One of your tasks this week has been to learn the language of typography, from terms to parts of individual characters. This jargon may be confusing at first, but knowing the correct names for specific parts is a valuable skill.
And history? Really? History? I thought we were done with
history back in high school. What will knowledge of what Charlemagne did in 800
AD have to do with our success as designers? Seriously, who cares about
cuneiform…or how it’s pronounced.
Let’s do some critical thinking here.
Why is it important to be able to speak in the language of
designers? What are the advantages or disadvantages of using type terminology?
When would you choose to use conventional terms and when would you choose to
use the proper vocabulary?
Don’t just talk off the top of your head. Go see what other
authorities say. Compare opinions. (Um, Wikipedia is not an authority.) Make
sure to cite your references and be prepared to defend your opinions with
facts. If you can provide an image as a concrete example, all the better.
For your reply, pick someone’s point of view that conflicts
with yours and provide a counterpoint to their position. Again, cite your
references and don’t just spout what you think… establish a connection with
other designers and respected organizations like the AIGA.
Please make your initial blog post by midweek, and respond
to at least one other student's post by Sunday at midnight.