This semester, I am taking a typography course.

For a girl who has been doodling her own fonts since she was a frizzy-haired 2nd grader in Mrs. Scheeweis’ class, this is serious business. Typography is one of the reasons I made the decision to go back to school for graphic design. It seems quite natural to me now that I would gravitate towards this field of design, as it marries the two things I love to do most: write and design.

The interplay between writing and design is critical. There is a distinct art and technique in being able to arrange type in order to make language visible  and understandable. And it is certainly not as easy as the type experts of the world make it seem. As an aspiring one myself, I know the littlest details (be it size, serif vs. sans-serif, alignment) can completely throw readibility off and quickly transform a design from Miss America to Honey Boo Boo child.

Yeah, I went there.



class  Typographic Design
what  “I Am” poem


01  Design your “I Am” poem
02  Must be in 8.5” x 11” format
03  Use any Adobe Creative suit software you wish
04  Incorporate any type style you think appropriate, keeping readability in mind


Writing this “I Am” poem (which was based off a template we had to follow) and designing it into a poster was a fun and easy way to start the semester. I wanted to keep my design type-focused, so I kept the graphics simple and chose three very different type styles: Bebas, a handwritten font + Fanwood Italic. The result is a graphic, type-heavy poster with a punch of my favorite colors.

I don’t know about you, but I likey likey.

Ashley April 15, 2013

I would love to take a typography course!!!! I used text as graphic as the main design tool for my thesis in architecture school!

Katharina April 15, 2013

Me likey likey too!!! This is awesome, and I love to see that you’re bursting with creativity! Part of why I love your blog is because of how expressive you are, and typography is such a neat way to experiment with that!

<3 much love to you, girlie!

Gillian Striker April 15, 2013

Lol – honey boo boo child. yes. i think you’ve avoided that categorization – looks great!

Hillary April 15, 2013

Beautiful stuff, lady.

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