In episode 2 of Off Book, typeface designers Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones outline the importance of selecting the right font to convey a particular feeling. Graphic designer Paula Scher talks about building identity in messaging, while Eddie Opara uses texture to create reaction. Infographic designers Julia Vakser and Deroy Peraza map complicated data sets into digestible imagery, mixing color, graphics and type.
(So excited to see our friends from Hyperakt featured. Well deserved!)
FontBook, the world’s most comprehensive typographical reference guide, is now available on iPad. If typography were a religion, this would be the Bible. FontBook™ is the world’s most comprehensive typographic reference tool, containing 110 typefoundries and featuring over 620,000 typeface specimens. Use the FontBook app to look up and view fonts by name, style category, typographical subclassification, designer name, foundry name, year of publication, or by similarity of design. Compile your own list of favorite fonts, and use the “compare” tool to test-drive fonts. Specially designed for fast, easy navigation and also works as a fun playground for finding inspiration.
Can’t wait to download this tonight when I get home!
While I am not crazy about the foul language in this stop animation, I am completely in love with the fact that Comic Sans fights back. The last sentence made me laugh out loud. The original monologue was written by Mike Lacher but the animation is by Joe Hollier who also created this amazing stop animation called My Visual Diary.
Nate Burgos of DesignFeast pointed me to a true gem today: Hoban Cards is a fantastic letterpress calling card printing service by Evan Calkin. To get your own Hoban Card all you have to do is choose from six designs, enter your name, email or phone number, check out via paypal and then wait for them to show up at your doorsteps! Each calling card is hand printed on a 1902 Chandler and Price letterpress. For an affordable $75 you get 100 personalized cards printed on 100% 110lb cotton paper. Here’s Evan’s press in action:
These would make an amazing gift! I might just order a batch for myself…
What originally was meant to be a 24-hour adventure to distribute a single typeface, has blossomed into a full-fledged foundry, distributing fonts from designers all over the world. Users have the opportunity to pay whatever they like for a font, you can even type in ‘$0′ for a free download.
Sylvia Egger was researching Web Font Services and couldn’t find an easy way to compare them, so she created a page listing all the variables. She notes that this is a personal driven overview and should not be understood as an authoritative attempt to classify the services.
Dance Writer converts text into a choreographed sequence of poses based on the shapes of the letters, enabling users to send animated messages to their friends via email, or just enjoy the graceful movement in full Retina-quality resolution on their own displays. Absolutely stunning.
Avery Oldfield created Llamafont.com, a site that allows you to type a message in a font made of llamas and share it with your friends. Why? Because llamas make everything better. Totally absurd and made my day!
The idea behind the Phraseology Project is quite simple and wonderful: You submit a letter, word or phrase and they’ll make it look beautiful with type. Please be sure your word or phrase is under 20 characters. (My 5year old would love that typeface)
(Thank you Patrick O’Dell)
House Industries just announced photolettering.com which allows users to purchase single settings for $7 each, or for about $2 each, through several subscription programs starting at $15 per month. The final product is a downloadable vector-based .pdf file that can be placed as art and edited in any drawing program. At the time of launch, photolettering.com will include 40 alphabet styles that have been optimized specifically for the online interface but the collection will be continuously refreshed with a constant flow of innovative new offerings.
(Thank you Andy!)
Josh Higgins started a project with Doyald Young in November of 2010 that got never finished. It was to be a gift from himself and Doyald to one of their mutual friends. Before the poster was finished, sadly, Doyald passed away. The day after his passing, Josh contacted Jessica Hische and she graciously and beautifully brought the project to life. The poster took a whole new direction from a gift for a friend to a way to raise money for a type scholarship in Doyald’s name.
(I just ordered one but am a little confused at the $50 shipping fee.) Ah! It was a typo! Whew!