GCM 230 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Word Processor
Course CodeGCM 230
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-Ability to distinguish individual letterforms, or letterforms in a word!
-We read in “saccadic bursts”!
-We don’t read individual letters, rather we recognize shape of each word!
-Legibility is responsibility of type designer!
-Modern problems with legibility!
•End users who manipulate type!
•Digital manipulations available in software problems!
-Legible letterforms can be rendered illegible via poor decisions by graphic designer or page
-Ease with which reader can read lengthy bodies of text over sustained period of time!
-Readability is responsibility of graphic designer, book designer, or page layout person!
-Perfectly legible typeface can be rendered unreadable via poor decisions by graphic designer!
-Portion of live area of layout where there’s no text or graphic elements!
-Principle of graphic design!
-“Visual breathing room” for viewer!
-Not necessarily “white”!
-Includes margins, gutters, leading, & other spaces on page!
-Point size (or body size of type)!
-Always measured in points!
-Reference size = Under 9 points!
-Body text = 9 ~ 12 points!
-Subheads, heads, titling = Over 12 points!
-Covers area just above ascender to area just below descender!
•Space measured from baseline of one line of type to baseline of following line!
•Comes from time when stripes of lead were inserted between metal letters!
•Always measured in points (vertical measure)!
•NOT to be confused with line spacing, term used for word processing!
•Left aligned (left aligned/ragged right)!
•Right aligned (right aligned/ragged left)!
-DO NOT use “Right Justiﬁed” or “Left Justiﬁed”!
•Justiﬁed (tied closely to hyphenation decisions in software
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