Week #6 Typography

Wow! Week 6 already? I can’t believe it. Only one more week to go in my first class of this program. Amazing!

This week we studied typography.  As defined in the Merriam Webster Dictionary.

  1. letterpress printing

  2. the style, arrangement, or appearance of typeset matter

We learned that a typeface is like the album of a font family and the font is the song on the album with a typeface style (i.e., weight, slant, width, height, orientation). There are several styles such as serif, sans-serif, decorative, etc.  We learned about how they sit on a line (X height, ascender, descender) and take up space (tracking/kerning) etc.

Our assignment this week was to make a Type System which is a set of fonts paired together to make a visually appealing, easy to read, stylish end product.  Here is what I came up with.

fontfam

my font family

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Styles of each font

I used a new tool called Google Fonts. What a cool, free tool. There are hundreds of fonts and you can filter to find just the right one and even preview it before downloading and installing it to your own computer. Here is a screenshot. Pretty cool tool!

googlefonts

Well that’s all for this week. Stay tuned for the last week of this first class.

-SARA

 

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