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number 4 in a series of 4 western faces, finally

Zebrawood like its four brothers (see below) is a display western typeface. Its style can be traced back to the Toscanienne typefaces which appeared in advertisements and on signs at the end of the 19th century.

Zebawood
serif: big split serifs
used: display and headlines
characteristics: split serifs. ZW is a bi-color font like Rosewood. the fill compliments the insides of the regular. Has a circus feel to it.

(NEVER will i do a series again)

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number 3 in a series of 4 western faces

Pepperwood, like Ponderosa, is based on wood types of the early 19th century. Called Italian, they became popular with their Square serifs that are wider then the stroke width of the characters.

Pepperwood
serif: square and big
used: for headlines? and for wanted posters?
characteristics: large square serifs, Small squares in middle of letters, and small spike on edge on top and botton of letter. has a small stroke around letter.

(ok im bored of these “wood” types…)

number 2 in a series of 4 western faces

Ponderosa is based on wood types of the early 19th century. Called Italian, they became popular with their Square serifs.

Ponderosa
serif: large and square, larger than the stroke of the character
reminiscent of: wild west shootouts and 1970’s platform shoes and hair-dos (according to linotype)
chacteristics: Larger serifs. The extreme contrast of the character makes it stand out. The characters are tall and thin. evokes a feeling of compression and narrowness. When typesetting lines of Ponderosa, the heavy serifs form horizontal lines.

number 1 in a series of 4 westerfaces

Kim Buker Chansler, Carl Crossgrove, Carol Twombly worked together to create a series of western typefaces.

Rosewood is based on the traditional slab serif typeface Clarendon and was inspired by the display faces created during the industrial revolution, faces which were more ornate.

Rosewoods has two ornamental “weights” , which make it stand out when used properly. It is a bi-color font, which means that there is a “fill” that can be used for decoration on the inner spaces of the regular.

Rosewood
serif: slab
‘weights’: regular and fill
characteristics: very recognizable because of the fill and rounded bracket serifs
note: Rosewood’s Regular version is designed to overlay the Fill version for two-color printing