Friday, June 27, 2008

Design Police

Here is a fun interactive way to make students aware of type design all around them. The Design Police have produced stickers you can print out and place on offending type examples wherever you find them. In looking for offending type errors to label, students will learn some basic principles of design such as kerning, leading, widows, orphans, alignment, font choices, hyphenation, faux bold, faux italics, legibility, point size, etc.

If you don't know about these things yourself there are several websites that will get you up to speed quickly. Many sites have their own list of "Top Ten Design Mistakes" or something similar.

Or better yet, invite a graphic designer to talk to your students about type design and what the terms mean.

Click on the heading above to get 5 pages of labels you can print out for students to use.

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