After searching through many different typographic ornaments, I found the Damask Dings designed by Lauren Thompson, “Nymphont” to be my favorite. This is mainly because my all time favorite pattern is Damask; my entire bedroom is made up of it!! This typographic ornament was initially copyrighted and released in 2009. According to http://www.fonts2u.com, Damask Dings are described as, “a set of dingbats inspired by damask prints.” It is placed in the font family, Damask Dings1, and the subfamily, Regular.
I feel that this typographic ornament would be of great use for invitations and/or thank you cards that wish to look elegant and modern. Below you can see a few examples of this beautiful typographic ornament:
The resource that I came across to be the most useful and efficient, is https://www.fonts.com/content/learning/fontology otherwise called, Fontology. After browsing through the site, I came to the conclusion that it is the most organized and easy to understand, while also containing tons of important information. The homepage displays the different pages that you can surf through in a very simple and neat way. The main description of the website is right to the point and motivates you to learn using their website. It is pleasing to me that the discussions about typography are organized into four different levels. Within these levels, there are several different subjects and modules you can go through. The glossary is displayed as the letters of the alphabet which is a very useful experience for a user wanting to learn about typography. This is because they can go through the letters of the alphabet and learn what each definition in typography means without losing their place. Overall, this resource contains valid and organized information that can be extremely useful for an individual interested in the many parts of typography.
For this blog post, I chose to work with Google Fonts because I felt that it was a bit easier to work with than Adobe Typekit. Also, after taking several web design courses and creating many websites using this source, I have had a lot of experience with Google Fonts and have always been fond of their selections.
After searching through the many typefaces on Google Fonts, I chose to pair together Domine and Arapey. These two stood out to me because they are unique, yet simple. There are a lot of typefaces throughout this source that are very childish and unprofessional and I feel that these two do not meet this criteria, while still being a little bit fun.
Not only did I pair the two typefaces together because it is visually pleasing, but for other reasons. One reason being that bolder typefaces look better as headers with a typeface that is a bit condensed. Also, the two are very similar in that they both have serifs, yet they are different fonts. Below you can see the two typefaces next to one another:
The advertisement below is a perfect example of Expressive Type. This is because the ad uses type in a way that expresses motion and emotions. The words that are being used such as crushed and heavy are portrayed in a way that makes the type actually look like they are being crushed and are extremely heavy – this helps us to see a sort of motion. The ad is about a suitcase and the way that the words are piled up and mushed together, make the type look like they are a bunch of clothes that are being stuffed in a suitcase. While this being another way of showing motion, it expresses a type of emotion as well. The advertisement expresses emotion because any viewer that knows how annoying it is to have to stuff a suitcase, will definitely feel a relation to this ad.
The Table of Contents that I have chosen to blog about is one from a travel magazine. There isn’t much text on the page, although, the underlying grid is quite interesting. It was important for the designer to keep the distance between the different subjects the same amount of inches away from each other. This helped the title “Afar” to differentiate from the rest and stand out at the top of the page. The typographic emphasis on the page would be the numbers. The text for the page numbers are a completely different typeface and help separate the different sections. I like the way that a kind of gradient was used for the color of the page. The photography in the background relates extremely well with the text while they are both earthy colors. The visual message that makes me want to look through this magazine is the fact that the designer chose a beautiful image to represent traveling and a typeface with a young look to it.
Carly shows the typeface Helvetica in a very simplistic and clean way by using the theme of a subway. By using this theme, she shows the reader that Helvetica is an easy typeface to recognize and is very easy to read. I enjoyed learning about how well this font looks on either a dark background with a light font color, and vise versa. Carly also got really creative with her type specimen book when attempting to layer some of the words to make it look a little bit more futuristic. Although I think this could have been a risky move, it turned out to look very neat and would definitely make me want to purchase this typeface.
The Electric Zoo Music Festival’s schedule is a great example of a,b,c Rhythm of Hierarchy. The color scheme of the poster helps the reader to easily read all of the text and gives a feeling of music and dancing. The logo displayed a largely and brightly at the top of the schedule gives an easy distinction of where the schedule starts. I feel that the choice of three rows underneath the logo is a good amount for the poster to look neat and organized; if there were more than three rows, the poster would look messy and be hard to read. Although I like the font size distinctions throughout the schedule, I do think that the names of the artists could be a bit larger. Overall, the Rhythm of Hierarchy for the Electric Zoo Music Festival schedule is portrayed very nicely.