The field of typography, which is vital to much human communication, has a communication problem: some terms have multiple meanings.
- “Roman” may mean a typeface with serifs. Times New Roman is a “new” roman typeface designed for the Times newspaper in London and first used in 1932.
- “Roman” may also be used to mean type that is vertical, as opposed to slanted “oblique” or “italic” fonts.
- “Gothic” may mean an ornate typeface like Waters Gothic.
- “Gothic” may also mean a simple, sans serif face like Century Gothic.
(Today's post is derived from my upcoming No More Ugly Books!)
Photo of Roman Centurion is from http://www.sagactoronline.com. Photo of woman with large balloons is from http://en.metalship.org/. Thanks very much to both. Yes, I know that she's Goth, not Gothic, but it's a great photo.