Action Types is a fantastic student project. Marcus Schaefer was trying to create a typographic toy to show children different types of fonts. The 3 dimensional letters consist of three very different fonts – Actiontype Bold, Actiontype Light and Actiontype Serif (slab serif). Action Types do not only provide these 3 fonts. Using them as base models, several random fonts can be constructed by interpolation. This is radical!
(thank you lisa)
Joanna left two disposable cameras on park benches–one in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn. She was curious to see what would happen! Would they be stolen? Would people take rude photos? Her intern Matt left a note saying: “Good afternoon! I attached this camera to the bench so you could take pictures. Seriously. So have fun. I’ll be back later this evening to pick it up.”
That night, when he returned to the scene, both cameras were there, and the rolls of film had been shot. Below are two of them. See all of them here. Love!
I am completely in love with this serious Bunny. What is he about to say? Photograph by Sharon Montrose.
Adobe Font Development Kit for OpenType package let’s you share the tools used by Adobe font developers for wrapping up PostScript fonts as OpenType/CFF font files, and adding OpenType layout features. These tools are used for in-house development of new Adobe OpenType fonts. Use them at your own risk, and with no guarantee of support!
(thank you matthew)
YES! Gmail has added additional functionality making it easy for you to attach multiple attachments to an email. Google tend to stay away from most things flash unless absolutely necessary but in this case they’ve made an exception! Finally!
(via the next web)
I picked up How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum by much admired Keri Smith yesterday. It’s now one of these books that I keep on my desk and peek into every now. Which usually results in me sitting there chuckling… (My favorite page: #171!)
1. No plug-ins required – it can only use features natively supported by the client
2. Compatibility – it has to work on every major browser on the market
3. Ease of use – no or near-zero configuration needed for standard use cases
4. Speed – it has to be fast, even for sufficiently large amounts of text
Cufon: Fast text replacement with canvas and VML – no Flash or images required.
(via twittering jason santa maria)
Kapitza’s Geometric book comes with a CD containing 100 pattern fonts – the most extensive pattern font collection available from any foundry. It also includes a helpful font index and easy to follow tutorials. Love!
So in one sense, mastering grids is a very low-level, roll-up-your-sleeves kind of thing. But I think in a larger sense, it’s an important part in every designer’s growth because it trains you to see and think about context, how smaller parts fit into a larger whole. Once you begin ordering elements with a grid, then you inevitably apply similar logic to the entirety of a document or site or what have you, and then to the process and workflow that drive your design brief, and then perhaps to the organization as a whole. Rigorous thinking about small details can effect meaningful changes in the big picture.
Aisle One Interview with Khoi Vinh, the Design Director for NYTimes.com.