Talking About Type

In this course, you will be starting to understand how to manage how type looks on the page. You should understand the basic terminology for:

  • Categories of typefaces (or Fonts)
  • Type size
  • Paragraph design
  • Style systems
  • The shapes (objects) that combine to make up a letterform

Handouts will help you review the information given out in class, and they are posted here as well.

There are many sites on the Internet that will teach you about type. Tuts+ has an exceptionally clear one with links to other good sites.

In Photoshop, there are many ways to make type look interesting, some better than others. Be sure to balance effects with the degree of readability you want. Here are some links to some tutorials on Photoshop type effects. Google to find more.