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.