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Just as we use the same grade of paper and the same drawing instrument for related drawings and sketches, so we must use the same instrument for drawing and lettering, since different tones or shades will destroy the picture's unity, disturb the drawing, and possibly lead to confusion and misunderstanding.
An ink drawing therefore must always be lettered in ink; a pencil drawing should only be lettered in pencil.
Lettering can lend the drawing added expression, but it can also detract from it. This must be determined once the drawing is finished and before adding the text. One should always avoid using ill-considered styles which will appear alien to the drawing instead of an integral part of it.
We cannot stress often enough that a clear, distinct, and simple text is better by far than distorted, mannered, and hence affected lettering, since it also influences the face—i.e., the outward form—of what is written.
Adequate legibility, text height, and letter thickness are very important elements of any illustration. Lettering should possess a balanced size and space relationship with the background, the object. and the drawing's statement. Superfluous, self-evident words should be left out (Example: "Design of a leisure area to a scale of 1:50." It is quite adequate if the sketch is entitled "Leisure area—1 50.")
Lettering that is perhaps too light or too small is always more tolerable than text that is too big.
looks out of place, and which overpowers the drawing. Above all. remember that a lot of different typestyles on the same page are just as bad as too many different heights
Block lettering has proven to be quite adequate, with us simple, perpendicular capitals constructed of straight lines, circles, and arcs. A perfectly clear and readable text face is achieved with simple geometrical lines (straight and curved) in which line thickness is matched to letter height, by optically perfect spacing and a clear tonal contrast with the background. The succinctness and clarity of a textual statement is essential and most convincing to the reader.
In addition, the proportions of the individual letters and numbers can be easily learned with a simple diagram, and lettering should come easily with a little practice. It is sometimes even legible upside down to the person opposite you.
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