Assignment 4: Show me…

My initial thoughts Going through part 4, I feel like I learnt a lot! This assignment seems to focus on this newfound knowledge, so I will need to draw upon my blog and notes to review what I learnt exactly, and write an article about it, plus mock up a magazine cover using a custom…

Exercise: Hierarchy

Brief Using about 500 words of Lorum Ipsum (or other dummy text) you are going to design three different pages: • an interview with a TV actor in a listings magazine entitled: Will Sheila tell the naked truth? • a review of a new piece of hardware or software in a specialist computer magazine • a book review…

Exercise: Lorum Ipsum

Lorem Ipsum is dummy text with more-or-less normal distribution of letters that makes it look like readable English. It has been used for many years and some desktop publishing packages now use it as their default model text. If you don’t have it already, go to http://www.lipsum.com and generate as much as you need. Now…

Research point: Magazine Layouts

In this research point I was asked to collect some magazines to see what works and what doesn’t in terms of layout. I don’t have access to many paper magazines and I didn’t want to buy any for the sake of this experiment, so I begun by looking at magazines online to see what I…

Exercise: If the face fits

The brief – Part 1 Create your own sample book of typefaces on your computer that you can refer to. Organise them into: • Serif for continuous text; readable at small sizes and those suitable for headings. • San-serif for continuous text; readable at small sizes and for headings. • Script fonts that look handwritten…

Research point: Vernacular typography

In this research point, I was tasked with collecting examples of vernacular typography. I first struggled with this, as I thought that vernacular typography always needs to be crude. Once I realised that this is not the case, I managed to gather quite a few examples where the typography is used to fill a certain…

Exercise: A typographic jigsaw puzzle

This exercise is designed to help you to look at typefaces more closely. I decided to do this exercise on my iPad using Procreate, a software that emulates the use of pencil very well, instead of paper and traditional pencil so I could complete this whilst commuting and at work during my lunch hour. the…

Research Point

The alphabet is only part of a typeface that contains lots of different characters such as numbers, punctuation, mathematical and monetary symbols and ligatures. Ligatures are where two letters are combined together to make printing easier. Explore you computer keyboard to find some of the other characters. You will need to use your shift, alt…

Exercise: Playing with words

The exercise (from the OCA training material) Using the following words create typographical representations that present both theword and a suggestion of its meaning. Sad Safe Sardonic Saucy Scholarly Serious Sinking Skimpy Shadow Sleek Speed Swagger Shattered Snowy Squeeze Shy Sodden Stiff Short Silly Soothing Smart Squat Sweet Sordid Sophisticated Stodgy Stoned Style Supine Start…

Research Point: The History of Typography

Typography is a fundamental building block of graphic design. This form of visual communication has been developing and and evolving from the early scribing of the cave man to today’s emoji’s. The prehistoric era In the prehistoric era pictographs such as cave paintings were mankind’s first way of communication efforts, these were representing objects, activities…