Menu
Share
Share this story
Close X
 
Switch to Desktop Site

There's a new serif in town

No - not the cowboy kind. We're talking about type here. The word is s-e-r-i-f , and it means the little feet that a letter sits on, an important element in the design of type. Want to know more? Here's a glossary of terms about type:

BASELINE - The imaginary line on which letters rest.

About these ads

DESCENDER - The part of the letter that dips down below the baseline - such as "j" or "y."

ASCENDER - A vertical stroke that rises above the body of a letter. Think "h" or "f."

BOWL - The rounded, closed part of a letter. A capital "B" has two.

POINT SIZE - Type and leading are measured in point size. One point is about 1/72 of an inch. The Monitor's largest front-page headline is generally 48 pt. The type you are reading now is 9 pt.

FONT - A particular design and size of a type face, available in caps and lowercase letters. For example, 12 pt. Futura Bold is a font; 14 pt. Futura Bold is another font.

ITALIC - A diagonal version of a typeface, usually leaning to the right. Its name comes from the fact this style was invented in Italy.

LIGATURE - Letters that have been joined together in a design. Check out the Monitor's logo - see the "h" and "s"? That's a ligature.

About these ads

ROMAN - This term just means "regular." It's the most standard version of a type font.

SERIF and SANS-SERIF - The earliest type was drawn by hand with quill pens, so when a vertical letter stroke came to an end, it was pretty hard to stop the ink from flowing and make a square corner. Early scribes invented a finishing touch called a serif, which looks like graceful little feet. SANS-SERIF means without serifs. We use both styles, for variety, in this newspaper. Can you find both on this page?


Follow Stories Like This
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.