Week 9 – The week of February 26th – March 2nd: Typographic Sins

In class

Lecture: Typographic Sins, punctuation and the small but important details.

Review all of the links below, especially the 34 Typographic Sins and Microtypography, part 3 Punctuation to help correct any microtypography mistakes.

In-class exercise: Use your Zodiac InDesign file and create 5 instances of bad micro type from your typographic sins list. When you are done, switch files with a quad mate and discover/fix their 5 instances of typographic sins. Once the fixes are made, consult with your quad mate to see if you both were correct.

Here are the files you might need for this In-Class assignment:

Zodiac Horoscopes.zip
Typographic Sins.pdf



Share your mood board, creative brief and 30 second sound clip with your quad mates. Give each other feedback and advice about the tone/look/type choices for the mood board in relation to the creative brief and sound byte.

Small feedback groups.




Bring your creative brief, moodboard, sound clip, and print out of your album to class next week. (Use the HPs and the Docucolor. Don’t use the oversized printers for this weeks comps) Possible cross critique with other first year class or second years next week.


Required reading:
34 Typographic Sins (pdf file)
Microtypography, part 3 Punctuation (PDF file)

“How to” files:
Microtype Checklist.pdf
Paragraph Indents (InDesign file)

Leading — Entire Chapter Section (Lynda.com)

Alignment — Entire Chapter Section (Lynda.com)

Small But Important Details (Lynda.com)




Type History & Type Classifications (pdf)

Creative Brief Lecture (pdf)

Modifying Type Lecture (pdf)

Letter Spacing (pdf)

Measurements (pdf)

Punctuation (pdf)

General Overview: Choosing Typefaces (pdf)

A Closer Inspection: Choosing Typefaces (pdf)

Subtle Details: Font Combinations (pdf)

Practical Advice for Chosing Typefaces (pdf)



Type Classification (pdf)

Letter Anatomy Cheat Sheet (pdf)

Letters Anatomy Definitions (pdf)

Drawing Letters (pdf)

Identifying Type (pdf)

Classic Serifs (pdf)

Classic San Serifs (pdf)


Creative Brief Template (pdf)

Creative Brief/Design Brief (pdfs)

Creative Brief AIGA sample (pdf)

Venn Diagram (pdf)

Brainstorming Techniques (pdf)

Style/Concept Board Template (.indt file)

50 sketches (pdf)


Elements of an identity dissected...

How to choose typography for a brand...


Designing Type (book)

Type: A Visual History (book)


Spacing (pdf)

Kerning/Leading Key Commands (pdf)


Setting up typographic space–Indesign (pdf)

Common Ad Sizes (pdf)


19 Top Fonts in 19 Top Combinations (pdf)

Font Combinations (pdf)


34 Typographic Sins (pdf)



American Alphabet


Typography that works: Ellen Lupton

Mood Boards: Dressing for different...

Logo Lounge

60 Minimal Logo Designs


Type design trends

Typewolf recommendations

Stunning font trends of 2017

Type trends for web design


Under Consideration

Wordmark (view your loaded fonts)

What the font



CounterSpace Type Timeline

Garamond Variety 1

Garamond Variety 2

How to Spot Arial


Typeface Design Resources & Tutorials

List of type designers

Early Typographers

8 famous fonts and the designer who made them



Alex Trochut

Jon Contino

Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische and Erik Marinovich —
Title Case Video

Dana Tanamachi

Louise Fili

Joel Felix

Craig Ward

Simon Walker

Mary Kate McDevitt

Doyald Young Video

Erik Marinovich

Jeff Rogers

Letman: Job Wouters

Margo Chase

Margo Chase Video

Carolyn Sewell

Sebastian Lester

André Beato

There is

Design Sponge

Letter Cult

Better Letters

Hand Lettering Club




Doyald Young

Laura Worthington

Misprinted Type



Lost Type



Type Kit


Kerning Practice (site)

Shaping Type Practice (site)

InDesign Typography (Lynda.com course)


I love typography






Type Worship

80 Beautiful Typefaces...

Design is History

8 Faces

Font Police


The Font Feed

Design Boom


Brand New Classroom

Business Cards

Card Observer


Metrix Create Space Laser Cutter Specs

Metrix Create Space


The Dieline

Packaging of the World

Packaging of the World Pinterest

Lovely Package