Posts Tagged ‘typeface’

What were the top 10 most popular serif fonts of 2016?

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Last week I wrote about the most popular sans serif fonts of 2016. This week I focus on the top 10 most used serif fonts.

According to Typewolf, the top ten most popular serif fonts in 2016 were:

  • Caslon
  • Garamond
  • Minion
  • FF Tisa
  • Freight Text
  • Tiempose Text
  • Miller
  • Calluna
  • Plantin
  • Baskerville


What were the top 10 most popular sans serif fonts of 2016?

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017

It’s a brand new year and like many people I often reflect on the past year. As a graphic and website designer, I also look at current and projected design trends, and will share things on Pinterest. This year, I’ve decided to reflect on some of the most popular trends of 2016, and am starting today with the top 10 most used sans serif fonts of 2016.

According to Typewolf, these are the top 10 most popular fonts of 2016. (more…)

Graphic Design Terms 13-14: x-height and cap height

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Example of x-heights in different type stylesIn my previous post, I mentioned x-height. Were you wondering what it meant?

It sounds pretty obvious, right? And it is. So is cap height.

In typography, the x-height is the height of lowercase letters that do not have an ascender or descender, represented by the lower case letter x. It is the distance between the baseline and the mid line of a font. (Picture those middle lines in your cursive writing exercise book or see the first image). (more…)

Graphic Design Terms 11-12: Ascender vs Descender

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Ascender: the part of a lowercase letterthat extends above the mean line, or x-height, of a fontHave you heard the terms ascender and descender? Do you know what they are?

An ascender is the part of a lowercase letter that extends above the mean line of a font, or x-height, whereas the descender is the part that appears below the base line of a font. (See the next post in 2 days time if you’re not sure what the x-height is.)

Letters with ascenders are usually: b, d, f, h, k, l, t.

Letters with descenders are usually: g, j, p, q, y. Lowercase f and z also have descenders in many typefaces.


Graphic Design Terms 9-10: Legibility vs Readability

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Legibility: a measure of how easy it is to distinguish one letter or character from another in a particular typeface, i.e. it is a function of typeface designWhen it comes to choosing typefaces and fonts in graphic design, it’s important to make sure they are both legible and readable. But what’s the difference?

Legibility is a measure of how easy it is to distinguish one letter or character from another in a particular typeface, i.e. it is a function of typeface design. The degree of legibility therefore depends on the style of the typeface being used.

Readability on the other hand, is a measure of how easily words, phrases and blocks of text can be read, i.e. it’s a function of typography. The degree of readability therefore depends on how blocks of text are arranged across a page, as well as what typefaces are being used.

If you can clearly define individual letters and characters in a particular typeface, then it is legible. If you can easily read a block or page of text, it is readable. (more…)

Graphic Design Terms 7-8: Script vs Decorative

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Can you recognize a script typeface from a decorative typeface?

When trying to determine if a typeface is script or decorative, picture the cursive (joined up) writing you learned at school vs the elaborate words you artistically drew on the cover of your exercise books.

Script: Typefaces that look like joined up handwriting, ranging from casual to formal cursive writingScript typefaces that look like joined up handwriting with curves, loops and swirls that flow between letters so they each appear joined, whereas decorative typefaces have embellishments or decorative elements added to them.

Script typefaces range from casual, looser styles to highly organized more formal styles that resemble cursive handwriting.

Decorative typefaces tend to have a more blocky or chunky style with space between individual letters. As well, decorative typefaces may only include fonts in capital letters. Script typefaces include both upper and lower case letters, but capitalized script is usually very hard to read.


Graphic Design Terms 5-6: Serif vs Sans Serif

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Can you tell the difference between a serif and a sans serif typeface?

Serif: a typeface with serifs,the line attached to the end of a stroke in a letter or a symbol.Don’t worry, if you answered, “No,” you are not alone. Before starting graphic design or website design projects for new clients, I often ask whether they prefer a serif or sans-serif typeface. Many do not know the difference between the two. If it’s the same for you, the following definition may help.

In typography, the line attached to the end of a stroke in a letter or a symbol, is called a serif. Therefore, a typeface with serifs is called a “serif” typeface. A typeface without serifs is called “sans serif” from the French word “sans” meaning “without.” (more…)

Graphic Design Terms 3-4: Typeface vs Font

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Do you know the difference between a typeface and a font? These are two terms many people mix up all the time. It doesn’t help that font is used a lot in web design and for the most part, when searching online, most people use the search term “font” instead of typeface. I used both terms in my previous post when comparing typesetting and typography. It’s no wonder they are muddled since it is hard to define one without using the other term. (more…)