Minion Pro Ornaments

After doing some research I discovered that Minion Pro actually has many different glyphs that comes with the font. As you can see there are a good number of them and have interesting designs. I feel that these ornaments go really well with the old classic style that inspired the Minion Pro font. I can see these ornaments making appearances on packaging products or even books.

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Fonts in Use

I chose to explore the website https://fontsinuse.com/. This website gives quality information about over 7,000 different typefaces and shows you applications of how they are actually used in real life products and companies. I enjoy the relatively simple design this website uses and I like how easy it is to make your way around the site. Each font shows big picture examples of how it is used in real life. This site also has a great blog where people share their experiences with fonts in real life. Overall this website is a great choice if you’re looking to learn and discover new typefaces.
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Online Font Library

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For this blog post I found that I liked Google Fonts better than Typekit. Google Fonts seemed a little easier to use and seemed to have more fonts that I liked. The two fonts that I feel go together really well is Francois One as the header text and Lora as the body text. I specifically looked for a sans serif typeface for the header and a serif typeface for the body text. I feel that Francois One works very well for header text because of its boldness and thick, sans serif strokes. Lora works well as body text because it looks good with a lot of text around it and because of how visible it is at smaller sizes. These typefaces form an easy to read hierarchy and could definitely be used in web design.

Expressive Type

These two posters use expressive type amazingly well. The type is beautifully positioned to make it look like the instrument he’s playing. The way the type is written gives the pictures a great sense of motion and energy, acting as the sound waves that the instruments produce. The way the artist used typography in these compositions is definitely a huge inspiration and I will keep this piece in mind in my future projects.

 

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Table of Contents

This table of contents from National Geographic caught my eye. It is relatively simple, but uses pictures and rhythm of hierarchy very well. It’s very easy for the eye to read and is easy to understand. I like how each picture is labeled with its page number for readers to easily see what they’re getting into. The bold, sans serif titles do a great job at catching the attention of the readers and goes with the serif, italic font of the body text very well. Lastly, the excellent use of white space around the text really solidifies this as a well designed table of contents.

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Hierarchy Rhythm

For this blog post, I found this poster for the Mission Ridge Mountain Music Festival that uses an “a, b, c” rhythm of hierarchy. The rhythm of hierarchy that is utilized here is very clear and unified. The name of the festival is obviously the biggest & boldest and is at the top to make sure the viewer remembers the name of the event. The designer then makes the next chunk of information, being the dates & times of the event, smaller but in different colors to make it stand out. I like how the day of the week and time are in green & orange but the date is black & bold. Even though the date is smaller, the dark boldness of it gives it emphasis. Where this event is located is also the same hierarchy even though it is located at the very bottom. The lowest level of hierarchy is the names of the performers being the smallest and most squished together. If I had to make a change, I would change the color of the small text of the performers as the green could be hard to read on that gray background. Other than that however, I felt that the designer of this poster did a great job at advertising this event and utilizing the “a, b, c” rhythm of hierarchy.

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Peer Review Specimen Book

Steven’s Palatino type specimen book really caught my attention. The beautifully designed cover drew me in to see what this typeface is all about. The color scheme used works very well as the light blue works well with the tan color, the black negative space, & all of the white space. I feel that all of the white space helps the viewer decide what to look at. Each page is designed well and very professionally. I love the design choice of the page numbers in the upper right corners of each page and I also love the portrait of the typeface inventor. Steven’s book does an excellent job at advertising Palatino.

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