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Typographic Portrait

“Typography is a visual graphic language when it is used creatively and expressively. As a form, type contains the design elements of line, shape, texture, size and value and can be arranged into graphic, compositions.”

The first part of our typography assignment was to sketch portrait of ourselves into our notebooks. It was too hard to keep looking in a mirror to sketch myself so i found a photo of my self and tried my best to sketch that instead πŸ˜€ heres what i got…….

Based on our sketch we were den to redo the image using letters and numbers, we could use magazine, newspapers, via Photoshop or illustrator, and by hand. And since i still have no idea how to use the adobe features i went with my best instinct and hand done the assignment πŸ˜›

So i thought the best way to do this was to draw a quick outline as a guide…..

….and den i splashed on the letters πŸ˜€

I used words like, Shauna, lee, brennan, me, creative, intelligence, live, laugh, love and smile.. I thought using my name and a few words to describe me worked best. I also used colour to make it more interesting.

hope you like it πŸ˜€

to finish of I thought I’d add some really cool typographic portraits I found on the net πŸ˜€

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Typography

Heres an awesome video i found using typography πŸ˜€

Our journey began with Typefaces, a typeface is a complete alphabet (letters numbers & characters) in a single design. A font is a typeface in a particular size and style.

History of typefaces

  • The origin of letters
  • Roman capitals
  • Uncial script
  • Half-uncial script
  • Carolingian minuscule
  • Humanist script
  • Gothic script
  • Venetian antiqua

There are two basic groups of typefaces, serif and sans-serif..

Serif has decorative embellishments on the ends of character lines were as sans-serif had no embellishments and is the more modern of the two. Usually sans-serif would be used onΒ  web design, and serif in books.

The anatomy of a letter form consists of a

  • Stem
  • Baseline
  • Ascender
  • Descender
  • Counter
  • Serif
  • X-height
  • Bowl

An important part of typography is the readability, our eyes scan a script of text and mainly focus on every few words ‘saccadic movement’. Also line spacing is important,Β  you gotta make sure it’s easy to read. ideally you should have no more than 60 words per line or 35-45 on the web.

There are 4 different column set-ups to choose from..

  • flush left
  • flush right
  • centered
  • justified

Kerning is to adjust the space between to letters

So i thinks thats enough said about that, it’s not terribly interesting…. so on to our last assignment :OΒ  we were asked to sketch our portrait and den redo the same image using typography πŸ˜€ so basically we have to draw our portrait with letter, id much rather do it on illustrate instead of hand doing it this time just to mix it up a bit, after all it s a digital media course……. πŸ˜›

I’ll upload my assignment when im doneΒ  bye-bye πŸ˜‰

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