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December 24 2013

11:49

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August 05 2013

13:00

Working with Types: Typography Tutorial for Beginners

In this typography tutorial, I will guide you on how to transform boring texts to your advantage. You will learn how to utilize typography for your website, or even for your print needs. This article will extend from web page design, to printing to graphic images.

They say letters are boring. Unlike videos and music, text is static. It does not move or tickle other senses besides the eyes. Texts are usually placed as information-dissemination tools which convey the detailed message of the media being used. For example, if you upload a YouTube video tutorial, the video is the dynamic medium which will aid the viewer to achieve the goal. On the other hand, the text will provide all the details needed in case something is not clear.

This fact might give you an impression that texts are really boring. But what if they are really not? What if texts, which are used mainly to detail, are used for the design function? How is that possible? Of course, through typography.

Typography has existed for a long time. It originated from a time we all couldn’t remember. Basically, typography is the technique of putting texts or types in an orderly manner to make it visible, attractive and readable. Simply put, typography is the art of working with texts, graphically.

The tutorial is divided into five parts:

  1. Creating Typographies Using Photoshop
  2. Choosing the Perfect Fonts for Every Occasion
  3. Where to Download Fonts (Free and Premium)
  4. How to Consider the Perfect Colors Fit for Your Design
  5. Sample Finished Product on a Website

Type, Design, Publish!

Aside from Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop is also a good software that can help you render good typographies. This is easier and more advantageous to use if you are a web designer. In Photoshop, you could create typographies, render it as pictures, and even layout your own website!
So, what are the things we should know to create Photoshop typographies?
First, you should familiarize yourself with the Type tool. It’s a flexible tool in Photoshop where you could customize the types according to your preference. You can find it in the tool palette of your Photoshop software, or simply press the shortcut ‘T’.
The Type tool has three sub-tools. They are the:

  • Horizontal Type Tool – this sub-tool will enable you to type text as you type normally, from left to write.

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  • Vertical Type Tool – this sub-tool will enable you to type text from to bottom.

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  • Horizontal Type Mask Tool – this sub-tool will enable you to type horizontally in a mask. This can be used if you want to use your Type in picture backgrounds. For example,

Insert the desired picture:

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Use the horizontal Type mask tool and type your chosen word.

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You will now have the text masked over the main picture (notice the “marching ants” forming the world Koala).

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Now you can cut the photo and what will remain is the masked area.

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  • Vertical Mask Tool – basically the same as the horizontal mask tool. The only difference is the orientation of the type.

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One of the things that you should know are the text panels. In Photoshop, there are two text panels that you can find: one is located on top of the window, just below the Menu bar, and the other one is located at the right side of the window.

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The top panel shows the font face, style, size, alignment, color and warping options. The side panel shows the options for font face, style, size, spacing, kerning, leading, horizontal and vertical size, color, and style options.
The font face shows options where you can select from the different installed fonts recognized by Photoshop. Here, you could choose from Impact, Arial, Times or any other installed fonts. The font style shows you customizations for text styles. You could choose from Bold, Italic, Black, Bold Italic or Regular.

The warping option allows you to choose between options and warp your text, Just simply press the button as shown.

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Spacing shows you the distance between individual letters, kerning allows you to set the horizontal spaces between all selected letters. Leading, on the other hand, allows you to set the vertical spaces between each line.
Horizontal and vertical settings give you the liberty to decide whether your texts will blow up or shrink down horizontally or vertically. This option is different from the font size because the latter changes the size uniformly on both horizontal and vertical axes.

Aside from that, you can also choose whether to bold, italicize, large caps, small caps, subscript, superscript, underline or strike-through texts.

Familiarize yourself with the functions of these tools first before you move on to the next part.

Find the Fount of Fair Fonts!

Of course, as tools for design, typographies should be typed in attractive and suitable fonts. There are a lot of fonts available on the Web to download.

Fonts should be readable yet peculiarly attractive. It should suggest a feeling of belongingness in the typography that you are designing. Of course, using good fonts is as important as designing it. It creates a sense of identification for your site. Because of this, you need to familiarize yourself on its different kinds, forms and uses.

There are seven font categories. They are the most commonly used font types in designing. They are:

1. Old style – old style fonts are considered the parent fonts. They originated from the traditional methods of printing. These fonts are commonly identified through their serifs. Serifs are fonts which have flag-like endings. Also, the fonts in this category are commonly two-stroked, meaning, they are composed of thin and thick parts. They are often used in print output, like newspapers and books or in designs which require formality, credibility and simplicity.

Examples:

  • Times New Roman
  • Garamond
  • Book Antiqua
  • Baskerville Old Face

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2. Modern – modern typefaces are commonly changing according to trends. One font can be modern depending on the pop culture. Commonly, modern fonts are digitally produced, meaning, they don’t have root traces on print fonts. These fonts are commonly used for movie posters, shows, and events.

Examples:

  • Bauhaus 93
  • Avengance
  • CollegiateHeavyOutline

3. Script – script fonts are fonts that have curves and ornaments. They are calligraphic in nature and suggest a theme of elegance, formality or luxury. Commonly used in weddings and other formal and conservative occasions, the script fonts are more evidently elaborate than the design itself.

Examples:

  • Script MT Bold
  • ANGEL TEARS
  • Before the Rain
  • Brush Script Std

4. Decorative – these decorative fonts are very thematic in nature. They are used to imply a very particular occasion or event. Often used in brandings which require recognition and easy memory stamping, decorative fonts can used for designing purposes.

Examples:

  • a dripping marker
  • Confetti Stream Gretoon

5. Sans serif – literally meaning without serif (sans is a French word which means without), Sans serif fonts are fonts that have no flaglike endings. They are commonly plain. These fonts are commonly used in main texts for print output and web texts. They are easy to read but plain.

Examples:

  • Calibri
  • Arial
  • Century Gothic

6. Ornaments – these are fonts that are based on symbols and pictures. They are best used for logos and secret messages.

Examples:

  • Symbol
  • Wingdings

7. Slabs – slabs are wide fonts with slab serifs. Slab serifs are thick horizontal endings placed on letters.

Example:

  • Blackoak Std

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Fonts, fonts, fonts everywhere!

The Internet provides us a huge database of downloadable fonts. Websites offer a wide variety of fonts ranging from usage to font categories. The only challenge that remains for us, is to actually look for them.

  • Font Space – this is one of the best sites as they claim to have 21, 043 fonts in their database. You can choose from the popular ones, or you can look for the newly uploaded ones. It’s up to you. Just click the font name or image and download.
  • 1001fonts - this one’s also claiming a thousand fonts. The only difference of this site from fontspace is that you could actually buy premium fonts here.

Other sites: dafont, 1001freefonts, fonts.

Now you’re probably wondering why the hassle to buy premium fonts if there are free downloads? Well, the thing is, there are fonts that aren’t free. Some of them, which are sold by their authors, are originally made. It means that the designs are as exact as you would want them to be. For more info on this, just read our article on fonts.

Are colors only for design?

Coloring can be fatal to a design. Failure to harmonize color to its target market could result into a decline of viewership for a website. Having a good color that is identified to your company or website, is as good as identifying it with the its logo. That is why a lot of websites have brainstormed on how to have the best logo color possible.

Think of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google and Yahoo. Close your eyes and imagine a color when you hear their names. Of course, you would see exactly how they appear on your browser. That is the power of colors. They make you remember the site itself. With the eyes as the primary organ used in browsing the web, colors can help you earn a lot of money and viewers as well.

Think of your website typography. Will it have the same impact on your viewers? Will it stamp the same memory of your website to them? Or would they just forget it because some other website has a cooler way of using it?

According to Kissmetrics.com, 93 percent of people remember the company by their color. Meanwhile, the same research shows that 83 percent of buyers buy an item because of its branding color. Now think, are colors just for design? I guess not.

So, when will you use a certain color?

  • Use yellow when you want to get attention. Yellow, a hot color, is also a neon. It grabs the eyes’ attention. If you want to make them focus on something, use yellow. It is optimistic and youthful. Likewise, when you create positive typographies, use this color.
  • Use red for urgency. Red suggests alertness, energy and importance. Use red when highlighting warnings, emergency drills, or something that should be done ASAP.
  • Use blue for trust. Often, banks use the color blue to ensure that your money is secure and safe. It suggests a stronghold of something that should not worry you. Use it to make your viewers calm and clear-minded.
  • Use green for relaxation. The eye processes green very easily. It could also suggest wealth, nature, beauty and peace..
  • Use orange for calls. A call to action. A call to move. Use it in advocacies, meetings, and other political matters.
  • Use pink for romance and feminism. Pink suggests a touch of a woman to a design. Use this to attract female teen readers.
  • Use black for luxury. Black is an elegant color. Use it for formal occasions, formal occasions and any design that would suggest luxury.

Typography Tutorial: Make a Cool Typography in 10 minutes

Okay. This one’s a good example of a typography with a simple message: It’s alright to commit mistakes. I made this using the concepts I have discussed in the previous parts of the blog. So how did I make it?

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1. Open Photoshop. Create a new file. I used a preset size with a width of 8 inches and height of 10 inches, with 300dpi. You can, of course, change this one to any size you want.

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2. Next, add a new layer. Name it “background”. Double click it to show the LAYER STYLE window.

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3. Go to Gradient Overlay and click on the gradient. A window will open that will let you select the colors you will use. Use the #6dd0f7 and #4aa8cd colors. Make the Style: Radial.

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4. Now, we need to do the ribbon design. Go to the Rectangle tool and draw a rectangle. Color it #8393ca.

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5. Now, create a triangle using the pen tool. You should be able to create a triangle that would look like a flap of the actual ribbon. Color it #6274b2.

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6. Copy the triangle and flip it. Now draw another rectangle using the rectangle tool. Color it #8393ca. Place the rectangles in a manner that they will overlap with the triangle flaps

7. Duplicate the ribbons.

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8. Now type the message on the ribbons. In this case I used the Yellow Peas Demo font. I colored it black. For the center message, I used the Vermin Vibes 2 White and colored it #6274b2.

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10. Save it as a JPEG file.

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February 19 2013

17:26

BLOKK WORDS

Two Three free fonts as alternatives to lipsum.com.

BLOKK, “for quick mock-ups and wireframing for clients who do not understand Latin.” Via loads.

BLOKK font

WORDS, same, by @letterror, via @JasonTiernan.

WORDS font

Update: 21 February 2013
A third freebie, along very similar lines, is the Redacted font, by Christian Naths.


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December 23 2011

10:00

Future Of Interface Design – Touchscreen Or The Legacy Grandpa Style

My grandpa, somehow, still prefers raw milk (which includes milking the cow himself) over pasteurized milk. He advocates that “the human race existed long before pasteurized milk was heard of.” I won’t be discussing the benefits of pasteurized milk, but I wanted to shed some light on human nature which finds it hard to shed its old skin in order to wear the better one. He does drink pasteurized milk daily as we don’t have cows in our backyard yet he continues to rant about his good old days of raw milk. Somehow, I found Bret Victor’s view on Interaction Design almost related to my grandpa’s situation. It was more of a love to hate you situation.

Why the Rant?


Well, Interaction Design has been around for quite some time but it was Microsoft’s Vision of Tomorrow that gave the term its necessary fame. I am not sure if we can call it a vision or stupidity but it surely was interesting. Since then Interaction Design has faced many critics, some of those actually ripped apart the actual vision itself. I won’t count Bret Victor in the category of critics who rip apart the concept of Interaction Design, but he was quite close. Before we move on, I want you to get the feel of Interaction Design. See the video below:

To summarize Victor’s article, if Interaction Design was to be our future then the nerves on our finger tips will become jobless. Yeah, he did a great job of explaining how we forget that it is a work of art when we can use our hands turn a page of the book and remind our brain that we actually turned two pages instead of one. Its art when you drink water, pick a bag, use a phone and all those other daily tasks. True. But does that mean we give up on technology that makes our life overly easy just because we want to feel the number of pages we flipped? I mean, come on, isn’t that old school? If that was the case, why did the world go mad for the iPad? Just because it was Steve’s vision? No. Really. It is because they love the ease of use. Get it?

Let me quote a comment from Reddit to support my thought:

Hands are so yesteryear. The future in interaction is through voice and mind. Hands are just an intermediary between your mind and the outside world. As the author of the article said, without feeling you’re paralyzed in a wheelchair solving quantum mechanics problems but YOU’RE STILL WORKING AND INTERACTING BECAUSE OF YOUR BRAIN!!

The future of human interaction is for technology to try and figure out what you actually want to do as opposed to what you can just figure out how to do by sliding your finger around on a device. This is where stuff like Siri comes in. Google has been working on this for years as well.

The author himself has a woefully outdated vision of future interfaces, since future interfaces will be no interface at all. You’ll just speak to a machine or plug in and it will give you what you’re looking for without figuring out where some UI menu is.

Why it isn’t about touch only


You know, I still prefer a BlackBerry Bold over an iPhone just because the Bold has a physical keypad and my work involves a lot of writing. My typing speed somehow decreases if it is a touch phone though the difference has started to blur. I know that someday I will move on towards the iPhone because of its rich features. The Bold does lag behind and we all are aware of this fact. But, the point is I don’t use the BlackBerry keypad due to the touchy feel of it. It is just that, for now, I feel that it is comfortable to type using a real keypad instead of a touchscreen keypad. Moreover, I know that tomorrow I will not think like this. The transition has to occur because it is for good only.

What Victor forgot was the added features that come with Interaction Design. See how the lady has been introduced with the place of her next day’s meeting? I’ll love it when Interaction Design Technology introduces me to the hotel building where I will be enjoying my honeymoon in a matter of few minutes. Will it be different? The vision of my destination itself? I agree that my hands won’t be able to tell me about the fact that I flipped three pages instead of one, but the technology will, so why care so much? Interaction Design Technology isn’t kicking away the prospects of human-to-human touch anyways. It is just feeding on our thirst for comfort and pushing it to the next level.

Here is another situation. The guy in the picture never had to open the refrigerator to find out what was in there. He saved a few seconds and didn’t even transfer the few thousand germs that his finger tips were carrying. Isn’t that interesting? Why taste milk to see if it is still good? I would rather let the technology tell me the same. If our technology can be as good as that then what is the problem with merging the same with Interaction Design?

Those are just two examples of what Interaction Design can do for us in future. I agree that we will lose the real-touch feeling when such tools take control of our lives, but that will be for the best (most of the times.)

Another comment on Reddit hails my thoughts:

While the author is right that these interfaces may not be truly revolutionary objects, he kind of misses the point. The real revolution of many of these future videos is that computing will become ubiquitous and interconnected. It’s not just that I have a fancy phone, but that my phone talks to the arrival gate kiosk so it knows I am at the airport and can automatically hail me a cab. The cab itself has a computer and display mounted into the windows that talks to my phone and can point out my local destinations as I drive by. While we are making small strides towards realizing these goals, the vision is that all of this will be seamless and effortless. The idea is not to create a novel vision of the computer, but instead create a vision of how we will do computing.

Far-Fetched Alternatives


Remember Iron Man? District 9? What do these two movies have in common? My God, did you just say “the iron suits”? Please! I was pointing towards the 3D style of computing which was used in both these Hollywood flicks. Of course they are far from real but isn’t almost everything that we discussed above also far-from-real? Still, the buzz is with these ideas. Then, why not the ideas that were pictured in Iron Man? Touch. Feel. Play…live inside the system. It is about how close these machines come to reality and now far we go with our imagination. Also, an Iron Man-like display will surely help Victor reconsider his rants against the loss-of-touch-styled-interactive-designs!

Lastly, this write-up wouldn’t be complete without the mention of Apple’s overrated Siri. I agree that Siri could well be the first step towards Artificial Intelligence but that will be it. There is a lot to come in terms of Artificial Intelligence and I would love to live till the times when an Iron Man-like Artificial Intelligence becomes part of my daily life. God, are you listening?

Conclusion


Well, the topic of this debate is neverending still I think the end result is more or less clear already. We will be moving towards Interaction Design Technology at some point of the time. Time will tell if humans are able to gel with it or continue to criticize the losings of human touch. See, I am not against the idea of human touch. I will still want to feel my mom’s hand instead of touching it over a glass screen but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want an iPad like technology in my kitchen via which my mom helps me cook my dinner. It is fun and it is almost real. Agree with me? I hope my grandpa agrees with my thoughts!

August 25 2011

13:11

The relevance of the baseline grid

Elliot Jay Stocks discusses how the baseline grid informs the design and drives the typography. Check it out.

August 19 2011

04:38

44 Websites to Find Free Fonts

If you’re a graphic designer who can’t bear to see Helvetica used for one more postcard or Times New Roman on another newsletter, then it’s time to expand your font library. But what to do when you’re a freelancer on a budget? Find free fonts!

League Script #1, from The League of Moveable Type

League Script #1, from The League of Moveable Type

I racked the brains of designers as well as scoured the web in search of free fonts. I then compiled a list that includes popular go-to sites such as DaFont as well as lesser-known pages and even nondesign websites that just happen to provide free fonts. The fonts you’ll find on these sites include calligraphy, stencils, military, children’s themes, handwriting, graffiti and comic fonts. You’ll find inspiration for wedding invitations, business cards, scrapbooks, marketing postcards, kids’ parties and more.

A caveat: Not every font on each site listed here is free. On some sites, every font is free of charge, and on others, perhaps just one is.

I have a request for typography fans: Which free font sites am I missing?

1001 Fonts

1001 Free Fonts

About.com

Abstract Fonts

Acid Fonts

BillyBear4Kids

Blambot

Bob’s Your Uncle

BV Fonts

Celtic Fonts

Cumberland Fontworks

DaFont

DailyFreeFonts

Fontalicious

Font Cubes

Font Environment

The Font Factory

Fonts for Peas

Font Garden

Font River

Fonts101

Fonts2u

FontSpace

Font Squirrel

FontStock

Font Temple

Font-Zone

Free Fonts

Free Premium Fonts

Free Script Fonts

Iconian Fonts

InstantShift

Johan Cedmar-Brandstedt

The League of Moveable Type

Lost Type Co-Op

MediaFire

MyFonts

Princess Fonts

Quantum Enterprises

SearchFreeFonts

SimplytheBest Fonts

Typoasis

UrbanFonts

Zono Art

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July 03 2011

19:20

If you love typography, this is just…

Wow! Please don’t miss these explorations of web typography. You’ll thank me after.

May 04 2011

03:59

You Don’t Really Strike Me as an Arial: Selecting Font and Color for Your Words

Font, Color, Size – these are not decisions that should be taken lightly if you are interested in the full spectrum of meaning, innuendo, and even subliminal messages of your words on your website or blog. First and foremost, however, if readers can’t see your words properly the message you are sending is not being received at all, so the over-riding principle of font, color, and size selection must always be readability. Beyond that primary goal, it’s a worthwhile exercise to analyze the psychological meanings we send based on the font, color, and size of our copy and think about styling our words with our intended message in mind.

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Font

My copywriter friend writes résumés for people on the side. Whenever we’re out she loves to watch people at the bar and determine what font their résumé should use. For Wall-Street-type women she goes for Didot and Wall Street guys Palatino with the headings in small caps. For the creatives it’s the suave Gil Sans, and computer geeks get Optima. For the purpose of her game she bases her choices on what she can tell by the look of the person, but she rarely meets her clients and sometimes never even speaks to them on the phone. In those cases she chooses the font based on the job the client wants to get.

For example, for a female client applying for both engineering and management jobs she went with Tahoma for the engineering res and the sophisticated Garamond for the other. For risk-takers she likes Verdana, but warns it takes up a lot of room so words must be chosen carefully and used sparingly. According to my friend only once has someone asked for a different font, so she feels strongly that there is an art to matching font with the message you’re sending potential employers or any other important reader. So do think twice before you send a project proposal in Chalkboard or Curlz.

Color

Pity the black screen with the rainbow-colored words. It just about breaks my heart. Not only is it virtually unreadable, but you half-expect a pixelated unicorn to come prancing across the screen. The concept of colors on your website is not that different from furnishing your favorite room in your house. If you’d like it to feel warm, inviting, and cheerful try yellows, reds, and orangesóas if your reader will want to cozy up to your fireplace and read your lively website or blog for hours. Dark purple and blues can lend a depth and seriousness to the mood. Greens are fresh, invigorating. Straw and tans convey earthiness. A deep hot pink grabs attention. For the words themselves, black text on a white background makes for the easiest reading. The brighter colors can always frame the writing or can be striking in smaller pops of color in logos or other graphics. For colored backgrounds and fonts, make sure the font color contrasts with the background color or the message you send is dazed and confused.

Size

Lots and lots of tiny print sends the message that you’re a crazy caffeinated blogger who has no filter on his thoughts and is trying to cram as much information and paranoid rants as possible in the available space. Or the message that this is a technical manual of some sort rather than information with a friendly and entertaining sensibility. Keep your words large and un-crowded enough to read clearly. If you have lots and lots of information to make room for, then take the opportunity to revise your copy until you can get your information down to more concise and reader-friendly nuggets. Leave enough white space on your page so readers can scan for main points. An engaged reader is best, but even a light scan is better than a quick click away from the page because of uninviting tiny crowded text.

Your aim is to present your message in a way that attracts the right reader for your site or blog. People spend a lot of time online, and they have a lot of choices. Font, color, and size can go a long way in creating the sort of online presence that is an attractive haven for your “type” of reader, whether she be Wall Street, fashionista, or computer geek. So think about what your message is, and style your words accordingly.

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March 25 2011

04:09

The Hotlist – Edition 7

PRODUCT

Stadler Form – Q Fan

Stadler Form Q Fan
If you’re a typography nut, this one is for you. You’ve got 12 type posters on your wall and letterforms on your desk but, do you have a fan? Q is an object and it is a fan! Unmistakably, Q bears the hallmark of the well known Swiss designer and artist, Carlo Borer.

  • Q is a work of art, since it was developed over many years until it became possible to combine the stylistic requirements of the designer with the quality requirements of technology.
  • Intensive research was also required before the complex manufacturing steps were ready for production.

INSPIRATION

Bassano Hard Soda – Lovely Package

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A new, vodka-based refreshment beverage inspired by classic Italian sodas of the 1920s, Bassano Hard Soda was developed to evoke the feel of Prohibition within a contemporary context. dossier created the name, proposition and look to communicate an integrated story that would be disruptive on shelf. The identity pays homage to the classic script logotypes of the era, while the closed 4-pack has a small window to reveal the bottles, alluding to something illicit and underground.

La Bubbly – by Fuzzco

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A labor of love that answers to the name La Bubbly. Working on the La Bubbly project was a blast. We developed the brand, collateral, packaging, tone and copywriting, website and created a series of videos to help launch the venture. The future of La Bubbly is great; look for more where this came from. In the meantime, look out for La Bubbly in watering holes near you, watch the videos and seek out the Sparkle-Goat in you. Special thanks to Ben Jack for cinemato-graphing our moving pictures and to Hello Telescope for collaborating on the moving sounds.

MUST READ

The Virtual Designer

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While watching the show a few weeks ago, I was thinking that it would be super neat if in 150 years my great great grandson would get one of my designs appraised. But after giving it another moment of thought, I realized that this could never really happen. I can count on one hand the number of site designs that have lived more than 10 years without a re-design (which usually completely overwrites the original.) A 150 year old design for the web just seems impossible.

Are you Making Something?

Simple but bold: Only use your computer for work. Real work. The work of making something.

Webbys Go Live on MLB

“If you’re not a big baseball fan you probably don’t know that they have close to a half-billion dollar business enabling people to watch baseball games all year long from anywhere in the country on practically any device,” says IADAS Executive Director David-Michel Davies. “You can watch a game on your iPhone without the streams skipping, which you don’t see anywhere else.”

KICKSTARTER

LetterMPress: A Virtual Letterpress for  your iPad

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LetterMpress™ will be a virtual letterpress environment—released first on the iPad—that will allow anyone to create authentic-looking letterpress designs and prints. The design process is the same as the letterpress process—you place and arrange type and cuts on a press bed, lock the type, ink the type, and print. You will be able to create unlimited designs, with multiple colors, using authentic vintage wood type and art cuts. And you can print your design directly from LetterMpress or save it as an image for import it into other applications.

WORKSPACE

Upstairs Workspace

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This is a pretty slick picture, the grid and composition are amazing. I know it’s not very usable in it’s current state but, the photo screams to me.

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The Hotlist – Edition 7

March 19 2011

21:02

A Typographic Hierarchy Evaluation

Frank Chimero pulls together a good study over on Typekit’s blog about typographic hierarchy.

January 21 2011

07:34

The Hotlist – Edition 3

NEWS

W3C Rocks a new logo

Screen shot 2011-01-21 at 12.32.05 AMThe W3C hopes to rally HTML5 & CSS3 and other things behind the new HTML5 shield.

GEAR

Neve Inspired

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Neve Inspired, an online boutique for innovative children’s clothing by Charleston, S.C. based design team Kris and Bob Galmarini. Each piece is born from their passion to create, do what they love, while working together, and dressing their kids and yours in clothes as fun and hip as they are.

STYLE

On the Scene… Military Shirts, Florence & Milano

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Military shirts are in this year. An awesome photo from The Sartorialist. This guys glasses rock.

FROM GITHUB

The Personal Page

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This simple one-page website from Naz Hamid (weightshift)is a way for people to have a very quick and easy personable website that aggregates your activity and positions a simple logo, a portrait and some description text in a nicely-formatted manner. This is licensed under the MIT and GPL licenses.

WORKSPACE

The Heads of State – From the desk of…

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An awesome inside look a the workspace of The Heads of State. “Our office is on the second floor of an old storefront building in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia. We’re surrounded by Ben Franklin impersonators giving walking tours of the Betsy Ross house and Independence Hall. The studio is pretty jammed packed with our books and paper scraps and ephemera. We have all sorts of design objects around including presidential busts, globes, old books, and a vintage blue collar thermos collection. We also run our online store from this space so our poster and print archive is stored here as well as our mail room. It gets pretty chaotic at times but it has the great organized chaos of a workshop.”

TYPE

Should I Work For Free? Jessica Hische

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An awesome little way to know if you should work for free or not on your next project from the wonderful Jessica Hische.

SITE REDESIGN

IWC Schaffhausen

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The site marks another excellent partnership with our friends at Undercurrent and has resulted in a beautiful experience that aims to set a new standard for luxury online. With rich interactive features, editorial content presented in clean, concise layouts and extraordinary attention to each watch, IWC.com offers fans everything they expect from the brand. Further details on the project are available on odopod.com here.

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The Hotlist – Edition 3

September 26 2010

22:54

40 Excellent Free Fonts For Minimal Web Design Creation

There are plenty of free, great looking fonts around the web. In this article you’re going to find 40 clean, crisp and, of course, free fonts for your minimal web design.

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September 21 2010

17:19

How to kern type perfectly

A great quick tip on kerning type – by turning it upside down. I’ve always used the eye squinting test, but this method seems just as viable.

July 21 2010

02:08

Free Fonts: Technical and artistic quality

A great, more technical, write up by @Fontshop which makes for great company along side my recent post, With beautiful type comes great responsibility. Includes a nice list of things to check when picking a free font.

July 15 2010

14:36

With beautiful type comes great responsibility

Yesterday I happened to catch a glimpse of a tweet linking to an article titled, The Problem with Free Fonts, and as a typography fanatic I had to click and read. I’m not sure if the article title was a bit misleading, but I was a hint disappointed by the depth of the articles positioning.

[Please note: I have nothing against the article, writer or website. I just felt that the subject needed to be further touched upon.]

To keep things short, the article only went into enough detail to say the problem is that they become “bludgeoned to death through massive over use.” While this certainly holds true, it’s not really the “problem” with free fonts, or fonts in general. Museo, the semi-slab from exljbris is a beautiful typeface, and while they do offer three weights for free, it is still a well-crafted family with close to 400 glyphs, standard ligatures and true italics to support. There is no actual “problem” with Museo. We do see it used quite often, but it’s mostly the misuse, not the overuse, that should siphon concern. If used correctly you can see it is an extremely beautiful typeface. Although, many free fonts can also be extremely beautiful. The trick is knowing how / when to use them, their history, your message and how it’s being stated with the type personality you select.

The first problem

In my opinion, the number one problem with free fonts is that many of us look through hundreds of galleries online and typically choose something that “looks good” and work around that. Not necessarily a wrong approach, however many of these free distributers fail to provide background information / history, the medium which is was intended for (typefaces are typically created with a purpose in mind) and other important information.

As you might have known, I am a huge fan of Typekit. Beyond offering beautiful font licensing on the web, they do a great job of educating the user. As an example, when you are viewing Typekit’s database and come across, let’s say, FF Meta Web Pro, they offer a resourceful About this font writeup:

“FF Meta was originally (1985) conceived as a typeface for use in small point sizes. Against its intended purpose, FF Meta very quickly became one of the most popular typefaces of the computer era. It is used a lot in magazines, from the Normal weight in small point sizes for captions up to the Black version for large headlines. Designed by Erik Spiekermann. More about FF Meta Web Pro…

Without having to dig to deep, we immediately can assume this font is great for body copy (since it reads well at small sizes), it’s easy on the eye (since it’s used in a lot of magazines), and they even let us know that it works well for both captions and headlines — how useful! The standard (non-web) version even provides more in depth background information. Type history should not be overlooked.

The second problem

Typically the next problem is most free fonts only offer one weight and one style. This may serve well for a single headline, but if you are setting type for editorial design this will create a problem when it comes to establishing a hierarchy. Having a full featured typefaces for the job, such as true italics, bold weights, small caps, ligatures, etc. will take you a long way. A huge “no, no” is letting computer software handle bolding and italicizing (also known as faux italicizing and bolding). It’s all about having the right font for the right job.

The third problem

I find many free fonts, if they do have a few extra weights and styles, to be poorly constructed. Quality fonts, for the most part, rarely need to be kerned and adjusted to read and look consistent. Each letterform was carefully constructed and thought-out to work perfectly sitting next to the previous and following character. Many of the free fonts unfortunately do not.

Take Asenine for example. The normal weight might seem fine to many at first glance, however the “wide” version, and two condensed versions seems to be distorted and squished. The font becomes careless in a sense. FF Absara on the other hand, which has an extremely large suite, has various weights and styles that look like each letterform was perfectly and carefully manufactured.

I’m certain many reading this article are agreeing upon the points made above, yet cringing at the fact of buying a font. I’m not saying you have to go out and buy an entire type family. Purchase a single font (at times a single font, weight, and style only cost $40–$60.00 or so) when necessary though. Work it into your clients budget and explain to them the reason you are buying the font you are using for their logo, for example. Help them to understand that this is the best solution because the font was created to work well at very large sizes and very small sizes so it will improve the readability and recognition if the logo is displayed small or large. Explain to them that using this typeface will improve prolonged reading on their blog, minus the eye strain. Not only will you have happier clients that understand the process and reasoning for making the decisions we make, but it will help to improve your portfolio since you will have much better looking samples to show.

Currently the web is moving towards a shift and really showcasing beautiful typographic examples where limitations prevented us prior. Typekit is one of the best $50 a year I’ve spent in a long time. It’s great to see a service that licenses high caliber fonts also provide educational insight and bring true value to the understanding typography. With more ways than ever to bring beautiful type to the web it’s necessary to harness a concrete understanding of type. As the saying goes, “With great power brings great responsibility.”

For me, typography has always been the science of an art form. It requires patience and understanding. Learning as much as you can about type, fonts and its history really goes a long way. “Huge font libraries don’t make good designs, good designers make good designs.” — Sean Gaffney and Matthew Smith, Web Typography & CSS3 Presentation

May 21 2010

03:25

Typography that Moves You

Every now and then we need some inspiration… If you’re under a deadline & can’t get your creative juices flowing, the best way is to live vicariously through others work. What’s a better way than some typography that’s animated right on your screen.

Letterpress Coasters

Repeat Press of Somerville, MA created some custom coasters for the guys at Highsnobiety and Selectism to hand out for the holidays. Check out his intricate process from beginning to end.

Leadtype & Bookprinting (Bleisatz und Buchdruck)

The Ten Commandments – motion (kinetic) typography

The ten commandments motion typography animation created in Adobe AfterEffects CS3.

Fight Club – Chemical Burn – Kinetic Typography

A typography experiment animated and designed by graphic artist Sebastian Jaramillo ( http://www.sebastianjt.com ) based on the movie Fight Club on the scene “Chemical Burn”.

A lesson on typography

What is typography? – a nice lesson by from the Vancouver film school

Type Test

Playful type / video experimentation.

An alternate title sequence for the movie “Alice in Wonderland” (2010)

In March 2009, Suzanne (wife) and I spent several days in Rome to celebrate our 10-year anniversary. This was also a chance to observe in detail the Coliseum, which I’d already selected as the next subject in my series of letterpress posters (see cameronmoll.bigcartel.com/category/posters).

Over the course of the next 12 months, the artwork was handcrafted character by character, totaling roughly 250 hours of work from start to finish. Characters from the Goudy Trajan and Bembo Pro typefaces form the Coliseum, also known as today as Colosseo (Italian) and originally known as Amphitheatrum Flavium (Latin).

Portal – Still Alive typography

The ending song to Portal in a typographic animation.

The Hush Sound — Lions Roar

Matt and I decided long ago (early 2006) that we wanted to enter the 7th annual film festival held at Art Institute of Schaumburg called Artimation. Our goal was to make a stand that the Graphic Design majors could very well enter and compete in a very video & animation filled world.

That said, we decided to do a typographical motion graphic piece to one of The Hush Sound’s songs. We love the band, we love typography, we love design, and we love motion graphics. Heavily inspired by motion graphics studio MK12, we decided to try our shot at it.

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Typography that Moves You

March 16 2010

21:59

40 Free Minimalist And High Quality Fonts

40 Excellent Free Minimalist FontsYou can meet a lot of minimalistic style fans all over the world. Minimalist style looks very clean, professional and easy to understand. You probably have heard about minimalism motto “Less is more” which means that work with less details shows much more than overdone work with too much stuff in it.

If you are looking for some great free minimalist fonts you came to the right place. In this collection you will find many fonts you will want to download immediately, I assure you!

1. BonvenoCF

BonvenoCF

2. Existence Light

Existence Light

3. Aurulent Sans

Aurulent Sans

4. Vegur

Vegur

5. Comfortaa

Comfortaa

6. Sansation

Sansation

7. Salaryman

Salaryman

8. Greyscale Basic

Greyscale Basic

9. Lane

Lane

10. Raleway

Raleway

11. Aaargh

Aaargh

12. CartoGothic Std

CartoGothic Std

13. Mentone

Mentone

14. Aller

Aller

15. Bitstream Vera Sans

Bitstream Vera Sans

16. Bebas

Bebas

17. Caviar Dreams

Caviar Dreams

18. Cicle

Cicle

19. Colaborate

Colaborate

20. COM4t Sans Medium

COM4t Sans Medium

21. District Thin

District Thin

22. DISCO

DISCO

23. DejaVu Sans

DejaVu Sans

24. Droid Sans

Droid Sans

25. Dustismo

Dustismo

26. Eau

Eau

27. Expressway

Expressway

28. Lacuna Regular

Lacuna Regular

29. Liberation Sans

Liberation Sans

30. Gnuolane

Gnuolane

31. New Cicle

New Cicle

32. Nevis

Nevis

33. Museo Sans

Museo Sans

34. Luxi Sans

Luxi Sans

35. Sonrisa

Sonrisa

36. Puritan

Puritan

37. Print Clearly

Print Clearly

38. Perspective Sans

Perspective Sans

39. Tuffy

Tuffy

40. Quicksand

Quicksand

Further Free Fonts Resources:

Do you know some more great minimalistic fonts? Share with us your favorite!

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