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Type Crimes

There were many different type crimes that I came across while reading Ellen Lupton’s “Thinking With Type”.  Many of these crimes I did not know existed, but looking at them now make complete sense!  I looked through some magazines and newspaper to find real life examples of these crimes and here they are.

 

Poorly Shaped Text Block

-Centered spacing should be broken up by short and long blocks/sentences.

Flushed Left Text Block

-Bad rag can ruin the organic flow.

Misused Quotations

-Quotation marks carve out chunks of white space from the edge of the text.

Full of Holes

-A column that is too narrow is full of gaps.

Punctuation Eats the Edge

-Too much punctuation at the end weakens the right edge.

Tracking lowercase letters 

-Loosely spaced lowercase letters (especially italics) look awkward because these characters are meant to sit closely together.

 

Here are some examples I found in some magazines and newspapers that I have come across.

Type Crimes

Flushed Left

Full of Holes

Full of Holes

Poorly Shaped Text Block

Poorly Shaped Text Block

Punctuation Eats the Edge

Punctuation Eats the Edge

Quotations

Misused Quotations

 

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Posted by Gail Clemens on October 22, 2014

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