All You Have to Know about Font

By Nathatype Studio on March 25, 2022

Font is an element in graphic design. There are several different types of font which differ in functions from one another. 

According to Wikipedia, a font was a particular size, weight and style of a typeface. In modern usage, with the advent of computer fonts, the term ‘font’ has come to be used as a synonym for ‘typeface’ although a typical typeface (or ‘font family’) consists of a number of fonts. Therefore, we have 3 basic types of computer fonts including bitmap, outline and stroke fonts.

 

TTF and OTF

TTF (True Type Font)
The Apple and the Microsoft companies first developed TTF in 1980s and it gained rivalry against the Adobe PostScript. Above all, it is the most standard and well-known font format for Mac OS and Microsoft Windows of which extension is usually in the forms of .ttd and .tte.

OTF (Open Type Font)
The Microsoft and the Adobe companies developed OTF which has a lot features such as, typeface support for more various and better languages. One of them is the Greek language with its special characters, for instance, the glyphs. In addition, OTF font’s extension is in the forms of .otf, .otc, .ttf and .ttc.


Moreover, fonts establish one of the pillars of graphic design. In this article, we’re going to explain the differences between each fonts. Let’s get into it!

 

 

Serif 

Serif/hooked letter is a font type having a hook at the edges of the strokes, or simply “the Roman”. As a result, Serif is usually considered as classic and traditional and is appropriate to write news and articles due to its formality among other font types. Some of the common serif fonts include Times New Roman, Georgia, and Garamond.

 

Sans Serif

On the other hand, Sans Serif font is the reverse of the serif font above. Sans serif having no hook at the edges of the strokes, and the “Gothic” or “Sans” is just the other nickname. Furthermore, the term comes from the French word sans, meaning “without” and “serif” of uncertain origin, possibly from the Dutch word schreef meaning “line”. Consequently, Sans serif is often used in computer and other digital displays due to its higher legibility level than Serif. Moreover, it also presents simplicity, purity, efficiency and modernity.

 

Script

Script font bases its various strokes on handwriting which represents something elegant, natural and personal. It is commonly used in short writings instead of long ones as in paragraphs. Nevertheless, there must be combinations among the use of capital letters and lower cases. As a result, their familiar uses are on stationaries, branding, poster designs, and logotypes. In addition, a range of other font styles can pair together to make different moods.

 

Display

Display font is called “decorative”. It first appeared in the 19th century and had developed massively owing to its easiness to create through technology development. It is made in large sizes for headings, rather than for extended passages of body text. They can be serif, script, sans serif and so on. Moreover, they have beautiful ornaments on their designs.

 

At the end, fonts are often utilized in any occasions which are free to download on online fonts websites. However, you should considering the license before you use it. So, are you ready to start creating stunning designs while putting the best fonts forward?

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