Is it typography?

The best definition of typography comes from Type and Typography by Phil Baines & Andrew Haslam.

Typography: The mechanical notation and arrangement of language.

As something of a contrast, this recently caught my eye—the lyrics from a CD by pop singer Kesha. The pages demonstrate both organization and hierarchy, so for me this is typography too, even if it doesn’t meet the strict definition above. Maybe not great typography, but typography just the same.

    • Tom Barden
    • October 15th, 2010

    I believe typography can be any form of design with letters. The above image , in my opinion, is very much typography, both body text and main titles.
    The definition you have offered still fits in nicely with this picture all the type has been arranged in a specific way to give over the albums language.

    Nice short, thought provoking post!

    • Hi Tom
      Thanks for the feedback. It’s good to know that someone other than my typography students are reading!

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