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Fictional Letterform Process Work

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23 Oct 2014

Font Mannerisms Reflection

For the font mannerisms assignment I was given the font family Adobe Garamond Pro.  It was helpful to layer the regular, bold, italic and italic bold versions over one another.  This made it easy to see the specific differences each category possesses. It was also informative to display the increasing font size and leading with our eight descriptive words and how they interact with one another.

Moving on to section 2.1, the creative portrayal of a part of the anatomy with the use of color assisted once again in determining the varying factors of each font category; and how each part of the anatomy differs from  each other.  I feel mine were successful with representing the difference in each part of the anatomy chosen and visually appealing also.  I also greatly benefited from homework section 2.2 . My composition got much better after the critique and comparison of the good and bad things that other students were doing.  This was mostly in part to sticking to an organized theme, and decreasing font size for the identifying titles for each part of the anatomy.

In section 3, we chose 2 of our 8 adjectives that we created for our font family in section 1.  For each of the two adjectives we added 8 more adjectives to help us guide our design of using two or more glyphs.  I had a lot of fun with this section.  It had more to do with design, but while designing I began to notice more of the nuances between the glyph characteristics within the font family.  My goal for this section of the assignment was to really create a strong sense of balance in all 20 compositions.  Some worked out better than others, but I am very happy with the majority of them.

It was informative to use a wire binding on this project.  I had previously not used that method, but I understand why we will no longer be using that method for the remainder of this class. I can think of some uses for it going forward, but will refrain from using it for the most part. I feel that I was successful in this project and learned a lot along the way.

22 Oct 2014

Type Crimes

The first sentence after the title is missing a period at the end of the sentence, and all other lines have punctuation.


The sixth paragraph on the first page contains an orphan. The word is people.


Stacked lowercase


In the middle section, Cruceros Torre Del Oro has a white stroke.


Too many fonts!


The left section contains improper quotations on Carmen two lines above the bottom image.





Here are some other examples found online:

1.  Using too many fonts can create confusion and be counter productive to the overall message.

too many fonts



2. A poor color combination is more difficult to read.

bad color choice


3. Using all caps can be hard to read.

all caps

4. Incorrect quotations





5. Bad justification is another common mistake.  Using large words can help this to occur.

bad justified

6. Orphan: In the second paragraph from the bottom of the page the word lines is left alone on the last line of the paragraph.


7. Widow: The first line of the second page is the widow.


21 Oct 2014

Font Mannerisms Part 3 Roughs 2

hw3_1_10 blog

2 Oct 2014

Font Mannerisms Part 3 roughs

hw3_2_13 blog

2 Oct 2014

Font Mannerisms Part 2.2

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2 Oct 2014

Font Mannerisms Part 2.1

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2 Oct 2014

Font Mannerisms Part 1.2

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2 Oct 2014

Font Mannerisms Part 1.1

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2 Oct 2014

Scavenger Hunt Reflection


Initially when handed the task of creating a geometric typeface our group attempted to target letters within technology.  We were able to find some letters by using headphones, video game controllers, and a pinball machine among other things.   Very soon we realized that we gave ourselves a difficult task by limiting ourselves to such a small category.  We then decided to regroup and gear our search toward letters with an industrial, metal, clean, and bold look.

Our group agreed on visiting local parks and searching for letters within the playground structures, ladders, swing sets, tubes, and poles.  We did not assign specific letters to each individual as we thought this may restrict us on obtaining great quality letters if one had the opportunity.  Our mission was to get into the field and snap photos at anything that resembled a letter.  After the photo shoots we compiled our images, converted them to grey scale.  Once in grey scale the levels were adjusted, and then brightness and contrast were altered to give definition to the letters.  Following the alteration of the letters it was much easier to see which letters looked best with each other.  This really started to unite the letters into a cohesive typeface.

All the letters lying next to each other truly capture the geometric essence of one another.  Alone each letter has its own quality that is rarely admired in public, but when these formations are united with one another one can see the hidden beauty in all of them.  Everyday objects that a neglected and used for practicality are given the stage to find the style and artistry that lies beneath.  Since completing this project I have found myself searching for letters constantly, and I feel this is a habit that will not be going by the wayside anytime soon.

11 Sep 2014