Italics are a typeface style characterized by a slight slant to the right, creating a distinctive appearance compared to regular or roman typefaces. Italics are often used for emphasis, titles of works, foreign words, and in some cases, to denote thoughts or inner dialogue in written text.


Slanted Typeface



  1. Emphasis: Italics are commonly used to emphasize words or phrases within a sentence, drawing attention to key points or highlighting important information.
  2. Titles: Italics are used for titles of books, movies, plays, artworks, and other creative works to distinguish them from surrounding text and indicate their significance.
  3. Foreign Words: Italics are used to denote foreign words or phrases that are not part of the primary language of the text. This helps readers recognize and differentiate these terms.
  4. Thoughts or Inner Dialogue: In literature and creative writing, italics may be used to represent a character's thoughts, inner dialogue, or emphasis on specific words or phrases within their thoughts.



  • Clarity and Consistency: Use italics sparingly and consistently to maintain clarity and avoid overuse, which can diminish their impact.
  • Formatting Titles: When formatting titles of works in italics, follow style guides such as APA, MLA, or Chicago Manual of Style for correct punctuation and capitalization rules.
  • Legibility: Ensure that italicized text remains legible and easy to read, especially in digital formats or printed materials with small font sizes.
  • Accessibility: Consider accessibility guidelines and ensure that italics are used in a way that does not hinder readability for individuals with visual impairments or reading difficulties.
Italics play a significant role in typography and written communication, providing a visual cue for emphasis, differentiation, and stylistic nuances in text composition. To learn more about this or other styles of text, contact AP&B today!