The essence of passion and transformation is reflected in this font designed specially for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games…
The spirit of “Harmonious Diversity” is captured in this font designed by the Brazilian Dalton Maag team for the for Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The strong contrast between thick and thin strokes was explored during the design process by putting brush to paper and writing by hand. The variety of the curves in the different letters has a unique informality, inspired by the joyfulness of the Brazilian people.
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What could be more exciting than receiving a mystery package from overseas? Well, I was lucky enough to find one in my mailbox this week, all the way from Florence, Italy…
What could be more exciting than receiving a mystery package from overseas? Well, I was lucky enough to find one in my mailbox this week, all the way from Florence, Italy.
Designer and illustrator Simone Massoni sent me a copy of his latest project – this very cool A-frame 2012 calendar entitled Chicks & Types.
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Sure, you can find out all you need to know about fonts on a web page by inspecting the code with Firebug or the likes, but the WhatFont bookmarklet makes font snooping super easy.
WhatFont is a clever little script by Chengyin Liu, a Computer Science student at University of Illinois. You add the bookmarklet to your web browser and once activated it tells you what fonts are used on a web page by hovering over the text in question.
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Two interesting type-related snippets came across my desk this week, both from India: hand drawn movie posters from Bangalore and digital fonts created from the lettering of street painters in Delhi…
Two interesting typographic snippets came across my desk this week, both from India:
The initiative of Delhi based designer Hanif Kureshi, HandpaintedType is a collaborative project aimed at capturing the rapidly-disappearing lettering styles of street painters across India.
The idea is to document the particular typographic style of individual sign painters. Each artist pruduces a character set on canvas, which is redrawn digitally and eventually released as a commercially available font. Apparently 50% of the proceeds from every font sale goes to the painter and the other half is invested in the continuation of the project.
Here’s an example of an original character set, hand painted in Old Delhi by an artist called Kafeel:
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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.
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.
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:
Lettering by Astronaut Design:
From pilllpat’s Flickr photostream:
Two items from the Flickr photostream of junkyard.dogs:
Type specimen poster from a series featuring Changethethought studio’s favorite typefaces:
Mattel Electronics Football from Corey Holms’s Flickr photostream:
Some smokey lettering by Pablo Alfieri:
Explore Fontdeck’s typographic advent calendar:
Hot lettering by Studio Muti:
Editorial illustration by Telegramme Studio via Black Harbour:
Poster from Evajuliet’s Etsy store:
LetterMPress app for Mac and iPad:
Cover design for The New York Times Magazine Photographs:
Detail from Old Faithful Shop identity design by Ptarmak:
Time lapse video of Daniel Cassaro’s (Young Jerks) mural for the Ace Hotel in New York via Xheight LA:
MailChimp’s Voice & Tone styleguide site via Co. Design:
Detail from the Tom, Dick & Harry identity by Mike McQuade:
From Kyle Read’s inspiration Tumblr:
And finally, is there a new Tumblr logo in the works?
Screenshot of their maintenance page:
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:
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.
The fascinating explorations in finding an average of all existing fonts has lead different people down different roads, here are some examples…
In September 2011 Viennese designer Moritz Resl published a typographic experiment called Average Font on his website. The project received widespread attention on the internet, drawing both criticism and praise. The idea is to show what a font would look like if it were made up of all the Typefaces on his system at the time. Resl achieved this by layering over 900 different fonts each with a low opacity, one on top of the other. The result is a blurry, yet recognisable rendition of each character:
As Stephen Coles of Typographica points out, the quest to find an average font is not unexplored territory. In 2006 visualisation expert W. Bradford Paley from New York put together an exploration of Face Variations, layering the outlines of 166 fonts in different combinations. Paley notes that this stems from his fascination with finding the “perceptual boundaries” around objects such as letters:
Another approach comes in the form of The neutral typeface – the result of a 2005 graduation project by Dutch designer Kai Bernau entitled Neutrality. The measurements for the design of the typeface are derived from averages reached by comparing popular existing sans serif typefaces:
The latest arrival at the average font party is Avería, a font released in October 2011 by Dan Sayers combining 725 existing fonts. Sayers explored different methods, eventually opting for a programmatic approach to the task by splitting each letter perimeter into hundreds of equally-spaced points, then finding the average between the corresponding positions of each:
Also take a look at Font Path Viewer, a web app Sayers built in order to view the outlines and control points of fonts during his process.
Fonts come in an endless array of personalities and proportions, weights and styles. Maybe it is the sheer overwhelming variety, or maybe our inborn desire to simplify and reorganise, but whatever the reason may be, people seem to be captivated by the idea of finding a neutral average. The search continues.
I just came across these fonts designed by Leon Sloth (cool name!) from Copenhagen, Denmark…
I just came across these fonts designed by Leon Sloth (cool name!) from Copenhagen, Denmark.
Paten – a headline font:
Antiwar – a stencil font including a few alternate characters:
I always enjoy seeing some behind-the-scenes process pictures:
Unfortunately I didn’t find any info on whether these have been released and are available. See more of Leon’s work on Behance.