Roman type

Feb 02, 2011 1 Comment by

romanIn typography, roman type has two principal meanings, both stemming from the stylistic origin of text typefaces from inscriptional capitals used in ancient Rome:

  • one of the major families of traditional typefaces as a synonym for serifor antiqua fonts;
  • the “regular” or up right counterpart of an italic or oblique typeface, regardless of whether the type design is seriffed or a sans serif.

Popular roman styles include BemboBaskerville, Caslon, Bodoni, Times New Roman and Garamond.

The name “roman” is customarily applied uncapitalized distinguishing early Italian typefaces of the Renaissance period and most subsequent seriffed types based on them, from Roman letters dating from classical antiquity


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  1. Sense of style vs. personal taste. Fonts. says:

    […] not solve the design problem. Fonts are divided into two large groups: Grotesque (sans-serif) and Roman type (serif). While the system provides you with “Arial, Tahoma, Geneva” in the sans serif group, […]

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