Fake vs. True Italics

October 2nd, 2005 by Jerome Dahdah

More often than not, low quality fonts will come without a real italic version. To handle this problem, your system will generate fake italics out of your fonts. This usually just occurs by slanting the font. Unfortunately, this often loses the character of the typeface, and usually looks pretty crummy. In this short but concise article, typographer Mark Simonson shows us the difference between true and fake italics on the basis of his newly revamped font, Proxima Nova.

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