InType: High-Contrast Fonts
Andrea Leksen explores fonts that create drama and intensity by combining thick and thin strokes.
I don’t know about you, but I love a gorgeous, dramatic, over-the-top, high contrast font for large titles in magazines, on posters, or on a tattoo! There’s something about homing in on that meticulously designed letterform—each curve connecting a thin stroke to a ridiculously thick stroke—that creates drama and intensity (Figure 1). Is it a quick transition or slow? Does the terminal connect back into other letterforms or is it drawn out into an ornate swash that ends like a stunning symphony finale?
Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps.
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