Multi font families?

Jacob's picture

Is there a short and proper name for font families that contain corresponding Sans and Serif (and sometimes other) designs?

examples:
Thesis: TheSans, TheSerif & TheMix
ITC Stone: Sans, Serif, Informal, Humanist
Agfa Rotis: Sans, SemiSans, SemiSerif, Serif
FF Scala: Sans & Serif
etc...

I think I've heard them called "meta-families" - but this could easily be confused with FF Meta...
"Mega families"?
"Multi families"?
Suggestions?

Jacob

dezcom's picture

Perhaps "Super Families" but this does not have to include serif and sans, just a very broad number of weights with a full character set.

Perhaps Multi-Style families?

ChrisL

Jacob's picture

"Super Families" sounds about right.
(also suggested offline by chester)

I think I can use this - even if it can have two meanings (corresponding multi-style families AND/OR large families)

Thanks!
:-)

Jacob

hitext's picture

Hans Peter Willberg (1930 - 2003), a German typographer and author, used in his books the German word »Sippe« (clan, tribe). This was derived from the word »Familie« (family): related families form clans or tribes.

dezcom's picture

I think the Type Director's Club (TDC) uses the term "Super Families"as well in their competitions.

ChrisL

Jacob's picture

Interesting.
"Super Family" and "Sippe Familie" even sound alike!

Maybe we could use a third similar word: "Soup Families" - meaning font families that you can use and mix together with good taste?
(Getting a bit off-track here ;-)

Jacob

dezcom's picture

Good one Jacob :-)

ChrisL

thierry blancpain's picture

"sippe familie" doesnt make sense at all and doesnt get used after each other (just wanted to make sure that nobody uses this in a wrong way).

Dan Weaver's picture

"Soup Families sounds good but Salad Families could be good" the Mad Hatter said to Alice.

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