All in Intro to Typography
Just like it’s important to learn the anatomy of a human in order to make informed diagnoses, understanding the anatomy of type will enable you to see what is right and wrong in type, use it effectively and appropriately talk about it with other designers.
Good or bad spacing can make or break a piece of typography. Paying attention to the spacing between letters, words and sentences can be the difference between the ability to accurately and efficiently read your text or not, so it’s important to get it right.
Now that you know what typography is and understand the difference between typefaces and fonts, you can start having some fun with type. No typeface is created equal, they come in all shapes and sizes, and each one has it’s own style and characteristics. While you can pick and choose typefaces as you like, it’s important to know how to categorise them so that you can know what you’re looking for and why.
Once you understand what typography is, it’s time to get to know the tools of the trade. Typefaces and fonts are the main weapons in your typographic arsenal, and as a designer or typographer, it’s important to know the difference.
As designers, typography is fundamental to everything that we do. It’s important to all designers, no matter what you’re working on, to have a basic understanding of typography, where it came from and how we should be using it. This series will cover the basics of typography, starting with the most obvious question, “what is typography?”