Join Ina Saltz for an in-depth discussion in this video Typographic abominations, part of Graphic Design Foundations: Typography.
Most of this course is about the do's of type usage, but along the way I have to point out…a few all too common errors.…It is excruciatingly painful when I see type that has been abused and misused.…I call these typographic abominations.…Please, pay attention so that you will not be responsible for any of these.…But proceed at your own peril.…Being sensitive to good type usage is a good thing, but I warn you, once I point them out…you too will see typographic abominations, and it will hurt.…
Perhaps the most painful of all is seeing type that has been thoughtlessly, carelessly, or…ignorantly altered by stretching or squashing. This creates ugly proportions.…Specifically, the relationships of the vertical strokes to the horizontal strokes is compromised…by even the slightest change in its proportions, something a pro can spot immediately.…Unfortunately most stretching and squashing is of the extreme variety.…Remember, a skilled type designer took a great deal of time and trouble to design a typeface…with harmonious balance, rhythm, and proportions.…
- 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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