>>> Type ID Pop Quiz V2.5 - Expert Level

Florian Hardwig's picture

This is how it works:

  • A portion of a glyph is published in the Type ID Pop Quiz.
  • Try to identify the glyph and the typeface. To win, you need to name at least:
    1. typeface
    2. weight
    3. character/glyph
  • Show off your knowledge by casually mentioning additional trivia, like who designed it, when and by whom was it (first) published, and other cool stuff to impress your fellow Typophiles with.
  • The winner produces a new challenge – a portion of a glyph, black on white background, presented in a 288 × 288 pixel square, including a R204G000B00 1 pixel border.
  • The person who posts a challenge can’t win the next game.

In case of any disputes, Mr Bald Condensed or me will act as judge, jury and avenging angel of wrath.

If you think this is a little too difficult, maybe try the Entry Level Type ID Pop Quiz or Intermediary Level Type ID Pop Quiz first.

Good luck everyone, and have fun. ;^)

With respectful thanks to the originator of this utterly useless but highly entertaining waste of time, the often imitated but never duplicated Cheshire Dave.

Jiří Toman's picture

You're definitely right about the italic. And it’s the regular one.

Jiří Toman's picture

All right, no move for quite a long time, let’s show the whole glyph…

SuperUltraFabulous's picture

That’s Storm’s Serapion Italic.

I know those lacrymal terminals anywhere!

Mike :-)

Jiří Toman's picture

You’re right Mike :)

A beautifuly crafted and ballanced typeface, released for the first time in 1997 by Františěk Štorm’s type foundry Střešovická písmolijna (Storm Type Foundry).

Now it’s your turn!

eliason's picture

Bump. Hey SuperUltraFabulous, you've had five months, have you come up with a new challenge yet? ;-)

eliason's picture

Bump!

Florian Hardwig's picture

Craig, if Mike (SuperUltraFabulous ) hasn’t posted a new challenge within the next 24 hours, I hereby decree that it is your turn to do so.

eliason's picture

Okay, here we go.

Tim Ahrens's picture

Is that the original rotation? Is it a w?

eliason's picture

Yes, it's not rotated. No, not a w.

riccard0's picture

|&| would be too predictable, right?

eliason's picture

Not an ampersand.

Birdseeding's picture

Cound it be an /f/?

eliason's picture

Not an f.

eliason's picture

Not a k.

Tim Ahrens's picture

Is it a /b/?

eliason's picture

Not a b.
Another view, same scale:

And no, it's not an /e/ :-)

You might say the designer prioritized getting the liaisons between letters to work over using a conventional structure for this particular letter.

hrant's picture

Mistral, non? I was actually going to guess that as soon as I saw it, but having seen Mistral in metal I guess the digital outlines don't do it justice.

BTW, on what planet was that 24 hours? (That can probably be specifically answered actually. But this is not Astronomophile.)

hhp

eliason's picture

Mistral is right. And the glyph?
You're right that this is an old and crappy digitization I found on my computer, the outlines of which don't do justice to the original (but it's the only one I had on hand to zoom so close into).

hrant's picture

x

hhp

John Lyttle's picture

Hrant should still win for identifying the typeface, but is it the /x/?

riccard0's picture

Wow, I never noticed how peculiar Mistral's |x| is!
Now we know how an hastly written Turkish Lira will look ;-)

hrant's picture

So is it my turn? How hard am I supposed to make this? Digital fonts only?

hhp

eliason's picture

Yes, it's Mistral's /x/. Hrant has it.

hrant's picture

This should be about right:

hhp

Birdseeding's picture

Okay, I guess we're guessing glyphs again then. :) It is a /G/?

hrant's picture

It is a /G/?

Hmmm, I guess I'd have to say: yes and no. :-)

hhp

hrant's picture

I'm hoping to pass the baton before my trip on the 13th, so I'm not going to wait too long before dropping a hint:

This font lives in a large, conventional house.

--

BTW, I just realized I was supposed to show off. I mean about the one I got, Mistral. So, behold the large and small masters of the /a in metal Mistral:

hhp

riccard0's picture
It is a /G/?

I guess I'd have to say: yes and no.

Are we talking about middlecase/uncial or simply small caps?

hrant's picture

It's lowercase.

hhp

riccard0's picture

It seems I was overcomplicating your answer ;-)

hrant's picture

OK, back from my epic journey to Yerevan, Istanbul and Reading, it seems I need to drop another hint...

And I'll just list them all here:
- The glyph is a lowercase /g.
- The font lives in a large, conventional house.
- And: The family features three "flavors" (each in four weights).

hhp

PabloImpallari's picture

It's from Summer Stone?

hrant's picture

He lives in the same half of the same state, but he's younger.

hhp

daverowland's picture

Reliq

I'd punt at standard extra active.

hrant's picture

Bingo! Good job, good job.
Don't forget to show off something you know about Reliq and/or Carl.

Aaaaand you're up.

hhp

daverowland's picture

Sorry, I don't know anything about Reliq or Carl. I just thought from your sample that if it was a lower case g, that shape must be from a kind of uncial font.
Here's a quite interesting article about Roger Excoffon though that some of you might have missed... http://typofonderie.com/gazette/post/roger-excoffon-a-part-of-the-mythol...

daverowland's picture

Ok, here goes... Not sure if this is easy or difficult. We'll see

hrant's picture

I know that article because I translated it :-) since it's included in Rault's book about Excoffon.

hhp

sim's picture

That's a lowercase p or n.

daverowland's picture

No. It is a tricky one then...
It is lower case

Birdseeding's picture

If it's neither p or n it has to be m, doesn't it? Or a strange ligature involving r?

daverowland's picture

Well, it's not a p, n or m ;)

riccard0's picture

|r|?

daverowland's picture

r-something.
I'll give you a clue - this glyph appears in the name of the font

Birdseeding's picture

Ah, that might have made it too searchable. :) Livory italic: http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/hvdfonts/livory/italic/

daverowland's picture

Yep, well done. Sorry I made it too easy.

Birdseeding's picture

Bum, I don't know any exciting trivia about Livory. Maybe you can supply some?

In the meantime, here's the next challenge:

sim's picture

S, Sterling or french ampersand?

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