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>> Mark Jamra | TypeCulture

>> 6 Type Terms You Need to Stop Confusing

>> NOW AVAILABLE: CreativeLive Typography Sessions I & II

>> Bring Gourmet Typography to your company, org or school 


Oldstyle Figures

Oldstyle figures have varying heights and alignments, as opposed to lining figures, which are of uniform height and alignment. Oldstyle figures are similar to lowercase characters in that they share the same x-height and have ascenders and descenders. Read on...

Lining Figures

Lining figures (also called aligning, cap, or modern figures) approximate capital letters in that they are uniform in height, and generally align with the baseline and the cap height. In some traditional typefaces, certain numerals extend slightly above and/or below the baseline and/or the cap height. Read on... 

Mark Jamra | TypeCulture

Mark Jamra, noted type designer and educator, had a vision of combining his passion for typeface design and his love of education; the result of that vision is TypeCulture. This dual website is both a showcase for Jamra's stunning, award-winning typefaces, as well as a rich academic resource for design students, educators and professionals who are seeking information about type. Check it out...

6 Type Terms You Need to Stop Confusing

In the world of type and design, there are a number of typographic terms that are either commonly confused with other terms, or are simply misunderstood in their own right. In this blog post, we will shed light on three pairs of words that are widely misused. The words in each pair are related, but they refer to different things...and they are not interchangeable. Read on...


CreativeLive Typography Sessions I & II

Typography is an essential element of design. It should communicate your message effectively, and with purpose. Learn to how you can take full advantage of the power of type from author, educator, and expert, Ilene Strizver, with the CreativeLive Typography sessions.

In these two OnDemand classes, you'll learn the fundamentals of good typography, as well as advanced techniques to raise the level of your work to new heights. Ilene will help you sharpen your eye, and teach you skills that will dramatically improve your typographic sensibility.

These sessions are rich in content, much of which is rarely covered, and include:

Typography: The Fundamentals

>  Selecting the right typeface

>  Combining fonts

>  The most common type crimes

>  Getting the most out of your software

Typography: Fine Tuning & Finessing your Type 

>  What makes a good typeface

>  How to fine-tune your type

>  Tracking and word spacing tips and tricks

>  Custom kerning

FREE PREVIEWS available for both sessions:

Typography: The Fundamentals

Typography: Fine Tuning and Finessing


Whether you are an educator, student, neophyte, or seasoned pro, you will come away with new knowledge, as well as a renewed passion for typography!

"Thanks to Ilene & CreativeLive, I now have a comprehensive understanding of typography and a critical eye for all things typographic which I will apply to all of the design elements of my business. I'll also never look at a menu or book cover the same way!


Ilene was fantastic! She was very thorough and detailed in her lessons, while bringing her personality and humor to the subject of typography - which might be a dull topic if taught by someone else."

Bring Gourmet Typography to your company, school or organization! 

The Type Studio offers Gourmet Typography Training, a customized series of workshops and seminars on all aspects of typography for graphic designers, type designers and visual communicators of all levels.


Gourmet Typography Training teaches and demonstrates the expert-level typographic skills and aesthetics that are rarely taught in schools or fully understood by professionals. Fill in the gaps in your typographic know-how and learn how to "see" type like you've never seen it before.


Training workshops are customized for groups of any size and designed to fit your specific needs. Sessions are scheduled for your convenience - daytime, evenings or weekends. We will design a program customized for your particular requirements.


These are some of the companies and groups that The Type Studio has worked with:


Time Inc. | Essence Magazine
Hachette | Grand Central Publishing
Fisher-PriceToll Brothers
Hagerty Insurance
SAS Analytics
Whole Foods
Harlequin Books
Integrated Marketing
GO Transit | Toronto
Nationwide Insurance
London Life
Alliance Atlantis
AIGA Boston
AIGA Philadelphia
AIGA Atlanta
AIGA Orlando
TDC (Type Directors Club)
RGD Ontario
HOW Design Conference
UCDA Conference

Read more about onsite training here: 


Let us know if your group is interested. For more info, email or call me at 203.227.5929. Ilene

"If there is one word to describe your workshop, that word is awesome! Thanks for remind me that typography is not just interesting but fun. I really admire your passion for your's contagious!" 


"Your down-to-earth approach to type made the session breezy and fun, and I couldn't help but visually re-spacing all the headlines I had the time to linger on during my bumper-to-bumper drive back to home. Thanks again for reigniting my spark for type!" 


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