Learning Activity: Typesetting

Garamond – Gill Sans – Rockwell – Edwardian Script – Blackmoor
Good Morning, Good Morning! It’s the weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ What have you got planned? I’ve got a huge list of things I want to get through this weekend including a whole heap of studying! This little study activity was super easy so I was able to get through it while I had my brekkie – got to love multi-taskingย haha – I had to research a few fonts and typeset my name in each of them. Not difficult and it was interesting to read some of the background behind the fonts.
First up though, what is typesetting?
From About.com:

โ€œSetting type or typesetting is the process of putting text into the right style and size of type and the desired arrangement on the page in preparation for printing.โ€

Now a little background onย the fonts I had to use…

GARAMOND

  • Serif font
  • Old-style
  • Originally designed by Claude Garamond (1480 โ€“ 1561), then confusingly by Jean Jannon (1580 โ€“ 1635)
  • Country of origin: France
  • Uses less ink than Times New Roman
  • Large Dr Seuss picture books are set in a version of Garamond
  • Conveys solid tradition whilst remaining elegant

Sources:
Wikipedia
Typophile
Linotype
Typedia

GILL SANS

  • Sans-serif
  • Humanist
  • Designed by Eric Gill (1882 โ€“ 1940)
  • Country of origin: UK
  • Originally used in 1926 in a bookshop facia in Bristol
  • Was designed to be used as both text and display font
  • Used in the BBC logo since 1997
  • Originally designed as only uppercase. Lowercase was added in 1929
  • Sometimes referred to as โ€˜the Helvetica of Englandโ€™

Sources:
Wikipedia
isdgn
Typedia

ROCKWELL

  • Serif
  • Slab serif / Egyptian
  • Designed at the Monotype foundry in 1934 modeled after 1910โ€™s Litho Antique
  • Geometric
  • Mainly used for display text
  • Country of origin: UK

Sources:
Wikipedia
Typedia
Fonts.com

EDWARDIAN SCRIPT

  • Created in 1994 by Edward Benguiat (1927 – )
  • Italic / Script
  • Designed to resemble hand drawn calligraphy
  • Elegant and flowy, often used for wedding invitations
  • Country of origin: USA

Sources:
eHow
Wikipedia

BLACKMOOR

  • Designed by David Quay (1948 – ) in 1983
  • Based on old English lettering
  • Mixture of medieval and gothic connotations
  • Blackletter

Sources:
My Fonts
Linotype

Anyway, off to get moving on a few other things on my list, have a great weekend!

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