What is a Typeface? The History of Fonts.

The History of Typefaces - Fonts - Typography


Are you a font junkie?

We recently came across this article in The Atlantic that has a creative short video illustrating the history of typography.

"Let’s face it, fonts and typefaces have officially become a mainstream obsession. In our current design-centric culture, terms like sans-serif, Helvetica, and — heaven forbid — Comic Sans have breached the cultural consciousness. Fortunately, for those of you who still can’t tell your Futura from your Papyrus, Yukon-based designer  Ben Barrett-Forrest has crafted this charming stop-motion history lesson to help you get up to speed.

Built with 2454 photographs, 291 letters, and 140 hours of his life, Barrett-Forrest’s animated short is a delight . As he guides us from the lowly beginnings of Guttenberg’s printing press, all the way to the computer age, it becomes apparent that the art of type is a corollary for history."

Here is a direct link to the video on YouTube.  You can also check out some of Ben's other works.