Sunday, 10 May 2009


A while back I was creating a number of pictures that were heavily infused with measures of typography. Typography (Etymology: typos—type, graphos—written) is the art and techniques of arranging type, type design, and modifying type glyphs. Type glyphs are created and modified using a variety of illustration techniques. The arrangement of type involves the selection of typefaces, point size, line length, leading (line spacing), adjusting the spaces between groups of letters (tracking) and adjusting the space between pairs of letters (kerning). Typography is performed by typesetters, compositors, typographers, graphic designers, art directors, comic book artists, and clerical workers. Until the Digital Age, typography was a specialized occupation. Digitization opened up typography to new generations of visual designers and lay users. Form some reason that I have yet to fathom, it fascinates me. These didn't take long to put together, perhaps about an hour each, and I've yet to appreciate the colouration techniques I've employed. Click for larger views.