Typeface Anatomy

It had been a pretty long time that I had been wondering about the various technical aspects that define a font. This time I have come across this very nice page with a simple diagram that explains a lot.


We use fonts on a daily basis, and I am sure that many of us have wondered what are the technicalities that goes into making and naming them. What is “serif”, why “slab serif” and many such questions arise.

And when I came across the above diagram from FontShop support page, it immediately caught my attention.

Even if we are not a font designer, we should know more about them and various terminologies associated with fonts. It will surely help us make a more “learned” decision with respect to the choice of fonts.

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