I found this shortly after a class discussion about the shape of the negative space formed by letters. These were some that use it for logos. Not sure if this is considered “true” typography or more graphic design but its cool and involves letters so its going on the blog.
A few things I noticed during the sketching portion of this project.
Baskerville- Transitional Typeface
- disappointed that the assignment focused on lowercase because Uppercase letterforms contained my favorite elements.
- high contrast in stroke thickness
- stems ended in a variety of ways other than serifs
- unique ends to strokes depending on letterform
- d and p, b and q, these forms are the same
- variation between curvilinear forms and rectilinear forms
- transitional elements from straight to curvy
- relatively “light” typeface, not to many heavy, weighty forms
- g was the most interesting letterform
Some interesting typography came up in my readings for Graphic Design 1.
Lewis Carroll’s “Mouse’s Tale” page from “Alice in Wonderland” where the type is arranged in the shape of a mouses tail telling its story.
Vilmos Huszar’s cover for De Stijl, the entire composition is fine but I was mostly drawn to the modular font used in the De Stijl title.
Just a general glossary of common fonts, not sure what to take note of so I’ll just talk about a couple of my favorites from the section.
Diotima – a nice serifed font designed by Gudrun Zapf-von Hesse, contains light characters with thin strokes, pleasant contours while maintaining some angularity and structure
Rhapsodie- designed by Ilse Schule, a blackletter font with a drippy creepy feel to it
Charlemagne- designed by Carol Twombly, a very angular font, similar to Mason Serif (another font I like)
cap height, x-height, baseline, stem, bowl, serif, descender, ligature, finial, ascender, terminal, spine, crossbar counter
Sabon, Baskerville, Bodoni, Clarendon, Gill Sans, Helvetica, Futura
A book I was assigned to read in Graphic Design 1 that provides a nice resource of different kinds of compositions.
Types of Typographic compositions
Axial – elements of a composition are aligned on either side of an axis
Radial – compositional elements radiate from a focal point as rays
Dilatational – elements expand out from a focus in concentric circles
Random – self-explanatory
Modular – elements are placed in units/modules throughout composition
Transitional – elements are layered, skewed, like layers of rock
Bilateral – axis bisects compositional elements, very symmetric