edition

2010

title

Timeline Type Family

author

Marian Misiak (PL)

degree

M.A. project

school

Reading University

Typography and Visual Communications Faculty

supervisor

Phd Gerry Leonidas i Fiona Ross

Timeline is an extended type family of both Latin and Arabic alphabets. The Latin letters come in serif and sans-serif versions. Both have italic and bold styles. Coherent typeface designs created to note various lettering systems have become increasingly important in an ever-more multicultural and multinational Europe. As the designer himself points out, such complex type families are used for airport signage and city information system designs, packaging, safety instructions etc. The Arabic symbols are difficult for us to evaluate, and our observations must conclude with appreciating the balanced typographic color mixing the two systems. The Timeline typeface family was created to set longer texts, with special emphasis on the notation of complex information structures (charts, diagrams, forms, timetables, academic publications). With its high contrast from the upright form, the strongly condensed italic will stand out, as will the construction of hierarchies in laying out writing of a single type size. All the styles and variants have the full character set, including ligatures, small caps, and diacritics. A completed version will be available through rosettatype.com – a multi-script typeface distributor.