Typography: The Beginning Of Designs
Everywhere we look, there’s typography. Sometimes we somehow notice it but don’t care to put too much attention. It is in the book we read, available on bumper stickers we use, it’s in the street signs we see every day, in product packaging too, and even visible on the websites we visit.
So What Is Typography?
Typography is the image or style of text or also refers to the knowledge of working with text. We identify these texts as fonts. It is useful in creating documents for office and school works. It is also popular for personal use such as in letters and cards for different occasions.
Common Types Of Fonts
- Serif And San Serif Fonts
Serif is a type of font that has little strokes called “serifs” attached to the tip of some of the main parts of the letter. These letters apply mostly on common projects due to its classic and simple look. Usually, print publications such as newspapers and magazines utilize it often due to its attractive quality.
On the other hand, San Serif fonts are the opposite. It doesn’t contain strokes on its letters. That’s why it seems to be one of the clean and modern types of font. Usually, it is used in tablets, computers, and smartphones because it’s pretty much readable.
- Display And Opposite Fonts
The many different styles of display fonts allow it to become useful on specific occasions. There’s the Script, All Caps, Fancy, and Blackletter. Its decorative nature fits best in titles and headers. Sometimes, it even suits more graphics heavy designs applied in tarps, banners, and murals. Meanwhile, opposite fonts are better even when they are different as long as they complement each other. The complementary combination fits perfect especially if it’s done with short and tall, and uncomplicated yet decorative.
- Other Fonts
Curls, Comic Sans, Papyrus, Hobo, Kristen, and the rest, have a significant reputation for being overused and outdated. But still, a lot of people prefer them due to familiarity and convenience. However, instead of using it, might as well consider trying different ones so you can experience other fonts’ look and feel such as Macondo, Spirax, Cherry Swash, Comic Relief, Milonga, and so on. There are some that will less likely detract you from your message.
When deciding which fonts to use, always consider using less. It’s a great choice to limit using a lot of font combinations as it makes the whole project appear to look messy. At least one or two fonts for a particular assignment will do. So instead of constantly changing the style, you can try adjusting the size and weight. This limiting process creates a more exciting combination that works neat and with quality.
Fonts have its different language. Beyond the words written on every page, they all represent something about their specific styles. They can become neutral, casual, exotic, or graphics. With its wide variety of designs, it is essential to pick an appropriate style that fits a message.