Facade Detail

Original Size 42 x 60 cm

Expanded Metal Facade Installation

Fillister Head - Screw

Air Conditioned Room

Foam Strip

Remforced

Concrete

Parapet

Metal Expanding Anchor

Air Conditioned Room

Foam Strip

Remforced

Concrete

Parapet

Metal Expanding Anchor

7.0 Lettering and Dimensioning Freehand Drawings

7.1 Conventions in Lettering

The lettering is a most essential part of any drawing. As handwriting can tell us much about its author, so lettering either can influence or emphasize the image of a newspaper, company, interior, or drawing, or can ruin it by inferior quality. Fashionable lettering is usually short-lived and therefore little suited to our purposes. Good text however can highlight, consolidate, and improve a subject.

Architects and interior designers prefer block lettering, which they feel reflects the clear, simple, and unadulterated intent of their creations. Standard lettering preferred by technicians and engineers has the aesthetic character of "frozen" handwriting

7.2 Types of Lettering

Lettering, or text, is a sign language used to capture and impart information, and information in turn is used to communicate with other people or to assist the memory. This means that previously imparted information can be recalled and revived. Writing first emerged in three main areas of the globe (approx. 5,000 years ago): in China, Mesopotamia (Near East), and Egypt.

In the beginning, the more important objects in life were sketched more or less true to life, but later on they became symbolized and abstracted. Cuneiform writing is a good example.

"Writing" consists of individual letters or figures which represent information either individually or in particular groups. Its essence lies in its legibility. clarity, and the untainted transmission of the information content Additional information can be added (superimposed) to written information by means of contractions.

This can also be done by distortion. For example, the observer's attention may be drawn to the exotic character of a Chinese restaurant by lettering on the menu or on an outside sign in the Latin alphabet that has been given a Chinese look. "Gothicized" lettering can provide the date of a historic choir stall or the title for a book on Gothic art.

Generally speaking, however, such revivals of ancient styles should be avoided. We live in an age which must find, and has already found, its own forms and symbols.

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