let·​ter·​form | \ ˈle-tər-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce letterform (audio) \

Definition of letterform

: the shape of a letter of an alphabet especially from the standpoint of design or development

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Recent Examples on the Web Swift Student is a free website that’ll provide students with letterforms to send to financial aid offices based on their personal situation. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al, "Financial situation changed? You can request more college aid," 21 Apr. 2020 Here are gorgeous, innovative artworks in which the bare minimum of elements (Euclidean geometry, photographs, illustrations and letterforms) or complex collages incorporating multiple mediums are all naturally synthesized. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "‘Herbert Bayer: Bauhaus Master’ Review: Graphic Design, Poetic and Striking," 18 Jan. 2020 Some advances have been shown directly on the cover, such as a digital letterform in May 1969 (above). Nicholas Rougeux, Scientific American, "Scientific American’s Colorful Covers Reveal 175 Years of Change," 26 Dec. 2019 Called Stack, the font is built from stacking (clever, right?) different varieties of bricks atop one another to create blocky letterforms. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Clever new font is inspired by brick masonry," 7 June 2018 Here are a couple visual comparisons: Palatino’s letterforms are wider and slightly more rounded than Crimson Text’s. Kjell Reigstad, Longreads, "Art Director Kjell Reigstad on How We Refined Longreads’ Typography and Logo," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of letterform

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Letterform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/letterform. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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