Exercise: My Type of Name
Go to www.dafont.com and choose 1 of each font type to write your name:
- sans serif
- your choice
- Use the handout that has the baseline and x-heights already mapped out for you
- Use a pencil to sketch your name in
- Use a ruler for any letters that need a straight line!
- Then go over it with thin black Sharpie or Micron pen
- Keep your paper CLEAN and NEAT! This will be part of your mark. We MAY scan the names into the computer at a later time.
Lesson: Letter Basics
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DEFINING BASIC LETTERING TERMS
Lettering is the art of drawing letters where each letter acts as its own mini illustration. Rather than simply writing letters in a print or cursive style with a continuous stroke, the thing that sets “lettering” apart is the individual attention paid to each letter and its role within a composition.
Hand-Lettering is a more specific subset of lettering that refers to the art of drawing letters specifically by hand and not creating them in a digital program like Illustrator.
Calligraphy is the art of writing letters and is related to the idea of penmanship. It traditionally uses specific tools like a nib and ink, and it is marked by a variation in width for the upstrokes and downstrokes of each letter (which is what separates it a bit from cursive writing.)
Typography is a repeated system of letters. It’s the style and appearance of a printed material or the art of arranging type. It’s not a specific style of writing or creating letters and words, but more the arrangement of how those letters appear together in a system.