Join Ina Saltz for an in-depth discussion in this video Paragraphs, drop caps, and entry points, part of Graphic Design Foundations: Typography.
Inviting the reader into your text is a good thing.…Think about the ways you invite people into your home.…You can just leave your door open and hope they'll come in, or you can throw open the…door, reach out and grab them, you're all welcome and give them a big hug.…Magazines are a great place to look for ideas for welcoming the reader into the text.…Drop caps and opening paragraphs are opportunities to capture the reader's attention and to motivate…the reader to invest more time and attention in your project.…
I want to show you some interesting variations on introductory paragraphs and drop caps,…those big initials that start a story or a paragraph.…As you look at these examples think about where the drop cap is sitting in relation to the opening text.…A big drop cap is not only the introduction to the text, it's a great visual element that…can add to the dynamic quality of your design.…Here the drop cap T is sitting entirely outside the text.…The introductory paragraph is in a larger type size, and it encloses the continuing narrative.…
- What is typography?
- Differentiating type characteristics
- Using ornamental and decorative type
- Combining typefaces
- Using contrast and scale
- Kerning and kerning pairs
- Choosing the optimum line length
- Aligning and spacing characters, words, and paragraphs
- Understanding factors affecting legibility
- Working with three-dimensional type
- Putting type in motion
Skill Level Beginner
1. Typographic Differentiation
2. The Language of Type
3. Spacing and Alignment
4. Touching on Type Design
5. Legibility and Readability
6. Typographic Composition
Contrast and scale4m 54s
7. Thinking with Type
8. Specialized Uses
Working with numbers2m 10s
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