Join Ina Saltz for an in-depth discussion in this video Related parts and shapes: Family resemblances, part of Graphic Design Foundations: Typography.
In this movie, we are going to focus in on letterforms by getting out our magnifying glasses.…We are going to look at important details that make a typeface what it is.…These are the characteristics that type designers use to shape their designs.…Even if you aren't planning to design a typeface, you can still be a good type detective and…find out more about letters by looking at the ways in which their parts are related.…The shapes of letters within a particular typeface are far from random.…In fact, you can actually look at just a few letters and imagine pretty much what the rest will look like.…
That's because all of the letters have underlying design characteristics which come from a common…set of proportions and styling details.…Within the 26 capital letters, you can see that there are little groupings based on similar letter shapes.…The curve letter parts are based on the curve of the O.…Straight sided letters are based on the N. The diagonal sided letters are based on the A.…All of the letters with upper and lower parts also have a relationship to the S.…
- 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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