This is a foundation course in typography with an emphasis on using type for a multiple of industry related applications ranging from print to interactive.

Author: Prof. Mary Brown (Page 2 of 3)

Our first quiz is scheduled for Mon, Feb 27, 2017. It will cover what we have been studying so far from the first day of class. It shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes to complete.


Class 4 Recap – Introduction to Adobe InDesign CC

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).

Class 3 Recap – Kerning, Tracking and Letterspace

The main topic of the discussion was kerning, tracking and letterspace. We also did an introduction to the InDesign workspace. As a review of the Five Families of Type, here’s a link to an added resource. Navigate through the links highlighted in yellow: Designing with Type

Kerning vs Tracking

Do you know the difference between kerning and tracking? You need to make sure you understand.

kerning = adjustment of the space between two letters to improve the appearance. Kerning is more specific than tracking. Kerning becomes more important with large or display type.

tracking = adjustment of the space between letters for the a whole word, sentence, page or document.

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Class 2 Recap – The History of Typography

Wed, Feb 1, 2017

Let’s review some of the things we learned during our second session:

Introduction to the Five Families of Type

Old Style – Garamond
Transitional – Baskerville
Modern – Bodoni
Egyptian or Slab Serif – Century Expanded
Sans Serif – Helvetica

You need to become very familiar with these families/categories and the characteristics of each.
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