I’ve noticed over the past few years, I rising trend of missused typography in design, and more specific in tshirt design.
People tend to use typo to fill space, no matter how unsuited the font is.
This can make or break a design.
Now using typo as an addition or to compliment a design is encouraged, but missue is very easy and can create a very unbalanced design both stylishly and practically.
Now I’m no pro on the subject, but I like to think I know how to use a bit of typo here and there.
I found a few good typo tutorials and websites the other day that might help.
Checkout 11 Amazing Tutorials…
The style in which these tutorials deal with in essence suck. It’s a style you rarely want to use, but the principles are the same. You can utilize these techniques in a more modern style.
Now if you know what you are doing, but are out of inspiration, try checking out 40+ Typographic Posters etc. again, I dont stand behind all styles, but you get the point.
And last, but most important, the more practical side of Typography. Communicating with Typography is a good article written by fellow Seattle dweller, Iris Chamberlain. Some very good points are covered including choosing the right font and the ever important but easily overlooked ”kerning”.
Some current relevant artists who I think wisely use typography include 123klan, HandMadeFont, Short, Cuypi, SiScott, Hydro74, and Alex Trochut.
I’m sure you can think of more, but thats my short list.
Now some specific designs on laFraise that utilize typography well include:
Most of these designs work because the typo not only helps balance the design but also suits the style and helps move your eye around the whole artwork.
Essentially the typo helps the flow and overall feeling or mood of the design.