Type Anatomy – Grey Kumar

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1942 United States Civilian Exclusion Order No. 17

For my Type Anatomy example, I have decided to use the 1942 United States Civilian Exclusion Order. When first examining this example, I immediately associated the large, capitalized text at the top with a concerning feeling. The word “Notice” immediately brought up a feeling of uncertainty and drew my attention to the top of the page. If the letters were not capitalized, I think one would not be as alarmed or intrigued to read this document. The letters all sitting at the same cap height stresses importance. Additionally, all the text that sits in the header portion of the document is sans serif, which makes it easy to read and keeps the text straightforward and to the point. The big, bold letters also stress importance by contrasting heavily with the paper the document is printed on. The take up a lot of space on the page, which draws attention from the reader. As one reads down the document, they can notice that the text decreases in size. This also stood out to me because the text itself gets more serious as it gets smaller. The header text catches the attention of the viewer, while the body text conveys the incredibly grimacing and solemn message.

The body text also changes to a font with serifs, making it feel much more serious and almost sophisticated to some extent. I think this was done with the intention of creating a serious tone when reading the 4 body paragraphs.

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