Computer Arts | Type Tips
I was asked by Computer Arts magazine to contribute to a ‘Type Tips’ feature
Against the Grain: Wood Type
If you want to achieve the look and feel of wood type but don’t have access to a press, you can still capture the unique aesthetic using an alternate method. Purchase or find a physical set of wood type characters from a local defunct print shop, or ebay. Set your type, transfer it to a scanner, alter the type image in any way you want. You could buy a “wood type inspired” typeface, but there’s nothing quite like handling physical letter blocks.
Elements of Typographic Style
Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst is considered by many to be a typographic bible. If you’re serious about typography, study it’s history, learn the basics, and understand the guidelines until you’ve gained the knowledge to break them.
The Color of Type
Most of what we encounter is black type on a white surface: books, periodicals, newspapers, documents, online, etc. The use of color with type, especially display type, can have a huge emotional impact on a project as long as much consideration is given to maintaining strong contrast, clarity, and readability. It’s common to work in black initially, adding color when appropriate.
Unfortunately, when it comes to font management there isn’t a completely viable solution. This is a good reason to be selective with the amount of typefaces you collect and activate on your machine.