+
Describing Type

Describing Type

Author: Maria Tucker
Description:

In this lesson you will learn about the basic characteristics and terminology associated with type.

(more)
See More
Try a College Course Free

Sophia’s self-paced online courses are a great way to save time and money as you earn credits eligible for transfer to over 2,000 colleges and universities.*

Begin Free Trial
No credit card required

27 Sophia partners guarantee credit transfer.

245 Institutions have accepted or given pre-approval for credit transfer.

* The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE Credit®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for 21 of Sophia’s online courses. More than 2,000 colleges and universities consider ACE CREDIT recommendations in determining the applicability to their course and degree programs.

Tutorial

Notes on "Describing Type"


Citations

Image of Type, Public Domian


Image of Upper Case, Public Domain


Image of Lower Case, Public Domain


Image of Font family, Public Domain

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Font_types.svg

Image of Bakersville Font, Public Domain


Image of Century Font, by Maria Tucker

Image of Airal Font, by Marai Tucker

Image of Serif, Creative Commons

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Serif_and_sans-s...

Image of Serif Highlighted, Creative Commons

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Serif_and_sans-s...

Image of San Serif, Creative Commons

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Serif_and_sans-s...

Image of Hairline, Bracket, and Slab, by Maria Tucker

Terms to Know
  • Character

    A member of the complete set of letters, numerals, punctuation and symbols belonging to a typeface.

  • Lower Case

    An uncapitalized letterform, originally referring to the location of the wooden "case" which held metal characters in a print shop.

  • Sans Serif

    A category of typefaces which has no serifs; from the French meaning without serif.

  • Serif

    An ending cross stroke added to the stem of a letter or the category of typefaces containing only those with serifs; from the French meaning "feet".

  • Type Family

    The complete group of typefaces available which share a common or "family" name: all weights, postures and widths.

  • Typeface

    The complete name of a type family member, typically containing the name of the publisher, family, weight, posture and width.

  • Upper Case

    A capital letterform, originally referring to the location of the wooden "case" which held metal characters in a print shop.