Free Typography Basics Cheatsheet: Anatomy, Classification & Special Terms

By on Oct 17, 2018 in Inspiration
Free Typography Basics Cheatsheet: Anatomy, Classification & Special Terms

What is the difference between an ascender and a shoulder? A tail and a loop? Kerning and tracking? Remembering every important typography term can be challenging, so we've summarized some essential principles in this 2-page PDF cheatsheet.

Typography terms made simple.


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Remember key typography concepts

Grab this handy cheatsheet summarizing some of the most important typography terms.

The PDF file includes the following sections:

  • Letter Anatomy: Basic overview of the different components of a glyph
  • Special Letters & Symbols: Learn to identify alternates, double story glyphs, alternates, and other special characters visually.
  • Spacing: A quick visual recap of the difference between leading, tracking, and kerning.
  • The Baseline: A diagram to help you differentiate between a glyph's x-height, overhang, ascender height, and other sizing terms in relation to the baseline.
  • Variants: Learn some of the many variants a typeface can include.
  • Type Classification: Humanist, Old Style, or Egyptian? Identify historical type styles with this handy list.

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As always, we hope this resource improves your workflow and simplifies the process of designing layouts with type. What's your favorite typography term or tool? Let us know in the comments area below.


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Typography terms made simple.


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Download the PDF

Remember key typography concepts

Grab this handy cheatsheet summarizing some of the most important typography terms.

5 Comments

  1. Tracking and kerning are huge and matter so much. But, my favorite typography tool to use is glyphs with open type!

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