03.02.17: Text vs. display
THERE’S A BIG DIFFERENCE between type designed for text and type designed for display. Display type has been designed for headlines, pullouts and the like. Text type is designed for stories and such.
Though the difference might be important, with some serif type faces it’s not easy to tell which is a text face and which was designed more for display.
Here’s a tip: Check the serifs at the bottom of the letters. Type faces with serifs that are heavier and more extended (like Nimrod) have been designed for text. Those with shorter and lighter serifs (like Warnock) are usually display faces.
Could Nimrod be used for display? Yes, but it won’t have the pace and style you want for a display face.
Could Warnock be used for text? Yes, but it won’t be as easy to read when used in the smaller size and greater length required for a story.
So, yes, the difference does matter.