Glyphs

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I love looking through glyphs and ornaments in different fonts. The most well known glyphs are located in the typeface wingdings and zapf dingbats. The glyphs above are from a combination of both of those typefaces. I find them to be beautiful and I could see them being used on a business card, or altered slightly to create a custom logo.

Wingdings is owned by Microsoft and was largely created to create an image for hand gestures, zodiac signs, and ampersands. There are now more versions of wingdings, like wingdings2 and wingdings3. These offer more options with arrows and geometric shapes. Zapf Dingbats is similar to Wingdings but offers a larger variety of ornaments. The image below is by far my favorite ornament from the Zapf Dingbats collection.

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Typographic Resources

I was directed to the webpage https://www.typewolf.com/resources in search of helpful typographic resources and was pleased to find multiple. I am continually confused by the uses of the different types of dashes, like the en dash and the em dash. I found an article describing them and their uses. The examples that they gave for each one are very helpful to me.

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I also found a little article describing when and how to combine typefaces. I read that you can almost never go wrong when creating the title of something in a sans serif typeface and combining that with a serif typeface for the body text. This is helpful to me because I like the look of the combinations of typefaces and I get bored using the same one.

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I found this website to be very helpful and I would recommend it to others who need some typographic resources and information.

 

Online Font Libraries

I researched both Google Fonts and Typekit for this blog post assignment. I went ahead and chose Typekit to talk about further.

Typekit is a part of the adobe creative cloud, therefore, it is not free like Google Fonts. At first I thought that Typekit would be similar to Font Squirrel or Dafont, but I was wrong. Typekit is used mainly for web fonts, like webpage design, or in your applications such as indesign or illustrator. Once you purchase the font, it will show up in your font library and you can use it at any time as long as you have the adobe creative cloud.

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When using Typekit, you search for the font that you like, and when you click on it, you can experiment with the words that are showcased in the font that you chose. These fonts are created by actual type designers, so you can be sure that the spacing and sizing is true. That is a huge advantage of using Typekit rather than Google Fonts.

When looking for two fonts to use together in a webpage design, I always think of sans serif fonts for the title, and then more of a serif font for the body text. Bold fonts are more valuable online than thin fonts because of the contrast from the bright screen. For this post, I did some research and found that I liked the combination of Quatro for the Title, and vendetta for the body text.

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I chose Quatro because of its bold letters and I really liked the “g.” I felt that the serif font, vendetta, balanced out the bold of the title and would be easy to read in a paragraph. I was also attracted to the old-style numbers that the font had.

Table of Contents

I went to the library today to look for creative table of content pages in books. I did not find much success primarily because I did not know where to look for books that would have detail like the examples that I had seen online. The first image is a table of contents that I did not think was very creative or strong. It was different from the ordinary in the way that it was a black page with white and orange lettering, but it was boring because of the large block of text. The different chapters are hard to differentiate between because there is not enough letting between lines. The page is not broken up by any pictures at all, which is fine because a lot of books do not use images on there table of context pages, but the part that bothers me the most is that there is no white space to give your eyes a rest.

In the second image, a two-page spread of a table of contents is shown. The bottom half of the page is definitely based on a modular grid system with each image taking up one section of the grid. The text is small and surrounded by white space, but the viewer can see that it is also based on the grid system. I enjoy this table of contents because it is colorful and not suffocating with text. The small amount of information makes me actually want to read it and go to the specific pages.

Expressive Type

I found two examples of posters that use type that expresses motion and energy. The first poster, the red one, lays the text down at different angles that depicts a set of stairs. This would be a great way to create the project in class if you had an image of a person climbing a set of stairs with the quote laid out in this style. That would be very interesting and the text would accompany the photograph well.

The second example that I found was a more obvious way of making text show motion and energy. This image shows a boxing glove punching through the page and sending the text off in the direction of the punch. This is a cool idea, but I think that it could be done in a more interesting way.

Peer Review Specimen Books

I absolutely loved Darrel’s specimen book on the typeface Badoni. I enjoyed seeing all of the ornaments that the typeface provides throughout the book. Although this wasn’t on purpose, one of my favorite things about this booklet was the petit size. If it was meant to be the 5ish inches by 3ish inches that it was, and the fonts were sized correctly at these dimensions, it would be perfect. Darrel used colors like gold and black to show regality and represent royalty because he was influenced by the ornament that looked like a crown. The quote that he referenced, “Plenty of white space and generous line spacing, and don’t make the type size too miserly. Then you will be assured of a product fit for a king,” was really the foundation for his design.

I remember when Darrel was presenting his specimen book he did a very nice job. The way that he spoke about his piece was very convincing and would make any potential buyer want to purchase this font. His layout of the specimen book really shows off the typeface in a positive way. Badoni is an elegant font in my opinion and the way that he didn’t overcrowd any of his pages was pleasing to the eye. He definitely displayed all of the families of the typeface including the small caps.

Hierarchy Rhythm

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I found this film festival poster to show great text hierarchy and a sort of “a, b, c,” nature. This poster is successful because the typefaces used go well together. It seems as though it might be the same type but with different family uses like bold and condensed. The film title is larger and bolder than the year and movie length below making it easy to pick out the title because of the use of hierarchy, your eyes are drawn to it. I love the way that the dates are shown on this poster with the little calendar next to the title. The white boxes break up the dark black background. The diagonal design of this poster makes it unique and unified and the black and white features make it simplistic but interesting.

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