30 March 2015

Common Typography Mistakes That Rookie Designers Tend To Make

When it comes to creating great typography for your projects, as with other aspects of the design process, practice makes perfect—however, there are some common typography mistakes that rookie designers can learn to avoid.

Freelance writer and graphic designer Janie Kliever has highlighted 20 of such mistakes that “every beginner makes” in an article for Canva Design School—she also dished out tips on how to set them right and prevent them from ruining your designs.

From not paying attention to tracking and leading to using too many typefaces and focusing on form over function, this informative piece is a quick course on the typography dos and don’ts that all designers who are just starting out should take note of.

Read the entire article here—are there any more common typography mistakes that you can think of?

Crowding your letters: “The problem is, when your letters are too close, it decreases readability significantly (especially when working with smaller font sizes) and makes your design look crowded.”

Ignoring readability: “Legibility issues can come in many forms — a font could be too small; the font and background colors might clash; or transparency effects might make text hard to see.”

‘Orphans’ and ‘Widows’: “When you’re typesetting a text-heavy project and you notice one of these dangling somewhere, you want to fix it to avoid creating large patches of white space that interrupt your text.”

[via Canva Design School]