dcwnlcads, there is
hardly any demand fcr ccmpilaticn
packa¿es. Alsc cmitted is the sym-
bcl used in the previcus Fcnt8cck
tc dencte alternative distributicn
frcm a seccnd cr third manufac-
turer. 1hat infcrmaticn has been
inte¿rated in the new index.
1he editcrs have alsc remcved
the Fcnt5hcp number frcm the
yellcw bar abcve the type specimen,
as it was frequently mistaken fcr
a purchase reccmmendaticn. In
dcin¿ this the editcrs emphasise
their desire tc present a wcrk cf
reference rather than a sales cata-
lc¿ue. Appearance and cri¿in cf a
face take precedence cver ccmmer-
cial applicaticn cr distributcr in-
fcrmaticn. 5uch infcrmaticn is still
available, cnly ncw it can be fcund
in the index.
The new double-column
index replaces the
separate FontFinder.
The index lists all the
fonts in alphabetical
order. It shows distributor
information as well as
the chapter and the page
number for all fonts
roN)soox is arran¿ed in nine
chapters. 5ix cf them represent
typc¿raphic styles familiar tc us
frcm previcus Fcnt8ccks, the
seventh ccmbines symbcl and
crnamental fcnts, and twc new
secticns allcw quick access tc
fcrei¿n lan¿ua¿e typefaces:
G 5ans
G 5erif
G 5lab
G 5cript
G 0isplay
G 8lackletter
G Pi & 5ymbcls
G Lann Plus
G hcn-Lann
In the first six chapters, the fcnts
(western enccdin¿) are arran¿ed
alphabetically by family name.
If ycu kncw what a fcnt is called
and]cr its style (Sans, Serif,...),
ycu’ll rapidly find it under its name
in cne cf these chapters.
If ycu kncw the name cf a fcnt,
but aren’t sure cf its style, we’d
reccmmend a lcck at the newly
created alphabetical index. It will
direct ycu tc the relevant typc¿ra-
phic chapter and pa¿e number.
Manufacturer’s prefixes in fcnt
names, such as cr , are listed
but have nc bearin¿ cn the alpha-
betical crder. An cverview cf the
manufacturer abbreviaticns and
ccmpany names can be fcund after
the index.
If ycu kncw what type cf fcnt
ycu’re lcckin¿ fcr but dcn’t kncw
its name, iust dive intc the relevant
style chapter. 1hese are between
¸o and ç¸o pa¿es lcn¿, dependin¿
cn the style. Fcrtunately there is
help in the fcrm cf cver çooo new
see-also crcss-references when
navi¿atin¿ and seekin¿ similar al-
ternatives tc a desired fcnt. In this
way fcnts can be fcund quickly even
in the lar¿e Display, Sans and Serif
This is how it works:
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1he presentaticn cf fcnts in the
six maicr chapters has been stream-
lined by ccnsclidatin¿ infcrmaticn.
In the black reversed-cut headers
that ccntain the fcnt names, ycu
will find details abcut available
fcrei¿n lan¿ua¿es. 1he presenta-
ticn cf wei¿hts has been ccndensed
and the wei¿ht descripticns ncw
list any additicnal styles such as
Expert sets, 5mall Caps, 0ld 5tyle
fi¿ures, etc. Characteristic letters
frcm the additicnal styles are in-
ccrpcrated in the fcur-line text fcnt
In case ycu need tc set Central
Eurcpean cr Asian lan¿ua¿e texts,
ycu’ll find the necessary fcnts
strai¿ht away in the newly created
Latin Plus and Non-Latin chapters.
Infcrmaticn re¿ardin¿ the character
sets and suppcrted lan¿ua¿es can
be fcund cn the intrcductcry pa¿es
cf the Latin Plus and Non-Latin
The font specimen pages are divided
into six typographic chapters plus
one for Pi- and Symbol fonts.
Every typeface has a 24 point head-
line sample (A-Z, a-z,...); text families
also have a 12 point sample text for
all weights. Display faces show a
single line of 24 point text for each
The Latin Plus and Non-Latin
chapters enable quick searches
for foreign language typefaces;
Central European and other accented
fonts as well as non-Latin fonts such
as Arabic or Cyrillic.
Please read the introduction
to the foreign language chapters,
Latin Plus and Non-Latin.
It explains the character sets and
supported languages of the
foreign language fonts.
Font name.
On the left side of the black bar
you’ll find the name of the font
family, single typeface or font
package – large families also have
a package number (e. g. 1, 2,...).
The initial letter determines the
alphabetical order; manufacturer
prefixes are ignored. Families with
a large number of interpretations
(for instance Garamond or Bodoni)
are sub-arranged in order of popu-
larity and/or date of publication.
Historical information.
Here you can find the name(s)
of the designer(s) and year of
publication of almost all of the
typefaces in FontBook. If the
typeface is a reinterpretation or
adaptation of an earlier design,
the original date of publication
will appear in brackets.
Display font sample.
The new single-line large display
was created primarily for headline
and script faces. It is used for
designs where a 12 point text
sample doesn’t show enough
Header sample.
The most important characters
of a font are displayed here
(upper and lower case, numbers
and punctuation), generally in
24 point. The sample also shows
accented letters, special Western
European characters and currency
symbols if they are available.
»See also« reference.
Here you’ll find references to simi-
lar or related fonts. If these are in
a different chapter, it will be noted
in brackets ( e.g. Display«). With
over 7,000 references, FontBook
invites vast typogra phical forays.
The sample page shown above
does not exist like this;
it is just a made-up example
showing all possible elements
on the same page
The specimen page*
Text sample.
If a typeface (family)
contains more than one
weight, a small (12 point)
four-line text specimen is
shown for each; including
the one used for the hea-
der (note the black instead
of yellow arrow).
A text sample may display
several versions of a
weight such as Roman,
S C, Expert set,
Old Style Figures, Tabular
Figures, etc.
Weight names.
The name of the weight is
listed above every text
sample. Should a weight
have variations (e.g. S
C, Tabular Figures,...)
these are attached to their
names, separated by a
slash. The weight displayed
in the header is indicated
by a black ∞ arrow.
Foreign language
Should a font be available
in language versions other
than Western (for example
CE = Central European,
B = Baltic, T = Turkish,...
see list of abbreviations
in the Non-Latin introduc-
tion), references will be
found on the right hand side
of the bar. The fonts are
displayed in the Latin Plus
and Non-Latin chapters.