The difference between “Font” & “Typeface”

Ever wonder what the difference is between the terms “Font” and “Typeface”? It can be  confusing, the two terms are often bandied about nonchalantly.
These two quotes, I feel, are the clearest explanations:

“The physical embodiment of a collection of letters, numbers, symbols, etc. (whether it’s a case of metal pieces or a computer file) is a font. When referring to the design of the collection (the way it looks) you call it a typeface.”

-Mark Simonson


font is what you use, and typeface is what you see .”

-Norbert Florendo



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