Typography and My Portfolio

My Portfolio

Thoughts on Typography

I have never consciously considered the font of a webpage, paper, etc. in very much detail. I have fonts that I like and fonts that I dislike but in general my papers are written in Times New Roman, emails in Cambria and hand-outs for my 8th grade students in Calibri. When I’m feeling generous I might use Comic Sans. They are 8th graders after all.

I was blown away by the Errol Morris article, especially the anecdote about the student who got A’s on all of his papers written in Georgia. I began to thing about when I grade things for my students. It occurred to me that I do tend to have a moment of annoyance when they use “cute” or ridiculous fonts. Don’t even get me started on when they use every color of the rainbow or turn the background of their documents different colors.

Robin Williams’s Non-Designer’s Design Book also gave me much to think about. Websites are inherently visually based and it seems to me that the visuals on the page must be almost if not more appealing than the content of the website in order for a visitor to spend any time clicking through the information.

Writing a Website from Scratch

With that in mind, I began to code my portfolio page. I am frustrated that my lack of skills prevents me from creating a truly dynamic and visually engaging page, at least right now. It took me an embarrassingly long time to get the very simple page that I do have. I spent a lot of time at lynda.com and googling random tags of code to see what I needed to do. Most of my issues revolved around where things ended up. I tried to remember that the CSS page is where much of that magic happens but despite my best efforts, I could not for the life of me get my header to put my picture on the left and the title on the right.


I commented on Pearl’s blog.


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3 Responses to Typography and My Portfolio

  1. Pearl Harris-Scott says:

    Hi Amy – I definitely agree, I think as both grad students and teachers we get very used to at least knowing the basics of how to do things and starting from scratch is frustrating. I don’t think I’ve ever had a college student turn in an assignment in Comic Sans (so I thank all the middle school and high school teachers who have apparently forbidden it) and I know that I do judge their writing on how it looks on the screen…

  2. Theana says:

    Hey Amy!
    I was blown away by Morris’ article too! I started thinking about the papers I’ve turned in and how they change depending on typeface– also there’s a part of me that wishes I had known about this information before my last semester of grad school! I’m curious if have been other experiments testing this theory. I knew this guy in undergrad that would always turn in his papers in Courier and would always get A’s even though he wouldn’t fully complete his assignments. It always irritated me but now looking back I’m wondering if that had anything to do with it.

  3. Ann-Marie says:

    Hi Amy!

    I was fascinated by Morris’ article, as well! Who knew that there was so much psychology behind Typography? I also thought of all the times I turned in essays, and I wondered if I would have gotten a higher grade if I simply changed the font. It also got me thinking of fonts we see in the media and advertisements, as well. It is definitely something to keep in mind once we build our websites.

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