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Type Anatomy


An introduction to understanding typography's parts and form

To find typography examples in print media while identifying and labeling the parts

  1. Read Typography Basics

  2. Gather one or two magazines to use; make sure that the fonts vary within the magazine

  3. Find and cut out a variety of titles in the magazine that you can use as examples for the typography terms; you may use multiple terms for a title example. For some of the terms you may use languages other than English (e.g. Korean).

  4. Paste the examples in your CA Book in the order below and clearly label each while drawing a circle or an arrow showing one example of the term in a text title. When labeling, write the number and term (e.g. #1 Bowl) next to the text example. Make sure the examples are large enough to clearly see (see example at the bottom).

    For example, your first text title may be "Living Loud" and around it, you could label #4 Baseline, #8 Cap Height, & #12 San Serif while drawing circles, lines, and arrows illustrating it.

  1. Bowl - circle all the them (bowls)

  2. Counter - circle all of them

  3. Leg - circle all of them

  4. Baseline - draw the invisible line

  5. Meanline - draw the invisible line

  6. Ascender - circle all of them

  7. X-Height - draw the invisible lines and then draw a bracket or arrow showing it

  8. Cap Height - circle all of them

  9. Decorative Font

  10. Script Font

  11. Leading

  12. Kerning

  13. Basic Font

  14. San Serif

  15. Serif

  16. Justified text

  17. Good Rag Flush Left