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A lesson in Typography

Typography is the art and technique of arranging type in order to make language visible. I’m going to date myself here but when I was in college studying graphic design, we still went to typesetters to set our type. I graduated in 1990, and computer typesetting was just around the corner. My first job, I had to figure out what type size, leading and typeface I wanted to use and let the typesetters do the rest. It was more time consuming and maybe less creative. Now we have so many font choices on our computers and can try whatever we want over and over again. This can be a boon and a bust. Finding the right fonts to fit your design can make all the difference. The fonts above are all the same size but totally different personality. Pinterest is a great place to see awesome type examples and how the perfect type can make or break your project. We had a lot of fun doing the Christmas coasters below, mostly coming up with cheesy jokes but also finding the right typefaces to fit the design and the feeling we wanted to evoke. This video is a great introduction to typography plus it is beautifully designed! I hope this gets your creative juices flowing. Great typography will set your project above the...

winnie the pooh

Last night I went to see the new Winnie the Pooh movie with my kids. It is a cute story but very short, perfect for youngsters. My girls are 10 and 12 so it is a little young for them but they have such fond memories of Winnie the Pooh that they could not wait to go. We did not stay until the end of the credits but I have since learned that there is a cute little ending, so stay put! We will have to rent it when it comes out. The stories by A.A. Milne are so sweet and the film adaption is great. The characters are cute and quirky just like your extended family. There’s Uncle Bob always asking about food, and the control freak Aunt Betty, the spastic cousin John, the know it all Uncle Sam, the mother hen and her spoiled brat, Mitsy and Kaily, the shy introverted cousin Mikey and the grumpy grandpa Dave. Just kidding these are not my real family names I changed them to protect them. 🙂 But the real treat of the film is how the story literally comes to life. The film is every graphic designers dream. I loved how they incorporated the words into the film and even used the letters as props. So creative! Winnie the Pooh has always been one of my childhood favorites. I even designed my son’s nursery in Winnie the Pooh. Now as an adult and as a designer I can see why I loved it so much as a child, it was my inner design diva shining through!...