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Dash of Inspiration – Typography Speaks

April 16, 2012

A Dash of Inspiration, A Cup of Creativity by Doreen

Typography Speaks Louder Than Words

Every week I stop by some of the online graphic art magazine sites to see the latest articles for designers. This past week, Smashing Magazine published a wonderful read about “visual language” and a designer’s use of typography to explore the interaction between the look of type and what the type actually says.  Carolyn and Jessica; the authors of this article, do a fantastic job of providing both written and visual examples of how showing the same message in a design can be presented in a number of ways to convey and encourage a diversity of responses.

I think you’ll see here how important typography is to the overall design and that it should be kept in the forefront of the designer’s mind from the early moments of creating that design, particularly in greeting cards where both imagery and message are paramount to the customer.  Typography should NEVER be an afterthought on the card face that gets stuffed wherever there is space left, the designer should know at the beginning of their card design where the text will go, what it’s visual attributes will be and how it will convey the message of the imagery it shares space with.

We’ve talked about typography before; so if you are new to the GCU Community Blog, be sure to visit our old posts where both Corrie and I have shared many great articles on typography for greeting cards as well as some terrific fonts for you to grab!

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On my Facebook Fan page, I post links weekly to great CU downloads and often those are fonts.  Here are links to some from the previous months posts and feel free to stop by and Like the Salon of Art Facebook Page to grab new goodies for your design arsenal every week!

See you next week!

When Typography Speaks Louder Than Words by Carolyn Knight, Jessica Glaser

Curse Casual Regular by Jayvee D. Enaguas

Beautiful ES

SpicyRice-Regular by Astigmatic

Sornette Bold Narrow

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2012 1:13 pm

    When I was a youth I studied graphology and the importance of what your handwritng conveys about you. It was so interesting to see that your font does the same thing.

    • April 16, 2012 2:30 pm

      Thank you for sharing that insight Tracie! I hadn’t even thought about graphology, but you are so right in comparing the two for the importance of the message that is being portrayed. Thanks for stopping by!


  2. abigail157 permalink
    April 16, 2012 3:22 pm

    Thank you so much for these new fonts, Doreen. We appreciate all that you do for us!
    You’re the best.
    Gail Pepin

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