I have been experimenting with different fonts ever since I discovered Microsoft Word. As a 12-year-old, I would write different stories or plays in my journals and transfer these stories into a Word doc. so that my aunts and uncle could read the work that I produced. I would usually change font and color every paragraph or dialogue switch. This was the way I would have fun. In the treasure box that I have, I have tons of short stories that I have written that go from pink to blue to green ink with the font ranging from Times New Roman to Garamond to Courier New to Calligraphy. I loved writing in calligraphy, mainly because I saw it as a another way to write in cursive which I was so bad at doing.
Then, I learned that for school, I had to type in one font and in one color. Every paper had to be written in Times New Roman 12-point black font. I understood that these “rules” had to be followed because I was writing for teachers. However, at first I saw it as a way for the teachers to ruin my fun.
Throughout the video and article that we had to watch and read, I realize that I have been holding myself back with creativity in the realm of typography. Even in the work that I do outside of class, I restrict myself because I don’t necessarily know how to use typography as well as I should. Looking at the various ways that I can use typography without being over the top, makes me feel that it’s time to start experimenting again.