Thursday, January 16, 2014
A perfect gift for the kids of your design-oriented friends?
Hunter Communications Original News Source:
Link to article:
A Picture Book to Teach Children Typography
Excerpt: "They say necessity is the mother of invention, but new parenthood isn't bad for coming up with new ideas either. 'After my son was born, I found that his very simple books started me thinking about a lot of basic concepts that I would have normally taken for granted,' says designer Jeremy Dooley.
One concept in particular was typography. Dooley designs typefaces for a living--almost two years ago he worked on a Chatype, a custom font created for the increasingly techy city of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 'Despite type’s ubiquity, most people don’t really think about how we have to "dress them up,"' Dooley says of his work. 'Since this is such an essential part of our communication, I wanted to do something special for my son to help him recognize fonts and understand why they’re important.'
Which is how Dooley came up with The Clothes Letters Wear. The picture book, for kids up to three years old, teaches tots about serif, sans serif, and all the nuanced iterations for type through illustrations of letters playing dress up. In The Clothes Letters Wear, a wedge serif version of the letter A isn’t some esoteric set of angles--it’s an adorable character wearing shoes.