The Encyclopedia of Calligraphy Techniques: A... →
Here’s the calligraphy book we used in class on Tuesday. It’s a comprehensive guide to the 10 major calligraphy hands, starting with the formal and classic Roundhand. The book also has a great collection of illuminated letters (the starting point for the modern drop caps). You can find this book at the SVA library, Amazon and Strand.
What's Your Type Reading List: Doyald Young, Art...
Doyald Young is recognized as one of the modern masters of the lettering arts. Since the mid-1950s, Young has designed logotypes, corporate alphabets and typefaces all by hand lettering. Young still begins each job in the same manner he learned from his mentor, Joe Gibbey—with an HB pencil on tracing paper. “Depending on how long the logo is, I usually make a rough sketch about 1½- to 2-inches...
You can say, “I love you,” in Helvetica. And you can say it with...– Massimo Vignelli, from Helvetica
Computers are to design as microwaves are to cooking.– Milton Glaser
The Vignelli Dozen
Massimo Vignelli only uses 12 typefaces, and claims that for design to work, ‘twelve typefaces is enough’. He says type is like a piano, the more you use them, the better you get at it. Vignelli is an exceptional designer, he’s also considered the ‘grandfather of modernism’. Most of his work’s beauty and simplicity can be attributed to the self-imposed type...
Don’t confuse legibility with communication. Just because something is...– David Carson, from Helvetica
As you create your own type, you may be interested in making digital type. To create a digital type, you will need the right software to create and edit your typeface. Font editors outline fonts, and depending on the software, the program may allow you to create a TrueType, OpenType, Postscript, or some other type of font. I rounded-up a few contenders for font creation software programs. ...
Wanted: Type Crimes
Here are a few examples of the typography crimes we discussed in class. Horizontal and Vertical Stretching Stacked Type Bad Kerning (kerning: letter spacing) What other examples can you name?
Apply for the ADC Scholarship
The Art Directors Club 2010 Scholarship application deadline has been extended. Open to talented sophomores and juniors, ADC’s scholarship program recognizes excellence and innovation in visual communications, to bring together creative leaders across the boundaries of their disciplines, and to encourage young people entering the field.
What's Your Type Summer 2010 is live!