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project 2 garamond



What are the differences between typefaces? Why have different typefaces? What elements make up a typeface? What is the difference between a typeface and a font? Why do any of these questions matter? Without differences in typefaces or fonts all written words would look the same. There would be no language communicated through the visuals of text but only through what the text is actually saying. Text without any regards to the formal aspects of the type is like communicating with only words and no body language. This project helped us to start reading this body language. What are the intricacies that make up a typeface and how do the different elements work together? By looking at the anatomy of the typeface we were able to learn how important all of the different aspects of a letterform were. It basically all boils down to readability. All of the aspects of a letterform help to improve readability while still communicating the connotations that go along with the given typeface.

For this project i was assigned to look at the anatomical qualities of Garamond. A classic typeface. Garamond is classified as an old style typeface and is one of the most common typefaces around. Even now as I am writing this blog (It has since been changed) I am noticing that it is in Garamond. Garamond is considered to be the easiest typeface on the eyes when at a small point size. Because of this it is almost always the typeface that you will see in a book or in large portions of text. But the reason for this is that its anatomy allows it to be read in a certain way. Its baseline overlaps, serifs, x-height, descenders and ascenders, counters, and many other aspects are all designed with readability in mind.

Posted by Tyler Hardy on February 6, 2013

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