Novelty is a fleeting characteristic. Times Roman was novel in the 1930s. It became novel again in the 1980s when it was introduced into Apple and Microsoft operating systems. Designers gravitate toward the new. A typeface must demonstrate some characteristic we haven't seen before.
- [Instructor] Novelty is a fleeting concept.…What is new now won't be new in the future.…When novelty fades, it's gone.…But not for good.…Think of the phrase…everything old is new again.…Long after the novelty of a typeface wears off,…some enterprising designer will rediscover it…and breathe new life into it.…We see this in the revivals of classic typefaces.…Designs from as long ago as the 15th century…to as recently as the 1980s…have found new life thanks to typographic revivals.…
Today Times Roman is decidedly not novel.…But in the 1930s, it truly was.…When it first appeared in the London Times…on the third of October in 1932,…it was like no other newspaper type at the time.…It's hard to imagine that now,…but such is the weight of time and familiarity.…So, what makes a typeface novel, other than being new?…For display typefaces, it's simply showing the world…something it's never seen before.…
With more than 100,000 typefaces in the world,…that's becoming a taller and taller order.…But consider the trends of classic designs with a twist.…
- 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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