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Chapter 6. Type and Typography > Fonts and Font Management

Fonts and Font Management

The word font now has several meanings. Historically, a font was a set of characters in a given typeface and size. Helvetica was a typeface, and 14-point Helvetica was a font. However, for the sake of simplicity, I'm following the path that has become popular over the past few years, defining both typeface and font as synonyms: a font or a typeface is a set of characters that share a common look.

For example, the text you're reading is in the Utopia font or typeface, while the headings for each section are in the Stone font or typeface. The more you learn about type and typography, the more you see its subtle nuances and personalities. But don't worry too much about that yet. Just start by seeing these basic differences.


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