Newspaper Typography

Generally speaking, type used in the composition of newspapers.

A great deal of research and development has been done since the 1930s to create special typefaces for newspaper use. The problems of high-speed web printing, paper shrinkage, and image legibility combined to present a challenge to the type designer. One reason for the somewhat "heavier" weight of the normal typeface cut was that the paper is slightly gray (not white), ink is dark gray (not black); hence, type needs to stand out more.

Nameplates at the beginning of newspapers—the name of the paper—were originally set by hand in the largest type available; now they are being specially designed. The masthead is the area, usually on the editorial page, that lists the newspaper's editors and management.

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