March 04, 2008

If Saul Bass did the titles for Star Wars

A nice little genre mash up :)

January 07, 2008

Eatable letterforms...

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Speechless...

http://www.veer.com/products/typedetail.aspx?image=UMT0000300

From Pen to Bezier

Between 1935 and 1955, many American calligraphers and letterers laid down their pens for new type technologies. But a few refused to give in. They saw those technologies not as progress but as an art-devaluing, salary-reducing threat.

Among those rebels was New Yorker Rand Holub, best known for his logo designs, brand signatures, and custom lettering for Macy’s. In 1958, his Gillot 291 – an upright script done in 1950 – became the basis of Intertype’s Monterey. Although Monterey included some reworkings of Holub’s lettering, technological constraints meant that the bulk of his calligraphic art had to be ignored.

Almost 50 years later, Holub’s original script has found new life in Feel Script. Designed by Alejandro Paul, Feel presents the lettering in its entirety, as well as letters redrawn from vintage American magazine ads (some by Holub himself). Thanks to OpenType, it also includes many alternates, ligatures, dreamy swashes, and other strangely beautiful combinations.

With over 1,200 characters, Feel Script is designed for maximum expression. A Veer Exclusive $99

See the slide show:

http://www.veer.com/ideas/feelscript/

September 12, 2007

Is Apple about to switch typefaces to Myriad? And go 2D?

Applesigns

This might be the Mac-geekiest thing I've ever seen. Sharp-eyed reader Morgan W has a flickr pool of signs around the Apple campus in Cupertino, and notes that three of their newest building signs (at Bandley Five, Six, and Eight) have an updated logo with no 3D effect, and use Myriad for the font instead of Garamond, which the old signs used.

March 12, 2007

Helvetica celebrates its 50th birthday

Filmposterhelvetica I found this one while looking at the line up for this years SXSW festival. Helvetica, set to get it's premiere at the festival, is a feature length documentery looking at global visual culture and the proliferation of one typeface  as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives.

This got me to thinking why our beloved Helvetica Neue exists?

Answer: Through its popularity Helvetica needed a more consistent set of  weight and widths and in 1983 Linotype set about creating a reworking of the classic. More geekery here.

March 07, 2007

Come in / Go away

This two-way doormat and door-hanger available from suck UK, feature a cleverly designed piece of typography that reads 'come in' or 'go away' depending from which side it is viewed. not a bad conversation starter... or stopper in some cases.

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February 02, 2007

Global Brands go Web 2 dot 0

An amusing take on what popular brands / logos would look like in that "rounded shape/reflective/obsessive use of the word BETA" web 2.0 st.yl.ee. My pick of them is attached, but do have a browse through this thread.

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January 18, 2007

Whitespace?

Whitespace ALA has a nice little article about whitespace.  Most of it is pretty straight forward stuff but I was struck by the image (on the right) that was used to illustrate the way space can be used to to give a brand a "cheap" or "luxury" feel.

So take a look at the picture; which of those examples screams "Orange" at you?

Now take a look again; which most closely resembles the Orange web and wap portals?

 

January 17, 2007

Fonts that hold their weight at 8 pixels

All your favourite normal fonts never work past 10 pixels even when you do turn anti-aliasing off. Well here are five fonts that are purpose built to work at 8 pixels. Great for Flash or info graphics.
Go grab.
Oh yeah, they're free as well.

January 05, 2007

What the Font

If you're like me and you sometimes see nice fonts, or you are just curious what font is used in a specific piece of artwork, JPG etc, but you have no idea what they are, then look no further than WhatTheFont. You scan an image, or use a JPG that you already have on your PC, then upload and it recognises the font for you.

There's probably loads of these apps around, but I never knew of any until today.

September 15, 2006

25 Best Free Quality Fonts

Have you ever needed a font for a commercial project but worried about the licensing agreement? Well fear no more as Mr Friedman has been and sourced a fine selection of license-free fonts from around the web. My favourites are the Peter Saville graphic design collection.

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