I know it's a little cliche and HGTV-y, and like "man cave," I've vowed to try to avoid the phrase "curb appeal," at all costs, but...for real, switching out your house numbers can totally change how you feel about the entrance to your home.
Designer Dan Gneiding has released "Dude," a new "reverse contrast" typeface, inspired by country music legends: "Whiskey drinking, train hopping, fist fighting, hard loving, prison breaking, men and women, who poured their hearts out in song."
Duluth, Minnesota-based artist and designer Matthew Olin has created a series of typographic superhero posters for his MFA thesis exhibition, Some Type of Hero. Comic book heroes and villians are constructed from shapes from a family of type - Spiderman from script faces, or Batman from sans serifs.
There are tens (hundreds?) of thousands of free fonts available for download, but most aren't worth keeping around to filter through when working on a project.
And then there are these fine typefaces from foundry Font Fabric,
It's springtime! Which means its a new season, and time to freshen up your spaces. So, show your computer a little love by cleaning out your inbox, putting your desktop back together, and downloading a fresh typographic wallpaper.
At first glance, this fun DIY project might seem pretty straightforward: You type some stuff on a piece of paper, print it out, then cut it with a craft knife.
And then you realize, if you tried that, you've ruined it before you even finish the first letter, because it's impossible to cut things out and have them still be stuck together in a single sheet...
Unless, of course, you know what you're doing.
Fast Company recently published an excerpt from Simon Garfield's Just My Type on the eight worst fonts in the world. The piece is notable not only for the actual list, but its very interesting research, and pretty hilarious commentary, such as this concerning Souvenir,
Designer Ian Obermuller has released, Fontroduction, a series of lessons and games for designs students, or anyone interested in typography.
Like you and me.
There are lots of interactive demonstrations about anatomy and x-heights and tracking vs. kerning, but the real fun is in the quiz, which, thankfully, doesn't punish you for any incorrect answers. Not that I got any...(yes I did.)
Lost Type Co-Op is a "Pay-What-You-Want Type foundry, the first of its kind. Founded by Riley Cran and Tyler Galpin, originally in a whirlwind 24 hour adventure to distribute a single typeface, Lost Type has blossomed into a full fledged foundry, distributing fonts from designers all over the world, with its unique model."
So, upon downloading, you're invited to pass along what you can, directly to the designer. If for you that's nothing, you can enter $0 and download for free.
I'm the last person to recommend the use of polystyrene, but I can't help but smile at this stylish, clever update on the high school classic. Our local schools didn't have chain-link fences when I was a kid, and this wasn't a tradition we embraced in high school. (Maybe cause there weren't any girls?) So, this is a relatively new tradition in my eyes, and from now on, it's gotta look like this. Class presidents and rally girls: take note.
Yesterday, designer and developer Jason Santa Maria tweeted this awesome little bookmarklet, and I've already used it a good ten times in less than 24 hours. You just drop WhatFont into your bookmarks bar, then, whenever you're cruising a web page and want to know what type they used, click it and it'll let you know.
HTMLers and other smart guys could probably figure this out with style sheets and their fancy tools, but this is a gem for the rest of us.
It works! See?
When you set about getting your skin stained with some permanent art, you better believe you gotta pick the right typeface. "From ampersands to poetry verses, Body Type 2: More Typographic Tattoos presents a spectrum of word and letterform tattoos collected by art director, design critic, and photographer Ina Saltz. Many of the personal stories behind these permanent inscriptions are poignant, surprising, or both; in Body Type 2, Saltz pairs tattoo images with tattoo stories to good effect."
Okay, so this is super hard to explain, but just watch the video. It's super cool.
"114.psd Type is a simple typography which I designed once again thanks to Mac OS X. The idea for this type came in when seeing that this operative system memorizes the position of any file or window when you minimize and maximize it. So I created 114 photoshop files (I only used six colors, I played with all possibilites in RGB with the numbers 0 and 255, excepted 0,0,0 and 255,255,255). Then I placed and ordered the files in the right position before minimizing them on the dock. And finally I captured the screen maximizing every file."
There are all sorts of way to expand your understanding of typography: great books,iPhone apps, online tutorials...Each are great, when you're into studying black text on white pages and copyright-free examples, or when taking the flash card approach.
But, what about real world examples? What about seeing the typefaces you love not in a menu somewhere, but on a billboard, in a magazine, or in a logo at the grocery store?
That, my friends, is where Fonts in Use comes in.
Hating the typeface Comic Sans has become oh-so au currant in the design-as-a-hobby early 2010s.
But I'm not interested in making fun of others. I'm interested in helping them.
Enter Comic Sans Criminal, a new site, that despite calling offenders criminals (I does have nice consonance), offers an educational and beautifully presented argument on why Comic Sans isn't the best choice for, well, anything.
ManMade readers really seemed to dig on this collection of free desktop wallpaper for creative folks, so we figured we'd rustle up a few more.
And boy, did we ever. This time, we're focusing on the beauty that is type-design, and the amazing things that letters can communicate.