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I have always had a problem associating gender with a typeface.
“The quality of…the feminine [may be suggested] by the use of Bernhard Cursive or Madonna Ronde…”
The Roman has been so prettyfied and qualified that today instead of being masculine, which is the very essence of the Roman letter, the German Roman types strike us as feminine.
“The taste of the time is for lightness and delicacy, and the features of strength and boldness have to be sacrificed in favor of this feminine inclination. These modernized old-style types are good illustrations of the prevailing fashion."
The reset specimen has been treated in Scotch italic, an italic face generally being considered appropriate for feminine printing.
Ray Larabie said:Does assigning a gender to a typeface help the customer? If a designer is looking for a headliner for a military recruitment poster aimed at women, should they be looking for a masculine font?
Ray Larabie said:If it's a display typeface made of penises, then yeah, maybe we could call that masculine
Thomas Phinney said:
What's funny is, if I was asked to categorize them, I would have put the assignment of the triangles the other way around.But then again, I wouldn't have thought either one was really clearly "female" or "male" in the first place.
Ramiro Espinoza said:
Lucas Materot's model from 1608: "Letters easy to write for women"