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Chapter 3. Typography > The Architecture of Type

The Architecture of Type

Type is classified by the shapes of and relationships between various parts of the letter forms, shown in Figure 3-1. The most obvious component is the serif, the little tick at the end of strokes. Not all typefaces have serifs, of course, and those that don't are known as sans serif, which is French for “without serifs.” (Funny how that works, isn't it?) Oh, and just so you know, the “s” at the end of “sans” is silent, so please say “san sair-eef,” not “sans ser-uf.”


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