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The Difference Between A Font And A Typeface
By Dorothy Tan, 12 Jul 2016
In today’s digital world, the words “font” and “typeface” are often used interchangeably—however, they do not mean quite the same thing.
The confusion of these terms arose due to the prominence of digital fonts, and how operating systems refer to fonts when they really mean typefaces.
In an article on Quora, graphic designer Martin Silvertant explains the difference between a font and a typeface—in short, “fonts refer to weights, widths and styles, and typefaces are the collective names of sets of related fonts”.
In addition to explaining how fonts are conventionally named—their names usually consist of words that describe their weights, widths and styles—Silvertant also went into the peculiarities in typography history that affect how a set of letters is categorized, whether as a font or a typeface.
Read this article about the difference between a font and a typeface here.
[via Mental Floss, image via Shutterstock]
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