Typography Critique Week 1 – One Weight, One Pt. Size – Designing with Limitations

(Episode 1 of 7) Typography crit. Learn type with us as we review user-submitted work from our class and go over the fundamentals of good typography.

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Have you ever been stuck while designing something and wanted professional feedback on your work? We understand that the design process could be tough when you don’t have guidance through the process. If you want to learn why basic typography skills matter, this critique is for you.

We asked the students from our Typography 01 class to submit their assignments to receive critiques. Week 01: One pt. size, one weight. We review the concept of “Breaking down and learning how to see”. Typography could just be blocks of text. We’ll talk about how to group sections based on importance and hierarchy.

02:00 – The top 5 elements of good typography
5:30 – 1st Critique
8:00 – Does increasing the space make it more interesting and dynamic contrast?
10:00 – Group things by aligning them to an axis/how to make a focal point/order
13:20 – Pushing the letters off the edges
13:50 – What are rivers in typography
16:00 – Figure out what’s important
20:00 – 3rd critique – Imagine it’s the layout of a room/a floor plan. Don’t push everything to the edge
24:20 – 4th Critique – break things up into groups
28:00 – Explore different sizes and weights, but only one size and weight per layout
29:30 – The default font and point size is the worst. The difference changing the point size can make
33:00 – Make some ugly layouts to discover more
37:00 – Pushing things to the edge
39:00 – The 1/3 rule
39:40 – How to critique your own layout
45:00 – What are grids? What are they used for in typography?
47:00 – Upper lowercase is easier to read
51:00 – if the primary goal of a piece is to communicate in a logical manner, then should the focal point usually be the (in this case) RZN8? Since that’s typically what we want people to ID first
55:30 – How to create separation between two groups that are in all caps
59:00 – Grids – Fibonacci sequence ***
1:10:50 – Double spacing
1:14:00 – Be really aligned or really offset
1:18:00 – How you should view the design as a floor plan***
1:20:30 – How grouping creates the better relationship
1:37:00 – Recap
1:39:00 – Architecture plug in from Hot Door CAD Tools

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