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It’s not because winter is here, and because in some parts everything is already covered in white, it’s because rummaging through black and white typography sometimes can be more refreshing and inspiring than you can imagine. It all makes more sense, the types jump off the page and their striking beauty is matched only by the message they convey.
Here and there you’ll come across fine shades of blue, and grey, but you’re really on B&W soil. Distorted fonts or not, they’re all black and white in the beginning. Aren’t they? Enjoy!
By the way, feel free to share your favorite B&W typography designs. We’d love to add them to our collection.
Today we’re doing a different round up, as we’re taking a closer look at interesting graphic design articles too. You’ll find tips, tools, tricks, but also some typography goodies. We couldn’t help it. Always ready for some funky fonts. By the way, do you know the scent of Helvetica?
Good packaging sells. Agree? At least that’s what the author of this article thinks after experiencing Helvetica The Perfume. The temptation to buy a bottle just to stare at is strong. But see for yourself what great website, good design, nice colors, and great packaging can do.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but have we ever given it that many? Here’s an interesting conversation with two experienced freelance graphic artists about what it takes to make a great design. Please comment below if you want to share your own experience. Cheers!
An icon is actually really important because good design can get the user to try out an app, and besides, this little image is the first thing they will see any time they use the app. Therefore, the icon design should be approached very carefully because it truly is the face of the app. Now here are some useful tips to help you with it. It’s all in the details, and you – as a typography fan – know this already. Wink wink.
OK, you can’t entirely recreate the power of Photoshop with an online editor or mobile app, yet powerful and free image editors available offer more features than the majority of non-professional photographers need. Here are several great image editors and other design programs that are available online through your browser and are completely free. Rejoice!
What is the term brain storming and why it is used here and what it has to do with graphic designing? The answer might seem obvious, but this article could help a bit more for those really into it.
This is the fun part of our round-up: font games! This selection of online and mobile font games will help test and expand both your knowledge and identification skills. You know, exploring the history and use of typefaces, as well as typographic theory doesn’t have to be boring. Let the game begin!
We like quotes too. Maybe because they can express what we know, recognize, feel, believe, think, accept, imagine, hope, fear, desire, acknowledge, and/or have experienced as a life truth. The best thing about quotes is that they can answer the question we have, in a way that we want. So let’s see what ‘wisenheimers’ got to say about web design. Grab some wisdom. And have a fab weekend!
Games that help you learn the history of typography, beer coasters designed as conversation pieces, typography to help people understand dyslexia, hand-made typography projects, fonts that kill designs, and more in today’s round-up. Sophisticated fonts and creative restlessness run through these past couple of weeks. Take a closer look:
Even if you’re one of those ‘font fanatics’ who knows Gary Hustwit’s Helvetica by heart, you’ll still learn something while playing Type:Rider. Not to mention that it comes with lots of fun on the side. Available for iOS and Android, the game guides players through the history of typography as two dots travelling over different font characters, solving riddles and unlocking the history behind typefaces. The app is a clean-cut ode to the more attentive and beautiful side of typography. Once the player has explored all of the game’s ten worlds, the power-up pages come together to form an e-book for future reference. Fingers crossed!
This is a good example of someone combining four passions – design, typography, letterpress and beer - into one product: ‘Beer Press’ coasters. These six drink coasters are also sleekly designed conversation pieces. Each coaster is imprinted with a different typographic beer-related design, and delicately handcrafted by a vintage 1960s letterpress. It surely adds a new dimension to the banal ‘having a beer’. Cheers!
Ever wondered what’s it like to be dyslexic? You can find out by reading this book. Using stylish typography, graphic designer Sam Barclay forms passages from the book ‘The Small Pleasures of Life’ to express how a dyslexic person would struggle with reading. Have a look!
It’s always a pleasure to see artists combining analog and digital workflows, isn’t it? The imperfect lines created by a designer’s hands lends a certain uniqueness to a project. While the digital workflows an artist employs provides a level of polish and control, allowing a project to have a truly professional and deliberate look. In this post you’ll get to see some great hand-made typographic projects. Enjoy!
This article tries to identify some of the common typography mistakes designers make in the font selection process. It even goes through the methodology of selecting fonts. In the sea of fonts out there, this set of tips comes quite handy.
This Danish concept store has an impressive collection of posters and other various products devoted to all things in the matter of printed letters and words. Check out how some typefaces are turned into bonafide works of art. It must be love. For typography, of course.
Responsive typography makes it possible to serve typographic compositions that adapt to fit their various environments, resizing, reflowing as necessary to best serve the reader, whether they’re viewing the content on a phone, a cathode ray tube, a large display, in print, or something in between. In this article, a simple example of responsive typography is taken apart to see how it actually works. Exploration never hurt anyone. Go for it!
Have you ever been asked to do some types for… music? I’m talking about the word itself here. Because the truth is that this particular one carries the sweet burden of sound that needs to be turned into visuals. You have to admit that it can be quite a challenge, although probably not as hard as setting types TO music. But let’s not slip into surrealism, and stick to collecting some inspiration for creating types that ring more than just a bell.
Probably the most common association people make is between funky fonts and music, but there are infinite possibilities. The examples below should give you a good idea of what imagination can do for those who have design skills and a good ear for music.
Let’s see, because music does have a special way of creeping up on a designer’s mind.
As promised before, we’re returning with an update on new books about design, in general, and types in particular. After browsing through the virtual shelves, we’ve picked a couple of titles about typefaces that changed the world, those in the urban landscape and last, but not least, those in magazines. These are fresh titles discussing old and new fonts alike. Handle with care. And curiosity. Enjoy!
This book, published in September 2013, under Typography & Lettering, explores 50 of the most influential typefaces out there, in the world, and shows them in use on posters, perfume packaging, buildings and more. Written by John L Waters, it is an insightful exploration of the digital revolution that has made typesetters of us all as we define our identities through the typefaces we choose to communicate with the world. Believe it or not, this is book of stories too. For instance, you’ll find out the one of Gotham – the typeface used in Obama’s first presidential campaign. Needless to say, the book is full of visual treats too. All in all, it sounds like a must for all typography afficionado.
Also published in September, “The Field Guide to Typography” is a comprehensive celebration of the expanding typographic world written by Peter Dawson and Stephen Coles. It explores and explains the myriad typefaces that we see around us in our day-to-day lives, from airplane liveries to computer screens, from billboard hoardings to signage systems. The book managed to bring together over 120 typefaces old and new, common and unusual with photographic references to help font spotters identify particular typefaces in the wild. Accompanying background information explains the origin, usage and key features of each typeface, and Field Facts provide little-known nuggets of information to expand your typographical awareness.
So, this book has two major qualities: it is attractive, but also informative. It works as a visual reference for novice font fans, but also experienced designers.
The last ten years of magazine publishing have been rather troubled, but this was also a period of rapid innovation, providing a vital record of the eras diverse visual trends. “The Modern Magazine” is not a surprise, it’s a necessity given the present global situation of magazines publishing. It explores the issues now facing the industry, examining changes to the basic discipline of combining text and image for the global, Internet-savvy consumer. And it features some of the best editorial design, looking in particular at how magazines have adapted to respond to digital media. The book looks at key developments in the field, interviewing a broad range of specialists to discover their understandings of the current state of the industry and how different areas of publishing influence each other.
Again, you’ll have the pleasure of browsing through great visuals and genuine insight into the process of magazines creation. Great resource for designers, as it also discusses new developments and trends, links to blogs, and more.
Have you noticed it’s autumn? Or you’re still daydreaming about summer? Either way, it’s good to know that we’ve been keeping an eye on the online, and we’ve just picked some of this week’s most interesting articles about typography, design and the like. Remember?
In other words, it’s weekend, it’s harvest time!
And what do you know about it? The kind of question that always comes in handy. Do you know for instance that though this famous design style isn’t originally Swiss-made, the touch of the country is still present even to the smallest detail of the design? Well, now you know. But you’ll find out more exciting insights if you read this particular article. The history of famous… types: fascinating. Wanna bet?
You’ve probably heard before the one about web design being 95% typography, right? Well, the good thing is that with the growing popularity of web fonts and modern CSS techniques, web designers should find this task easier, especially since posts like this one roundup super useful tools to help me, you, them create better typography. Good luck!
Chances are you are both into typography and word games, so this special edition Scrabble set should be to your liking. It features fifteen fonts never before seen on the classic board game. Of course, it doesn’t come free of charge, but it might be the perfect gift for certain font enthusiasts.
Typographers, here you have some of the most essential font apps that can make your type-oriented life a little easier and in some cases a lot more fun. The app world is brimming with ways to improve your typography skills, so make the most of it. Fingers crossed! And don’t forget to have fun too.
Here’s something for the ‘practical advice’ section. It starts with a simple question: How can you make Google Fonts load faster on your site? The answer comes with revealing screenshots and details. Bookmark it!
Let’s end in style, with some of the best typography print designs of 2013. You’ll easily notice they are outstanding in appearance and superb in nature. Inspiring material. Enjoy! Have a great weekend!
With Halloween looming around the corner, it crossed our mind that the hard working font designers out there might need some inspiration. For them – but also for everyone else’s viewing pleasure – we’ve been rummaging through the www for this eclectic collection of 13 (boo!) straightforward, sublime, vintage, ugly, poor taste or ‘you name it’ fonts that should be a good start for your next design.
So, what suits your Halloween better?
And last, but not least: have a great time!
You’ll be swimming in tutorials this weekend, because we came across 90 of them. For those who prefer other recreational activities, we have a short history of typography, lyrics onto walls, types as art and striking typography to spread witty messages. Let’s stroll:
Here you have some of the best typography tutorials on the web, because, honestly, you can never stop learning about typography or improving your skills, right? You’ll learn how to design a headline typeface, create isometric 3D lettering, smelt your favourite font and much more. You’re bound to find something that can help you raise your type skills to the next level. Bookmark it now!
For the “Memory Palace” exhibition at V&A, in London, Sam Winston has created this typography piece of art based on a text by Hari Kunzru specially written for this occasion. Read the article and browse through the pictures to discover more.
Illustrator, designer and mural artist Tobias Hall has painted a typography-based mural in Camden, London, to pay tribute to the birthplace of Britpop. The mural is within Holiday Inn. Why Camden? This is the place where Britpop originated. Hall chose lyrics from three well-known songs as the words on his murals. He then added playful, bespoke lettering to each alphabet in order to bring them to life. Modern fonts, within limits, of course. Check out the article to see the result.
We just found out that at Monotype’s “Pencil to Pixel” pop-up exhibition in New York City last month, 3,400 students and professions learned about the history of typography. Artifacts demonstrated how metal type was historically designed, made, specified by designers, and set by typesetting companies — and translated into today’s font menus for individual users. This article has some interesting quotes and close-ups of some of the artifacts that were on display as well as some typography history. Enjoy!
“Silver in the City” is an unconventional gift store that has recently launched an attractive re-branding campaign. Created by Young & Laramore, the project is centered around striking typography, witty slogans and skillful use of color. Playful, stylish, not to mention that the humorous and unexpected copywriting makes one feel that shopping there would be a fun experience. Click on the image if you want to see more images from this creative re-branding campaign.
Time for some inspiring 3D typography now! Neon lights and traditional elements was the main source of inspiration for this piece. Read the article and find out about Tiger Beer, how this piece of digital art came into being and more. Enjoy!
And have a great weekend!