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Typography

By Dom Knowles

SerifA typeface with serifs is called a serif typeface or serified typeface. In typography, a serif is small lines (or stroke) at the end of letters in a font.

Serifs originated in the Latin alphabet, words were painted on and then later carved on stone this process flared out the stroke ends a corners giving the serif font its unique look.

Serified fonts are more widely used for printing on books and other texts because they are considered to be easier to read than sans-serif fonts on print.

Many similar variations of serif fonts exist today, to list a few there are; Transitional, Didone, Slab Serif and Latin or wedge-serif.

Sans-SerifSans-Serif fonts are similar to serif fonts but without the small wedges and lines on the corners of each letter face, the word sans comes from the French word for without and the word serif comes from the Dutch word Schreef which means Line.

Sans-serif fonts have become the most common for display of text on computer screens, this is partly due to the fact that interlaced screens have shown twittering on the fine details of the horizontal serifs.

In most print, sans-serif fonts are used mainly for headings and large titles due to there bold look rather than being used for body text.

ScriptScript fonts are any fonts that appear to be hand written on paper or chalkboard, these fonts look a lot more old fashioned and formal than the sans serif fonts.

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