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Note: This text was created as a talk for An Event Apart in San Diego. It was presented Tuesday, May 21st 2013. Many thanks to Stephen Coles for his advising and light editing. While the full slide deck is not shown below, about a quarter of the original slides are used as editorial illustrations. To send comments or propose corrections (kind and helpful tone appreciated), email me . Type Designers are your new best friends.
Coming out of the grunge, graffiti and David Carson era through the ’90s, there has been a major resurgence of interest in typography. We have seen a number of designers and artists make their careers out of designing type or custom lettering, and it has become common to list typography among our skills and disciplines. Unfortunately, as with any popularity surge, there have come with it a lot of misunderstandings of some of the terms and concepts that we use. This article will help you gain a clearer understanding of what typography is and isn’t, and why. One rather common example of this is the myriad of blog posts and showcases claiming to display “hand-lettered typography” — I’ve even heard university professors say it. Though the phrase seems to make sense, it’s actually a contradiction in terms — hand-lettering is not typography at all!
by Maria Popova In the 1930s, Austrian sociologist, philosopher and curator Otto Neurath and his wife Marie pioneered ISOTYPE — the International System Of TYpographic Picture Education, a new visual language for capturing quantitative information in pictograms, sparking the golden age of infographics in print. The Transformer: Principles of Making Isotype Charts is the first English-language volume to capture the story of Isotype, an essential foundation for our modern visual language dominated by pictograms in everything from bathroom signage to computer interfaces to GOOD’ s acclaimed Transparencies . The real cherry on top is a previously unpublished essay by Marie Neurath, who was very much on par with Otto as Isotype’s co-inventor, written a year before her death in 1986 and telling the story of how she carried on the Isotype legacy after Otto’s death in 1946.
AndrewG, March 31, 2011 Designers should be creative in all they create, starting from their artwork and finishing with the selection of typography. Some of you can say that one shouldn’t pay much attention to it, but if you are a professional then you do the best you can to make your work perfect. Choosing the right typography can make your design much more attractive! So, here we present you a great collection of 50 Free Fonts For Web designers, hope you’ll enjoy it! Age
Just like non-verbal communication, clothing, voice and other factors besides words give you a feeling about what someone is saying, fonts also define how a written document is presented to its readers. So the quickest way to improve your message is actually choosing the right font! Luckily, the best things in life are for free, and we even did the searching work for you. In this collection you’ll find some of the best free fonts around that you can easily download with a few clicks of the mouse.
It’s been over a month since we’ve posted any freebies here on WDL, but hopefully now we can get back on our regular schedule of one “freebie” post per week. Over the past few days, I’ve been on the lookout for fonts, and I’ve managed to find some very good ones. So, here they are: 8 Fresh and Free High-Quality Fonts .