Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Long-Term Project Lab Work

Students will use Feb. 16's class time for hunting and gathering, finding two typefaces to aid in their visual research. Each student will analyze the typefaces using the instructions below.

The two typefaces you analyze during class time will be due at our next class, Feb. 21, along with two additional ones, for a total of four typeface analyses in all.

I. Find two different typefaces like yours:
  • similar in stroke, especially stroke contrast
  • similar in shape, position, and/or detail
  • similar proportions of width and height
  • similar weight be it thin, bold, or black

II. Set each typeface in the case you will make:
  • be it lower abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
  • or upper ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

III. Look at the letterforms you've set in lowercase and/or uppercase, identifying the following for each typeface (remember, you need to do this for two typefaces total in class and they need not look exactly like yours or what you plan on making):
  • height
  • cap height
  • median (the top of the lowercase 'x')
  • baseline
  • ascender height
  • descender height 
  • overshoot and undershoot
  • width
  • widest letter
  • narrowest letter 
  • proportion
  • size of upper shapes compared to lower (C, B, S, E, F, P, K, Z, G, O, X, Y)
  • relationship of left/right halves (Y, U, J, O, M, W, Q, T, H, X, A, V)
  • in addition to the above, seek out and identify other proportional relationships or anomalies on your own
  • strokes
  • stroke consistency or stroke difference, using a matrix
  • measurement of strokes at thinnest and thickest points (measure in points)
  • shapes
  • are circular shapes actually circles 
  • are straight lines actually straight
  • are square-like shapes really squares
  • tiny details
  • are dots on i square, diamond, round
  • what about periods, commas, quotes
  • what about dots on ! and ?
  • does the J go below the baseline, if so, how far
  • what does the tail of the Q look like
  • if you're doing lowercase, how do the a, e, f, and g look?

The two typefaces you analyze during class time will be due at our next class, Feb. 21, along with two additional ones, for a total of four typeface analyses in all.