Helvetica, the world's most popular typeface, will always do what it promises - convey written information that seemlessly blends into its environment. Think about it - in the American Apparel logo, it looks engaging and sexy, and on the Wal-Mart facade, it's soulless and trashy.
As Indra Kupferschmid, co-author of Helvetica Forever puts it "Helvetica is often described as the tasteless white rice among typefaces: satisfies easily, cheap and fast. But the good thing is, you can take the design into different directions with the sauce and side dishes (the typefaces you pair with Helvetica).”
Kupferschmid has written this excellent how-to for FontShop, which shares how to use Helvetica (or another neo-Grotesque) in contrast to transitional or slab-serifs.
Some things are just plain fun.
"Sharky is a floating tea-infuser that looks like a shark fin marauding through the dangerous waters of your tea mug that simultaneously releases streamers of steeped tea that look suspiciously like the detritus after a nasty shark attack."
Unless your a complete hermit and/or man craft blogger (ahem...), you come across people you don't know everyday. And it's likely that at least half of them will be men, and half of that group will have facial hair. This, it turns out, is a good thing, as the key to judging both character and sinister lies in one's beard.
So, simply print out this handy reference chart by Matt McInerney for your easy reference.
Just remember, it goes left to right.
Hi all - I've had some medical tests today that have left me feeling pretty rotten, so please allow me a "low content" day.
That said, this "So You Need a Typeface" flowchart image by Danish design student Julian Hansen is, at once, both hilarious and quite helpful.
From Julie Anderson, Julian's teacher, of Inspiration Lab : "I never usually feature my students but I’m going to make an exception, we had such a brilliant critique today that I just want to say “Thank god for passionate students like mine!”. You guys rock!! (in spite of our verbal whupping; better to have tried and failed than not to have tried at all). So let’s end the week with a student project, an info graphic related to the job we do as graphic designers. Julian did a flowchart of the choices we go through choosing fonts, with a humerous approach. A brilliant job on such a short project."
Philip Levine was going bald, and rather than hide it under a combover or (swallow...) hairpiece, he embraced his new bare dome, and put some art on it.
From Phil's bio: "London born Philip started using his head as a canvas for creativity back in 2006 when he began to go bald. He did not want to conform to shaving his head like everyone else so started using it as an art form to express....His designs are...reaching abroad including Japan and China, and he is leading the way to becoming an original expression of creativity in the 21st century in what is becoming known as the ‘Head Art’ scene.
Philip teams up with professional body painter Kat Sinclair, continuously creating a wealth of designs that have ranged from his 1000-Swarovski crystal headpiece, to homages of such artists as Roy Lichtenstein and Hokusai painted on his head. "
What exactly is the difference between a Grotesque and a Gothic? What's the relationship between Didot and Bodoni? And, for goodness' sakes, how DO you tell the difference between Helvetica and Arial.
To answer these, you can do a four-year degree in graphic design. You could purchase a copy of the excellent "Font. The Sourcebook." or "Designing with Type." Or you could head to Just Creative Design, and download their free 27-page eBook, "The Type Classification Handbook."
"If you were to take the best engineers in the world and asked them to design a perfect plug for a child's airway, you couldn't do better than a hot dog."
So, the American Academy of Pediatricians have called for the redesign of the hot dog. And since its an entirely processed product, any shape is game. The folks at Fast Company set off to redo the hot dog, with these criteria:
- Esophagus-sized cylinders and spheres = bad, very bad
- Fit within existing buns for "authentic"-ish experience
- Look for opportunities [to] increase sense of play
- Enhance condiment-to-hot dog engagement
After thinking through the designs below, they came up with the spiral dog above, and did a mock-up in green Play-doh.
Lance Armstrong - the U.S. cyclist who has become a household name for his Tour de France performance and ubiquitous yellow bracelets - has retired into a Spanish colonial outside Austin, Texas. It's pretty gigantic, and contains all the elements of traditionally masculine decor - lots of wood, leather, and warm colors.
In honor of the upcoming 82nd Academy Awards, Photographer David Gartner has created Oscar-food mashups based on this year's Best Picture nominees.
The titles include "A Serious Manwich" and "The Blind Side Salad" as well as "Precious, Based on a Novel by Bombay Saphire," and "Avatunatartare."
Graphic design giants Pentagram have built an impressive, European-accent fueled exploration of determing one's typesetting based on personality...a typography typology, if you will.
man cave, n. A dedicated area of a house, such as a basement, workshop, or garage, where a man can be alone or socialize with his friends. (from mancavesite.org)
I admit, I'm not much into the hunting lodge or sports bar basement approach, but I do completely understand the masculine impetus to create a space of one's own. The same need that had us build forts and club houses as kids still drives us to make special places to simply be.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I simply prefer my typography-theme pastries to be grotesque and sans-serif.
From artist Beverly Hsu, these homebrewed aluminum and acrylic cookie cutters feature the twenty-six letters (and I hope an ampersand) of Helvetica - the ubiquitous modern fontset invented by Max Miedinger in the 1950s and seen everywhere from the NYC public transit system to most bathroom signs.
I do love me a thought out, well-designed typeface. And while I love learning to recognize and properly use the classic, modern alphabets, I like veering away from the standards with some lesser known options.
Unfortunately, inexpensive, attractive typefaces are hard to come by. The League of Moveable Type offers not only inexpensive, sharp options, but a heap of FREE tasty fonts.
Wanna attend Glammer Education Institute? Here's the contact information...now prove your skills.
Designed by Y&R Thailand, the cards feature line drawn faces and a bevy of textured blackspace, allowing the user to create a custom hair style with a pair of scissors. A little bit paper doll, a little bit Wooly Willy, a whole bit awesome.