What is Typography?

What is Typography?

In the two previous posts, I shared about the difference between calligraphy and hand-lettering. Today I will continue by sharing with you what typography is and how it differs from the calligraphy and hand-lettering.

So What is Typography?

According to Wikipedia:

“Typography is the art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed.”

In short, it is arranging words, letters, numbers, and symbols.

Unlike calligraphy and hand-lettering, where you get to design or stylize the letters or words according to your taste, typography involves choosing a typeface, point sizes, line lengths, leading, tracking, and kerning.

For those who are not familiar what a typeface is, it is a set of one or more fonts that share a common design feature. Each font has a specific style, weight, and width.

For most of us, fonts are what we use when we create a document.

Basically, that is what typography is. However, it’s a much deeper topic than what I mentioned here. You can study in depth about typography by checking out Matthew Butterick’s website Practical Typography.