Tag Archives: Typography

Putting our fonts on the table


WE ALL HAVE our favorite typefaces. Well, we ought to! My favorites usually run to the serifs: Kepler, Photina, Bodoni, Baskerville, Garamond Condensed. But then, I’m also partial to some sans serifs: Akzidenz Grotesk, Antenna, Vonnes, Tasse.

And then, there are some I like…but struggle with because they are sooooo overused: Helvetica, Times, Myriad. They, of course, are on the “Periodic Table of Typefaces” created by the folks at squidspot.com.

Which leads me to the following question (I may live to regret this!): What is your favorite typeface…and why? Don’t tell me you don’t have one! As I stated earlier…we all ought to!

My favorite? Easy: Kepler. Uhhh…with Photina running a v-e-r-y close second. Kepler is elegant, stately, classic. Photina is a bit more playful but still neat and stylish. Kepler is Faith Hill in a slinky black dress with diamonds. Photina is…well…Faith Hill again—but in cowboy boots and jeans and a rhinestone-studded tank top. Either one is a class act.

So, what typeface turns you on?

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Makin’ it better

I’M NOT REALLY SURE we can think of ourselves as news designers without having a strong respect and love for typography. After, all, type is about 80 percent of what we do!

So when I come across a little piece of fun-typography-in-motion, part of the fun is sharing it with you!

Enjoy!

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Typography: Font design

“IT’S SO MUCH A PART of our daily life that it’s invisible—yet quite visible.”

The quote is from Steven Heller, author of more than 90 books on design and typography, talking about type design. I’d recommend any of Heller’s books to those of you interested in learning more about type and design).

Heller is just one of those interviewed for this 3+ minute piece.

I think you’ll enjoy it. I know you’ll learn from it.

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PBS short on typography


TOO MANY PEOPLE who design newspaper pages know nothing (really…nothing!) about typography. That’s like a surgeon with no knowledge of anatomy.

This piece from PBS is no primer, but it does offer a sense of why typography is important.

Take a look.

More to come.

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Typenovation: To get your juices flowing

FROM THE FOLKS at www.fromupnorth.com, some examples of innovative typographic thinking. Not the stuff you’re gonna use on the front of a weekly newspaper…or…would ya?

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Typography: a quick look

HERE’S A SHORT FILM on some of the basic elements of typography—and why good typography is important.

On a scale of one-to-ten, most newspapers are at a typographic six. And some are…four.

Too many fonts, text that’s too small, headlines that are kerned (or scaled!) too tightly—those are just three reasons why typography suffers at newspapers. Add funky fonts to the litany and we fall into typographic meltdown.

But then, you already knew all of that.

That’s OK…watch the film anyway.

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