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Is it important for an illustrator to learn about typography?

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Ben SaysI think it’s helpful for sure. I’ve seen bad type choices ruin otherwise beautiful illustrations. I don’t think you need to be a master typographer but your typography should not distract the viewer from your work.

I think every designer/illustrator/artist should read The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst and have a copy around to refer to.


Frank SaysYes! As an illustrator, it’s an important thing to at least know the basics of type. Often times as an illustrator, typography is your work’s neighbor. And who doesn’t like to know just a little bit about the company they keep?