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Jan Tschichold

Here’s another cool poster I found breaking down letters, this one is by Jan Tschichold. Just like the Baskerville poster I found a while back, I think this one excellently represents how letters are formed from basic circles and lines. I’m not sure what typeface this is but I would assume it’s an old style serif because it’s very classical-looking, is obviously a serif, and there is not significant contrast in the thickness and thinness of the letterforms.

12 Nov 2012

Modular Typefaces

This is a modular typeface that I stumbled across while doing research for our next Typography project. I think this one caught my attention because the bright blue obviously jumps out at you, but the type fits a grid but is not so strict. The slight curves in certain letters (v, a, b) create dynamism but overall are unified as an alphabet. The negative space in these letters also helps to create the individual letterforms – if they were all filled in it would not be as interesting. Also, what I think makes this attractive is that certain letterforms are missing that we are used to – such as the middle leg in the lowercase ‘m’, the bar in the ‘f’, etc. It is still legible, but is a variation on our typical alphabet, which makes it very unique.

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1 Nov 2012


So, for this next project I just happened to stumble upon this amazing poster design by KOYOOX (?) that shows the perfection of the Baskerville  typeface. There is a clear grid and circular aspect to all of these letterforms. The way that the negative space of each letter is essentially made by or within a circle just astonishes me, yet really helps me understand the form of the letters that much better. I’m so excited I found this and I will definitely be researching it and studying it more for the duration of this project!

9 Oct 2012

Reading 3 Notes – Anatomy of Text

*Cap height = distance from baseline to top of CAPITAL LETTER determines letter’s point size.

*X-height = height of main body of  LOWERCASE letter (or height of lowercase x) EXCLUDING descenders and ascenders)

*Overhang balances the text, without it letters would appear to teeter (not good!)

Greatest density occurs between baseline and x-height in a field of text.


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5 Oct 2012