Adobe Helps You Practicing Typography

Recently (Apr. 16), Adobe Typekit launched a new website called Typekit Practice. This website helps you practice typographic skills, via a series of lessons and resources.

There are no born masters of typography. Jan Tschichold
Fonts are great, but using them well can be hard. Volumes have been written about typography, yet every good designer will say there are no rules; there is no magic formula for success. Typography simply takes practice. Typography is a practice.

Aimed at being a learning resource, visitors can expect to find featured lessons, like “using shades for eye-catching emphasis”, and a helpful list of online references and books on typography.

“Whether you’re a novice or an expert in any medium, good decisions take practice—and great ones stand on a solid foundation,” wrote the website. “Typekit Practice is a collection of resources and a place to try things, hone your skills, and stay sharp. Everyone can practice typography.”

"For example, John Downer explains why sign painters shade letters to the lower left, Nick Cox reviews Typofonderie's Ambroise, and Typekit's own David Demaree ruminates on Hi-DPI typography. We're working hard to accurately cite the sources of references, so that readers have a starting point for further research."

It looks like Typekit Practice could evolve into a useful collection of hints and tips for those starting to play with typographic technique, and for others looking for some well-researched information on the discipline.

The Practice site is designed and maintainted by Elliot Jay Stocks, Tim Brown, Bram Stein and the Typekit team.

[via Typekit Practice and Typekit Blog]

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