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Typography 101: Everything a Beginner Should Know

Typography 101: Everything a Beginner Should Know | visual data |

Typography is both an art and a technique. Once created through printed materials, typography is all about arranging type in a way that enables learning and recognition.

However, typography is more than just the design of the letters and characters -- it also involves careful arrangement and selection of point size, line length, and spacing both on a single line and throughout an entire page. If you know the basics of typography, you will be able to lay out an arrangement of headers, paragraphs, etc. in an attractive and convincing way.

Typography is absolutely everywhere -- just look at your phone, a billboard, your coffee cup, or even the different styles used in this blog post. Once you’re conscious about the fact that typography is used all around you, you’ll start to recognize the differences between typefaces and why they might’ve been selected...

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5 Fascinating Font Infographics

5 Fascinating Font Infographics | visual data |

Typefaces are one of the most important, yet underappreciated, elements when it comes to creating incredible web and graphic designs. While most people think about the aesthetic of their design, color choices, and functionality, few people think about the ability of typeface – on its own – to convey a message. Fonts make up words but they are communicators themselves, and the font choice you make can either make or break your website/digital communication.

Check out these 5 infographics to know a little bit more about where fonts came from, how they work, and why they’re so important.

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How to create a good infographic

How to create a good infographic | visual data |

Infographics have become quite popular nowadays since they help people find the right path in the chaos of the crowded online world.

So, it is understandable why designers appreciate this trend so much. However, it's always useful to learn a few tips and pieces of advice.

In this infographic and related article, you will get more details about design, typography, content, color and more...

Ignasi Alcalde's curator insight, June 27, 2013 8:11 AM

Crear Infografias Con Adobe pack.

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A Brief Introduction to Typography – Infographic

A Brief Introduction to Typography – Infographic | visual data |

Typography is a key element of any graphic design.

Any computer contains hundreds of pre-installed fonts to choose from and there are dozens of websites with thousands of free fonts, just some minimal knowledge and aesthetic taste.

This infographic intend to explain the basics of typography and disseminate the “best” ones that always work without too much complications.

Take short walk through this fascinating world...

Georgia Gibbs Design's curator insight, April 19, 2013 8:05 PM

The lines in any face tell an interesting story and choosing the right type will help you to tell your own.

Greg Andrade's curator insight, October 11, 2013 10:09 PM

This is typography 101. These are some of the typography basics I teach my students. There are many other good articles pertaining to all types of design from architecture, furniture and of course graphic design.

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10 Infographics About Typography

10 Infographics About Typography | visual data |

Typography is a crucial component of great designs involving text, so knowing as much as you can about it is an important step to becoming a great designer. This roundup of infographics will help you discover new and interesting things (as well as reinforce and reiterate stuff you already know) about typography.

Click the Go to Source link under each infographic to navigate to the source of the infographic and to see the larger version provided by the creator of the infographic...

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Typographical Infographics That'll Make You Go "Wow!"

Typographical Infographics That'll Make You Go "Wow!" | visual data |

Words are a really powerful tool to express what you think, but an even more powerful weapon to visualize your main thoughts and concept are graphics. To be more specific a rich combination of beautiful typographical signs, letters and symbols. By using different fonts, sizes and styles it’s possible to create stunning typographical infographics. All you need is an awesome idea and some prior knowledge on the topic to visualize your thoughts and present them to your audience.

Typographical infographics are much more than simple pictures with captivating statistics. These creations enhance the world of creativity and artistry through their precision and succinctness. With the help of elegant design and familiar associations, they turn complex graphics into easily digestible messages. Just don’t be afraid of experimenting with letters and stunning design approaches. Choose the composition and layout that reflects your theme best and let your imagination fly...

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Karen Dietz's comment, April 13, 2012 5:21 PM
Love this Michele! Thanks for curating it. The article is giving me lots of ideas :)
maxOz's comment, April 14, 2012 8:16 AM
My Pleasure Karen enjoy xxx
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An Alphabet Designed By 45 Top Creatives Champions Art Education

An Alphabet Designed By 45 Top Creatives Champions Art Education | visual data |

As part of their rebranding project, non-profit Free Arts NYC asked 45 top creatives to design a letter or symbol to create a font to be used in its new branding. 
Featuring the work of well-known designers, illustrators, artists and typographers, the line-up for the project includes impressive names like Michael Beirut, Diane Von Furstenberg, George Lois and brands such as Warby Parker. 
The resulting font is a wonderfully eclectic mix of artistic styles that reflects the experiences of their creators and serves to show how art has impacted their lives for the good. 

Watch the video about the “A to Z Project” at the link or head over to its website to find out more. 

dar_l78's curator insight, March 23, 2015 11:46 AM

un article qui vends du rêve. #Douceurdesiles


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The History of Typography, in Stop-Motion Animation

The History of Typography, in Stop-Motion Animation | visual data |

Fonts and typefaces have officially become a mainstream obsession. In our current design-centric culture, terms like sans-serif, Helvetica, and — heaven forbid — Comic Sans have breached the cultural consciousness.

Fortunately, for those of you who still can’t tell your Futura from your Papyrus, Yukon-based designer Ben Barrett-Forrest has crafted this charming stop-motion history lesson to help you get up to speed.

Built with 2454 photographs, 291 letters, and 140 hours of his life, Barrett-Forrest’s animated short is a delight . As he guides us from the lowly beginnings of Guttenberg’s printing press, all the way to the computer age, it becomes apparent that the art of type is a corollary for history. Like architecture and fashion, typography is a reflection of the world in which it’s created. Barrett-Forrest explains his interest in type and the genesis of the project in an interview at the article link.

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100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design

100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design | visual data |
From visual puns to the grid, or what Edward Tufte has to do with the invention of the fine print.

Design history books abound, but they tend to be organized by chronology and focused on concrete -isms. From publisher Laurence King, who brought us the epic Saul Bass monograph, and the prolific design writer Steven Hellerwith design critic Veronique Vienne comes 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design — a thoughtfully curated inventory of abstract concepts that defined and shaped the art and craft of graphic design, each illustrated with exemplary images and historical context.

serena.sw's curator insight, June 7, 2013 11:35 PM

Keep this for later reading.

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Serif vs Sans: The Final Battle In Typography [Infographic]

Serif vs Sans: The Final Battle In Typography [Infographic] | visual data |

Within the typographic communities, people have debated on the issue: Do serifs contribute to the legibility of typefaces, and are sans serif typefaces less legible?

Like many things, these two different fonts have pros and cons. This infographic takes a look at the argument of serif vs sans serif...

ComeStilVuole's curator insight, March 18, 2013 3:19 AM

Sans o serif? Ecco come usare i font giusti per ogni strumento.

Best Infographics's comment, March 18, 2013 2:21 PM
Each font has their own uses, but sometimes it is a personal choice.
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Data + Design: the Case for Creating Visualizations by Hand

Data + Design: the Case for Creating Visualizations by Hand | visual data |

Programs like Photoshop and Illustrator prompt perfection by bringing mathematics to bear on our inexact lines, make perfect circles out of our warbly loops, and create the exact #xxxxxx for our pixelated palettes.

While technology plays a big role in the data visualization world, it can come at a loss of variation: the unique stories that only our own hands can tell.

For designers and journalists, there are a number of good reasons to design by hand...

Last week, Pratt-educated street typographer Pablo A. Medina gave a lecture at New York’s Type Directors Club. His fonts — Cuba, Vitrina, North Bergen — are as irregular as the signs from which they hail. It’s an irregularity Medina acquiesces to in his artwork, in which he paints new messages using old, found fonts. Handmade designs are more personal, more expressive, more fun.

He’s not the first to notice. Famous artists like Greg Lamarche and Margaret Killigan, as well as underground grafitti artists around the world have all realized the beauty of creating by hand. It’s not perfect — and that exactly is the point.

In general, creating graphics the old-fashioned way is great for those who have not yet mastered software, and it enables more freedom of movement and, by extension, expression.

Even if you are too afraid to let a little bit of yourself out when designing data visualizations, mock up creations by hand. Designing visualizations this way can still be faster and have fewer limitations...

Read further to learn more about how creating images by hand saves time, electricity, and unnecessary labor, while allowing more opportunities for creative exploration and expression.

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Wanted: A Typographic Map of the World | Co.Design

Wanted: A Typographic Map of the World | Co.Design | visual data |

Chicago designer Nancy McCabe creates gorgeous maps of the world using (almost) nothing but words.
We love globes, but we despise reading them. All those extraneous symbols and endless topographic lines that could easily be confused with countries -- if not for Where in the World Is Carmen San Diego, we'd probably go on thinking Dar es Salaam is an island in Norway.

The global maps shown here are a promising antidote. Created by Chicago designer Nancy McCabe, they strip down the geography of the world to virtually nothing but words. Focus on a single continent and you can scan its vast array of nations, cities, and seas without the usual surfeit of visual interference. Blind grids shows latitude and longitude, keeping the whole thing from feeling too obscure and unmap-like.

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