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The art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when viewed are referred to as typography. Selecting typefaces, point sizes, line lengths, line-spacing (leading), and letter-spacing (tracking), as well as changing the space between pairs of letters, are all part of the type arrangement process (kerning). The form, arrangement, and presentation of the letters, numbers, and symbols produced by the process are often referred to as typography. Typography and type design are closely related crafts; most typographers do not design typefaces. Some type designers do not consider themselves typographers. Typography may also be used as a decorative and ornamental device unrelated to the transmission of information.

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  • Typography Books from Amazon

    Typography Books from Amazon

    Typography is one of design’s most delightful frontiers, a strange medley of timeless rituals and timely transformation in the face of technical progress, whether you’re a serious artist, a recreational type-nerd, or a casual lover of the fine letterform you will enjoy this selection of books.Read More →

  • Hermann Zapf (1918 – 2015) German Typographer and Calligrapher

    Hermann Zapf (1918 – 2015) German Typographer and Calligrapher

    Hermann Zapf (1918 – 2015) was born and educated in Nuremberg. Gudrun Zapf-von Hesse, a calligrapher and typeface designer, was his wife. Palatino, Optima, and Zapfino are some of the typefaces he developed.Read More →

  • William Dwiggins (1880 -1956) – Typographer and all-rounder

    William Dwiggins (1880 -1956) – Typographer and all-rounder

    Dwiggins was known for his “Metro” series of typefaces, the first designed specifically for newspaper headlines. He produced that in 1929 when he won the gold medal of the American Institute of Graphic Arts.Read More →

  • Herbert Bayer (1900 – 1985) – Universal Typeface – Bauhaus Master

    Herbert Bayer (1900 – 1985) – Universal Typeface – Bauhaus Master

    The universal typeface, 1925, was a geometric alphabet based on bar and circle and was designed by Herbert Bayer (1900) to function efficiently in a technological society. Bayer rejected the “archaic and complicated gothic alphabet” which lingered in the most scientifically advanced society of its time, Germany of the first world war period and the postwar era. Read More →

  • Karel Teige (1900 – 1951) Czech art critic, typographic artist and collagist

    Karel Teige (1900 – 1951) Czech art critic, typographic artist and collagist

    Between the wars, Teige was a prominent figure in Czech art and architecture. He was the editor of many avant-garde magazines, including Disk, Stavba, and ReD, and wrote about photography. Read More →

  • Aldus Manuitius (1449 – 1515) – pioneer of printing

    Aldus Manuitius (1449 – 1515) – pioneer of printing

    The type in which this sentence is written is called “italic”. Aldus Manutius the man who invented it died almost 500 years ago and his type is still in use.  Today publishing a manuscript is almost instantaneous, a new best seller can be placed on Amazon and I can buy a copy minutes later.  To look at the books which came off the Venitian presses of Aldus Manutius is a strange experience.Read More →

  • Stanley Morison (1889-1967) – Designer of Times New Roman typeface

    Stanley Morison (1889-1967)  – Designer of Times New Roman typeface

    Stanley Morison, widely regarded as one of the most influential typographic designers of the twentieth century, was drawn to the subject by his passionate interest. Early on, he worked for several publishers and printing houses, including Francis Meynell’s Pelican Press and the Cloister Press. Read More →

  • Typography Glossary – Design Terms

    Typography Glossary – Design Terms

    It helps to have an appropriate language to talk about typography.  The following is a glossary of some of the words and their definitions that are used to described typography.Read More →

  • William Dwiggins (1880-1956) – Typographer and all rounder

    William Dwiggins (1880-1956) – Typographer and all rounder

    Dwiggins was born in Martinsville, Ohio in 1880, he had studied East in Chicago, and then he moved to Boston.  Between the years 1917-1918, he became the acting director of the Harvard University Press.  He also worked for the Yale Universty Press, designing jackets, endpapers, bindings and posters.Read More →

  • 7 Classic Design Books for your Library

    7 Classic Design Books for your Library

    It’s critical to keep up with the latest apps, technology, and trends in the fast-changing world of visual communication, but it’s also critical to have a good understanding of design as a subject of study with a long history of lessons to learn. With that in mind, here are a few must-have books for any designer. The books are significant, educational, and reasonably priced.Read More →

  • Wolfgang Weingart – Swiss Typographer and Designer

    Wolfgang Weingart – Swiss Typographer and Designer

    What is the most memorable piece of typography you have come across? “I’ll go for Typographic Process, Nr. 4 Typographic Signs designed by Wolfgang Weingart in 1971 because it was one of the first designs with typography as the main element and the one that inspired me the most.”Read More →

  • Japanese Publication: Monthly Cosmopolitan. Cover

    Japanese Publication: Monthly Cosmopolitan. Cover

    Japanese Publication: Monthly Cosmopolitan. Aoyama Nozomi and Wakida Asuka (Cosmopolitan). 2015.Read More →

  • Vernacular Typography – Motel Signs

    Vernacular Typography – Motel Signs

    Motel signs are one of my favourite examples of recognisable American vernacular typography. Read More →

  • Trajan, the Fallback Movie Poster Font

    Trajan, the Fallback Movie Poster Font

    A serif all-caps typeface designed in 1989 by Carol Twombly for Adobe, Trajan is based on the letterforms carved into the Trajan’s Column in Rome in AD113. Read More →

  • Aesthetic intelligence from an early typographic luminary

    Aesthetic intelligence from an early typographic luminary

    Benjamin Sherbow, a copywriter who honed his typographic skills and fervently learned the nuances of type and languageRead More →

  • Haunch of Venison Poster – Power of Asymmetry

    Haunch of Venison Poster – Power of Asymmetry

    Asymmetry can help give some life and power to a typographic arrangement. The designer has used the idea of a long piece of tape or receipt.  The typography is contrasted against large and small to make it stand out.Read More →

  • Claude Garamond (1510 – 1561) made the letter a living thing

    Claude Garamond (1510 – 1561) made the letter a living thing

    Little is known about the early life of France’s most distinguished type designer Claude Garamond, though he is mentioned as being “at work” in the printing business early in the sixteenth century, Garamond was commissioned by the French monarch, Francis I, to cut a font of Greek letter which later became known as the “Royal Greek Type.” Read More →

  • MuirMcNeil’s New Typeface Is As Fragmented and Malleable As Memory

    MuirMcNeil’s New Typeface Is As Fragmented and Malleable As Memory

    Graphic designer Natasha Lucas began designing Bisect while still a student at the London College of Communication as part of a more significant project based on Harold Pinter’s mid-career “memory plays.”Read More →

  • Million Mark Note – Design Classic

    Million Mark Note – Design Classic

    Herbert Bayer, a young student, was tasked with creating notes in denominations of one million, two million, and two billionRead More →

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Introduction to the role of typography in design – Encyclopedia of Design

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