Sunday, 6 February 2011

Typographic Blog's

 what i have learnt from the blogs and 
why you think they might be useful articles to look at. 

 One. Friends of type

looking at this article, i can see many endless possibilities in which different ways typography has been used and displayed aswell as the diffrent fonts and styles that make it diffrent between each image and will help to give inspiration for idea generation for my current typography project.


                            Reviving Caslon:Part 2: Readability, Affability, Authority


What does it mean for a text to be “readable”? In English some have made a distinction between legibility and readability:
“Legibility” is based on the ease with which one letter can be told from the other. “Readability” is the ease with which the eye can absorb the message and move along the line.”

Types of Typefaces (1967) p. 84-5.
The same distinction is discussed by Walter Tracy:
[Readability] describes the quality of visual comfort—an important requirement in the comprehension of long stretches of text, but, paradoxically, not so important in such things as telephone directories or air-line timetables, where the reader … is searching for a single item of information [and where legibility is most important].

Letters of Credit (1986), p. 31."


We can see in the following graphic that legibility of individual letters is indeed different from the readability of whole words:"

"All of the letters in “legible letters,” above can make easily readable words when they are used to form words with their mates in the same style and weight. However, when letters with different weights and styles are mixed, the words can only be read slowly, with difficulty. What this shows is that the design of individual letters is not enough to make for readability. Some kind of harmony among the letters is needed for our brain to be able to capture and process either individual letter parts, or whole letters, or both, so that we can quickly identify words.
This illustration suggests that the brain is putting some kind of grid or matrix over the word, and that it identifies letters and words by how the black and white fall within that matrix. This idea also accounts for two of the qualities that are prized in text type: regular rhythm and even color."

"Here, readability noticeably deteriorates with irregular spacing. Readability also suffers when rhythm is disrupted by irregular widths of characters:"

I had found this part of an article quite useful on the i love typography blog about the theory between readability and legibility when talking about type aswell as rhythm and the factor of colour and weight can take affect over the readability and legibility.
This is a good article because i know the difference between readability and legibility and using type in my current project, i will know to consider the factors of readability and legibility aswell as good and bad rhythm in typography.

Reading this article on kerning has made me aware of optical kerning and metric kerning and what they are and the differences that are distinguished between them and how to identify them from the diagram used.
i think this can be useful because when working with type i will be able to differentiate between optical and metric kerning, so i will be able to more correctly along side type and set it more properly when working with it in computer aided design.

i found this article quite useful because it allowed to me clearly and quickly understand typography's anatomy, typography's theory of sitting on a line and what/why they are there for, learning some of its theory of which i had only knew very little of, but i understand having a better grips and if be needed i can go back and refresh my memory.

it will be useful terminology for when talking about typography i can clearly talk about its elements and get my point across more effectively and be understood better.
it will help me, if i needed to create my own typography as i can using reference to this to direct it against the guidelines.

Five. Daily drop cap

you can use drop caps as the first letter of a word in a paragraph, that is made larger in a separate text box and sometimes can be a diffrent font or have decoration to it unlike the rest of the text in a attempt to draw your eye to the beginning section of the text.
Before this i did not understand its function as a drop cap or that it was even called a drop cap unlike i do now, this helped me to realise.

i think its a useful article because it shows how modern drop caps can work affectively in diffrent styles, work both either black and white or brightly coloured and be used to dress up the look of text to really capture your attention as well as being curious as to what drops caps is used for it made me find out because of that.

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