What is typography?

  • (noun): Art and technique of printing with movable type.
    Synonyms: composition
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Typography (from the Greek words τύπος (typos) = form and γραφή (graphe) = writing) is the art and technique of arranging type in order to make language visible. The arrangement of type involves the selection of typefaces, point size, line length, leading (line spacing), adjusting the spaces between groups of letters (tracking) and adjusting the space between pairs of letters (kerning). Type design is a closely related craft, which some consider distinct and others a part of typography; most typographers do not design typefaces, and some type designers do not consider themselves typographers. In modern times, typography has been put into motion—in film, television and online broadcasts—to add emotion to mass communication.

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Display Typography - Inscriptional and Architectural Lettering
... For monumental lettering to be effective it must be considered carefully in its context ... Proportions of letters need to be altered as their size and distance from the viewer increases ...
Stephen Banham - Professional Research
... These featured extended texts on the social significance of typography not possible in the small A7 format of Qwerty ... environments by noting and analysing every instance of typography across a 1000 metre area of the Melbourne central business district ... In 2005 Banham began a series of forum events discussing the social role of typography and graphic design ...
Type–token Distinction - Typography
... In typography, the type–token distinction is used to determine the presence of a text printed by movable type The defining criteria which a typographic print has to fulfill is that of the type identity of ...
Sentence Spacing - Modern Literature - Typography
... Early positions on typography (the "arrangement and appearance of text") supported traditional spacing techniques in English publications ... and Designing with Type The Essential Guide to Typography (2006) both indicate that uniform spacing should be used between words, including between sentences ... More recent works on typography weigh in strongly ...

More definitions of "typography":

  • (noun): The craft of composing type and printing from it.