The History of Italics In Type

I knew, for instance, that Venetian printer Aldus Manutius is generally credited with introducing italics into European print (partly, the histories say, to imitate Latin handwriting, and partly as a space-saving device). I did not know that after other printers began to copy Manutius’s use of italics, the Venetian Senate granted Aldus exclusive right to use them. …

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A Friendly Introduction to Font Licenses | Medium

Typefaces are like clothes. Clothing for your text. They set the appearance of words and influence their effect on the reader.

But shopping for typefaces is very different from shopping for actual clothes, which you get to own and wear.

To use a typeface, you need to download and/or purchase the font—which is in the form of a file or set of files. But the ownership of these files is not exactly yours.

When you purchase a font, what you are purchasing is the license to use it. Font files, technically, are software. When you buy a font, you get the file, but what you pay for is the right to use it.

Shopping for fonts? Read this first.

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