Type Terminology

For this week’s class, we were given some terms to live by in typography and also studied the roots of type.

We were briefed from the cavemen pictographs, the hieroglyphs and early communication systems up to how printing was first discovered.

We started with early paintings and symbols used to write down ideas. Then since that was not effective and there were too many symbols to remember, the idea was scrapped for how ineffective it was. As society expanded, so did their means of communication. The symbols grew and grew, forming the alphabets. As society kept on growing, carving and writing down ideas became outdated and the typewriter was made. However, this required a lot of space and time, mistakes are also permanent and starting over could take decades. This made people think of alternatives and thus printing was born. Copying was no longer done by hand and machines started to take over.

As there were many types of handwriting when typewriters and printers were first found, the manual carving of each letter stuck and became fonts. A lot of famous types emerge during these periods. Now things are different, we can communicate our ideas manually and digitally digitally thanks to all the technological innovations made over the centuries. Now, type has evolved so much that we can articulate all our ideas quickly and accurately.


Exercise 1 (booklet):

So for the assignment, we need to make a booklet filled with all the type terminologies that we learned in class. We had to find artwork examples from the library as well. Here is a small peek on my progress this week:

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My Screenshots:

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More of my progress will be shown along with the finished product on my next update.


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