Intro to Typography
What tools do graphic designers have to work with? They have images and they have typography. To be a great graphic designer you have to know how to use type to your fullest advantage. You have to know the rules and know when to break the rules. In this class I will teach you the rules of typography and then you will be able to experiment with no and innovative ways of using type.
As always my classes are set up like traditional
Links to typography websites
|Project 1 - Researching Historic Typefaces
2. Project 1 - Type Specimen
|Project 2 - Magazine Cover
1. Assignment Spec Sheets
|Project 3 - Alphabet Project|
Project 4 - Aesop's Fables
*Websites and Resources*
I love Typography
- This is an excellent blog that goes over everything from choosing a typeface to typeface terminology.
Do's and Dont's of Typography
- A nice pdf document that may expand on the Do's and Dont's that I talk about in my classroom.
More rules on Typography - From fontshop.com and the great Erik Spiekermann
- 7 rules about typography by Erik Spiekermann, whom loves to hate Helvetica.
American Specimen Book of Type Styles
- This houses an excellent book of typefaces, from an era when
all typeface designs where good.
Places to Look for fonts:
www.dafont.com - The most comprehensive free font website. (Watch out with these sites there are some bad fonts).
What is this font?:
This website will figure out what the typeface is on a website or printed page.
Pentagram, What type are you?
You will talk to your therapist and figure out what typeface you are.
Learn how to kern your letters and get graded on them.
Learn the shapes of letters and get a grade on them.
I love typography videos
There are some pretty funny and also education videos on this link.
A very nice animation that morphs through typefaces.
American Psycho: Business Card Scene
Business men try to one up each other with their business cards.
Steve Jobs Commencement Speech
He talks about dropping in on a caligraphy class, and how he learned all about typography. That is why apple computers have such great typography built in.