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Vintage Visual Language: The Story of Isotype

Vintage Visual Language: The Story of Isotype
by Maria Popova 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 The real cherry on top is a previously unpublished essay by Marie Neurath, who was very much on par with Otto as Isotype’s co-inventor, written a year before her death in 1986 and telling the story of how she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. Richly illustrated and contextualized with fascinating historical essays, The Transformer is a vital primer for a visual langauge that not only frames much of today’s communication but also speaks to us on a powerful intuitive level. HT Information Is Beautiful Donating = Loving Bringing you (ad-free) Brain Pickings takes hundreds of hours each month. Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter. Share on Tumblr Related:  typo

BibliOdyssey Understanding The Difference Between Type And Lettering Advertisement 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. 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. Even though lettering and typography share many of the same concepts, and a good eye and understanding of one will enable you in the other as well, they are completely different disciplines. What Is “Typography”? Typography is actually a subset of lettering, because it is the study of letters applied to typefaces. What Is “Lettering”? Tracing Link

Project Thirty-Three Aaron von Freter | El Serif de Chocolate i Rate This Diseñador originario de Ohio, en los Estados Unidos, tiene un trabajo que nos recuerda mucho al estilo de letras utilizado durante el siglo XIX, con un esa estética tan típica del rock y con un enfoque que va mucho hacía lo manual que sumado a que muchas de sus impresiones estan hechas directas desde un sello de goma hecho a mano, suma puntos de más en su aspecto vintage. Sitio Me gusta: Me gusta Cargando... El Serif de Chocolate | La tipografía a diferencia del chocolate no engorda, ¿o sí? Maybe it's Great / Graphic Design Inspiration Upping Your Type Game 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. If you are a web designer, you are used to tedium. I want to introduce you to your brother from another mother—another group of humans that, like you, is quite under-appreciated: the type designer. Web designers are familiar with “easter eggs”—the little things they build into the code for people in the know to see and delight in. On Type Designers and Favorite T-Shirts Before I introduce you to a few type designers, I’ll answer the question that every person in the type world is asked—“What’s your favorite font?” A few type designers I love: Choosing the Right Type fonts, typefaces and all things typographical — I love Typography (ILT) 21 Incredible Fonts That Shouldn’t Be Free EmailEmail 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. Kilogram Quad™ typeface Say It Fat Tribbon Portal Cube 02 Font Sunday Morning Garage Sale Age Free Font Avant Garde OT Free Font Clutchee VAL™ font Sketch Rockwell MOD™ Font Quarters Groteska™ Free Typeface Amputa Bangiz Standard TTF Facet Font Oh! Circled Font Illegal Curves

8 Fresh and Free High-Quality Fonts 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. Infinity Blox Tidal Banda Regular Pacifica Otama e.p. Creatica Broken Records About the Author Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. Related Posts 925 shares 10 Best New Free Fonts We’ve been on the prowl for some new free fonts to share with you. Read More 1138 shares 9 Free & Useful Fonts for your Designs Whether it’s PSD’s or icons, we love finding high quality free files and sharing them with our readers.

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