Brief History

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Brief History

Brief History

History of Typography

Typography had its beginning as far back as the mid 15th century when the movable type was invented. Western printing has three major type families that originated from the calligraphers of the time. They were the Roman, Italic, and Black Letter (Gothic).

Since then the number of typefaces has grown and the technology used to create print publications has drastically changed. Typography today also incorporates on screen display of text.

Type Use Today

Today type can be found in print, on websites, and on many electronic screen devices. The following is a list of the types of fonts that work best in each sort of application. Whichever fonts you choose, make sure you are choosing the fonts that are universally available to all users of all operating system and web browsers. Special fonts can be sent to the printer to install and use when needed in the print world.

Print

  • Titles and main headings typically use a sans-serif font such as Helvetica.
  • Body paragraphs use a serif font such as Times.

Websites and Electronic Screens

  • Titles and main headings typically use a sans-serif font such as Helvetica.
  • Body paragraphs also use a sans-serif font such as Helvetica, Verdana, or Arial.

Google Fonts

Google offers hundreds of free open-source fonts that were optimized for the web experience. More details and an updated list of these fonts is available at the following link. http://www.google.com/fonts/

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