5 Basic Rules on Typography
by Granny's Mettle
Whenever you get projects for designing graphics
for different media materials, there are certain
rules you need to know before venturing to the complexities
and elaborate world of graphic design. One of the
elements considered in graphic design is typography.
This is how you utilize and create your text to
come out with a result that complements your images
and design of the whole media material, whether
it's for print or web.
How to Make Your Own Font
by Maui Reyes
If youve always thought your handwriting is
so much better than the many fonts out there, then
maybe its time you made your mark: literally.
Creating your own font isnt as hard as it
seemsall you need is a pen, a paper, a little
program-know-how, and a comprehensible penmanship.
Microsoft's fonts for the Web:
Andale Mono (formerly Monotype.com)
- Andale Mono (formerly Monotype.com)
- Arial Black
- Comic Sans MS
- Courier New
- Times New Roman
- Trebuchet MS
- Adobe Minion Web
Andale Mono is a highly legible monospaced font. This
font was originally distributed as part of the Internet
Explorer 4.0 add-ons page as Monotype.com.
With its contemporary sans serif design, Arial is a very
versatile family of typefaces which is popularly used
and preferred for text setting in reports, presentations,
letters, magazines, ads, newspapers, promotions, etc.
Sharing the same features with Arial and belonging to
the same typeface family, Arial Black has a much heavier
Comic Sans MS
First introduced with the Windows 95 Plus! pack, this
typeface font is extremely readable on-screen at small
sizes, making it a useful text face.
Courier is used to mimick typewriter output for reports
and documentation. Designed as a typewriter face for IBM,
Courier was re drawn by Adrian Frutiger for IBM Selectric
Designed by Matthew Carter, the Georgia typeface family
exudes high legibility with character and charm even at
Designed by Geoffrey Lee, this face was first issued in
1965 by the famous Sheffield foundry, Stephenson Blake.
The sans serif display typeface is very heavy and condensed
in the grotesque style, similar to Helvetica Inserat.
Use Impact font in display situations requiring a strong
Times New Roman
This widely popular typeface first appeared in 1932 in
The Times of London newspaper, for which it was designed.
It has subsequently become one of the worlds most successful
type creations. Even though it originally was created
for the printing of newspapers with stereotype-plates,
it became also very fast the leading type for books on
Monotype-, Linotype and Intertype-setting-machines after
its release in 1932.
Trebuchet is a Microsoft font family with 4 styles and
was designed by Vincent Connare in 1996, is a humanist
sans serif designed for easy screen readability. Trebuchet
takes its inspiration from the sans serifs of the 1930s
which had large x heights and round features intended
to promote readability on signs.
Verdana is a Microsoft font family with 4 styles. Designed
by world renowned type designer Matthew Carter, and hand-hinted
by leading hinting expert, Agfa Monotypes Tom Rickner,
these sans serif fonts are unique examples of type design
for the computer screen.
Webdings is Microsoft's new TrueType symbol font for the
Web. It was designed in 1997 as a response to the need
of Web designers for a fast and easy method of incorporating
graphics in their pages.
Adobe Minion Web
Minion Web is an Adobe font family designed by Robert
Slimbach. Minion is inspired by classical, old style typefaces
of the late Renaissance, a period of elegant, beautiful,
and highly readable type designs. Minion Web has been
optimized for onscreen use.