A Type Primer is a practical book for beginning students, the main purpose of the book is telling where the reader can understand and demonstrate basic principles of typography. At the introduction, John said that students have asked” is this right?”, when in fact there is no such thing in typography as ‘right’. The question they should be asking themselves is, “Does this work? Is it useful”.( Kane. J introduction) I quite like the answer, as I was confused a lot about what should fine art look like? Did i make it right? Now, maybe we can have another direction to think about how is the work going. By ask myself, does it approach the idea i want to clarify, could it bring some positive information to audiences and something like that.
At the end of the introduction, John also takes three ideas separately from Louis Sullivan, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Louis Kahn: Content dictates form/ Less is more/ God is in the details. The ideas sound quite appropriate, but i still have to prove how does it work by practicing.
this book is including some excises, basic, but still useful.
for example. on 152 mm squares, present sections of a letterform that highlight it unique characteristics, keeping in mind the contrast between form and counter form. Note the point at which the letterform is no longer recognizable.
i chose adobe caslon pro as typeface, but, after enlarging, it is hard to tell. it is help to recognize the tiny details in different typeface, and make me more sensitive to letter form.
and another excise is: pick up a letter, redraw them as often as it takes for you to feel the typeface, its nuances, and unique characteristics. when i can not decide use which letterform, i would try to redraw it by hand and enlarge it, and then find the one more suitable quickly.
Kane, J.(2004). A Type Prime. London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd