Thursday, November 8, 2007

Video Introduction to Type

The ability to change font in modern word processors has been both a boon and a headache. I think students sometimes get overwhelmed by all the font choices and often go for the flashy or garish regardless of the audience they are targeting. Most of us teaching word processing or page layout have had to spend at least a little time discussing typography.

This television interview is a quick overview of the subject. There isn't enough here for kids to grasp the entire subject but it could be used to introduce the topic in class.

[The television interview done by CBS Sunday Morning about typeface design, with Steven Heller, Jonathan Hoefler, & Tobias Frere-Jones in 2006]
[Image: Screenshot of Microsoft Word font menu]

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