Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The Bane of Colored Backgrounds TWO

I often see people using tonal contrast in footers and header bars on websites.

Please think about size and tone as well as color.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

The Bane of Colored Backgrounds and Text.

This is on my mind after trying to print out a badly designed and coded printable pdf on a printer low on toner. Some people still try to put text color on color Backgrounds and ...

Whether its a printable pdf version of a css/html coded webpage or you are just picking out a template for a web page or blog please consider this image below. Size is also a problem with text color and readability which is why I have posting the same image twice in two different size settings.

Full marks to everyone who noticed pale gray which I still see being used on some printable pdfs actually make the text look fuzzier at both sizes and all three colors! People try to remember some people make have printers set on black and white! Orange looks good on a screen but in print if the printer is low on colors ...?   If you have a color printer try printing this out in color and in black and white to remind yourself or students about the need to to think about vieiwing sizes and how a document needs to work on screen and on paper.

I may do another text showing text colors in different popular font sizes.

Remember your design may be appearing on a mobile, tablet, laptop, large screen, or paper, on a standard A4 page or a poster? Test color and size.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A Reminder I'm on Patreon

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

The Comma - A sampler.

The comma takes to be be misused in Modern English either by being under or over used.

While its rarely used in Titles I though a sampler of how it looks in a LARGER point size might be a useful reference? Yes I did insert a space before the comma so the comma is easier to see. Its not visual irony or bad punctation.

Enlarged commas might also be useful on posters for creating vector objects as backgrounds?

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Edwardian versus Kunstler

Another comparision demo #inkscape #fonts #edwardian #kunstler
My comments below

Very very similar but I think the Edwardian works better than the Kunstler?

Both of them need clearer stronger Zs?

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Greek Lettering - Mosaic Versus Manuscript

Here's two closeup of the lettering of the word MARK or rather MARKOS contrasting how lettering for mosaics and manuscripts differs in "WEIGHT"

This is a closeup of a Byzantine mosaic.
Note the Lunate Sigma and the style of the Alpha. 

Now consider the handwritten letters on this manuscript page and how the letter coloring matches the illustration of the saint writing.

Study how material medium and location influence the layout of the lettering and the shape and weight of letters.

One set on a slightly curved surface made up of smaller tiles and the other written in ink on a tinted background on vellum.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Mark and Manuscripts

#stmark #illuminedmanuscripts #illustration

Here are three different approaches to depicting #SaintMarkEvangelist in Illumined manuscripts on parchment.

A semi abstract Celtic approach from the Lindisfarne Gospel

yet byzantine manuscripts use other styles

and finally from the Grand Hours of Anne Duchess of Brittany