Alphabet of Typography

Recently I’ve been trying to up my typography game—mostly to impress my type-loving friends. Being late to this game I often feel overwhelmed, so lately I’ve been trying to learn in quick visual snippets. Knowing my love of infographics, one kind-hearted typophile recently sent me a link to Pop Chart Lab’s “Alphabet of Typography” poster, which fits perfectly into my new streamlined approach. Its simple representation of the alphabet actually contains a wellspring information for the newbie or veteran of type, including myriad parts of letterforms from shoulders and ears, to beaks and brackets. Printing terms aren’t neglected either, with color bars, CMYK represented by corresponding color chips, and crop, bleed, and trim lines.
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There are oodles of information on the 18 x 24-inch poster, without going overboard. The graphic defines aspects as minute as individual letterform parts, broadening out to relationships between letters (spacing and kerning), to encompassing overall line concepts (baseline, alignment, and column width and height). Somehow the “Alphabet of Typography” poster manages to also illustrate both upper- and lower-case characters together, without feeling too in-your-face. Printed on 100 lb. archival stock, the poster alone sells for $29 and is signed and numbered by the artists. Showcasing the poster as work of art is easy, with the option of adding a frame, panel, or hanging rails.

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Posted on: April 30, 2015

Erica Gamet

Erica Gamet has been involved in the graphics industry for over 25 years. She is a speaker, writer, and trainer, focusing on Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, Apple Keynote and iBooks Author, and other print- and production-related topics. She is a regular contributor to InDesign Magazine, tech edited How To Do Everything with Adobe InDesign CS4, and served as leader of the Denver InDesign User Group. After living as a nomad for almost a year, she recently put down roots in El Paso, Texas, where she hikes and bikes every chance she gets. Check out ericagamet.com to see all of Erica's upcoming events, tips and tricks, and workbooks.

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