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Stuart Davis and His Love of Letterforms

Good Looking Bodoni at Any Size
Mastering Type and Color 

The Legend of Prince's Custom-Font Symbol Floppy Disks

The Type Detail Project

Typography OnDemand Sessions I & II

Stuart Davis and His Love of Letterforms
Lettering can turn up in the most surprising places. Stuart Davis was an American Modernist painter known for his bold, brash, and very colorful paintings, much of it heavily influenced by his love of jazz. He incorporated painted words and lettering in much of his work to represent their literal meaning as well as to serve as graphic elements. Check it out...
Good Looking Bodoni at Any Size
Bodoni is one of those classic typefaces that never gets old. Its elegant, sophisticated appearance characterized by extreme stroke contrast and ultra-thin hairlines is timeless. It can be seen in logos, titles and headlines, branding, packaging, publishing, and a lot more. Read on...
Mastering Type and Color
Next to the actual words themselves, color is one of the most powerful tools in typographic communications. Not only is color used to enhance the overall look and attractiveness of a design, but it can also help create emphasis and hierarchy, establish and reinforce a brand, evoke an emotion, as well as set a specific mood. In many cases, color is what the eye notices first. Read on...
The Legend of Prince's Font Symbol Floppy Disks
In 1993, Prince frustrated lawyers and computer users when he changed his name to a glyph known as "The Love Symbol." This was frustrating for people who wanted to both speak and write about Prince. Writers, editors, and layout designers wouldn't be able to type the actual name of the Artist Formerly Known As Prince. So Prince had a custom-designed font distributed on a floppy disk. Read on...
The Type Detail Project
Type detail is an ongoing project by Wenting Zhang inspired by the great discontent's 100 day project and Stephen Coles's great book The Anatomy of Type. The rule and goal are to annotate a web typeface each day, pointing out the beautiful details of the typefaces that one often takes for granted. Read on... 
CreativeLive Typography OnDemand Sessions I & II

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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:

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."

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