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Describing Type

Describing Type

Author: Nancy Esslinger
Description:

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

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TERMS TO KNOW
  • Typeface

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

  • Type Family

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

  • Upper Case

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

  • Lower Case

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

  • Character

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

  • 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".

  • Sans Serif

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