Do the characters in the typeface relate to one another in an obvious and measurable way? Are the strokes, serifs, and general shapes consistent? In the case of Times Roman, that's a resounding "yes!"
- [Instructor] A great type design…often displays consistency in its shapes.…Consistency often means mathematical parity between parts,…like the width of stems.…But just as often, it means sympathy between parts.…And by sympathy, I mean creating visual consistency,…rather than mathematical equivalence.…An example of this is the visual consistency…of stroke weights between the upper and lowercase.…These strokes, in Times Roman and other typefaces,…are not the same, but they appear balanced…when set together.…
In Times Roman, you can see consistency…in the lowercase strokes,…in the spaces inside of the letters,…in the heights of the letters,…in the shape and widths of the serifs,…and in the spaces between letters.…These consistencies work together…to create an even color in the font.…For typographers, color refers to the…general texture and tone of the typeface…when set in a paragraph or page.…You can see the color of a font by squinting slightly…at the block of type.…
Consistency is a key aspect of color.…And when a type is consistent in its details,…
- Why study typography?
- What makes a typeface great?
- Stroke angle, weight, and contrast
- Shape variations
- Finding good models
- Typeface vs. lettering
- Drawing the basic glyphs
- Producing a functioning font
- Printing, critiquing, and revising
Skill Level Beginner
Graphic Design Foundations: Typographywith Ina Saltz2h 23m Beginner
Allan Haley on the Evolution of Typeface Designwith Kristin Ellison1h 38m Appropriate for all
Creating a Hand-Drawn Type Portraitwith Von Glitschka1h 31m Intermediate
1. What Makes a Typeface Great?
2. What Makes a Great Typeface?
4. Drawing the Basic Glyphs
5. Producing a Functioning Font
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