Monday, February 11, 2013

Typography As A Design Element

I'm humming along in my Guided Study Critique Class, working hard and enjoying every minute. Our week 3 topic was to consider how we use type and text on our scrapbook layouts. I know I've covered this before, but I love to use a long title as a design element. Here's a few past examples, then one of the pages I submitted for class.
A longer title allows you to add color and focus to a layout, and becomes a major design element. All you need is a nice stash of various alphabets. I enjoy laying out a longer title, deciding which words to emphasize and how much space to use on the page. It's kind of like solving a puzzle.
A long title can also double as the journaling. These short phrases say all I need on this page.


For my class assignment, this layout contains a single sentence that serves as title, journaling and major design element. It also captures the dry humor of my brother in-law perfectly!

So whether it's long, one word, or something in between, do you consider the impact of your titles? I know I'm often tempted to just slap on some black Thickers and call it done. Nothing wrong with that, but I am happy with the results when I take a little more time to consider and execute a well-designed title. Consider it your Monday challenge!

28 comments:

  1. The way you do that with your titles is one of my fave things about your layouts...You were the queen of subway art b4 it was in vogue!

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  2. WOW WOW WOW... Sue... these layouts are so beautiful!!! I love all of them... especially the 1st one!!! hugs...xoxo

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  3. I think long titles are fabulous, especially how you've done them. I always worry I've not got enough alphabets ... Nothing for it, I have to buy more now lol

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  4. Oh, yes, I love a long title! I especially admiring that first page here, because of the way the design includes enough space for two photos and journaling and that title. That's clever!

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  5. Your title work examples are wonderful, Sue. I love the long titles and mix of alphas. The layered clouds on your latest page are the perfect touch. :)

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  6. I, too, love long titles. If I use a shorter title, I try to make it unusual and interesting so that the reader is drawn in to read the journaling. I especially love your "I drove 12 hours..."

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  7. We miss you in the night group for Guided Study Critique. Love your layouts, as always.

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  8. I love typography. It's such a great way to add interest to a layout. I love your examples.

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  9. Fabulous pages and I have to say, I'm really digging the bright polka dot clouds! :) I love a nice long title too, especially on one photo pages where you have more room to work with. Love all the different colors and textures you added in your pages.

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  10. I really love the long titles and mixture of fonts on your work, GREAT STUFF!

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  11. Love all the examples and the use of all the different fonts. You always have the greatest ideas on your blog!

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  12. big fan of long titles! mostly because i looove thickers, stickers and any other shape alpha can take! love your "summer tradition" layout, the central design is really cool

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  13. Oh I do love your brother-in-law's humor & it's perfect that you used it as the title!

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  14. Love all of these layouts! I love the heavy text title type layouts! You rocked it!

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  15. Love these long title layouts, must try this :)

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  16. Great layouts Sue...love those long titles!
    Alison xx

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  17. Love each one of these examples! You really show how fun it can be to create a long title!

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  18. Wow, there you go again making me think! I never really think of my titles as design elements. I am guilty of just sticking it wherever it will best fit. I will have to give this more thought after seeing your inspiring ideas. Love how you mix the fonts. I have a whole basket full of Thickers and alphas and I will need to try using them like this. TFS

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  19. Great pages...I love how you used the long titles instead of journaling.

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  20. Awesome uses of the typography Sue! I really LOVE that last one! The mix of colors in the title is so fabulous!

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  21. I admire long titles but I've never actually done one yet. Someday I shall though! Your pages all look fantastic, I especially like the contrasting colours in the second page. x

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  22. These are wonderful examples of the long title. That last one gave me a chuckle. The title really does say it all, doesn't it? I like how you mix your Thickers getting everything to fit together so perfectly.

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  23. I love how you manage to make everything fit so perfectly. Great job and lots of inspiration.

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  24. Great pages.Your titles are so cool I love how they just fit on the page.

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  25. AWESOME work! I love working with long titles and your pages have been pinned! ;)

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  26. You do such a great job with the long titles and mixing up of fonts!

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  27. Hmmm... I tend to keep my titles short and snappy, but you're tempting me to try out a few long ones. I LOVE the last one especially. Great mix of colours, textures and fonts. I'm kicking myself for not joining the Critique class again!!

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