Monday, May 26, 2014

Good Design: Follow the 10 Commandments of Typography

The thousands of free and commercial fonts available on the internet for designers and hobbyists can leave you feeling like a kid in a candy shop when you start adding text to your next project. With all these options, you can easily fall into the trap of using too many fonts or juxtaposing weirdly different (or even worse, too similar) fonts in your design.

 Nothing can replace the insights of a design course, but if you start with the basic practices outlined on Designmantic's infographic of the 10 Commandments of Typography, you can at least avoid the obvious pitfalls.  Rules are made to be broken, and breaking these guidelines is hardly punishable by death, but any creative person knows you need to know the rules before you decide to break them. (Click on the graphic below to read the "commandments" in full resolution.)

Hunter Communications Original News Source:
Designmantic

Link to article:
The 10 Commandments of Typography

Excerpt: "It is true that the beauty of typography lies in its endless options, convenient variations and its colossal nature and that typography knows no boundaries and it’s like yet another galaxy out there waiting to be explored and known. However, even though typography is open ended and vast with a lot of creativity to it, there is only so much one can do and apply. Hence, it is always good to know the tips to make unique logo design, web interface or packaging, in order to save yourself from the trouble of experimenting too many fonts on your design.

The infographic below illustrates the '10 Commandments of Typography' that could be followed as quite the basics when it comes to selecting fonts. Even though typography is an art and art is supposed to be subjective with minimal parameters, these rules can still be applied in order to save time and too much experimentation! Consider the following 10 statements as the best practices of typography…"


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