Studying Typography: The Art of Quotes

Hello Internet,

For the last few months, I have been studying typography in the form of quotes. Ever since I started my studies in design, I notice how there is a lack the playfulness in how we execute quotes. As designers, our best work comes when look beyond the words and dig deep into the meaning of the content. I seen a lot of quotes and most of the time designers just use some of the words or play to their strengths. I like to share with you some of my favourite quotes. Not only do these quotes show some mad typography, but it also reflects the content.

I’ll first start things off with a quote from good old Dr. Seuss. Starting from the top, you can see that there is one clear reading order and challenges us in the way we read. When we move towards the bottom, the readability becomes more clear and simple. The designer uses the placement of the type to make the questions confusing and the answers simple. For the overall looks, the typefaces are very pretty. I love how the sans-serif has a lightweight feeling and how the spirit has corkiness to it. A great to suit the Cat in the Hat himself.

There is not much I can about this quote. I know sometimes as a designer, I forget how powerful negative space can be and this is just a reminder on the powers it has. Even the type is so simple! All lowercase letters gives the image an overall casual feel.

I like this quote a lot, but mostly because of the flashing lights. Anyway, this quote comes from the movie Guardians of the Galaxy. I have yet to see this movie, but I thought this quote was well executed. The typeface has some awesome textures. The most interesting feature is the wacky baseline and x-height, which gives the type some movement. But it’s because of the special effects that make the quote. It really shows off hidden meaning in the quote and keeps the type as the main focus.

There is so much genius behind this quote. The bottom word is transparent, do you get it now? As designers, we always strive for making great design, but we often lose sight of the meaning and cover it up with fancy tricks. Great design not only comes from the heart, but also goes undetected. The everyday person may not see the handwork behind the work we do, but if they see this quote, it may change their perspective on design.

Finally, I’m ending this blog with this awesome quote. If you look closely, the quote begins at the shoreline and ends far from the shore. There are also is so many little type details that make this quote. Look at how the s’s look like waves or how the t’s resemble anchors. The typography overall flows beautifully and the glyphs help keep your eye in the quote.

What’s your favourite quote? Don’t forget to comment below and share this with your friends.

And have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year folks!

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