Watch: The History of Typography

by . August 26th, 2015

Western typography followed a surprisingly logical path. Its history gives plenty of insights on its current-day misuse.

First off, Ben Barrett-Forrest‘s video has a glaring error — print technology had been present in the Far East for at least a few centuries, before Gutenberg. But otherwise, it’s a great look into how current typefaces came to be.


Kind of interesting he left out the fact the original Blackletter typeface were based on German monks’ handwriting, and now we’ve come full circle with fonts like Comic Sans and Papyrus which were meant to do the same — and are often derided for it.


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Arthur Piccio manages YouTheEntrepreneur and has managed content for major players in the online printing industry. He was previously BizSugar's contributor of the week. His work has appeared multiple times on The New York Times' You're the Boss Small Business Blog. He enjoys guitar maintenance and reading up on history and psychology in his spare time.