When you are typing on your laptop or even reading invitation cards, you are actually using and reading typography! But what exactly is typography? 

Typography is an art that requires years of practice to get a hang of it. If we were to compare typography to simple analogy, it’s like mastering fashion. We choose our outfits every day, but unless you are a supermodel, not all of them can be considered Vogue-worthy. There are just certain vibes and ‘art’ you have to pay attention to when you mix-and-matching fabrics, accessories, and colours. The right formula will give you a fabulous style. The lousy one, even if it’s comfortable for you, might not the one for others. And it also applies to typography. 

Typography is not just for you as a designer. It holds a value and a certain message to convey to others. That’s why typography is an art: the art of designing as well as an art of communicating. And mastering an art is not an easy feat. Along the journey, you could make mistakes and errors. 

In this article, we list 4 common typography errors to avoid at all costs: 

1. Modifying Script Letter Spacing 

Script letters are typically constructed so that each of the letters can seamlessly connect with other letters next to it. But sometimes, designers (especially beginners) ruin its flow by modifying its spacing. Of course, it messes with the flow that resulted in a messy visual look. This messy look is not only questionable but also will affect its legibility. And in the end, no message will be conveyed.

2. Overstretching Your Texts 

As we have stated above, letters are typically constructed in a way that makes each and every letter interact ‘seamlessly’ with one another. And it does not only apply to script letters, it applies to every family font. They are designed with high precision, so messing with its natural proportion by stretching the fonts will make your text look disjointed. If you really need to fill the allotted space on your design, it would be best if you just choose a condensed or expanded font to begin with. This way you don’t have to sacrifice legibility for the sake of style.