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Unit 2: Figma Fundamentals
Unit 3: The Creative Process
Unit 4: Color Theory
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Glyphs vs. Characters

A glyph is the specific shape, design, or representation of a character. Glyphs are considered to be unique marks that collectively add up to the spelling of a word or contribute to a specific meaning of what is written, with that meaning dependent on cultural and social usage.

A character is the symbol representing a letter.

The character a can be represented by many glyphs set in different typefaces. In addition, more than one glyph can represent one character in the same font. For example, a lowercase n character may be represented by glyphs of a standard lowercase n, a small cap n, and a swash n. However, a cap N and an italic n are different characters.

For example, this is a collection of glyphs representing the character a.

Let’s look at another example. The lowercase b character is represented by four glyphs in Jenson italic: the standard b, an alternate, a small cap, and the superscript. The capital B is a different character.

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