Typography on screen

In the movies and later on television, typography made its appearance on screen, in film credits and subtitles, and splashed on screen in television programmes. Characters, which up to then had been static, began to stir. They moved in space and time, sometimes changing shape. Graphically, anything was possible.

Letters that light up, dance and change shape…

For the past twenty years, type on computer screens constitutes an ever-increasing share of the texts that we read every day. The modernist sans serif was initially favoured because the simplicity of its shape made it readable in pixels, form. Now, however, higher screen resolutions had tended to eliminate the constraints associated with the first on-screen characters, and the complex curves of a Garamond can be properly rendered for on-screen reading. New supports for texts such as cell phones screens also offer greater and greater resolution, and e-book readers are perpetually searching for resolutions and readability that rival those of paper-based texts.

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