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Typography for Digital Art and Animation

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Michael Niemi

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Typography for Digital Art and Animation
Character: the basic typographic element which is any individual letter, numerical, or punctuation mark.
Typefaces and Fonts
Sans serif (Sans=without) Like to say 'without FEET'
From the French, meaning “without serif”. A typeface which has no serifs. Sans serif typefaces are typically uniform in stroke width.

Tapered corners on the ends of the main stroke. Serifs originated with the chiseled guides made by ancient stonecutters as they lettered monuments. Some serif designs may also be traced back to characteristics of hand calligraphy. Note that serif type is typically thick and thin in stroke weight.
Serif vs. Sans Serif
One of the many misconceptions is that the words "Typeface" and "Fonts" are one in the same. Actually, Typeface is the FAMILY that encompasses each FONT.


**in the example below, ARIAL is the TYPEFACE and the variations of weight are its' FONTS.
from the GREEK: TYPOS=form and GRAPHE=writing
Typography is the art and technique of arranging type in order to create a visible language
There are many things to consider when it comes to typography....here are some of the basics
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Character Components
List of Terms and Definitions
The lowercase character stroke which extends above the x-height.
The horizontal stroke on the characters ‘A’, ‘H’, ‘T’, ‘e’, ‘f’, ‘t’.
The imaginary horizontal line to which the body, or main component, of characters are aligned.
The curved stroke which surrounds a counter.
A curved line connecting the serif to the stroke.
The amount of variation in between thick and thin strokes.
The empty space inside the body stroke.
The lowercase character stroke which extends below the baseline.

The bottom part of the lowercase roman ‘g’.
The part of a curved stroke coming from the stem.
A stroke which is vertical or diagonal.
The direction in which a curved stroke changes weight.
The end of a stroke which does not terminate in a serif.
The height of the body, minus ascenders and descenders, which is equal to the height of the lowercase ‘x’.
Don't worry...There is a copy of these for you to add
to you notes in the RESOURCE FOLDER
**Good Rule of Thumb when using Serif or Sans Serif: Since Serif fonts are easier to read, use them for the body of your work (example, using Times New Roman for papers). Sans Serifs are best used for BIG-BOLD titles (check the local newspaper to see for yourself!)
Some Important Typography Terms....
How a text is displayed (left to right in most cases) and how each text block lines up with another
Keeping items of relation close enough to keep them connected, while including enough white space to make them unique.
Width of a line in a paragraph or column
The amount of space between lines of text
The space between groups of characters
The amount of space between two characters

Sorry.....these you have to write yourself!
Tips for Better Typography
1. Less is Often More
A big mistake made by designers is the use of too MANY typefaces and styles. Limit your text designs to 2 or 3 and use them consistently throughout your designs.

2. Consider Spacing
Crowding is bad when it comes to type. Too close, the words become blocked and jumbled together. Too far, and they become hard to read.

3. Alignment
We are used to reading left to right. Anything else seems a bit off. Make sure you are considering the readibility of your desgin before finalizing it.
5. Reinforce the message with your font
Just because a font you found looks 'pretty' does not mean that you should use it. Rely on the constant that "Simple is Better" in most cases. Try Helvetica on for size.

6. Consider Size and Readibility
The ultimate goal is to create works that the viewer can read clearly, without distraction or confusion. Enlarging the body paragraph just makes things look sloppy. Leave larger, more bold fonts for titles and areas you want emphasis. Think about how the viewer perceives the message....which is the MOST important thing.

7. Scale and Hierarchy
This refers to the relative size and distinction of one font to another. With Hierarchy, the designer (this is you) should try to create a sense of value to what is most important, and allow everything else to fall below into place. (Think of a deck of cards...Ace, King, Queen, Jack, etc.) Example, headings should be larger than your subheadings, and subheadings larger than your body paragraph.

The purposes of this prezi are for educational use only and are not intended for presentation for sale. It has been produced using public sources online (sited below) and using images either borrowed or created for the intent of education at the high school level, of an introductory Digital Art and Animation course.



The History of Typography - Animated Short from Ben Barrett-Forrest on Vimeo.


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