Today we'll take a brief look at Typography, focusing on typeface families, components, and uses. You will need this handout to guide your note-taking.
Students will be asked to react to the ComicSansCriminal website and they will be introduced to their next assignment, the Magazine Cover.
We are also going to take a look at kerning today, and how to make our text look more pleasing to the eye. It is a largely "thankless" task, but the results can be stunning. We are going to play a game as we absorb the concept of kerning and leading.
Your mission is simple: achieve pleasant and readable text by distributing the space between letters. Typographers call this activity kerning. Your solution will be compared to a typographer's solution, and you will be given a score depending on how close you nailed it. Good luck!
Lots to get done..so we need to stay focused!
Smashing Magazine has an awesome article on the Principles of Using and Selecting Typefaces. You should check it out! This is a nice overview of the practical use of the concepts we looked at in class today.
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