To serif or not to serif
“Most people think typography is about fonts.
Most designers think typography is about fonts.
phy is more than that, it’s expressing language through type.
Placement, composition, typechoice.”
In my last post, I ended with a brief teaser of what I’m going to talk about in this post which is fonts! Fonts are one of the designers best tools and yet, can be very mysterious and confusing to some. There are a few terms to go over before getting to far along in this discussion:
Typeface: a coordinated set of glyphs designed with stylistic unity. A typeface usually comprises an alphabet of letters, numerals, and punctuation marks.
Font: traditionally defined as a complete character set of a single size of a particular typeface. For example, 10 point Arial is a different font than 9 point Arial. Since the invention of desktop publishing, the term font has become synonymous with typeface.
Serif: A serif is a non-structural detail on the end of some of the strokes that make up letters and symbols. The image below show red arrows pointing to the sarifs. A few popular serif fonts are: Palatino, Georgia, Times, Garamond and Baskerville.
Sans-serif: Sans-serif fonts and just fonts without the serif details on the letterforms. The image below is a sans-serif font. A few popular sans-serif fonts are Helvetica, Arial, Univers, Futura, and Lucida Grande.
Font Weight: The different weights of a font are commonly regular, italic, bold, and bold italic.
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