The difference between condensed and compressed

canderson's picture

I'm looking for a description of how condensed and compressed fonts differ. Some large families now contain both, so I'm interested in how type designers intend the two versions to be used. I apologize in advance if this has been covered before. Is it in the wiki?

ebensorkin's picture

I am interested to hear what folks have to say about this as well. I wonder if there is a real 'offical' distinction or if the reality is more informal.

.00's picture

Condensed = Narrow
Compressed = Narrower

canderson's picture

Condensed = Narrow
Compressed = Narrower

This is certainly true of fonts such as Interstate. Are "compressed" fonts just a recent phenomenon resulting from the need to describe two degrees of condensation? Are there any fonts with a compressed version for which there is no condensed variant?

canderson's picture

(This is here because I somehow hit post twice.)

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