Monday, August 30, 2010

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Typography 01 Mon Aug 30

Weight: The overall thickness of the strokes, in relation to their height.

Width: How wide the letterforms in a typeface are in relation to their height.

Style: Can be divided into two categories: Serif and Sans Serif. The typefaces historical classification and the visual idiosyncrasies related to its historical text. Specific form variations that the designer has imposed on letters.

Type is measured in Points.

Point: Is the main units used to measure type. A point is 1/72 of an inch or .35 mm.

Pica: Is also used extensively in printing to measure type and is made up of 12 points or 1/6 an inch.

There are 72 points in an inch.

If a letter were set in 36 pts it would be ½ an inch tall.

There are 6 picas in an inch.

There are 12 points in a pica.

X-height: the distance between the baseline and the mean line in a typeface.

Cap height: The height of a capital letter above the baseline for a particular typeface.

Leading: The amount of added vertical spacing between lines of type.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Typography 01 Mon Aug 23

Grid - consists of a distinct set of alignment-based relationships that serves as a guide for distributing elements across a format.

Using a grid permits a designer to lay out enormous amounts of information in substantially less time because many of the design considerations have been addressed in building grid structure. The grid also allows many individuals to collaborate on the same project or on series of related projects over time, without compromising established visual qualities from one project to the next.

Modular Grid - a grid with four columns and four rows.

Margins - the negative spaces between the format edge and the content, which surround and define the live area where type and images will be arranged.
Columns - vertical alignments of a type that create horizontal divisions between the margins.
Modules - individual units of space separated by regular intervals that, when repeated across the page format, create columns and rows.
Flowlines - alignments that break the space into horizontal bands.
Gutter - the blank space between adjacent columns.

An example of a grid -

Hierarchy – order that allows the viewer to enter the typography space and navigate it, the order is based on the level of importance the designer assigns to each part of the text.

Typographic Color – it is the changes in lightness and darkness, or value, not hue. Also it describes the changes in rhythm and texture. It allows the eye to perceive the text as occupying different in locations in illusionary space.

One way to achieve clear hierarchy is through is using typographic color. Manipulating the spaces around and between text, the designer creates levels of importance. By shifting a specific item out of alignment, attention is called to it and it alerts the viewer of its importance. The use of scale change also indicates the level of importance.