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Learning My Type


Out of all the classes I have taken at George Mason, Typography has shaped me the most as a designer. It was there that I learned to pay very close attention to detail when designing. I credit this not only to the course, but also the teacher. During the first few classes, I thought my professor was crazy for knowing all the fine details that made fonts different. I went into that class thinking that all fonts were practically the same, but she was convinced that they looked nothing like each other. When a student dared to say that there was no difference between Comic Sans and other fonts, she laughed at him. Throughout the semester, she taught us everything we needed to know about designing with type. I began noticing the shapes and serifs of each font, and suddenly my professor didn’t seem so crazy after all. I learned that certain fonts are more appropriate for certain text than others. As soon as I got used to examining type, I began looking at my work in the same way as a whole. After finishing this course, I realized why it was a degree requirement for designers.


  1. Manavi Singh wrote:

    I think its important to take different types of classes for different things. Typography will certainly show you a whole new perspective on fonts, just like another class on colors (for example) will open up new doors for you on everything you can do with colors and their type, etc. The more you know and learn.

    Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7:48 pm | Permalink
  2. Catherine Velez wrote:

    I’m getting a kick out of these posters! I actually really like them. The posters poke fun at bad typography by using poor line spacing and/or kerning, and are well executed for their purpose.

    Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 1:48 pm | Permalink
  3. Evan Milowic wrote:

    The Typography department is quite intensive at GMU, but it enriches you as a result. The hard work pace and in-depth analysis of type’s origins and applications gives you context.

    Friday, November 24, 2017 at 5:59 pm | Permalink