Hearing Type

“Rhythm” and “tone” are words that occur frequently in descriptions of both music and typography. As the author of this article points out: “Music notation is directly comparable to typography – both are visual notational systems of symbols that represent elements of their respective acoustic languages.” Frank Armstrong presents the structure of his analogy between music and typography, and then proposes it as the foundation of an instructional method for understanding static and kinetic typography. (For an actual classroom assignment which utilizes his approach, educators may want to look at Armstrong’s contribution to James Craig’s website.)

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