A look at the basic anatomy of typeface. I knew there was a lot that goes into typographical anatomy, but I was surprised to find that there was quite this much.
A good reference tool.
I stumbled upon an interesting article while researching Baskerville, my font for Project 2 on font mannerisms. The article states that some fonts are more easily trusted than others. This hypothesis was tested by using the following example. All three statements are identical, and yet the middle one was most believed. And why is that? The author writes, because “serifs are serious”.
The article also touches on the hatred of Comic Sans, which I find amusing that people would devote time to hating a typeface, but there is a point to it…
“The team of researchers that presented its findings on the Higgs Boson Particle using the font Comic Sans got reamed for it on Twitter and elsewhere by everyone over age 8. Why? It’s not like the science was any less science-y. It’s not like the facts were any less fact-y. But Comic Sans is so ridiculous that the actual letters weakened the message.”
The full article can be read by clicking below:
Here are the final versions of my letters:
A E I M Q U Y *
Here are some examples of minimalist letters that I was able to find around the house and outside.
A, from a crack in the sidewalk
E from fabric creases in my dog’s bed
I, from a makeup brush
M in a door’s wood grain
Q, a mug
U from an telephone cord
W from my piano’s sheet music stand
Y from a ceiling/wall corner
Z, formed by sidewalk cracks and somewhat clever angling
An asterisk, found on the bottom of a utility bucket
A question mark, out of a hanger
Century Gothic is one of my favorite typefaces. I’ve used it for projects and incorporated it into a logo I designed for a friend’s photography business. It’s also my default Outlook font choice…is that surprising?
Considered a geometric typeface, this serif-less font was designed and distributed in 1991 by the Monotype Corporation. I was surprised to learn that Century Gothic is actually widely used in various media. It’s used on the credits for the TV show House; it’s also the main font of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and was the official font for the medallions of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Bands Weezer and Franz Ferdinand also use Century Gothic in their logos.
I have always loved images cleverly crafted from words or letters. This was found on gCORE’s deviantART blog (gcore.deviantart.com)
My name is Kathryn, and I’m a junior in the Graphic Design program at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. This is my class-directed blog devoted to Typography.
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