This is the sixth post in a series. Watch this blog during the months to come for further installments in this ongoing series.
The purpose of the series is to define key terms used in the graphic arts industry.
The sixth term in the series is font.
Font: a complete set of upper and lower case letters, numerals, punctuation marks, and symbols of one specific typeface, size and style. Arial Bold 12-point is an example of a font.
A typeface is a set of characters which share common design features. Garamond is an example of a typeface. With the advent of digital typesetting, the two words “font” and “typeface” have come to be used interchangeably.
A font family is a set of fonts related to a basic typeface. A font family includes bold, italic, and bold-italic styles plus a range of sizes, weights and widths.
The seventh term in the series will be grain.