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Introduction to Typography | _________________________________

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"Typography is a tool of communication. It must be communication in its most intense form. The emphasis must be on absolute clarity."
-Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, The New Typography

While typography has long maintained a dedicated following, technology--be it Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, etc.-- has democratized its niche practice. In combining this greater accessibility with the phantom nostalgia of younger generations, one finds that the practice and study of typography has gained considerable popularity. Our project aims to respond to this movement by focusing on providing a general overview of the typography geared especially towards those who are new to the subject.

As our numerated menu bar suggests, visiting our "The Basics" exhibit first acquaints users with the fundamentals of typography, with a current focus on letter form. Our "History" and "Resources" sections broaden our discussion of typography, framing it in historical, cultural and theoretical contexts by discussing significant movements, contemporary projects and examples of its study at UCLA. Considering the breadth of our topic, there remains the potential to expand greatly upon each of these points in the future.

Our hope is that the objects and topics introduced to the user regarding typography will stimulate interest in the subject, and that they will be more inclined to research beyond our project using the resources amalgamated on our site.


The construction of this critical resource consisted of several decisions. Aiming to provide a look at the ideological, technical layer usually invisible to users each member has provided a detailed description of their experience-ranging from technical issues concerning Omeka's interface, all the way to ideological issues of classification inherent to the topic of typography itself.

A list of members and their contributions can be found below. Click through for their sections. Links to their individual descriptions of methodology/issues are labeled with an *.

Member Area of Focus
Iman Salehian "The Basics" exhibit
Interface (Menu, About Page, Descriptive Text, Aesthetics)
Font Popularity: A Visualization
* Interface & Omeka: Issues Faced
Jacob Ferrari "Typography: A History" Exhibit
Metadata Structuring, Classification System, Tagging System
*Structuring Metadata and Its Limits
Mateusz Gwizdala "Tracing the Development of Typography" Exhibit
Historical Font Gallery
* "Working with Neatline" Methodology Section
Leon de Santillana Learning about Typography" Exhibit
*"Working with Syllabi" Methodology section