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A Typographical History – Flash Application

January 31, 2009

So my last semester in college has finally arrived, and along with it comes the semester long senior project. Every student expecting to graduate must propose a project that solves some sort of problem in his/her field, be it graphic design, illustration, etc. Once the proposal has been reviewed and accepted, the student must complete as much of the project as possible over the course of the semester, and the show it as the “capstone” piece of our portfolio in the year end AIGA portfolio review.

For my project, I have chosen to create a time line which will present a condensed history of typography through an interactive flash application. Beginning with the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century, all the way up to modern day, the application will survey the rich history of typeface design and layout aesthetics.

Not only will it provide this information, but it will be self referring, that is it will present information on Johannes Gutenberg in the style of his Gutenberg Bible (same layout proportions, dual columns, and in a blackletter typeface), and so on for the other time periods. Covering important figures, typeface evolution (old style, transitional, modern), and the changing layout standards, this application will hopefully prove to be a useful resource for more people than just myself.

I’m also hoping that by utilizing Adobe Flash it will help me learn more about the program, and get a hold on ActionScript 3.0. I have begun to put the beginning of the application together and it has been a bit difficult, but I am slowly catching on and I like the direction the project is headed in.

Throughout the course of my research I have found these really cool and helpful resources. You should check them out, you might just fall in love with them.

*UPDATE: I have since completed several sections of the timeline and uploaded the .swf to my website, you can view it at

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