Thursday, 25 March 2010

When type became standardized

In 1878, standardized sizes of type became a reality - and was very much needed. A point system was adopted that year, a system created by French typographer Pierre Simon Fournier.

The system is based on a unit of measurement called a point, which is roughly 1/72 of an inch. Twelve points equals a pica (another unit of typographical measurement). Six picas equals one inch.

Now you know.