Archive for the 'Typography' Category

Helvetica – The Movie / New Clips Online

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Helvetica - The MovieThe makers of the Helvetica film, an upcoming full-length documentary about the ubiquitous Helvetica typeface (we reported: once and a second time), have finally added some movie clips to their site. The clips feature four interviews with known designers, among others design legends Wim Crouwel and Eric Spiekermann. A full trailer and screen dates will be posted “soon”. And so we wait some more…

Stop The Text Highlighting Already!

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

I’m having my really-bad-mood-day today, so I’m going to vent some of that here, and you can’t stop me. If there is one thing that really annoys me, it’s when people make their sites highlight keywords I searched for when I come to them via Google. Gah! Stop doing that! The worst are the ones that even persist on highlighting when I deliberately refresh the page to get rid of them. I know, I know, it’s supposed to be user friendly, helping us find the text passage and all. Well guess what: it isn’t. It’s really disturbing when reading text,, it breaks reading and line flow, it distracts the eye, and I’ve rarely ever seen a site that gives me a visible “TURN OFF” feature. I use the Firefox “find-as-you-type” feature, which is great when I ask for it, but hitting ESC quickly turns it off again. If you feel you must use it, at least let me turn it off easily. And use more discreet colors like 37signals do. That will be all.

Helvetica – The Movie / Update

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Helvetica - The MovieThe Helvetica film I mentioned some time ago is slowly nearing completion. Still no trailers on the website but I just received a newsletter with some background information and I thought I’d share it here with those interested. I, for one, am dying to see it!
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More Free Quality Fonts

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

More Free Quality FontsA few days ago I mentioned an article collecting some very high quality fonts that are all free for use. The original author, Vitaly Friedman, has updated the list on Smashing Magazine and presents 19 new free quality fonts, all appropriate for professional work.

Printed Matter

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Printed Matter I’ve seen the Google Maps API used for a lot of things until now, but nothing this fantastic. Markus Dreßen gives us a glimpse of his book table, in this beautiful gallery of book design. You can navigate it as you would Google Maps, albeit sans zooming.

Markus Dreßen is also the designer behind another nice site, spector cut+paste. (Thanks, neckCNS)

25 Best Free Quality Fonts

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

Best Free Quality FontsVitaly Friedman has compiled a list of some of the best license-free fonts around. As they are license-free, they are completely free for private and commercial use. These are not your standard free fonts, they are works of quality that can be used in a serious professional environment. Oldie but goodie.

Update 2006-10-31: More new fonts here.

Font Spotting

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Font SpottingJust a quicky: Stephen Coles spots the fonts in the introductory titles of the smoking satire “Thank You For Smoking”. See if you can spot some yourselves, without looking at the answers. Fun stuff!

An Open Letter To Adobe

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Andrei Michael Herasimchuk of Design By Fire has written an open letter to Adobe, asking that Adobe release a core set of some of their most important fonts to the public domain. If this succeeds, and Microsoft and Apple play along by including these core fonts in their next operating systems, we would be empowered with a high quality set of fonts for our future designs, instead of stagnating in the current state for years to come. We could do away with a large portion of hacks like image replacement or sIFR. All in all, the net could climb to new heights in terms of legibility, accessibility and asthetics. It’s time to free the net of Arial and the likes!

Please help in making the typographical landscape of the internet richer, and write your own letter of support to Adobe’s co-founder, along with your wish list of fonts, to:

John Warnock
c/o Adobe Systems
345 Park Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110

I’m a little surprised nobody has done this sooner, at least in this magnitude. Personally, I’m mainly rooting for Helvetica Neue. Discovered via Veerle.

Helvetica – The Movie

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Helvetica - The MovieQuoteth: Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. Helvetica will begin screening at film festivals worldwide starting in early 2007.

Bembo’s Zoo

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

Bembo\'s ZooApparently, this one has been around for a few years. I just discovered it recently and thought I’d share for those who haven’t seen it either. Accompanying his first children’s book, Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich created the promotional website Bembo’s Zoo, featuring unexpected transformations of letters into animals. The trick is, only letters in the animal’s name were used. Delighting for children and typography lovers alike.


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