Type Anatomy: Thomas Chiou

Designers uses typefaces as a design element for different audience, and situation. There are many different forms, variations of typefaces to choose from. It was first modeled on calligraphy and was later printed from the machine. Typography evolved throughout the years, and was influenced by many styles from handwritings, engraving, and other. Different writing instrument can produce many types of stroke with thickness, sharpness, depth, and others. Many typefaces available today are due to writers, designers, printers, reject the old style, and creating their own style. They gain inspiration from the old traditional letter structure and experiment with the thickness, vertical horizontal stress, and other attribute like serif and stem.

The type font from the Money collection by Ed Carver remined me of the Monster fonts described from the reading “Letter”. The font was first introduced by Bodoni and Didot. They created a font that collided with the traditional typographic, and added some bizarre element, an abstract and dehumanized form to the letter. The typeface is big and bold. The height, width and depth can be expanded, contracted, shadowed, inlined, fattened, and floriated. The raise of the industrial revolution, and consumer consumption demanded a new form of communication typography. It was mainly used as advertisement. Th new style structure can draw the attention of the audience, with its big bold, and unique design. The typeface design on the money is bulky, and with the center of the stroke being hollow, and sharp curves. There is no smooth curve, every outline cut is straight. However, it’s not pixeled, it a combination of triangle edges, and rectangle shape. The terminal and finial on the letter has a straight edge, kind of look like a check mark. The Letter I and F has a quadrilateral shape with I on top, and F on the top-right. The hollow of the letter starts at the middle of the letter, the top half filled with black color, and the bottom half empty.


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