July 18, 2014

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Alexandra Levitin

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Font vs. Typeface…Do You Know the Difference?

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People—even designers—use the terms font and typeface interchangeably. There is a clear distinction, though, and we should understand the differences they entitle. In the fifteenth century, when printers used letterpress type, the metal letters came out of a box: the collection of these letters was referred to as a font. The …

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People—even designers—use the terms font and typeface interchangeably. There is a clear distinction, though, and we should understand the differences they entitle.

In the fifteenth century, when printers used letterpress type, the metal letters came out of a box: the collection of these letters was referred to as a font.

The term typeface was used to describe the look of the characters within the font. The look factors in many aspects such as the weight, style (serif, sans-serif), etc. In today’s digital age, the digital file containing the typefaces has replaced the original box (font).

To make it a bit more complicated, in today’s use a font may also refer to specific qualities of a typeface. Look at Frutiger, for example: Frutiger is a typeface, but Frutiger Light Italic refers to a font.

If you are curious to know more about fonts vs typefaces, this article gives a great explanation. Enjoy!

new york branding sports graphic design agency

new york branding sports graphic design agency

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