The final job I held during my working days was in the art department of a large label printing company. I retired from that job after 35 years. Previous to that I worked for a sign company, weekly newspaper, and an art agency. All of these jobs dealt with type.
My background should explain why I have such a hard time accepting that the word “font” is taking over the word “typeface”. I worked mostly during the hand-set era, but converted to computers for my last decade of employment. The conversion is definitely for the better in many ways, but it has also changed the way people speak of type. I hear people saying “font” instead of “typeface” all the time now. It hurts these old ears.
Computers have changed all of this. There is really no good reason to pine for the old ways, but I shall just the same. Here are the short definitions I will stick to ’til the end:
typeface: a set of one or more “fonts” composed of glyphs that share common design features
font: a particular size, weight, and style of a “typeface”