Join Ina Saltz for an in-depth discussion in this video Type families: Widths, weights, and slopes, part of Graphic Design Foundations: Typography.
A type family is a group of related typefaces which share similar design characteristics…and which are designed to work together.…Just like our own families, some are very small and some are quite large.…The three most common variations in a type family are combinations of different weights, widths, and slopes.…In this example you can see several different weights, and also their companion, sloped or italic typefaces.…
One example of a super small family is TRAJAN, which you may recognize, because it has been…used in many film titles.…It only has capital letters no lowercase, it was originally released with only two family…members, regular and bold weights.…TRAJAN was inspired by the Roman Majuscules carved into the Trajan Column, and there were…no lowercase letters in use at that time. Universe is a very large family.…You can see some of its widths clearly in this example.…
There are other mega families like Chronicle, which has more than a hundred family members,…a vast selection of related members stemming from a common parent.…
- 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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