Join Ina Saltz for an in-depth discussion in this video Type history, part of Graphic Design Foundations: Typography.
Let's take a brief look at the history of our letterforms, so we can have a better understanding …of how we organize and identify type, which is known as Type Classification. …Most systems of type classification are based on type history. …So, let's go back in time to see how we inherited our letterforms. …The foundations of Western writing go back to the 5th century BCE. …Carved Greek letters were one of the first formal uses of Western Letterforms. …Roman Monumental Capitals appeared in the 1st century BCE and are the ancestor of all serif typefaces. …Among passionate typophiles like myself, the most revered example of carved Roman capitals …is still visible at the base of Rome's Trajan Column, which was completed in the 1st century. …It's believed that these letterforms were created with a broad edged brush, and that …the action of the broad edge combined with the incised V cuts of the chisel led to the creation of Serifs. …All over Western Europe in the millennium that followed, pockets of different lettering …
- 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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