Graphic communicators, including typographers, designers, and descriptive bibliographers, are often called upon to identify typefaces. Since there are thousands of typefaces available in the marketplace today, it is unlikely that any one designer, typographer or bibliographer can name them all at sight. Accordingly, there is a need tfor a typeface identification system. The purpose of this paper is to introduce, demonstrate and evaluate such a system. An identification system called TYPE-ID was developed and tested. Two principles -- the "pass option" and the "null digit" -- were introduced. A sequence of questions was written for a number of different characters. An index or "database" of 50 typefaces was created. The sequences and database were incorporated into a computer program. Subjects tested the systems 1000 times. Based on the results, it appears that the system works. For searches of the database based on one sequence, the system proved to be 97.8% accurate.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Type and type-founding--Identification--Data processing
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School of Print Media (CIAS)
Parsons, J. Ames, "The introduction, demonstration and evaluation of a new typeface identification system" (1989). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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