Some of the things we covered during the this class included some things we should not do when dealing with type;
- Don’t use horizontal scaling
- Don’t use vertical scaling
- When using colored type on a colored background, make sure the colors of the two have a good contrast.
This class was dedicated to the variations in type styles that are available. We discussed the differences in type — width, weight, posture, stress, serifs, and contrast.
width – condensed or extended
weight – light or bold
posture – italic or oblique (fake italic)
stress – vertical or diagonal
contrast – extreme or medium or low/none
serif – bracketed or unbracketed
During our third class, we not only covered The History of Typography and the Five Families of Type, but we also reviewed Typographical Anatomy.
- If you missed the lecture on the Variation in Type and the Five Families of Typography, you can download the slides Variation in Type.
- We learned the parts of type of similar to our body parts. Download the Type Anatomy sheet and keep it handy to help you identify the different parts of letters.
- We watched several videos in class:
So, we’ve made it through the first week. Hopefully everyone is feeling a bit more relaxed and you’ve made some new friends.
Here is a recap of some of the topics that we covered the first week of class. Hopefully this will be helpful if you need to review.
- On Tues, Aug 28th we reviewed the syllabus, and if you need another copy, it can be downloaded COMD1127SyllabusFA18
- At this point, of course, everyone should have access to their City Tech email. This will be the way that I will communicate with you. Please check it at least every few days so you don’t miss any important information. Usually when I make a new post, you get an email notification.
- We viewed a few videos on the history of typography:
Take 20-30 pictures of typography in your neighborhood, write a 1-page paper on what that typography tells you about your neighborhood, print it and add to your type journal. Use double-spacing and set 1″ margins on all four sides. Be mindful of grammar and spelling. You can do this in Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Embed your photos in the document.
Due Date: Thursday, Aug 30, 2018