What makes a font a "gothic" font?


It’s easy to find lots of fonts with gothic in their names. But what makes a typeface a “gothic” typeface?

11/24/2015 9:21:00 PM

Accepted Answer

A gothic typeface is not like medieval lettering at all. It actually comes from grotesk or grotesque which began around 1900. It’s basically a synonym for sans-serif and it is a movement that originated in the Scandinavian area and was widely applied by the Bauhaus.

Hence Akzidenz-Grotesk, hence Century Gothic, and pretty much any typeface with that name in it.

8/18/2017 4:22:00 PM

They are based off actual scripture from the Gothic period in history. See Letters and Lettering by Frank Chouteau Brown, Chapter 3, which covers Gothic.

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