A font ont is a certain physical form in which a typeface with a certain character set is released by a certain vendor under a certain trade name — for example a set of metal type sorts, a digital font in the Type 1 format, a digital font in the OpenType PS format etc. Thus, a font can be said to be one weight, width, and style of a typeface. Times Roman by Linotype in Type 1 format is one font, Times Cyrillic Regular by Linotype in Type 1 format is another font, Times Roman Std by Adobe in OpenType format is another font, Dutch 801 Roman by Bitstream in Type 1 format is another font — all of the same typeface Times Roman.
Before scalable type, there was little distinction between the terms font, typeface, and family. Font and typeface still tend to be used interchangeably, although the term typeface is usually more correct.
In television production, “font” refers to information, such as a location or a person’s name, electronically superimposed on the screen (hence the more common “super”). Also used as a verb: “How should we font this guy?” “You supered him ‘convicted criminal;’ he’s actually the DA.”
Issue 004 was art directed by Joseph Pemberton from Punchcut and edited by Tamye Riggs and Stephen Coles from FontShop San Francisco. Guest designers included cover art from the foundry Underware and a feature by designer Marian Bantjes. Contributing writers include Margaret Richardson and John D Berry.
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