Decorative and script typefaces for display often follow their own rules. A font composed entirely of blocks will dictate its own form based on what is possible in a given space, and a script face based on handwriting will eschew classical proportions in favor of more faithfully imitating the original. Nonetheless, a knowledge of what makes a great typeface for text will help in many aspects of creating display type.
- [Instructor] Display faces are fonts meant for use…at large sizes or more specifically…type not suitable for large amounts of text.…Any typeface can be used large…even fonts meant for use at very small sizes.…Display faces tend towards limited character sets,…sometimes containing only capitals, numbers,…and limited punctuation.…But what makes a good display face?…Many of the same things that make a type suitable for text:…readability, consistency of design, careful fit,…and adherence to its own internal logic.…
But a great display face needs something more.…It must be able to draw attention to itself…and to overtly convey an idea or feeling.…There are several broad categories of display type.…The first is a display version of a text typeface.…These fonts are refined versions of their text cousins,…usually with a more pronounced contrast,…thinner thins, and more carefully wrought details…like serif shape and bracketing.…Display cuts are part of a family of fonts.…
Decorative is a catch-all category…that includes everything from Bejeweled…
- 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
Creating a Hand-Drawn Type Portraitwith Von Glitschka1h 31m Intermediate
Allan Haley on the Evolution of Typeface Designwith Kristin Ellison1h 38m 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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