Chapter: Formating Type

Paragraph Breaks

name of your book, your name University of Kansas, 2023

(Colophon: Add to the beginning or end of the book.)
Designed by Your Name. Class project for Typographic Systems at the University of Kansas, 2023. The text was compiled from the following sources: Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst, Getting it Right with Type: the Do's and Don'ts of Typography by Victoria Square, Mac is Not A Typewriter by Robin Williams. This book is not to be sold to the public and to only be used by the designer for their reference and student design portfolio.

All the content below must be in your workbook. However you can organize it in any way you want. Each section can be a chapter or you can organize the content into groups and those become chapters.


01 rules check sheet
02 glossary of typographic rules

03 special characters
04 column width and hyphenation
05 hyphens and dashes  
06 quotes and apostrophes
07 kerning

08 figures and tabular tables
09 justification, letterspacing, word spacing
10 paragraph breaks

11 anatomy of type
12 typographic color
13 font classifications
14 glossary of terms (optional)

Paragraph Breaks

︎︎︎this exercise is exploring different ways you can show when a paragraph starts. It isn’t about the design of the page or placemnet of the text only change the pargraphs. 

︎︎︎ Use this template for your succes

Paragraph breaks set a rhythm for the reader. The breaks have a relationship with the column of text as well as the page margins. A break may be introduced as an indentation, as a space or both. The over all page feel will be influenced by your choice.

In typography there are 4 rules regarding paragraph breaks:
1. first line at the beginning of an article should be flush left (do not indent first paragraph)
2. block paragraphs are flush left and are separated by extra leading not a full return
3. the amount indent is = to the leading (sometimes needs a bit more)
4. never hit two returns between paragraphs

︎︎︎explore at least 10 different ways to show that there are 3 paragraphs. The investigation should be of NEW and DIFFERENT ways to show a paragraph break. Begin with 8.5/12 as a baseline size and leading. You may make text smaller or larger to show a new paragraph.

10 explorations, you are exploring only how to show a paragraph break NOT how to alter layouts. {There is a big difference}.