The first semi serif and mixed serif typefaces

Leonardo Vazquez's picture

Hello folks, for a research project I would like to know which was the first font that included a semi-serif version and/or a mixed version (half serif, half sans)

I remember now Rotis from Mr. Aicher or Penumbra from Mr. Hidy. But Im not sure which one was the first that presented this possibility. And of course Thesis...

And second is, if you thing that a semi-serif version really is usefull in the real life (for text for example) or its just a variety used more in titles.

Thanks

Leonardo Vazquez

riccard0's picture

you thing that a semi-serif version really is usefull in the real life (for text for example)

Here's an interesting thread about serifs variations in order to differentiate languages in multilingual books:
http://typophile.com/node/66389

Leonardo Vazquez's picture

Thankyou very much.. i'll take a look at it :)

Leonardo Vazquez

Frode Bo Helland's picture

Do you count serif italics?

Nick Shinn's picture

There was a marvelous special issue/insert of Wired magazine in the mid-1990s, set entirely in TheMix, IIRC, with lots of big type. Tantamount to a type specimen.

Leonardo Vazquez's picture

Frode... yes, italics are important.

NIck where do you think i can see-buy-etc a issue of Wired? do you thing it still exists?

Frode Bo Helland's picture

I’m asking since a lot of italics companions for serif fonts have a semi serif structure.

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