Friday find: FontShop Education

Joan and Erik Spiekermann’s foundry Fontshop has a very nice collection of typographic education resources available to download for free.

Joan and Erik Spiekermann’s foundry Fontshop has a very nice collection of typographic education resources available to download for free.

FontShop Education

There are currently 12 units listed, and you can even download them all in a single bundle:

  • Meet Your Type
  • The Typographer’s Glossary
  • Erik Spiekermann’s Typo Tips
  • Type Anatomy
  • The Right Font for the Job
  • Figuring It Out
  • What Is OpenType?
  • Styles, Weights, and Widths
  • Helvetica
  • Webfonts
  • Licensing 101

Go to: FontShop Education.

Good Google web fonts

Having trouble finding the best Google web fonts for your next website design? Chad Mazzola wants to help you out…

Google web fonts is a great initiative providing a simple and free way of adding real fonts to your web design projects. I have been using their service for a while and the only complaint I have is that finding the right font among the 400+ typefaces can be challenging. Apparently Chad Mazzola of Cambridge, Massachusetts (not England) has encountered the same problem, so he has kindly taken it upon himself to help us out.

There are currently over 400 typefaces in the Google web fonts directory. Many of them are awful. But there are also high-quality typefaces that deserve a closer look.

Beautiful web type is a growing showcase of the Google web fonts Chad finds most deserving. You can click each specimen to find the font in Google’s directory.

Google web fonts

Google web fonts

Google web fonts

100th post and 2011 sign-off

This is Typedeck’s 100th post since launching in June this year – a great milestone and a good time to sign off for 2011. Thanks for all the support and positive feedback so far!

Hello friends. This is Typedeck’s 100th post since launching in June this year – a great milestone and a good time to sign off for 2011.

Typedeck has given me the opportunity to explore typography in a new and more intensive way than ever before. I have learned a lot in the past few months and best of all is I am applying this learning to my own design work.

Thanks for all the support and positive feedback so far! Have a fantastic festive season and a blessed Christmas.

Here’s to resuming Typedeck in 2012 with new vigour.

– Imar

To end off the year I have just thrown together a few random bits and pieces of interest. Click on the images to visit the source:

A free font based on the style of lettering seen on Cassandre posters:

Typedeck 100th post

Lettering by Astronaut Design:

Typedeck 100th post

From pilllpat’s Flickr photostream:

Typedeck 100th post

Two items from the Flickr photostream of junkyard.dogs:

Typedeck 100th post

Typedeck 100th post

Type specimen poster from a series featuring Changethethought studio’s  favorite typefaces:

Typedeck 100th post

Mattel Electronics Football from Corey Holms’s Flickr photostream:

Typedeck 100th post

Some smokey lettering by Pablo Alfieri:

Typedeck 100th post

Explore Fontdeck’s typographic advent calendar:

Typedeck 100th post

Hot lettering by Studio Muti:

Typedeck 100th post

Editorial illustration by Telegramme Studio via Black Harbour:

Typedeck 100th post

Poster from Evajuliet’s Etsy store:

Typedeck 100th post

LetterMPress app for Mac and iPad:

Typedeck 100th post

Cover design for The New York Times Magazine Photographs:

Typedeck 100th post

Detail from Old Faithful Shop identity design by Ptarmak:

Typedeck 100th post

Time lapse video of Daniel Cassaro’s (Young Jerks) mural for the Ace Hotel in New York via Xheight LA:

Typedeck 100th post

MailChimp’s Voice & Tone styleguide site via Co. Design:

Typedeck 100th post

Detail from the Tom, Dick & Harry identity by Mike McQuade:

Typedeck 100th post

From Kyle Read’s inspiration Tumblr:

Typedeck 100th post

And finally, is there a new Tumblr logo in the works?

Screenshot of their maintenance page:

Typedeck 100th post

Free fonts from Fontfabric

Fontfabric has some really nice fonts on offer and many of them are available free of charge! Here are a few you might be interested in adding to your collection…

Independent Bulgarian type foundry Fontfabric has some really nice fonts on offer and many of them are available free of charge! Here are a few you might be interested in adding to your collection:

Fontfabric

Fontfabric

Fontfabric

Fontfabric

Fontfabric

Fontfabric

Fontfabric

Fontfabric

Fontfabric

An unusual font from Bulgaria

Lemniscate is an intriguing font designed by Rositsa Gorolova of Sofia, Bulgaria. It is available as a free download.

Lemniscate is an intriguing font designed by Rositsa Gorolova of Sofia, Bulgaria. The complexity of the characters and the fact that the font includes only capitals, numerals and a few punctuation marks certainly limits its use to display purposes such as posters or headlines. I would love to know more about the design process and the intent of the project, but unfortunately I found very little info on this.

You can download Lemniscate for free in TrueType format for personal and commercial use.

Lemniscate font by Rositsa Gorolova

Lemniscate font by Rositsa Gorolova

Lemniscate font by Rositsa Gorolova

Lemniscate font by Rositsa Gorolova

Lemniscate font by Rositsa Gorolova

Lemniscate font by Rositsa Gorolova

Pay what you want for fonts from Lost Type Co-op

Lost Type Co-op is a font foundry with a unique philosophy: they distribute beautiful and unique typefaces, and you decide how much you want to pay!

Lost Type Co-op is a font foundry with a unique philosophy: they distribute beautiful and unique typefaces, and you decide how much you want to pay! The designer of the particular font you choose to download gets the full amount of your donation. Creators Riley Cran of Seattle and Tyler Galpin of Toronto reckon this pay-what-you-want type foundry is the first of its kind.

Ever since we released Muncie in February, we received an overwhelming response from the community at large. We felt it was important for everyone to have access to unique and beautiful typefaces, based on a very approachable model.

Definitely worth a bookmark! Here are a few samples from the Lost Type Co-op collection:

Lost Type Co-op

Lost Type Co-op

Lost Type Co-op

Lost Type Co-op

Lost Type Co-op

Lost Type Co-op

Lost Type Co-op

Lost Type Co-op

Lost Type Co-op

Apart from the nice specimens of each face, Lost Type also has a recently revamped blog where they showcase the fonts being used in real-world projects.

Wood Type Revival

An ambitious project to convert ten of the world’s rarest and most unique historic wood typefaces into digital fonts.

Matt Griffin and Matt Braun of Bearded have started the ambitious project of converting ten of the world’s rarest and most unique historic wood typefaces into digital Opentype fonts. The project has successfully been funded through the Kickstarter platform. They have released a sample of their intended result as a free font called Fatboy, available in the “Husky” weight.

Fatboy Husky font

Follow their progress on woodtyperevival.com or Twitter.