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Both Gill Sans and Futura offer sans-serif designs that depart from the so-called grotesque model that had constituted sans-serif type for a century, but they headed in different directions as a closer examination shows.
The results found in sans-serif fonts were closer to the expected values, mostly because of smaller contrasts.
Others find sans-serif typefaces fresher, breezier and more contemporary.
But people who take their typography seriously must bear in mind "serif" and "sans-serif" are not font species, or even genera, but families in the order of humanist (roman/ italic) fonts.
The four lines of copy are in 48-point sans-serif type.
It was designed to stand apart from the common look of most other sans-serifs.
Ryan did a terrific job on his typographic guitar, using lyrics from the Beatles' song, Blackbird, to define its shape with a wonderful combination of outline and solid serif and sans-serif type.
Each line is a different display type more ridiculous than the last: Half are absurd decorative titles; a few are weird, geometric, condensed sans-serif faces; and the rest is hand-engraved script.
Each chapter starts with a too wide type-measure and the bold sans-serif typeface typical of The Architectural Review of the period, and with a 'fist' pointing in the caption to the illustration on the opposite page.
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Another recent work, I Was Overcome with a Momentary Panic at the Thought That They Might Be Right, 2005, represents "an exact replica of a scale model of all detonations in Beirut between 1975 and 1991, designed by the senior topographer in the Lebanese army's Directorate of Geographic Affairs, Nahia Hassan." Appearing as a large white disk raised a half-foot off the ground, its flat surface punctured by variously sized holes, the piece divides the viewer's attention between an elaborate explanation, located on the wall in sans-serif white vinyl lettering, and the mute sculptural expanse on the floor, leaving it up to her to question or animate the relationship.