Always Learning – Copyright for Designers

A week or so without any assignments and I’m still trying to get used to it, lol πŸ™‚ At the same time, my head is swimming with about a thousand ideas on what I should do next – what do I want to do with my new skills? Where do I want them to take me? So many ideas! I definitely think I’m going to create some sort of business in the design/art area, but I’m not sure exactly what though… still some sorting out to do there.

One thing that did come to mind while I’ve been thinking about all of this, was an assignment I did last year around Copyright. Copyright should be a really straight-forward thing, i.e. don’t copy other people’s stuff, but sometimes things aren’t quite so simple.

This assignment was the first time I usedΒ InDesign, so it was ah, interesting… I can’t say I’m a huge fan of that program now though either… Anyway, for the assignment we had to write a one-page magazine article on ‘Copyright for Designers’. For the presentation of the article we had to find an article in a design magazine and duplicate their grid layout.

I chose an article from No Cure – one of my favourite art/design magazines πŸ™‚

Thankfully I worked out how to set up the grid without too much hassle. We had to include photos too – I used my own photos of my own drawings – easy way to avoid copyright issues πŸ™‚

Anyway, here is my article:

Learning Activity: Typesetting

Garamond – Gill Sans – Rockwell – Edwardian Script – Blackmoor
Good Morning, Good Morning! It’s the weekend πŸ™‚ 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-taskingΒ 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:

β€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.”

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

GARAMOND

  • Serif font
  • Old-style
  • Originally designed by Claude Garamond (1480 – 1561), then confusingly by Jean Jannon (1580 – 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 – 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 β€˜the Helvetica of England’

Sources:
Wikipedia
isdgn
Typedia

ROCKWELL

  • Serif
  • Slab serif / Egyptian
  • Designed at the Monotype foundry in 1934 modeled after 1910’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!

What’s this Activity Anyway?

So just a bit of an FYI, this is the activity that has me creating this here blog…

Progress Challenge 3: Creating your production blog

Take the first step towards creating your own photo media project through exploring and developing ideas. To aid you in this process, create your own production blog through the numerous channels available in the web and the ones suggested in this course. Use this site to organise, document, reflect and share elements of your development processes. Use this site to also get useful feedback, reviews and discussions as your project progresses and finalises….”

– Quoted from the course module booklet.Β