— aleatory

Understanding Typography


I thought I knew what typography was about before. I mean, I never claimed to understand the need to appear obsessed over it. But in general, yeah sure, some types are easier to read than others. Some have a character of their own. Don’t choose comic sans. And a few other heuristics that steered you in a generally correct direction.

However as someone who takes a pretty guerilla approach to the matter I’ve never been exposed to anything approaching the Zeitgeist of typographic design. Now I can say Tim Brown’s talk at last year’s Build has succeeded in forcefully injecting me with the importance – and centrality – of typography in modern web design.

If you haven’t already, I’d recommend taking the half an hour to listen in:

Tim Brown – More Perfect Typography from Build on Vimeo.

One of the two external links Brown provides goes further into how basic characteristics of type can influence the wider design.

2 comments
  1. iodivyavala says: 3 November 20151:00 am

    Incredibly enlightening, looking forwards to returning.

  2. Ashish says: 19 December 201512:50 pm

    I think that Lobster would be a great addition to this list, or maybe the seueql. It’s available for free through font squirrel. There is also a Lobster Two, but I’ve yet to take a really good look at it.

Submit comment