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10 Interesting facts about typography

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Typography is the art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed. Here are some interesting facts about typography:

1. The word “Typography” comes from the Greek words “typos” meaning “form” and “graphos” meaning “writing”.

2. The first movable type printing press was invented by Johannes Gutenberg in 1440. This invention revolutionized the way books and other written materials were produced.

3. The first typeface was created by Francesco Griffo in 1495 for use in a book printed by Aldus Manutius. The typeface was called Bembo and is still used today.

4. Serif and sans-serif are the two main categories of typefaces. Serif typefaces have small lines at the end of each letter stroke, while sans-serif typefaces do not.

5. The shape of each letter in a typeface is called a glyph.

6. Kerning is the process of adjusting the spacing between letters to improve legibility and visual appeal.

7. The world’s oldest printed book is the “Diamond Sutra”, a Buddhist text printed in China in 868 AD using woodblock printing.

8. The most widely used typeface in the world is Helvetica, which was created by Max Miedinger in 1957.

9. In typography, the term “widow” refers to a single word or short line of text that appears at the top of a page or column, separated from the rest of the paragraph.

10. The color, weight, and size of type can affect the way a message is perceived by the reader. For example, bold and large text can be used to emphasize important information, while lighter and smaller text can be used for less important details.