Homework – Due Wed, 2/28
- Type Book—Weight & Variations exercise that was handed out in class. You can download an extra copy here.
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
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
Here’s a brief recap from Wednesday’s class. We had a quick introduction to the grid system and templates as they will be used with InDesign.
A grid is a non-printing system of horizontal and vertical lines which help the designer align the elements of the layout. This system of alignment helps to create a more organized layout. In multiple page documents, the grid assists in the consistent placement of design elements. Think of the grid as the skeleton of the layout—similar to the frame that you see on the construction site when a building or house is being built. We will go more in depth with grids a little later.
In InDesign we learned how to use a template, and how to name files before submission. We did this as we were introduced to the Type Book project.
We also covered using the line tool to create rules, strokes, and arrows in InDesign.
The Type Book
During our second week, we not only covered The History of Typography and the Five Families of Type, but we also were introduced to Typographical Anatomy.
Finish tracing the cut out letterforms we began in class on Wednesday, Feb 7.
Since there is no class on Monday, Feb 12, now is a good time to complete the other homework assignments so you don’t get behind.
Search for examples of actual typefaces and how they are specifically used.
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 the topics that we covered the first week of class. Hopefully this will be helpful if you need to review.
Typography is the beginning point for good graphic design. There will be things and terminology that will be repeated over, and over during the course of this semester. Trust me, they’re important for you to know them. Eventually they will be second nature to you.