Join Ina Saltz for an in-depth discussion in this video Size and measurements of type, part of Graphic Design Foundations: Typography.
Simply put, the size of type is measured in points.…Points are part of the basic and essential language designers use to discuss typographic elements.…If you are a designer, you're probably already familiar with points.…Let's put it in another context and look at the relationship between inches and how many…points add up to one inch. Here is 1 inch. In every inch, there are six units called Picas.…In every pica, there are 12 points.…
If you do the math, that means there are 72 points in an inch.…So points are tiny measurements that are about the width of a thin line.…Like most type terminology, the point system is based on the traditions of movable or physical type.…The point size was the height of the body of the piece of type.…The body height depended on the tallest Ascender and the lowest Descender in the font.…Within that height, the X-height of the font varied, which is mostly wide typefaces that…are the same point size, can look quite different.…
Another measurement that affects the way type looks is more subtle and depends on the design of the font.…
- 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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