What is Typography?

Essentially, typography is the visual component of the written word. It is the technique, and art, of arranging letters in a way that makes the text legible, clear, and visually appealing to the reader. Typography involves the structure, size, weight, and style of the characters. It also considers the amount of space between the letters, characters, words, and lines. All of this comes together to influence certain emotions and convey specific messages to support the written letters and characters. When done well, it is incredibly powerful. When done poorly, there is a risk the message will be lost or misunderstood.

Before the digital age, typography was a specialized craft associated with books and other public works. Even before Gutenberg’s printing press, handwritten books or posters were carefully crafted, spacing was experimented with, and sometimes ornate embellished letters decorated the pages. It then evolved to include movable type tiles with the invention of the printing press, which massively expanded the art form. The creativity of typography then extended even further with the explosion of the digital age.

When it comes to branding, typography helps convey your message to your audience. Good typography will create a visual hierarchy, feel balanced, provide contrast, create consistency, inform structure, and set the tone of your product. The way the words and letters look and interact with each other is just as important as the meaning of the words. The typography choices you make can either help or harm your brand.

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5 Ways a Well-Built Brand Makes Your Company Money

When you’ve built a brand, it makes it easier for your target audiences to notice you and recognize you. Amidst all the loud marketing, a strong brand allows a customer to clearly see what your business is and why your offerings matter to them. This makes it more compelling and more likely they will patronize…

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Avoid These 6 Branding Mistakes

Not getting the logo right. Designing a logo yourself (just for now) may seem like a good idea, at first. But, changing a logo mid-stream can be complicated. If you aren’t widely recognized, you could lose what brand equity you may have already established. If you are, you could confuse, alienate and ultimately lose your…

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What Makes a Logo Successful?

A logo serves to represent your company through a visual image that can be easily understood and recognized. Logos generally involve symbols, stylized text, or both. A good logo should create memorable impressions on your target audience, and set your company apart from your competitors. So, what makes a logo successful? A successful logo will…

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5 Reasons Successful Branding is Important

Branding clearly delivers your message. Branding emotionally connects your target audience with what you offer. Branding motivates your audience to create a connection. Branding reinforces your credibility. Branding creates loyalty. Bonus – Branding helps you stand out in a crowd.

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The Difference Between Graphic Art and Graphic Design

Graphic Art – the fine and applied art of representation, decoration, and writing or printing on flat surfaces together with the techniques and crafts associated with them. Essentially, a graphic artist may create art for the sake of art. They may want to convey a certain idea or story, or they may not. Graphic artists…

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6 Benefits of Choosing a Local Agency

A local agency will understand the local market. Remember those global branding fails? The large corporations launching those campaigns did not understand the market they were advertising to. When working with a local agency, you won’t have any time zone differences to worry about. Everyone is on the same page, the same schedule! A local…

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Comical Global Branding Fails

Even the biggest brands can make mistakes when bringing their brand to new markets. A company should always carefully research and identify any cultural differences, or language translations, when expanding their business. You want to catch any possible missteps before they happen. Here are some epic fails for a good laugh. Coca-Cola When first launched…

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How Decades of Solid Branding Saved Coca-Cola from the Pepsi Challenge

The Pepsi Challenge was a marketing campaign started in 1975. It was simply a blind taste test between Pepsi and Coca-Cola, touting that even Coca-Cola fans choose Pepsi. It was a wildly successful marketing strategy that they revisited for decades. Coca-Cola even ran their own private tastes test, through which they found Pepsi was indeed…