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Sep 16 / Brandon Fredericksen

Project 2: Definitions

Postscript: It’s  a programming language, and it was created by Adobe for generating  high-resolution images on paper or film. Type I PostScript fonts require an on screen file and a printer file, both of which need to be installed on the computer for use.

OpenType: Also developed by Adobe, OpenType was developed to support up to 65,000 characters in a single file, allowing for multiple styles. OpenType fonts are often labeled as “Pro”.

Typeface: The design of the letterforms; a particular design of type.

Font: The delivery mechanism; A set of type of one particular face and size.

Glyph: A specific expression of a given character.

Connotation: An idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal meaning.

Denotation: The literal or primary meaning to a word, in contrast to the feelings or ideas that the word suggests.

Modern Type: Designed in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, known to be radically abstract. Thin, straight serifs, vertical axis, and sharp contrast from thin to thick strokes.

Transitional Type: Designed in the mid eighteenth century. Sharp serifs, vertical axis, sharp forms and high contrast.

Humanist Type: Roman typefaces of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, emulated classical calligraphy.

Slab Serif: A type of serif typeface characterized by thick, block like serifs.

Sans Serif: A typeface that lacks serifs.

Ligature: When two or more letters come together to form a single glyph.

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