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.
Tracking and Type Alignment
We took a look at how to digitally control tracking and the different type alignment options. We were able to see what happens when tracking is too tight or too loose. We also took a closer look at what happens when we use justified text alignment. I discovered that one of the advantages of using justified text is that it can save space when a lot of text is used. We also saw a disadvantage that is awkward or bad word spacing that creates too much white space in paragraphs. Sometimes we see streams of this white space, which we call rivers (rivers of white space).
We have discussed the five families of type since the early days of the semester. Sometimes these are referred to as type categories. Make sure you learn to identify the differences.
Here is quick review:
Old Style: Garamond
- designed in France in 1615 by Jean Jannon (Claude Garamond was
- given credit originally)
- designed in a time when inks and paper were coarse and type
- technology was still rather rough
- relatively thick strokes and heavily bracketed or curved serifs
- emulated classical calligraphy
During our third class, we covered the Five Families of Type, but we also reviewed the Variation in Type .
- 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 how to identify the types of stress and the different styles.
- Download the Type Anatomy sheet and keep it handy to help you identify the different parts of letters.
- We watched several videos in class:
Last Wednesday we were introduced to the following:
The Five Families of Typography
Here is the information we used as an introduction to the 5 Families of Typography.
As additional information, you can use this article.
Video – Type Classification