Typography 2 – Blog #1 Text Alignment

Blog Post #1: Annotated bibliography

My assessment of text alignment. There are four primary types of text alignment. These four include left aligned, right aligned, centered and justified.

Left aligned is the most popular, it may also be know as left justified It will be used mostly as the default setting in most applications. When typing the left aligned type will start at the left margin and continue to the right margin. Resulting in a ragged edge as each sentence may be longer or shorter. Examples of left aligned text might be found in letters, books or magazines.

Right aligned is also known as right justified. This is when text flows from the right margin. It will be flushed from the right. Each line will create a ragged edge on the left side as each sentence is created. Examples of right aligned might be found on business cards or advertising brochures.

Centered aligned is placed in the center. Each line is centered within the document or page that you are creating. Each new sentence starts at the center or the page. Examples of centered alignment might be found in titles in magazines or newspapers.

Justified aligned is when your text flows from the left to the right margin. It will fill up the entire space leaving now ragged edges. Examples of justified alignment can be found in newspapers, magazines and books.



When designing you want the reader to be able to read. If the text is not easy on the eye, the designer has not created a good design. Left aligned works well because it will read smoothly. Your eye is trained to read from left to right therefore, allowing an easier transition when reading and absorbing the material that you are reading. The blocks of text that you view in the left aligned format is most common.

Cousins, Carrie. “The Importance of Designing for Readability.”. 22 July 2013. Internet.

www. http://designshack.net/articles/typography/the-importance-of-designing-for-readability/

When designing with right alignment when using text is not so easily read. Our eyes are not trained to read right to left. In using the right alignment you might consider if it is a simple block of words. Like that on a business card or a web page.

Hunt, Ben. : Readability – “Make Web Pages Easy To Read.”


www. http://webdesignfromscratch.com/basics/readability/

When designing with center alignment the designer wants to create a focal or more balanced-look to the block of text. It helps the eye to navigate the sentence or what the focal point of text is. Using center alignment is frequent in titles or on business cards.



When designing with justified alignment its easier to read in columns that are justified. The justified alignment will fill the block vertically from left to right margins. Justified alignment can be a bit harder to read when using hyphens and there is too much white space as the kerning of the letters can be too wide or to narrow.

Adams, Ken. “Justified Verses Ragged-Right Text.” May 3, 2007.



In summarizing the four basic alignment text types I feel it is up to the individual designer to create around the design you are trying to portray. When dealing with the subject matter of text a designer has to make it easy on the reader to want to read the text. The basic most important rule is to enjoy creating pieces of text in blocks that are easily read and absorbed.

When the designer is typesetting the page layout the text must flow around the image. The proper placement of text is important to design a well read advertisement or brochure in the industry of design. There should be no gaps or too much white space when composing. It clearly doesn’t make for a well planned out text alignment when visually the viewer is too confused by such matter or gaps and white spaces.

A well thought out placement of text in itself can be a work of art. Choosing the right font and text alignment is critical to capturing the audiences attention and getting the message across. Something so well planned can be just as easy as left alignment, right alignment, centered alignment or justified alig


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