Understanding The Difference Between Type And Lettering. Coming out of the grunge, graffiti and David Carson era through the ’90s, there has been a major resurgence of interest in typography.
We have seen a number of designers and artists make their careers out of designing type or custom lettering, and it has become common to list typography among our skills and disciplines. Unfortunately, as with any popularity surge, there have come with it a lot of misunderstandings of some of the terms and concepts that we use. This article will help you gain a clearer understanding of what typography is and isn’t, and why.
One rather common example of this is the myriad of blog posts and showcases claiming to display “hand-lettered typography” — I’ve even heard university professors say it. Though the phrase seems to make sense, it’s actually a contradiction in terms — hand-lettering is not typography at all! What Is “Typography”? Watch Bigwig Designers Explain The Art And Craft Of Typography. Type surrounds us, from street signs and subway maps to cellphone interfaces and the tags tucked behind our shirt collars.
Yet, until relatively recently, many of didn’t take notice of the decision-making and craft behind the design of those letters--not until, that is, computers gave us the choice between hundreds of fonts and the possibility to design our very own. So how do the pros define their work? A new short video titled Type, from PBS Arts’ Off Book series, brings together some of today’s bold-faced names in typography to talk how they arrange typography into systems of information.
And one quickly gets the sense that their approaches are radically different. For Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones (the team behind such typefaces as Tungsten, Requiem, and Gotham), the type speaks at a sotto voce, whereas Pentagram’s Paula Scher adjusts the volume to whatever the audience can tolerate. Respect Thy Typography. Advertisement Good typography shouldn’t have to rely on ornamental crutches to stand tall.
Yet despite all the tools and knowledge available to us, we readily embrace a flourishing, decorative typography, with cheap tricks used in a misguided attempt to make it “pop”. This ancient art may rapidly be gaining popularity, but are we paying it the respect it deserves? 12 Sources of Inspiration for Creating Your Own Lettering or Typeface Designs. This is an article written by guest author Sean Hodge from AiBURN, a blog about design, creativity, inspiration, tutorials, and vector graphics. Introduction Lettering and Typeface design is a creative endeavor that requires constant sources of motivation, influence, and inspiration.
If you dream of painstakingly designing the next amazing Open Type Font, desire to craft beautiful Hand Drawn Lettering, or feel the urge to create original Typeface Designs then this article is for you. 1. Bring Your Analysis to the Process. Respect Thy Typography. 13 Important Resources for Learning How to Design Typefaces and Full Fonts. If you're serious about creating a typeface design, then you'll need some solid resources to get started.
Learn effective typeface design workflows, how to take an initial spark of an idea from sketch, through Illustrator, into Fontlab, and then work your creation into a complete and custom font design. Here are multiple tutorials that show you how to create fonts in Illustrator and Fontlab, and you can also dive into articles that describe the foundation of quality type design with ample inspirational examples. Type glossary. Aesc (phonetic: ash) A ligature of two letters - 'a' and 'e'.
The aesc derives from Old English, where it represented a diphthong vowel, and has successfully migrated to other alphabets including Danish and Icelandic. Aperture The constricted opening of a glyph, as seen in the letter 'e'. Varying the size of the aperture has a direct effect on the legibility of a letterform and, ultimately, readability. Ascender The part of a lower case letterform that projects above the x-height of the font. Ascenders are important for ease of prolonged reading, though the combination of too much ascender-height and not enough x-height can cause problems.
BaselineThe baseline is where the feet of your capital letters sit. Bowl The shapely, enclosed parts of letters such as 'p' and 'b'. Beak The beak-shaped terminal at the top of letters such as 'a', 'c', 'f' and 'r'. Bracket A wedge-like shape that joins a serif to the stem of a font in some typefaces. Crossbar The crossbar connects two strokes, as in 'H'. Helvetica Part One. Movies - TypeCulture® The Creation of a Printing Type From The Design to The Print by Frederic W.
Goudy. This silent film from the 1930s shows the preeminent American type designer Frederic Goudy (1865-1947) creating his typeface Goudy Saks. Goudy fans will delight in watching the master at work, but more importantly, this is a document of his type-making process - from the original drawings in pencil and ink, through the engraving of the working pattern and the matrix to the casting and proofing. (Thanks to Prof. Watch (00:10:16) Typomania Do you need to explain the significance of type to your parents, your Aunt Edna or the first-year students in your Typography 101 class? Watch (00:06:59) To a “T” First broadcast in May 2006 on the popular CBS Sunday Morning television show, this is an introduction to the world of fonts that combines well with Typomania to provide newcomers with different views on the purposes and significance of typefaces. Watch (00:03:16) How to Choose a Typeface - Smashing Magazine.
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The beauty and complexity of type, combined with an inexhaustible supply of options to evaluate, can make your head spin. But don’t be baffled — and don’t despair. While there are no easy-to-follow rules on how best to choose a typeface, there are many tried-and-true principles you can quickly learn and apply to make an appropriate typeface choice. If you work systematically through the options below, you’ll have a winning typeface choice in no time. The Simplicity of Helvetica. Helvetica is one of the most popular typefaces in the world.
Technically speaking, it’s a sans serif Grotesque typeface, inspired by and based on the Akzidenz-Grotesk typeface created by Berthold around 1898. In practical terms, though, it’s used by designers at independent firms, big corporations, and everything in between, from all over the world. Helvetica has been featured by MOMA in New York and has received a number of awards and worldwide recognition. There’s even a documentary and a few books about it. But why is Helvetica so popular?
Typographic Design Patterns and Best Practices - Smashing Magazine. Advertisement Even with a relatively limited set of options in CSS, typography can vary tremendously using pure CSS syntax.
Serif or sans-serif? Large or small font? Line height, spacing, font size and padding… The list goes on and on. To find typographic design patterns that are common in modern Web design and to resolve some common typographic issues, we conducted extensive research on 50 popular websites on which typography matters more than usual (or at least should matter more than usual). We’ve carefully analyzed their typography and style sheets and searched for similarities and differences.