Kerning vs. Tracking

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 | No Comments
Kerning vs. Tracking

Kerning in the digital world is the addition or reduction of space between a pair of characters to improve the overall balance and consistency of the spacing. Most well-designed typefaces include kerning pairs so that the type is beautifully set without too much additional work on the part of the designer. Tracking is the addition or […]






Solidus vs. Fraction Bar

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 | No Comments
Solidus vs. Fraction Bar

The solidus (known as a slash and many other names) is an oblique stroke going from upper right to lower left, occasionally extending slightly below the baseline. It was formerly written to separate shillings from pence, and now used in numerical dates as in 1/25/58, as a substitute for a conjunction such as in East/West, and ratios. We […]






Character vs. Glyph

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 | No Comments
Character vs. Glyph

Typographic terminology is sometimes very specific and can be very confusing – even for seasoned designers. A character is the symbol representing an individual letter, numeral, punctuation, sign, symbol, accent, or other elements in a typeface. A glyph is the actual representation of that character. Several glyphs may represent one character as in this example.  






Summer colour

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 | No Comments
Summer colour

Our garden has been a colourful delight of late – a welcome change from our cold, wet and grey spring. I’ve always been intrigued with the evocative names that are used to describe a particular colour. This love affair with language, colour, and design, first started when I was a teenager after I saw the captivating Winsor & Newton ink packaging. I […]






The art of book typesetting

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 | No Comments
The art of book typesetting

I fell in love with typography when a student at NSCAD University. Amongst other subjects, I learned to set metal type and the smell of ink can transport me back to those days I spent labouring over my galleys in the basement of the design division. During my 30+ years as a graphic designer, I […]






Graphic Design Case Study 1

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 | No Comments
Graphic Design Case Study 1

Client: Femmes Équité Atlantique Book details: 6″ x 9″, approximately 200 pages each of three books, over 300 illustrations, wire bound, each book has a unique cover and appendix Poster details: 9″ x 17″, three different posters Website: 8 page custom website Services: graphic design and concept, layout and typesetting, custom illustration, website design and […]






Summertime reading book list

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 | No Comments
Summertime reading book list

If you want to learn more about typefaces, graphic design and embrace your inner font nerd, here is a short book list to get you started: Just My Type by Simon Garfield. Find out how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world. Branding with Type, EM Ginger editor. This book will entertain and remind you […]






Helvetica – the Movie

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 | No Comments
Helvetica – the Movie

If you want a great summer movie, watch Helvetica, the documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture. I assure you, even if you are not a graphic designer, you will have your eyes opened by this film.






Script Fonts

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 | No Comments
Script Fonts

I recently reread Homer’s Odyssey and was intrigued to find out that the first printed edition, issued in Florence in 1488, was composed in type that imitated contemporary Greek handwriting, with all its complicated ligatures and abbreviations. Early printers tried to make their books look like handwritten manuscripts because printed books were regarded as vulgar and inferior […]






Comic Sans

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 | No Comments
Comic Sans

I love to travel, and I find the joy is in the planning and researching for the upcoming trip. I am a self-confessed guidebook junkie – I get as many as I can from the library to do the initial research and then decide on which to purchase. Easy. As a graphic designer with one […]