Glyphs

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I found this glyph on dafont.com.  I could see this glyph being used for a catering company. Maybe two of these glyphs on either side of the company name. I could see the glyph being used in the color black, green, or gold.

I really couldn’t find much information on this specific glyph. However it’s in the category of Old English Dingbats. Dingbats are also sometimes called printer’s ornaments and they are small decorative elements. Printers used dingbats to fill up white space on a page, signal the end of a chapter or book, or just to add a visual embellishment on the page.

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Hoefler and Co.

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I thought this website was cool because it had some articles talking about the history of typography. Putting in to perspective the technical obstacles typographer would go through when the type faces had letters that were difficult to print. For example one article said, “Signature details, like the pipe-shaped tail on the capital R and lowercase a, became traps for ink and pulp…” I just thought that was interesting.

There’s a section of the website that’s interactive; there’s a page full of little posters/page designs and when you click on them the website tells you what fonts were used in the layout. I think this would be very useful for inspiration.

Typekit- Mr. Eaves

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The two online fonts I feel that work well together are Mr. Eaves Roman Small caps and Mr. Eaves Roman Lining. I would use these fonts together for either a high class restaurant or  fashion company. When I look at Mr. Eaves small caps I get a ritzy vibe; this font is used to show money and class. I think the tail on the Q is a great example of the mood of this font.  I can see these two fonts being used on a website or a magazine, but not a poster. These fonts would also look very nice on a business card.

Expressive Type

11cbca0f806e8ce3ef0075873031e3c3.jpgI think these poster successfully used type to create an expressive piece. Yes there is some expression on the two musicians faces however most of the energy in the poster comes from the shapes the words are making. If the type wasn’t expressive these posters would be average. I love how just by the shapes the words are making you get the feeling of emotion and music exploding out of the instruments, and the instruments themselves are made from the shapes of the words. They’re not in the exact shapes of instruments however you can tell.

Table of Contents

When looking up  table of contents pages I found a page that I thought was successful. This page has a classic layout; it follows a modular grid and the images are placed on one side of the page opposite to the type. I think this one is successful because  the pictures aligned to the right breaks up the information without disrupting the grid/ layout. I also like the type chosen for the words ” department contents”. I like that one word is bolded and the other is regular. The stacking of the two words is visual pleasing to me. However something is bothering me about the way they chunked information.  I think part of it is the amount of periods between the end of the section of type and the page number. Also I don’t like the amount of space between the subject title (beauty, on the scene, etc) and the block of information. I want that space to be smaller.8515617468_b1481bfd04_b.jpg

Rhythm of Hierarchy- The Meadows Concert

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I like the simplicity of this music festival poster. Only one font is used throughout, and the color scheme is limited. The size of the font is what differentiates the chunks of information. The name of the festival is the largest, followed by the location of the event and the main headliners, then the rest of the artists are listed in a smaller font. The date of the event is the same size as the smaller artists, but the line with the date is in red. Maybe it would be better for the font size of the date to be larger. Or make the red color a little brighter, so it’s easier to see.

Peer Review

Catherine did a good job of presenting the information in a clear and concise way. By

creating a booklet she was able to chunk the information into groups, which helps the

learner to not get overwhelmed by the material. She began by showing the different lines

(ascender, descender, etc), then moved on to serif vs. sans serif and then the differences

between the type families (roman, italic, bold), then she did a few pages with the letters

of the alphabet and dissected them for the typographic anatomy section, and then she

finished by giving the learner questions for identifying typefaces. I think she chunked the

information well; however one critique would be to keep all of the questions together,

some page rearranging would be good. Also it may be helpful for the serif vs. sans serif

to come after the type anatomy section because at the point where serif vs. sans serif

comes up, the learner hasn’t learned what serif means yet. So I would put the section at

the end of the book.

The color scheme works really well; there’s a nice contrast of the muted gray-blue border

and the red type and burnt orange color. The colors pop without being too in your face,

which is nice especially for teaching someone. I also really like the size of the booklet; it

fits in the hand pretty well and it’s easy to flip through. The small booklet makes it feel

more personable and not intimidating for the learner.