Font tracing


This article talks about the Font tracing assignment wherein every student had to trace his initials (3 letters) in given 6 typefaces- Times New Roman, Gill Sans, Futura, Comic sans, Garamond and Helvetica. It was an interesting task which helped me learn, by tracing, the characteristics of different type faces.

Font tracing

Following are my observations about the different font styles with respect to my initials (TYB):

  • Times New Roman and Garamond, the serif font types, have a high degree of similarity. The former is slightly thinner than the latter and the latter has sharper filigrees
  • Comic Sans is a very funky, childish font which can be used for informal purposes. It’s a sans serif font and thus, does not have sharp edges or filigrees. Of all the given fonts, it can be termed as the very unique and odd one
  • Gill Sans, Futura and Helvetica are the sans serif fonts which share lot of similarity: no sharp edges, no filigrees, same look and feel. Futura depicts compactness while Gill sans and Helvetica are almost alike with a slight difference in horizontal stretch. Helvetica looks more expanded than Gill sans

The serif and sans serif font also have distinctive differences elaborated below:

Serif font Sans Serif font
Has sharp edges Does not have sharp edges
Has filigrees at the head and feet Does not have filigrees
Is thinner than Sans serif The limbs o the letters are comparatively thicker
Has a fancier look Has a simple but neat look
Better suited for large screens Suited for large as well as small screens (Mobile devices)
E.g. Times New Roman, Garamond E.g. Helvetica, Futura, Comic Sans, Gill Sans


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