Learn the A-Z of fonts

Your writing has a distinct style. There is a way in which you shape the letter ‘a’ that is unique to you. This is true for every letter and number you write. Your writing style is formal and measured when you are writing a proposal for your company or filling a government form. It is totally different, very casual, when you write a love note to your spouse. It may turn chaotic when you are simply scribbling ideas on a notepad, post-its or a napkin. One way or the other your writing style changes depending on the application. Also, your style of writing differs from your friends’s, boss’s or spouse’s style. It is unique to you.

The same idea is captured in the digital world in the form of font. A particular font is suited for a particular application. E.g. sans serif fonts for websites, serif fonts for newspapers and mono space fonts to represent engineering codes or mathematical formulae. And then, there is one font that is good for you. It appeals to your taste or represents your character.

Let’s dive into the world of fonts in this post and find out how they work.

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Computer and Images: Part 2

In part 1 of this series, we saw how digital devices display images and the methods in which images are stored in files and memory, i.e. we talked about bitmap images and vector images. In this part, we will see the various image formats that are popular in use and what each one is capable of. Continue reading “Computer and Images: Part 2”

Computers and Images: Part 1

Throughout the Internet, we consume millions of images per day. Photos, cartoons, animations, icons, logos, infographics and diagrams to name a few. As the saying goes, pictures are worth a thousand words and that explains why the world is a big fan of images as a content. Photos capture moments & memories, logos build brands, cartoons entertain, infographics provide information in a rich way, icons and diagrams make it easier to understand the meaning and the impact of numbers in data. In this two-part series of articles, we look at how exactly a digital device stores and works with images in part 1 and we look at why there are so many different formats of images such as JPEG, PNG, SVG, GIF, TIFF and so on in part 2. Continue reading “Computers and Images: Part 1”