Latin script, inherited from the Romans and now the most widespread alphabet in use today, has a vibrant history of calligraphy. Historical and contemporary forms enliven logos, documents, certificates, fine art and design projects large and small.
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Of the many calligraphic forms, the most common can be labelled roman, roundhand (or bookhand), black letter, italics, uncial, and cursive. Within each of these categories are many variations. Black letterforms are often termed Gothic scripts, and there are hundreds of variations, including the German fraktur. Celtic uncial is a popular calligraphy form and one which can look surprisingly modern. Cursive scripts include Spencerian and copperplate. Roman is the standard from which all modern serif fonts take their derivation. San serif scripts, too, derive ultimately from the roman and from the Carolingian script commissioned by Charlemagne to improve legibility of his empire’s documents (and tax collection system).