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The School of Visual Concepts or SVC recently conducted an interview with graphic designer Art Chantry Art is known for work in logo design posters and album covers and has worked with Nirvana Hole and The Sonics His design work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art the Smithsonian and the LouvreBrinson Half way through the interview SVC asked With so many fonts already out there why do you think folks keep designing new ones First a pet peeve we dont design fonts we design typefaces The way we currently use the word font is completely wrong and was selected inappropriately and ignorantly by computer nerds to describe different designs of typefaces The word font actually describes a single complete set of physical typecaps lower case numerals punctuation The set of the entire type design is a typeface Its like pointing at a Canadian goose and calling it a flockBrinsonTypeface refers to all types of a single design Its first known use was in 1887Merriam-Webster The word font however has been around much longer It is defined as an assortment or set of type or characters all of one style and sometimes one sizeMerriam-Webster Font comes from the Latin word found which means melt In the late 14th century to found was to cast mix together or pour out metalOnline Etymology Dictionary In the late 17th century font identified a complete set of type that could be purchased from a foundry Each set of metal alphabet characters and symbols was cast or poured out at one timeOnline Etymology Dictionary Communicating information through an alphabet system has a long history The first books were hand-written and referred to as manuscripts Then came wood-block printing which is similar to modern-day stamps Yet by the late 1300s demand for books was vastly outpacing their production European countries were searching for a more efficient means of printing such a movable type Meggs 72Movable type involved carefully casting
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