During class we reviewed letterspacing/tracking and kerning. We also began to explore the working environment of Adobe InDesign.

Areas covered:

  • Creating a new document
  • The InDesign workspace
  • Working with text boxes, fonts, point sizes, leading alignment
  • Leading, measurements, kerning
  • Installing fonts using Font Book software
  • Font Squirrel

We also discussed increments of measurements:

  • type is measured in points (pts)
  • 12 pts = 1 pica
  • 6 picas = 1 inch
  • 72 pts = 1 inch

If you missed the class, or need a review, here is a video that might help you with getting started in InDesign. It is a bit long but pretty thorough in helping your get started:


Homework — Due Wed, 2/15/17

  • Reading Assignment in textbook: pgs 151-173
  • Complete the Letterform worksheets
  • Complete your tracing assignment
  • As you walk through your neighborhood, take 2-3 photos of different typography in your neighborhood—billboards, storefront signage, posters, graffiti, etc. On this website write 1-2 paragraphs in a post describing what these examples of type say about your neighborhood. Do you see more modern or old style typefaces? Be sure to upload the photos (no more than 3).