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The Art of Type and Typography by Mary Jo Krysinski

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02.

Letters and Their Characteristics

INTRODUCTION

Typography is the mechanical arrangement of words in a way that communicates meaning and content. It is concerned with both the creation of typefaces and their arrangement in a composition. The traditional definitions for terms used in relation to typography are:

Type  The physical object, a piece of metal with a raised face on one side containing the reversed image of a character. The digital form—individual glyphs or characters.

Font  A set of characters of a given typeface, all of one size and style.

Typeface  A set of fonts of related design or style—roman, italic, bold, bold italic, etc.

Today, there are many well-designed typefaces to choose from. The ways in which these typefaces are ...

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