A Typographic Dilemma: Reconciling the old with the new using a new cross-disciplinary typographic framework

Yee, Joyce (2004) A Typographic Dilemma: Reconciling the old with the new using a new cross-disciplinary typographic framework. In: 2nd International Conference on Typography and Visual Communication: Communication and New Technologies Conference, 24-29 June 2004, Thessaloniki, Greece.

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Current theory and vocabulary used to describe typographic practice and scholarship are based on a historically print-derived framework. As yet, no new paradigm has emerged to address the divergent path that screen-based typography is taking from its traditional print medium. Screen-based typography is becoming as common and widely used as its print counterpart. It is now timely to re-evaluate current typographic references and practices under these environments, which introduces a new visual language and form.

This paper will attempt to present an alternate typographic framework to address these growing changes by appropriating concepts and knowledge from different disciplines. This alternate typographic framework has been informed through a study conducted as part of a research Doctorate in the School of Design at Northumbria University, UK. This paper posits that the current typographic framework derived from the print medium is no longer sufficient to address the growing differences between the print and screen media. In its place, an alternate cross-disciplinary typographic framework should be adopted for the successful integration and application of typography in screen-based interactive media. The development of this framework will focus mainly on three key characteristics of screen-based interactive media ¬¬– hypertext, interactivity and time-based motion – and will draw influences from disciplines such as film, computer gaming, interactive digital arts and hypertext fictions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2012 15:09
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 13:02
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/9152

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