Even that I have always preferred sans serif typefaces over the serif one, I still find myself really interesting in Garamond. Because even it is a serif typeface, Garamond still looks very pleased to the eyes when reading. It both have the curvy element and strict element. Looking at the sentence written in Garamond is like looking at the ditch, you can see the flow of the water but it still flows in the very discrete stream of its own. Garamond brings out that same feeling, it’s has the flow of well hand-written form but also looks neat with all the strong strokes.
About its history, Garamond typeface was designed by Claude Garamond, a punchcutter, in 16th century. After Claude Garamond’s death, the punches was sold to Christopher Plantin in Antwerp, which helped Garamond font to be used widely in Europe. In early 20th century, Garamond typeface was revived and digitalized.
And I’m not the only one who love Garamond.
One of the initial goals of the literary journal Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern was to use only a single font: Garamond 3. The editor of the journal, Dave Eggers, has stated that it is his favourite font, “because it looked good in so many permutations—italics, small caps, all caps, tracked out, justified or not.”
Week 3: Restful/Restless
Restful: Even the photo is not very abstract but I like how the tree pots are aligned on the edge of the balcony. The turn at the corner is not very sharp and somehow looks smooth thanks to the various shapes of the tree pots. That makes a hidden curve goes along the horizon of the picture. Moreover, the colour is kind of warm with almost no cold colour. All of it gives out the restful vibes.
Restless: The picture is taken accidentally so it’s a little bit shaken and the composition seems out of place. But I think that’s the best way to describe the restlessness, shaken and out of place. The top of a building placing at the far left corner makes it looks like a giant dot drifting out the centre of the picture. Plus the sky after sunset when the darkness started to invade over the light makes a natural gradient of the upcoming night. We use to say restless night, isn’t it?