The Anatomy of Type

Brief: For this assignment, you need to explain the anatomy of type in a visual way. Use a single typeface or compare up to three different typefaces – enlarge or reduce, cut out sections or overlap parts – anything that helps explain the terms to the viewer. Use a maximum of three colours to full effect by using the second and third colours sparingly, and only to add emphasis. For instance, explanatory text could be in one colour, and the parts of the letterforms in the others. Show at least three terms on each of the sheets, for example x-height, cap height, body size, counter, serif, ascender, bowl, baseline, stress/axis, stroke weight and bracketed serif.

There are over 25 anatomical terms applicable to letterforms. Though it it not necessary to know them all when it comes to general typography, with the knowledge of them, we are able to describe the difference in a technically correct way.

I had a lot of fun learnign this topic and will definitely look more about this.

Sources:

The principle and practice of graphic design: GRAPHIC DESIGN SCHOOL – David Dabner, Sandra Stewart & Abbie Vickress pg. 64-65

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