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InType: High-Contrast Fonts

InDesign Magazine issue 113This article appeared in Issue 113 of InDesign Magazine.

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?

Figure 1. Alejandro Paul’s recent font release, Speakeasy.

Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps.

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Andrea Leksen

Andrea Leksen

Andrea Leksen is a type designer, graphic designer, and educator with a Master of Design degree from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Scotland. Currently a Design Instructor at Western Washington University and Associate Professor of Design at Cornish College of the Arts, Leksen specializes in typography, type design, brand, and traditional print design. She has worked in-house for corporations and design firms and serves a diverse client base in her business, Leksen Design. She is an avid participant in the local and international typographic community and in her spare time immerses herself in music, art, dance, pasta-making, parenting, and traveling.
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