Monday, 1 October 2012

DISSECT.

Initially I researched the definition of 'Dissect' to help inspire me before brainstorming ideas and concept.


dis·sect/diˈsekt/


Verb:
  1. Methodically cut up (a body, part, or plant) in order to study its internal parts.
  2. Analyze (something) in minute detail.
Synonyms: 
anatomize - analyze - analyse


Source: Dictionary

This gave me more confidence about the chosen word, and really started to help me generate ideas.

I decided to research further into the idea of looking at the anatomy of a typeface, whether it be a Serif, Sans Seri, Italic or Bold font, taking into consideration the four main typeface groups.  

I looked into Type Anatomy and began to read into the accents, arches, strokes, etc which make up a typeface. For example:



 
1. In-stroke. 2. Stern. 3. Rounded Stroke. 4. Out-stroke. 

This was taken from Wikipedia and explains Type Anatomy in it's simplest form:

Typeface anatomy describes the graphic elements that make up printed letters in a typeface.

The strokes of a letter are the lines that make it up. Strokes may be straight, as in k l v w x z, or rounded, as in c o s. If straight, they may be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal; if rounded, open or closed. Typographers also speak of an instroke, where one starts writing the letter, as at the top of a c f, and an outstroke, where the pen leaves off, as at the bottom of c e j k t y

A main vertical stroke is called a stem. The letter m has three, the left, middle, and right stems. The central stroke of an s is called the spine. A stroke, usually a stem, which rises above the height of an x (called the x height) is called an ascender; letters with ascenders are b d f h k l. A stroke which drops below the baseline is a descender. Letters with descenders are g j p q y. An arching stroke is called a shoulder or sometimes just an arch, as in h n m. A closed rounded stroke is called a bowl in b d o p q D O P Q RB has two bowls. A trailing outstroke, as in j k y J K Q R is called a tail. A short horizontal stroke, as in the center of e f t A and the middle stroke of E F, is called a bar. A longer horizontal stroke at the top or bottom, as in E F L T, is called an arm. The bottom of the loop-tailed g is called a loop; the very short stroke at the top is called the eari j each have a dot. Angles of strokes are called apices if at the top and vertices if at the bottom. w has one apex and two vertices; v has one vertex.

The terminals (ends) of instrokes and outstrokes often end in serifs in a serif font. A serifed or unserifed terminal may be described as a wedge, bulbous, teardrop, etc., depending on the design of the type. Some designs also have spurs, which are smaller than serifs and appear on angles rather than at a terminal, as on e or G.

Areas of negative space (white space) formed by straight or rounded strokes are called counters. Closed counters are found in a b d e g o p q A B D O P Q R, and open counters in a c e f h m n r s t u. Angles of white space, as in w, are corners (w has three corners); the term is not used for angles of strokes. The small corner formed by a serif, whether rounded or angular, is called the serif bracket.. 


 I think that this information will be very useful for this brief, in terms of using the correct terminology and gaining a deeper sense of knowledge and understanding for typography. 

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