Type in Print

Newspapers have been an essential part of culture ever since the printing press was created. The creation of the printing press allowed for mass production of the printed word and the ability to get news out to anyone interested. Along with this development, typography developed.

Newspapers are packed with information and rely on the grid to impart the information in the cleanest way possible. Over the years, some newspapers have made the effort to design a more reader friendly newspaper by use of typography. Certain typefaces can be read more quickly and are easier on the eye. Serif type faces are easier to read than san-serif making them a popular choice for body copy within newspaper. The type decisions made within a newspaper define that paper, effecting its readability and eye catching quality. Having set typefaces also allows readers to quickly distinguish one paper from another (Spiekermann 13).