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20 Typography Mistakes Every Beginner Makes – And How You Can Avoid Them

20 Typography Mistakes Every Beginner Makes – And How You Can Avoid Them
Much more than just arranging pretty fonts on a nice background, typography is an essential part of most designs — one that can make or break a whole project. Unfortunately, typography errors tend to make a bigger statement than good typography. Mistakes stick out like a sore thumb, while thoughtful typographic choices blend so nicely with the overall design that you might overlook them. So if you want to get your message across without distracting typographic errors, learn to recognize some of the most common mistakes below, and use this article as a final checklist before wrapping up your design. 01. Crowding Your Letters: Tracking It’s a tempting fix: You’re short on space; you need to fit in a certain amount of text; so what do you do? 02. This applies to whole lines of text, too. 03. Another rookie mistake (similar to the previous one) is stretching or condensing words to fit into a certain space. But there are ways to avoid this problem. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

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Can You Tell the Difference Between Arial & Helvetica? Since emerging in 1982, Monotype Imaging‘s Arial has received its fair share of criticism, having long been regarded as a significantly uglier stand-in for Helvetica. That Microsoft endorsed Arial as a Helvetica alternative to avoid paying royalties has only made things worse. Yes, professional typographers and type designers can easily tell the two typefaces apart, but as design is further embedded into the mainstream, typography critics are popping up on ever corner. In response, David Friedman of Ironic Sans has created a quiz that takes authentic, Helvetica-based logos and recreates them with Arial.

10 Golden Rules You Should Live By When Combining Fonts: Tips From a Designer A photography instructor once told me that “You have to know the rules before you can break them.” That’s the (simultaneously frustrating and freeing) thing about art and design — there may be some rules; there may be some best practices; but there are very few that are set in stone. Bending or breaking the rules is always a possibility in the right context. So how do we go about learning how to effectively combine fonts? By looking a few guidelines, we can see what has proven to work well as a starting point, then get comfortable moving beyond those basics if a design calls for it. 01. The Ultimate Guide to Font Pairing Great fonts are essential to great design. But picking great fonts can seem like an impossible dark art for most people. In the article below I’ll explain the basics of choosing great fonts and then give you my favorite combinations that you can use in your own designs. These font pairs are perfect if you are trying to create your next presentation, social media graphic or anything else you’d like to design.

10 Commandments of Typography by Fontyou Typography needs moral but mostly aesthetic instructions. Here is a list of 10 Commandments of Typography, rules to follow and tips to know to be a better person, or at least a better graphic designer! 1. You shall not deform There are so many font families with several weights and styles, so why do you persist in bolding, condensing or small-capsing by hand, guys? If you need something bold or light, choose a font with several weights, but please don’t just add an outline, you have 99,9% chance to damage the letter design (counterforms, serifs, endings etc).

Serif vs. Sans for Text in Print One of the first determinations to be made when selecting a typeface for text is serif or sans? This decision should be based on several key points regarding the project at hand. Once made, your typeface search will be narrowed down considerably. Although serifs are considered to be decorative, their appearance may well serve a higher purpose. Magazine columns and their layout options Columns are essential tools to standardize your layout. They will help you in getting order and structure of your magazine, but do resist to imprison your thinking into standard format because rigidity dulls the creativity. To avoid that trap you can play with column width and shapes.

10 Terrific Font Pairs for You To Try Choosing fonts that pair well with each other is a lot like choosing an outfit. You have to make sure everything works well together. Here are some ideas we’ve gathered up for some font pairing for inspiration. 1 Launch Time Raleway (51, Bolded, All Caps, Centered, #747676), Yellow Tail (51, Lower Case, Regular, Centered, #747676), Raleway (28, Bolded, All Caps, Centered, #d3e0d1) Raleway is a modern, no-nonsense font with classy accents.Yellowtail is a playful script with sharp angles that wouldn’t look out of place in the 1930s.Keep things bold and fresh with a combination of Raleway and Yellowtail.

Lessons in Typography from the World’s Most Powerful Brands The fonts you choose for both your logo and your content can say a lot about your brand. Because of this, big brands are extremely particular about their typography choices and smaller brands can learn a lot from studying their visual decision making. After looking at the corporate styling guides for many of the companies on Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful brands, several trends became apparent. For better or for worse, everyone still loves Helvetica This should come as no surprise. The ubiquity of Helvetica in graphic design is well known and understandable; as a clean, simple and enduring typeface, it’s always a safe choice.

How to teach yearbook » School Yearbooks Learn how to acquire yearbook expertise and teach yearbook as an academic subject. You are probably thinking this right now: You want me to actually teach yearbook? As if I didn’t have enough going on already — surly parents calling to complain, administrators wanting to “check” the yearbook spreads, computers that constantly crash, and a digital camera that now gives an error message whenever we need it most. The handouts from the last adviser seem to work just fine. Besides, I barely have time to get the yearbook done, let alone update the materials and try to teach the kids anything about yearbook or journalism.

The Psychology of Fonts - Infographic Choosing the right fonts is one of the most important decisions when it comes to anything relating to design, whether it be a printed graphic or a website. Knowing the psychology behind choosing the correct font will give you the upper hand when it comes to designing. Weemss took the time to layout this Infographic on the psychology of fonts displaying the top 5 in each group, and what type of events they are best used for.