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Lesson 2

2. Mind Mapping

  • instructor

- Ash Thorp

  • apprentice

- Maciej Kuciara

  • apprentice
  • learn squared

- Stylow .

Using references is sometimes a trickier process than it may seem. In this lesson, Ash will show when and where to pull references from, and how to best use them in your work with "mind mapping" techniques. From there, we will explore the daunting world of fonts, how to organize them, and why we choose them.



1. Collect 5 - 10 usable references and select the top 3 "muse" images

2. Find 3 - 4 fonts which fit the visual theme of your design

3. Experiment with Font Explorer (or alternative font organizer)

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week 2 content from delivery 1 for the UI course, great experience of compositing usable and muse artwork and learnt alot about fonts .


My main influences are microscopic imagery that deals with both organic and manufactured materials.

Homework for section 02.

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For the typeface, i chose the main typeface with a possible replacement next to it. Futura was chosen because it is a good geometric typeface both widely known and use while a replacement could be gill sans a humanist contrast. Next is Neue Haas Grotesk which is "blockier" than Helvetica an all round solid sans serif while it's replacement could be univer which is great compositionally. Lastly is the "Sci-fi" font. Eurostile was visually and compositionally sound while i thought sprinkling some microgramma extended could be a nice mix. Generally the most common weight would be bold but it may vary.

The references i mainly picked for the layered, structured and detailed while the muse images is what would inspire the final design hopefully.

Lessons in this Course

Software Used: 
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Cinema 4D Studio R16
Optional Software: 
Font Explorer, Mind Node, InDesign, Bridge 2015

Hi Ash,
you mentioned that you will post some suggestions for font books
Did i miss this?

figured it out.