Join Ina Saltz for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with numbers, part of Graphic Design Foundations: Typography.
You might not think of numbers as special, but they're quite different from our Latin letters.…They come down to us from Hindu-Arabic forms, which is why you may remember hearing the term Arabic numerals.…You may have noticed that some fonts have numbers that are all the same height.…These are called lining numbers.…They work well with capital letters, because they are designed to have the same height and weight.…Tabular numbers are all the same height too, but with a difference.…They have a fixed width to ensure that columns of data align correctly, creating well-balanced tables and charts.…
You may also have noticed that some fonts have numbers that have different heights and…baselines, these are called old-style numbers.…These varying heights correspond to the lowercase with its descenders and ascenders.…They are intended for use within text so that they blend into the color of the text.…Lining figures look uncomfortable within text, because they stick out too much.…So if the font you are using only has lining figures, you can minimize the problem by reducing…
- 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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