Texture is the feel of something. You may physical feel a glossy tile floor or the rough surface of a tree. You can also feel texture on a page. When the eye see a letter created by chunky paint our eyes understand that there is depth and a certain texture to that paint letter. We also get a feeling if an image is written smoothly, we read it smoothly, but if an images has may sharp or jagged edges to it we might interpret it as rough or course.
Looking on page 139 of Linda Barry’s “What It Is” we see a spectrum of texture. Most of her works contain a ton of texture but I enjoy the variety of this page. The example of Five Squares Ten Inches from the book “Graphic Design the New Basics” by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips is the first thing I thought of when I saw this page. Linda uses a lot of different typefaces and places them everywhere on this page. There are large letters that draw your eye immediately and then small letters that you read last (because they are hard to read and take a magnifying glass). The texture of the typeface choices dictate how we interrupt them. I read the “do you wish you could write” in a different voice than I do the glued on word strips. Both giving a feel to the words and how they are presented.
The glued word strips have a texture in the design all themselves. They look like cut outs which gives them a frame and that the design of the letters where chosen for Linda, rather than creating the texture her self. It feels bland and above the page because they are an outside source coming in. This contrast really well with her physical drawings. For example, the woman’s jacket is created from a shading and lines, but we gain the texture of the jacket because of Linda’s design choices. Also looking at the birds, fish, and octopuses we see Linda’s texture harmony and contrast with the page verse the outside sources. Her shading and lines give a much different texture than the pasted in clips or the darker side strip.