Tu/Th 5:00–6:20 | section FIVE | intro to graphic design | Renée Stevens

Reading Response

The first reading assignment went by surprisingly slow. I found that the visually intriguing pages of the book Thinking with Type makes the text not only interesting and fun to read, but I often became fixated on a page for long periods of time. Transfixed by the images and all the ways the typefaces and fonts can be used and varied, I could not peel my eyes away.

I had two favorites in the reading. All of the visuals and images that piqued my interest set aside, the first thing that captivated my attention was the anatomy of type. I spent a long time reading and re-reading this page, and was amazed at how you cannot only dissect the typeface, but the individual parts of every letter. I am now aware that typeface is a most intricate and detailed design, one that is fluidly integrated and makes a page beautiful.

This book sheds all the preconceived notions I had of typeface and font style. It portrays just how important typefaces are, and how they are “essential resources for the graphic designer, just as glass, stone, steel, and other materials are employed by the architect.” It made me think, and I am officially convinced of what Renee said on the first day of class—that I would never be able to look at anything the same way again… in a very cool way.



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