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Certainly Need to Practice

It’s no secret that I love typography. However, after realizing that I should’ve known Massimo Vignelli this whole time. Especially for the fact that I remember watching the Helvetica movie in Typography class, (many years back) but, I also remember my attention span was a lot lower at that time. Either way, better late than never. After these realizations that I retained a lot less than I thought I had over the years, I started analyzing what exactly I did know, or how I execute typesetting. This analysis took place during the Type System assignment.

I noticed that when I manually space type, majority of the process is intuitive. I have some knowledge about the proper settings, appropriate per situation. However, I noticed that in the end, I’m generally undecided and choose a spacing size, hoping that it is correct. This goes for all type spacing. After noticing that there wasn’t really any science behind my typesetting decisions, I decided that this was something I need to practice, indefinitely. This also applies to aligning type to the baseline grid. Sure you can choose settings in the text frame options of Adobe InDesign, however, what exactly you’re aligning too, and where to lay the boundaries of the bounding box are still unclear. Again, I try my best, but it is mostly intuitive. As consistent as I try to be, I have a strong feeling the baseline alignment is not cohesive.

I would like to know the science behind type spacing, and be more confident in my typesetting decisions. I found articles this week during my Pinterest excursion, and retrieved some interesting articles on correct type spacing on-screen, relative to font-size, line-width, and letter-spacing. I decided that I’m going to start paying more attention to these formulas behind proper on-screen typesetting, and hopefully achieve both goals; optimal usability and confidence in typesetting decisions.


Image: By Atanamir at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

H. Pickering. (29 November 2011). The Perfect Paragraph. Smashing Magazine: Retrieved from: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/11/the-perfect-paragraph/

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