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February 14, 2010, 12:56 pm
Filed under: Personal Planning Reflection and Development 1, Typography

In our PPR lecture we had an in-depth look at Typography. We looked at various styles of typography, the anatomy of letters, classification of typefaces and fonts. We also touched on some of the history of type and how it was applied.

Typography is the art and technique of arranging type, type design, and modifying type glyphs. Type glyphs are created and modified using a variety of illustration techniques. The arrangement of type involves the selection of typefaces, point size, line length, leading (line spacing), adjusting the spaces between groups of letters (tracking) and adjusting the space between pairs of letters (kerning).

Typography is performed by typsetters, compositors, typographers, graphic designers, art directors, comic book artists, graffitti artists, and clerical workers. Until the digital age, typography was a specialized occupation. Digitalization opened up typography to new generations of visual designers and lay users.

Here are some websites we looked at:

CounterSpace (A site dedicated to typography)

Colour Lovers ( A site dedicated to colour)


November 1, 2009, 6:24 pm
Filed under: General, Graphic Design, Typography

M/M Paris is an art and design partnership consisting of Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag, established in Paris in 1992. They are best known for their art direction and collaborations with musicians as they originally started out in the music industry making album artworks. Since then, they have managed to branch out and gain some credibility for working with fashion designers and for magazines. They Like to listen to obscure music to get inspiration from.


The poster for Pierre Huyghe’s & Philippe Parreno’s film Ann Lee: No ghost just a shell from 1999, by M/M (Paris).

M/M Paris like to experiment with photographs of human figures and manipulate the images to create text, like in the image below. This is the sort of direction I’d like to take my photography in and really work into the images. For the piece of graphics


The Alphabet (an A to Z of beauty). Art Direction & design: M/M (Paris). Photography: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

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