Although there’s a growing acceptance for the terms font and typeface to be used interchangeably, it all started back in the good old days of analog printing, when every page was laboriously set out in frames with metal letters. The letters were rolled in ink, and then 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).

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