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The History of Typography

The History of Typography - Animated Short from Ben Barrett-Forrest on Vimeo.



Type is everywhere. Every print publication, website, movie, advertisement and public message involves the creation or selection of a fitting typeface. Online, a rich and artistic typographical culture exists, where typefaces are created and graphic design seeps in to every image.

In episode 2 of Off Book, typeface designers Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones outline the importance of selecting the right font to convey a particular feeling. Graphic designer Paula Scher talks about building identity in messaging, while Eddie Opara uses texture to create reaction. Infographic designers Julia Vakser and Deroy Peraza map complicated data sets into digestible imagery, mixing color, graphics and type. http://www.pbs.org/arts



An Introduction to Type


Family Classifications of Type


A Brief History of Type


Type Design


Choosing Type

Typography is not a science. Typography is an art. There are those who’d like to ‘scientificize’; those who believe that a large enough sample of data will somehow elicit good typography. However, this sausage-machine mentality will only ever produce sausages. That typography and choosing type is not a science trammeled by axioms and rules is a cause to rejoice.



A 20 Minute Intro to Typography Basics 


Communicating with Typography Type is always communicative, even if it wasn't designed with that goal in mind, but there are some great ways to really make it shout. In this tutorial, we'll explore some basic as well as some more clever ways to use type to communicate a feeling, message or idea. There are a variety of characteristics that can influence what type communicates, including but definitely not limited to: typeface & font, size, kerning, leading, capitalization, and color.


What Type Are You?

Answer 4 simple questions to see what typeface you are.


10 Common Typography Mistakes

8 Simple Ways to Improve Typography In Your Designs

53 Mind-blowing Uses of Typography

70 Minimalist Typography Examples

Breathtaking Typographic Posters

30 inspiring type treatments

Inspiration: 40 Typographic Posters

Typography Two Ways: Calligraphy With a Twist The phrase below can be read two ways: right side up and upside down. It's called an ambigram, and it's the hottest trend in typography since Helvetica.


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