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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8 Signs You Need to Update Your Brand

In today’s ever-changing business landscape, it’s important for companies to continually assess and update their brand to remain relevant and competitive. A brand is more than just a logo; it’s the perception that customers have of your business. Therefore, if your brand is outdated or suffering from negative perceptions, it’s time to re-evaluate and refresh…

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Typefaces & Fonts Do More Than Transmit Words

Do the typefaces and fonts you choose for your brand materials matter? As long as it’s in a language the audience understands, they’ll get the intended message, right? Wrong. Typefaces and fonts are essentially the shapes of the letters. Shapes are multi-sensory, meaning they affect more than one of your senses and can easily elicit…

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5 Reasons Successful Branding Is Important

In today’s highly competitive marketplace, building a strong brand identity is crucial for businesses looking to stand out and connect with their target audience. A well-crafted brand strategy not only delivers a clear and compelling message but also creates an emotional connection with customers, reinforces credibility, and inspires loyalty. In this article, we’ll explore six…

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10 of the Most Recognized Logos in the World

We’ve compiled a list of the world’s most recognized logos. Yes, many of these logos have gone through some tweaks throughout the years, but for fun, we listed the year the first version of their current logo appeared. Some of these companies have even been around longer than their currently recognizable logo! It just goes…

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What is the Difference Between Serif and Sans-Serif Typefaces?

You may have heard the terms serif and sans-serif before, but do you know what those terms actually mean? In typography, a serif is a small line, stroke, or other decorative flair regularly attached to the end of a larger stroke in a letter or symbol within a particular font or family of fonts. “Sans”…

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How Dunkin’ Successfully Rebranded in 2019

The history of Dunkin’ began with a restaurant called “Open Kettle” in Massachusetts, in 1948. Founder William Rosenberg served donuts for five cents and premium cups of coffee for ten cents. Rosenberg renamed his restaurant “Dunkin’ Donuts” in 1950, and franchised his brand in 1955. Since 1950, the number of Dunkin’ restaurants has increased to…

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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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6 Benefits of Choosing a Local Agency

When it comes to branding and marketing, choosing the right agency is crucial. While larger global agencies may seem like the obvious choice, working with a local agency can provide unique benefits that can make a big difference in the success of your branding efforts. In this article, we’ll explore six key reasons why working…