But first, what’s the difference between a typeface and a font?
- A typeface is the design of the collection. The look, style and feel.
- A font is the embodiment of a collection of letters, numbers, symbols, etc. It’s referred to as a font whether it’s a case of metal pieces to be used in a printing machine, or a true type font (.TTF) computer file.
For example, Arial is a typeface, but Arial Black, Arial Narrow and Arial Rounded MT Bold are fonts.
The style of a typeface is the first thing we need to understand before we can effectively use them in our design. By understanding the various styles, it makes it easier to mix and match them and make the type in our designs look good.
This is just a snippet from our free eBook! Designing for Non Designers – Typography. Download it here.Matt Blackstock shares helpful tips on how to use Typography to help you design better eLearning. Find out about a number of different styles to use, where to get fonts, some general rules of thumb, and how to combine fonts for a better design.