Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Typefaces + Bembo

Old style (Gerald) – considered warm, friendly, shorter “x” height scooped serifs –Bembo, Calson, Garamond, Jenson, Palatino

Transitional – copperplate engravings – fine, rich, thick to thin, sharper serifs and a more vertical axis – Bakerville, Caslon, Perpetua

Modern (Didone) – technical exactness, thin straight serifs, sharp contrast from think to thin strokes -- Bodoni, Bauer Bodoni, Walbaum

Slab Serif (square Serif / Egyptian) - attracting attention, bold, decorative, heavy slab serifs – Serifa, Rockwell, Memphis Clarendon, New Century Schoolbook

Sans Serif (geometric) – Bauhaus movement, circular, geometric letters. Variation in stroke thickness, built around geometric forms – Futura, Folio, Gotham, Avant Gard

Script - fluid stroke created by handwriting, loose, causal, and similar to cursive – French script, Kuenstler, palace script, Vivaldi

Blackletter (gothic script) cursive style, bookhand script, heavy angular– American Text, Cloister Black, Fraktur, Goudy Text

Grunge – mixture of type, not systematic, random markings, not clean , messy, --fall, kreepy krawly, Nobby, tiza

Monospaced all glyphs have the same width, similar to a manual typewriter, used for computer codes– Courier, Consolas, Fixed, Andale Mono

Undeclared random category, may pertain some characteristics of other categories but do not fit within the parameters to be grouped with any category- Tema Cantante, Grasset, Kahana, Braggadocio



by Francesco Griffo

around 1495.

Old Style

Family members – Regular, Italic, Semibold, Semibold Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, Extra Bold, Extra Bold Italic

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The man who knows his fonts, Adrian Frutiger

Born in Switzerland, a legend to the typeface world. The basic fonts are sometimes forgot about when thinking how were these created and designed? Adrian Frutiger is to thank for the basic fonts that are used very regularly throughout this day and age. “Breaking the rules” so to say is how real artist become legendary, Adrian Frutiger is one of these “rule-breakers” growing up in swiss schools with the typical cursive font He began experimenting new initiative fonts without the formal aspect. He advanced his name into the art and printing industry when writing a history paper on western lettering. Graduating from school he then worked in Paris aiding in translating classic typefaces. as well as creating his own style one of which included Univers in 1957. Univers was a response to the typeface Futura, with this typeface Frutiger introduces the revolutionary two-digit numbering system including the faces width and weight. Univers was the first typeface to use a numbering system and it also can be defined by a grid, which broke away from the normal, bold, and italic fonts of the past. The grid allows for more space and detail. The definition for the grid by Frutiger, “Frutiger likens it to a star; in the centre, there is a basic font face marked with number 55. Adjacent on the left and the right , are one unit higher or lower faces with always broader or narrower characters, but always with a ductus (stroke width) of the same thickness. On the other hand, there are adjacent faces in an upward or downward direction that are a tenth lower or higher with a ductus (stroke width) of equal thickness. Odd numbers mark the upright faces while even numbers mark the oblique faces. All characters are therefore logically connected and derive from one “prototype”.” (http://kaitlynmackey.blogspot.com/2008/09/adrian-frutiger.html)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Visc 204 Gestural Drawing

OH MAN have I tried everything to try and generate this Beaver !! everything I see now is turning into a beaver lol :) joy of graphic projects! But oh do I enjoy them!