Musacchio – Post 2

For Lady Gaga’s “The Fame” album, a serif font was used to display her name. The serif font looks classy and traditional, complementing the idea of “The Fame” and Hollywood glamour. The typography appears to be a modern serif, with strong contrast in stroke weights, creating a vertical emphasis. It’s simple and understated, but still has an air of importance and elegance associated with “The Fame.”

On “The Fame Monster,” Lady Gaga’s name is displayed differently, with a sans-serif font. There’s little to no variations in stroke weight and plain, regular geometry. The typeface appears to be a sans-serif grotesque–fitting with the “monster” theme of the album. The text is bold and draws attention. As opposed to the serif typeface that blends in and complements the album cover, the sans-serif typeface really stands out. It makes more of a statement, which is fitting for “The Fame Monster.”

While I think the serif font is more aesthetically pleasing and works better with “Lady Gaga” the name, I think both typefaces serve their purpose on the respective album covers. The bold, geometric sans-serif font works for the image and theme of “The Fame Monster,” while the serif font works with the classy idea behind “The Fame.”


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Stephanie on February 7, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Personally, I like the serif typeface better than the sans serif typeface. When I think of Lady Gaga I think of crazy glam, and I think the sans serif font looks too immature or too laid-back. That’s just my personal opinion. I like the top image much better. For Gaga.


  2. Posted by ssadkows on February 9, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    I agree with you when you say that the serif version really reflects the classy image she is portraying in “The Fame.” San serif would not give the same feel for that album because it is too bold and the stroke weight would be too much. The serif font being used in “The Fame” is perfect. However, I don’t love the san serif used on “The Fame Monster.” I was almost expecting a font more reflective of her personality, and although she is very bold, she is classy/high fashion, which is a serif theme.


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