Font vs. Typeface

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How should you differentiate between font and typeface? What makes them similar? What makes them different? More importantly, is the comparison even relevant anymore? The easiest way to define each term is simple; fonts are used and typefaces are seen. Learn more about fonts and typefaces in the article below.

Back in the good old days of analog printing, every page was laboriously set out in frames with metal letters. That was rolled in ink, and then it was pressed down onto a clean piece of paper. That was a page layout. Printers needed thousands of physical metal blocks, each with the character it was meant to represent set out in relief (the type face). If you wanted to print Garamond, for example, you needed different blocks for every different size (10 point, 12 point, 14 point, and so on) and weight (bold, light, medium).