just trying to exercise my typography skills

etahchen's picture

i made this just as an exercise. what do you guys think i can do to make this better? any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. thank you.

Michael Green's picture

i read it as 'the lion king' initially. maybe change type size etc etc for one or the other. also work on the letterspacing. some people would advise against tracking lowercase

etahchen's picture

I messed with the kerning on the letters. I changed the color to separate Lion and King. I kind of feel like changing the color is cheating in a way, because I should have figured out a way to separate Lion and King using just type. what do you think?

Michael Green's picture

i would try and get it working in mono before applying colour. have you tried tracked small caps or caps for the 'king of the jungle' bit?

also the beware seems like an afterthought

Michael Green's picture

Li, ng are too tight

both 'he' pairs are too loose

are you using optical or auto kerning?

etahchen's picture

with photoshop text tool, i'm highlighting the two letters, then choosing the size of the space between the two letters. i'm guessing that's called optical. okay, i'll fix what you said.

Michael Green's picture

id recommend either indesign or quark for type

etahchen's picture

wow, you've got a good eye for kerning. i fixed the loose and tight letter spaces. and i figured out how to do the small caps. what do you think now?

etahchen's picture

i think there needs to be some kerning on this one, i'll fix that when i get the chance

Arno Enslin's picture

@ etahchen

Are you using faked small capitals (downsized versal letters)?

Don’t use block text for the lines ‘KING | OF THE | JUNGLE’.

None of the examples with the (small) capitals does work.

The crown is missplaced in all examples.

The margin kerning needs to be corrected.

And the leading is not harmonically balanced likewise.

In your third example he is too tight now.

And somehow you arbitrary choose the point sizes and the capital and small letters in the beginning of the words.

etahchen's picture

@Arno Enslin. Thanks for all the critique. And yes, I am using fake small caps, my New Century doesn't come with real ones.

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