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…
Heath Ceramics and House Industries teamed up and created Heath House Numbers, 3-dimensionals clay tiles. The tiles celebrate the legendary Neutra and Eames Number Fonts. Aren’t they beautiful? This makes me want to own a modern house where I can apply them outside, for the wold to see!
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)
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.
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!
My prayers have been heard! Typekit just announced a partnership with Mobify which will make it easy to serve fonts to iOS and Android users. Wired is one of their first joint customers, which explains the above screenshot. Hooooooray!
My studiomate Aymie is carving a linocut letter a day for the month of march. Chosen typeface: Champion Gothic by Hoefler & Frere-Jones. Lightweight was chosen based on a deep rooted affection with its ampersand. I can’t wait to see the posters she’ll be cooking up with these!