Although typically applied to printed, published, broadcast, and reproduced materials in contemporary times, all words, letters, symbols, and numbers written alongside the earliest naturalistic drawings by humans may be called typography.

The word, typography, is derived from the Greek words τύπος typos form or impression and γράφειν graphein to write, traces its origins to the first punches and dies used to make seals and currency in ancient times, which ties the concept to printing.

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