Anatomy of a typeface

Have you ever had a burning desire to understand typography better but not been sure where to start – this A to Z of font design has you sorted. It has pictures, and links to handy articles from Typedia.

Aperture: Opening at the end of an open counter.


Arm: A horizontal stroke not connected on one or both ends.

Ascender: An upward vertical stroke found on lowercase letters that extends above the typeface’s x-height.