Page 7 - Decembert 2014
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There can be no doubt as to the importance of
the iniƟal to the printed page. The individual
qualiƟes and methods of placing iniƟals
certainly deserve invesƟgaƟon.

Weight on no account, irrespecƟve of design,
should an iniƟal appear too heavy for the
type page. An iniƟal which is rich in black fails
to harmonise with its associated type. This
distracƟon due to weight is oŌen the case
where the iniƟal is a larger size of the text
type; the soluƟon here would seem to be the
introducƟon of colour.

Ý®þ›: ProporƟon is undoubtedly one of the
main consideraƟons of good design. The
relaƟonship of this proporƟon, relaƟve to the
size of iniƟal, size of text type and page area
must be carefully considered. An iniƟal which
is large (although light in colour) oŌen looks
clumsy and rather dominaƟng. Serifs become
too prominent, thus destroying to a degree
the alinement and evenness so necessary to a
pleasant harmony.

Ý®þ›: It is possible to choose an iniƟal of
correct weight and size and yet it sƟll appears
complete in itself. This is due to a non-
relaƟonship of basic design; the basic design
of the iniƟal and the text must be in sympathy.

ÊÙăÛÄヽ ®Ä®ã®ƒ½Ý: An iniƟal leƩer

decorated with branches, flowers, figures or

any other such shapes loses its basic form,

Such shapes should not become an integral

part of the leƩer nor should they merely

form a background to it. By conforming to the

general shape of the character a harmonious

unit can be created; the narrower leƩers being

associated with a rectangular shape rather

than a square one. A beƩer merging with type

is obtained if the extremiƟes of the decoraƟon

are irregular.                               |

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