Crimes Againist Typography

Here are the type crimes that Lupton bluntly describes though out the book.

Tracking lowercase letters

Horizontal and vertical scaling

Some typefaces look good at a large size,but when smaller look weak.
Minimal differences in type size make some designs look unrestrained.

Pseudo italics

Tightly tracked text

Auto spacing give an uneven effect

Poorly shaped text blocks
Full of holes in a column 

Bag rag caused by an ugly wedge

Punctuation eats the edge if used excessively.

Stacked lowercase 

Too many signals in a paragraph give it a undefined shape and using more that one shift.

Data prison- trapping data in boxes instead of showing relationships between them.



Typographers for Designers- Adrian Frutiger

Biography and Typefaces

For more than 45 years the Swiss type designer Adrian Frutiger, born in 1928, has been a hugely influential figure in typography. After an apprenticeship as a compositor in Interlaken, he studied from 1949-51 at the Kunstgewerbeschule, Zurich. In 1952 he as hired by Charles Peignot, of the type foundry Deberny & Peignot, as a youthful artistic director. After initial acclaim for his font Méridien (1954) Frutiger soon established an international reputation by designing the Univers family of sans serif faces (1954-57). Other typefaces designed by Frutiger include Avenir, Centennial, Egyptienne, Glyphia, Iridium, Icone, OCR-B (the standard alphabet for optical character recognition) Seifa and Versailles, plus in-house typefaces for corporations such as BP and Shiseido. In 1960, Frutiger established a design studio with Andre Gürtler and Bruno Pfäffli, His commissions have included logotypes, signage systems and maps, with clients such as Air France, IBM and the Swiss Post Office.

My Description

This is typeface family that interests me because it’s uses are in everything. From gas stations to computer system brand even the Apple keyboard. The main thing about this is that most people don’t even know about it until reminded. Out of the T.o.D posts I’ve done over the weeks before, this is one I’ll remember for awhile.


Typographers for Designers-Herbert Bayer


Born just in the beginning of 20 th century – 5 April 1900 in Haag, Austria, he grew up under the influence of the avant-garde movement and the fast changing environment and technologically revolutionary years. Bayer (among other famous graphic artists like El Lissitsky, Aleksander Rodchenko, Laszlo Maholy-Nagy) believed in the power that design has in influencing society. The designers were “putting the chaos of life into rational forms” (Armstrong, 2009, p.13) and slowly, but surely, were changing the world. Finding inspiration in the functionality and efficiency of the machines, Bayer worked in the spirit of order and clarity. At 20, he entered the famous German school of design – the Bauhaus, to become one of the most important and influential artists, whose style, with time, has turned into a symbol of the Bauhaus itself – reflecting all of the school’s believes, accomplishments and innovations. And it is there, where he found not only his talent and passion for typography, but also one for photography. Influenced by Kandinski and Maholy-Nagy, Bayer also developed a strong interest in painting and photo manipulation.

Type Summary

Universal, conforming strictly to the principles of The New Typography features letterforms reduced to their bare essentials. Bayer removed capitals letters and serifs. Within Universal Bayer removed the need for upper and lower cases, resulting in the one character set, each letter form from only straight lines and circles. Bayer argued that as the spoken word does not require two cases, why should the written one. Unlike Albers’ ‘stencil’, ‘universal’ does not conform to be modular.

My Description
Personally I find this typeface more stencil like when in different colors and strokes.  It’ll seem much more useful in a children’s book.


Inspiration- Mother Nature’s Finest

Easily one of the most used inspirations of the art world, I belive that nature has a place in graphic design.

Kayla Knight of Webdesigner Depot states that “Many great designers derive their inspiration from nature, and we can find tons of examples showcasing this type of inspiration online.

Looking at the world we live in and finding a way to integrate it into a design requires seeing nature from a new and very different perspective.”

I see that all the time when looking at landscape painting or viewing the Lord of The Rings series for the first time.

Unfortunately, the inspiration of nature assist me in so many ways that there’s no possible way to state them all.

So, here’s a link to Kayla’s page that states 17 of them. 

Nature and The 17
Thank you, nature.

Research-Lies and More

There’s a nationwide opinion on what true about a graphic designer. Based on number of careers and college studies, the lies are commonly mixed in with fact, making it difficult for commoners to understand our line of work.

For clarification, I’m posting a another blog post that tells about ten “facts” on what everyone thinks on graphic designers. While I agree with some of them, they’re still considered to be bold faced lies that would probably give a bad name to whoever is involved.

 15 Facts About Graphic Designers Think Are True


Now this a personal resource in my eyes right now.

The story is when on the eve of turning in project 2 on font mannerisms, the class had to turn in a paper copy top coiled bound and a off to their blog. Now I didn’t know how to coil bound nor did I have time to learn in one day. In midst of all this, the teacher prescribed various locations to complete the job: one of those places was Kinkos.

Monday morning, I went down to there to complete the project and told them what I desired. The job costs about five dollars with change. By the time I got back to the shop with the nessacary change, the job was finished and the customer I.e me was very pleased.

I recommend this because if you’re ever in need to get something binded or anything else and want to spend a few extra, come by and tell them what to want.

For more information, click here


Resource-Open Lab at Wayne State

If you are already a graphic design student trying to find a place to work on assignments or projects, then you should know about open lab.

Held on the second floor of Old Main room 3117, the lab hours can vary based on the semester and upcoming holiday weekend. Still, these are times that you can make the best of when at need with a project.

Fall Semester

M-Th, 9 am – 9 pm

(closed 11:30-12:30 on Tuesdays)

F, 9:30 am – 6 pm

Sa, 9:30 am – 5 pm

Su, closed



This might be the underrated resource for a graphic designer in my book.

Wheather it’s a documentary or just a simple cartoon, movies have made their mark on pop culture. All of its variables like the script, camera angles and posters can be interlinked through the process of the mind. 

But what does this have to do with graphic design?

Before answering, think of this: name one movie that you watched in your lifetime that affected your point of view on the world then discuss how it inspired you to create bigger and better ideas to use.

I can name one and I’ll end with one: Star Wars (except Episode I, don’t know what they were thinking.)

The fact is movies can inspire people to see the world in a abstract point of view and I kind of see those qualities in graphic design myself.

Two worlds, same goal, nuff said.

Research-Paygrade for Pencils

Recently I’ve discussed an article about graphic design being a recession free industry, but what about the actual pay that comes with it?

What are the actual benefits for this career and what can it be used for when students actually graduate from their respected university?

If you’re still wondering, look below and click.

Money,Money and Monet