This week in visual design we explored the world of typography. The first part of this week’s assignment was to find six fonts that said something about either myself or my name. Naturally, I gravitated towards fonts that had interesting capital Ks and Ss. I also learned a few things about my own type preferences. I now know that I hate all types where the capital K is in fact a lower case k. My third grade teacher told me that capitals Ks have all three lines meet at one point, and that’s how all capital Ks should be! I also noticed that ‘Sullivan’ is an excellent word to test the kerning of a type. It truly bothered me when the ls and the i had too much spacing between them. I also came to realize that, in general, I favor scripts.
My first sans serif type is called FF Spontan. I thought it was interesting how they didn’t connect the crossbar, and how this one small thing made it an unique type. The dramatic slants of the letters also gave it an element of fun which I like to think speaks to my personality.
This type is called bend three. I liked this type because it seemed to jump from the page and capture your attention. My name is incredibly common (try googling it), and I liked being able to pair it up with such an unique and fun font.
My third sans serif is called Satura. I thought the little curls at the end of the letters were cute and slightly girly, which I thought captured my personality. The three lines of the capital K don’t quite meet in the middle but it’s pretty close.
This is serif script caught my eye because of the flourishes with the K and S. I also appreciated that while they embellished the capital letters, the rest of the name is quite simple.
This next serif I chose almost exclusively because of the S, but it’s a really cool S. I thought it was interesting how one letter could really set the tone for a type and provide elegance. This one is called Bemol Caps.
My last font is called Gza Seminegra italic. I liked that it stood out without being too complicated. I also liked the very thin serifs because they remind me of an old-school fountain pen.
And here are all six types together:
The second part of this project was to play around with creating expressive words. This was also a great opportunity to try out my new illustrator skills. Here are my interpretations of the words, “roller coaster”, “sleepy”, and “eraser”.