Writing is one thing; rendering words in type is a whole other kettle of fish. My graphic designer friends would be aghast, but my extent of font-specific knowledge is limited to “kerning”, “tracking” and “leading” — and I picked those up more than 10 years ago when I occasionally mucked around with Quark Xpress.(Yes, I’m dating myself with the mention of Quark Xpress.)
Anyway, I picked up a heap of font terminology today, thanks to I Love Typography‘s excellent introduction, “Who Shot the Serif?“, which my pal Suzie sent me a few days ago. Now I finally have a visual to associate with the definition of “ligature”.
In font-related news, I’m trying to wrangle tickets to see the much-loved film Helvetica when I’m in London in two weeks’ time. Worldwide screening details are available at the official film website, but nothing’s slated for Singapore as yet.