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Typography: Practical Considerations And Design Patterns by Smashing Magazine

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Understanding The Difference Between Type And Lettering

By Joseph Alessio

Coming out of the grunge, graffiti and David Carson era through the ’90s, there has been a major resurgence of interest in typography. We have seen a number of designers and artists make their careers out of designing type or custom lettering, and it has become common to list typography among our skills and disciplines.

Unfortunately, as with any popularity surge, there have come with it a lot of misunderstandings of some of the terms and concepts that we use. This chapter will help you gain a clearer understanding of what typography is and isn’t, and why.

One rather common example of this is the myriad of blog posts and showcases claiming to display “hand-lettered typography” — I’ve ...

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