Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The art and technique of printing with movable type.
  • noun The composition of printed material from movable type.
  • noun The arrangement and appearance of printed matter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The art of composing types and printing from them.
  • noun In a restricted use, type-work; the branch of printing connected with composition; the preparation of matter in type for use in printing.
  • noun The general character or appearance of printed matter.
  • noun Emblematical or hieroglyphic representation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete The act or art of expressing by means of types or symbols; emblematical or hieroglyphic representation.
  • noun The art of printing with types; the use of types to produce impressions on paper, vellum, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The art or practice of setting and arranging type; typesetting.
  • noun The practice or process of printing with type.
  • noun The appearance and style of typeset matter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the craft of composing type and printing from it
  • noun art and technique of printing with movable type

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French typographie, from Medieval Latin typographia : Greek tupos, impression + Latin -graphia, -graphy.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French typographie.

Examples

  • I should add that I just stuck the title typography in there really quickly, and I used the same font on all of them so that hopefully the voting would be based on the images, not the graphic type fonts and colors.

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  • I should add that I just stuck the title typography in there really quickly, and I used the same font on all of them so that hopefully the voting would be based on the images, not the graphic type fonts and colors.

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  • After years working in typography, I felt experienced enough to ponder the issue of justified vs. flush left — one of the deeper questions.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Capitalization in Comments

  • Beloved by Scrabble fans, em (/εm/) can mean the letter M or a unit of measurement in typography – hence em dash (one of which appeared just there, before hence).

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  • Stephen Lathrop: After years working in typography, I felt experienced enough to ponder the issue of justified vs. flush left — one of the deeper questions.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Capitalization in Comments

  • Either the typography is fabulous and the layout is lousy, or the sidebar is beautifully designed but the rest of it uses terrible colors.

    A Redesigned Scrubbles.net : Scrubbles.net

  • Beloved by Scrabble fans, em (/εm/) can mean the letter M or a unit of measurement in typography – hence em dash (one of which appeared just there, before hence).

    Read ‘em and write ‘em

  • Sure, the layout and typography is simple, but the stark, complicated image immediately captured my imagination.

    MIND MELD: Recent SF/F/H Book Covers That Blow Us Away

  • Argh, well, nobody honest involved in typography for the last 50 years would agree with that, David in Nashville.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Right and the News

  • Either the typography is fabulous and the layout is lousy, or the sidebar is beautifully designed but the rest of it uses terrible colors.

    2009 September : Scrubbles.net

Comments

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  • This YouTube video is a must for typography nerds. I know you're out there. Uselessness?...

    January 25, 2008

  • Yes! I've heard great things about this one but didn't know it was available free online. Thanks for the link, I'm downloading it now to watch after work. :-)

    January 25, 2008

  • Great! Thanks, s!

    January 25, 2008

  • Also for the typography nerd, the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp. It has a vast collection of printing materials from the 1500s to 1800s, including the only known complete original set of Garamond dies.

    January 25, 2008

  • So I finally just watched Helvetica, and it was great. I laughed, I cried... who would have thought a movie about a font could be so enjoyable? And now I'm so inspired I just want to design something!

    January 26, 2008

  • I enjoyed Helvetica. The interviews were great, but I have to say, I wanted more. More history, I think, to put things in context.

    January 26, 2008

  • Loving that website mollusque cites here, too. :-)

    January 27, 2008

  • Compare tie-pography.

    August 24, 2009

  • Aerial map typography.

    August 24, 2009

  • virtual typography musem. Lots of typefaces to peruse.

    February 3, 2010