I'm teaching visual arguments and want examples of how fonts (or spacing, but especially fonts), drastically change the 'message' of a visual piece.
I thought about using Sporcle or Mental Floss's font quizzes
in class as a way of showing that we have pretty ingrained notions about what kind of fonts accompany certain products, movies, etc. but I think a lot of the quiz things are not things my students will know (or will know from the logo rather than the font itself).
Ideally, I'm looking for either:
a) a website where I can type in something academic and show it in Star Wars font, action-movie font, etc. so they can see how the tone changes, or
b) a website with examples of ads or other visual things that use fonts in a humorous, unexpected, or inappropriate way, which will illustrate how fonts immediately introduce some expectation of the genre/situation.
I'm also interested in showing them how the manipulation of blank or empty space changes a message, but this might be easier to come up with on my own.
My Google-fu hasn't turned up quite what I'm looking for. Any suggestions (or other similar ideas besides the ones I listed?) Thanks!