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A font is a style of writing the letters in the alphabet - or Chinese characters. Fonts should really be called typefaces. But most people today just say font.

Friday, 15 May, 2009, 12:00am



Starring: Michael C. Place, Paula Scher, Matthew Carter and David Carson

Director: Gary Hustwit

The film: If you're familiar with the phrase 'kerning' and if fonts are your fetish, chances are Helvetica will make you weak at the knees.

9 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Apply in writing - but not pink

So what is the key to getting a job? Qualifications, work experience or a nice presentation? It now seems that the first hurdle a job seeker needs to go through is choosing the right font for your cover letter.

3 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

You've got to have a system

A century ago, the nascent South China Morning Post's decision to buy pioneering new Linotype machines was a masterstroke. A revolutionary technology that automated the typesetting process - whereas before each letter of each word was set by hand - it allowed the paper to be produced faster, and by a smaller staff.

6 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Behind the headlines

A newspaper provides value for money - that is how a group of Junior Police Call (JPC) members felt after their visit to a newspaper in Kowloon Bay.

The youths said the production procedure was very complicated and costly.

30 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Secrets of producing a newsletter

A group of Junior Police Call (JPC) members recently visited a printing plant in Kowloon Bay to see how their monthly newsletter was produced.

Accompanied by staff of the Police Public Relations Branch (PPRB), the JPCs were ushered into a conference room for a briefing on various printing operations, including typesetting, layout and printing.

2 May 1996 - 12:00am

Reading between the lines

THIS was (below) one of the more memorably titled seminars in Hong Kong last year.

We are tempted to offer the company concerned a course called 'How to make sure you don't switch typefaces in the middle of a sentence and thus make yourselves look like prats'.

7 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Teachers' role was paramount

A TRADESMAN, it is said, is only as good as his tools.

As true as that cliche may be, the reverse carries even more weight. The best of tools in untrained hands can not be expected to produce optimum results.

With the economics of that firmly in mind, the training of editorial staff for the new Atex EdPage system was given a high priority.

24 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Revolution to paperless age

WHEN it comes to industrial revolutions, newspapers have had their share.

The South China Morning Post has been at the forefront. It is in the final phase of the most momentous technical advance in printing since Johannes Gutenberg invented typography 550 years ago.

Today's Post is written, printed, bundled and despatched to 245,000 readers through computers.

24 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Corel caters to the Gallery

COREL has long been known for its do-it-all graphics software bundle.

Through several generations of the package, one of its strongest features has been its extensive collection of thousands of clip art images and hundreds of outline fonts.

11 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

New LaserJet

HEWLETT-PACKARD has announced that it now is shipping the HP LaserJet 4ML printer.

10 Aug 1993 - 12:00am