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#lang pollen
(define-meta title "what is typography?")
hanging-topic[(topic-from-metas metas)]{The visual component of the written word}
em{Typography} is the visual component of the written word.
A text is a sequence of words. A text stays the same no matter how its rendered. Consider the sentence I like pizza. I can print that text on a piece of paper, or read it aloud, or save it in a file on my laptop. Itll be the same text, just rendered different waysvisually, audibly, digitally.
But when I like pizza is printed, typography gets involved. All visually displayed text involves typographywhether its on paper, a computer screen, or a billboard.
For example, whats the difference between these two signs: the text or the typography?
Is typography an art? Thats like asking if photography is an art. Some photographers and typographers use techniques that raise their work to the level of art. But at their core, both photography and typography have a utilitarian function. The aesthetic component is separate. Being an effective typographer is more about good skills than good taste. And you can learn the skills.
Dont infer from this highway-sign example that em{typography} is another word for em{font}. Typography encompasses all the considerations about the visual appearance of type. Fonts are one part of that.