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Archive for the ‘Typography’ Category

Commercial Printing: Character and Mood in Typefaces

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

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In addition to providing content (the thoughts that words convey), typefaces provide a sense of character, tone, and value to the process of understanding these words. They tell you, often subconsciously, exactly how to feel about the words you’re reading. (more…)

Custom Printing: The Nuances of Designing with Type

Monday, May 24th, 2021

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In the 45 years I’ve been in the business of commercial printing, I have grown to love the nuances of type. Many years ago I read about a designer who worked well into the night cutting up and repositioning individual letters with a razor blade. (Everything was done by hand back then. The Macintosh did not make desktop publishing a reality until 1987.) The designer was crafting a logo, and nestling the letterforms closely into one another (which is known as kerning). At the time I couldn’t understand the care and affection he seemed to shower on these pieces of waxed typesetting paper (wax was the adhesive we used). Now I understand completely. (more…)

Custom Printing: Learning to Look at, and Really See, Typefaces

Monday, January 25th, 2021

It seems to be a major truth about life that when you pay close attention to something and learn as much as you can about it, you start to see it everywhere. You also start to understand intuitively how it works. I think this is also true about typography for commercial printing, one of the main building blocks of good design. Or, more specifically, becoming fluent in typography will allow you to consciously give a particular voice, or tone, to whatever you design, from logos to posters to brochures to print books. (more…)

Book Printing: The “Greyness” of a Block of Type

Monday, October 28th, 2019

I know that a term like “greyness” when referring to a block of black text on a print book page sounds somewhat esoteric, but bear with me. This simple concept can affect everything from the look of a book’s design to its readability and even its printability. And all of this can change based on the age of your readership. (more…)

Custom Printing: A Handful of Useful Type Terms

Monday, November 17th, 2014

I like type. I think it’s a beautiful art form worthy of close observation and study. I take this position not just from an aesthetic sensibility but from a practical marketing outlook. Type, if well chosen, can convey meaning or elicit emotion. It can inspire and persuade. (more…)

Commercial Printing: Intriguing Facts About Fonts

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

I would encourage you to use Google Images (as well as Google Web) to find samples of each type characteristic or category. Type “Google Images,” then search for “Modern” Type, for instance. You can find detailed images and descriptions in this way. (more…)

Commercial Printing: More Intriguing Facts About Fonts

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Here are a few more facts and suggestions regarding fonts, a topic about which volumes could be written.

More Type Distinctions

“Regular,” “Bold,” “Semibold”–the list goes on. The best way to acquaint yourself with the font choices available to you in InDesign (or any other page composition software package) is to select “Font” under the “Type” menu and review the pop-up font listing menu (or you can do the same thing if you have a font management utility such as Suitcase). (more…)

Printing Industry: Designing for the Visually Challenged

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

We all get older. It’s much better than the alternative. But as we age, our eyes find it more difficult to read text, and perceive color and contrast. I’m going to be 56 shortly, and I’m already noticing this. If you design printed products for a middle aged (or older) crowd, it is even more important than usual to consider the eyesight of the audience when you design brochures, print books, or any other custom printing product. (more…)

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