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Typography, access and education

Michele Wong Kung Fong

Saturday 15 September | 16:15 – 16:45
Location: Seminar Room 202

Presentation | Theme: Digital hands | Duration: 30 minutes

The paper suggests a tentative solution in regards to the immense issue of access to typography—typeface design or typesetting—enabled and promoted by technology. This paper will argue that access—to typeface design software like fontographer or typesetting software like InDesign—by the general public does not necessarily equate excellence. Excellence and education is what distinguishes the professional typographer from the amateur. In today’s digital world where access to the necessary tools to “design a typeface” or simply “design” is provided to the general public, everyone becomes a typographer or designer. The paper points at the current preferences for typefaces based on the vernacular, which convinces the amateur that typeface design is possible and even maybe unchallenging. This paper believes that accessibility to software does not stop once the product leaves the store. It hopes and proposes accessibility to not only the software but to typographic education while using the software. What the paper foresees is highly intelligent software that will point at, for example, widows, orphans, bad rags, as they appear during the design process and maybe even educate the general public about the terms themselves.

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Michele Wong Kung Fong Graduate student in design North Carolina State University | United States

Undergraduate education in Visual Communication Design at the University of Dayton, Ohio. Currently a graduate student in design at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

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