Font vs typeface

Subject: Font vs typeface
From: Pat Anderson <panderson -at- ALIAS -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 1993 14:17:01 -0500

Reply to: Font vs typeface
Back in high school, we worked with lead type in Graphic Arts. Once you've
had to sort out a font, you never forget what it is.

A font is held in one of those many-compartmented wooden boxes. It
contains one typeface at one size, and one weight. You would go to one
font box for Bodoni 12 pt, another box for Bodoni 14 pt, and yet another
for Bodoni 12 pt bold, or another for italic Bodoni in 12 pt.

Of course, a few weeks into the school year, the font boxes would be
horribly mixed up (because people get lazy when putting type away), and
we'd have to sort it all out...

Some things, you never forget.

...pat. anderson
technical writer
alias research inc.

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