Finding good and bad designs of typography was a bit easier that the previous assignment. Although sometimes it was difficult to decide between whether typography should be legible at all time, or whether it was permissible to use more creative typography despite sacrificing legibility. So here are my choices of websites using good and bad typography.

 

3 Good Examples

Example 1

I believe I’ve posted this website as an example in a previous post, but I still believe it is an example of good use of typography. The whole page is meant to look almost like a piece of artwork. It may seem to contain a lot of information, yet it is still very easy to navigate and very well structured. It invited the reader to interact with the webpage.

http://www.kitchensinkstudios.com/

www.kitchensinkstudios.com

 

Example 2

The second example is a more classic example of typography within graphic design. Very grid based, clean, minimalistic. A bit boring for my taste, however it does convey the personality and style of work of the company perfectly.

http://blakeallendesign.com/

blakeallendesign.com

 

Example 3

The third example I found quite fascinating, as it was very interactive and fun despite the limited colour and image use. I like it because it is different from what you normally see. It pushes conventional design boundaries. I am posting two pictures to show the starting page, and then the second page once you enter your date of birth.

http://lawineagency.com/family-of-wines/

http://lawineagency.com/family-of-wines/

lawineagency.com/family-of-wines

 

Example 4:

This is just an extra one I found interesting and fun. I wasn’t sure whether I should put it in or not…the typography is interesting and playful, but not very legible. The intention of the designer is clear, but perhaps not as successful as it could have been? What do you guys think?

http://wakwaw.com/

wakwaw.com

 

3 Bad Examples

Example 1

This is an example of someone’s portfolio website. I do think it is creative, but I found it quite boring. The angle of the typeface is strange and not legible. The whole website seemed quite bland and off-putting.

http://www.davorvaneijk.com/

www.davorvaneijk.com

 

Example 2

This second example is completely chaotic. I believe the designer was attempting to be creative, but there is a very fine line between being creative and unique, and overdoing it. This has too many colours, too much navigation to read to, and no clear hierarchy or system.

http://www.posttypography.com/

www.posttypography.com

 

Example 3

The last example is still irritating and confusing me. I understand why the designer has done the word overlay in different colours, yet I have spent over and hour trying to read all of the words in just that one title…and I can’t. If someone has been able to please let me know. Unless of course the whole point of the design is to confuse you and have no solution, thus pushing the reader to explore further to try to understand….

http://www.roggeundpott.de/

www.roggeundpott.de