ty·​pog·​ra·​phy | \tī-ˈpä-grə-fē \

Definition of typography 

1 : letterpress printing

2 : the style, arrangement, or appearance of typeset matter

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The real fun of the film’s typography lies in its spacing, which draws on the look of letterpress printing and then exaggerates it. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Sorry to Bother You," 12 Nov. 2018 The mood of each film is reflected in its distinctive title typography. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Sorry to Bother You," 12 Nov. 2018 One of White’s first hires was the former art director Henry Wolf, who infused the magazine with a deadpan surrealism through irreverent play with text and typography. Stephen Mooallem, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pop Goes Bazaar: A Look Back at the Magazine in the 1960s," 9 June 2017 But the details are quintessential Fujiwara: graphic typography treatments and Fragment’s lighting-bolt logo, a symbol immediately recognizable to hypebeasts and design aficionados alike. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Moncler and Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment Just Dropped Your Latest Must-Cop Collab," 14 June 2018 Lance Wyman Lance Wyman’s design for the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics incorporated hypnotic geometric lines and colors, pre-Columbian artifacts and modern typography to create a quintessential op art logo. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, "Behind the scenes with influential graphic artists from 50 years ago," 30 May 2018 The typography and design is appropriately low key and augments the section through its restraint, rather than intruding on it. USA TODAY, "Arizona Republic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel lead 2017 USA TODAY Network journalism awards," 7 Mar. 2018 The Presentation Group designed the whole signing ceremony — everything from selecting the furniture to the typography for the United Nations charter. Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "Camden-born illustrator, turning 100, left his mark on Nazi trials | Stu Bykofsky," 17 May 2018 This exhibit at the Chicago Design Museum celebrates the work of the late Dan Friedman, an American graphic and furniture designer who was a major contributor to the post-modern and new wave typography movements. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "8 Chicago museum exhibits to check out in May," 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of typography

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for typography

Medieval Latin typographia, from Greek typos impression, cast + -graphia -graphy — more at type entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of typography

: the work of producing printed pages from written material

: the style, arrangement, or appearance of printed letters on a page

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