PART A LETTER CLASSIFICATION
As a graphics documentation specialist, you are required to demonstrate
proficiency by lettering diverse projects that vary from simple name
plates for military housing to complex presentation materials. There is
only one way to become proficient at letteringpractice. All projects
you letter are some form of communication (e.g., the name plate tells or
communicates who dwells in the quarters; presentations communicate ideas).
For a lettering project to communicate effectively it must, above all
else, be legible. The following list includes the lettering factors,
discussed later in this subcourse, that have the greatest bearing on
Style of letter.
Size of letter.
Space between letters.
Space between words.
Space between lines.
a. Introduction. As mentioned earlier, lettering is a form of
communication. Words alone do not convey the entire message. Letter
size, style, and other characteristics also help to convey a message.
Consider how these factors are used in some documents to which you are
(1) The style of letters in part, determines how readable a document
is. For this reason, magazine articles use letter styles that are easy to
read. The size of letters can attract the readers' attention, such as
headlines in a newspaper or titles on charts. The size and style of
letters is often used to deter a person from reading the "fine print."
(2) Properly used, letter styles convey the feeling or mode of the
message you are communicating. They may be warm, brisk, dignified,
modern, oldfashioned, or some other variation. To select the style
appropriate to the message, you must be able to recognize various styles
and be familiar with their appropriate use.
(3) Letter styles are often referred to as faces. Figure 11
displays the six main classes of letters commonly