TYPEFACE VS. FONT. It's one of the first things you're shamed about not knowing in design school. Most people assume that these words are interchangeable, but they actually mean two very different things.
Designer/typographer-extraordinaire/mentor, Kriti Monga put it best— typeface is to font what a song is to mp3. When you’re explaining how much you enjoy a particular tune, you say, “I love this song!” You wouldn’t say, “I love this mp3!” The song is the work of art, whereas an mp3 file is just the delivery mechanism. The same rules apply in typography.
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SYNE. Every week, I'll share a new typeface I find that's either free-to-use or just so amazing, I hope you gift it to me. This week's (type)face is Syne— used in the tiptoptypetips website and across type specimens in this newsletter.
Syne is a free 5-style type family originally designed for the art center Synesthésie, Saint-Denis. Closely based on the art center’s diverse artistic personalities, the type family has atypical weights and styles.
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FONTFACE NINJA. I don't know about you, but (apart from feeling 22) have you ever come across a website with snazzy typography and then spent the next hour looking for it? Or maybe you stumbled onto a typeface you liked and wanted to adopt for your own use?
Fontface Ninja is a free browser extension that let's you inspect, try, buy and bookmark any fonts on any website. Once you download the tool, all you have to do is hover over the type you are interested in and you find all the type-related information you'll need.
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