In typography, Modern is a style of typeface developed in the late 18th century that continued through much of the 19th century. Characterized by high contrast between thick and thin strokes and flat, hairline serifs, Modern fonts are harder to read than previous and later typestyles developed for text.
Some later variations of Modern include the Slab Serifs with bolder, square serifs (most usually considered a separate classification altogether) and the related Clarendon style with less contrast and softer, rounded shapes. One style of Slab Serif, the Fat Faces, may be described as Didone (or Modern) "on steroids" with fattened strokes that make the flat, hairline serifs appear even thinner and more extreme. Bold, Ultra, or Poster styles of some Modern fonts push them over into the Fat Face slab serif category.
What Makes a Typeface Modern? (part of a series on Serif Typeface Classifications) looks more closely at the Modern or Didone classification of type.
Also Known As: Didone | New Antiqua
Alternate Spellings: Moderne
Examples: Bodoni, Didot, Bernhard Modern Roman, Aster, and Century Schoolbook are some examples of Modern type.