Typelove

After drowning in detail on ‘We come in Peace brief’ Ive been glad to concentrate on something else. Its helped that we have been getting hands on with practical sessions – matching missing letters within the font family and trying to work out what fits – what are the words in the language of type. Typefaces, fonts, font families.

Anatomy of type – dissecting out the details – serifs, blocks, ears, descenders, counters and beards. Love type, and love typography. My latest favourite font is bauhaus 93 all curvy and smooth.

This is a sketch pull out the baseline, x-height, verticals and obliques. q has a nice beard. o has a even bowl.

 

bauhaus 93

Move over Gill shadow – a new favourite in town …

Reading around its fascinating to see the variety of fonts and the subtleties that make them different but also make them the same – the common themes that identify them as related – in the same family. Its again a case of really taking the time to look at the everyday and thinking beyond what we take for granted.

I moved on from Bauhaus to italics, punctuation, TimesNewRoman (more interesting than I thought…who would have thought there is a skewed axis on the lowercase o) and on to Zapfino, Helvetica and Hoefler. Together I will combine them for the typography finished piece identifying the type terms.

 

Reading and learning –

‘Modern’ lettering (above) the slightly more modern John Lewis Typography; influences and trends since the 19th century (1967), below have been interesting to re-read in context of the latest work.

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