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HELLO (AND, WELL, GOODBYE)After nearly seven years of blogging, Speak Up has ceased publication. While this may not be a remarkable amount of time in the world of print and online publishing, the intensity with which we — founders, authors and readers alike — undertook it made it seem as it had been decades. For a thorough description on the reasons to close Speak Up, you may read this post, so as not to take much more space here. This web site is a bare-bones version of the archives for quick and easy perusal of more than 1,600 posts — a replica of Speak Up, as it was on closing day, can be found here, and at any point you can add “as-it-was/” after “speakup/” to the URL to see the original version. Comments on both sites have been closed. To the right you will see all of our categories with a brief description of what you may find. Below are some highlights from our time spent blogging. Bryony and Armin Principals, UnderConsideration LLC SELF PUBLISHING, IT’S HARD! WHY SO SERIOUS? BEST. Related:  Typography

On snot and fonts Africa: ⦿ Africa ⦿ Berber ⦿ Coptic ⦿ Egypt ⦿ Hieroglyphics ⦿ Mauritius ⦿ Morocco ⦿ Other ⦿ South-Africa Australia: ⦿ Australia ⦿ Maori ⦿ New Caledonia ⦿ New Zealand ⦿ Rongo Rongo Europe + the old USSR: ⦿ Albania ⦿ Austria ⦿ Basque ⦿ Belarus ⦿ Belgium ⦿ Bosnia ⦿ Bulgaria ⦿ Catalunya ⦿ Celtic/Gaelic ⦿ Croatia ⦿ Cyprus ⦿ Cyrillic ⦿ Czechia ⦿ Denmark ⦿ Eastern European ⦿ Esperanto ⦿ Estonia ⦿ Finland ⦿ France ⦿ Georgian ⦿ Germany ⦿ Greece ⦿ Greek ⦿ Hungary ⦿ Iceland ⦿ Ireland ⦿ Italy ⦿ Kazakhstan ⦿ Kyrgyzstan ⦿ Latvia ⦿ Liechtenstein ⦿ Lithuania ⦿ Luxemburg ⦿ Macedonia ⦿ Malta ⦿ Moldova ⦿ Montenegro ⦿ The Netherlands ⦿ Northern Ireland ⦿ Norway ⦿ Ogham ⦿ Old Italic ⦿ Poland ⦿ Portugal ⦿ Romania ⦿ Russia ⦿ Scotland ⦿ Serbia ⦿ Slovakia ⦿ Slovenia ⦿ Spain ⦿ Sweden ⦿ Switzerland ⦿ Turkey ⦿ United Kingdom ⦿ Ukraine ⦿ Wales Far East: ⦿ China ⦿ Hong-Kong ⦿ Japan ⦿ Korea ⦿ Macao ⦿ Mongolia ⦿ Taiwan Non-Latin America: ⦿ Canada ⦿ Hawaii ⦿ Native American ⦿ Québec ⦿ United States

Design Observer Typography Daily Inspiration Forgot your username or password? Create account x Close I am A… New here? Feed your creative appetite with interviews, essays, profiles and personal stories of designers near and far, past and present. Collections Top Ten Tags Showing 1 - 6 of 200 Read more at designobserver.com Designed By: Lella Vignelli March 26, 2014 Photo of Lella Vignelli from the new book via vignelli.com To celebrate their partnership of more than 50 years, Massimo Vignelli has created a freely accessible book dedicated to the work of his wife Lella. Section: Inspiration - Tags: book design, environmental design, exhibition design, graphic design, identity design, product design, corporate design, Celebration Read more at fastcodesign.com How Do You Know When A Design Is Really Done? March 25, 2014 Photo of fiber optics testing from Wikipedia via Fast Company Section: Inspiration - Tags: design research, experience design, interaction design, user experience, user research, advice, technology Read more at labs.ideo.com

Typothèque Every year we make a lim­it­ed edi­tion of the pock­et-size cal­en­dar and sketch­book. And every year we strive to make it better. You may have seen the story of the previous editions. Clear layout in 8 parts, giving each day the same amount of room (and leaving an extra slot for notes). Otastar binding with sewn sections. 12 different pre-printed grids for sketching and designing type—plenty of space to make personal notes and keep life organised. See more hi-res photos on our Flickr. The Design Encyclopedia design et typo Design Archives Vignelli Associates (1962-2008) 50 Books/50 Covers of 2010 The 50 best-designed books and book covers published between January 1 and December 31, 2010.View Collection Chermayeff & Geismar (1960-2006) AIGA 365: Design Effectiveness (2011) Push Pin Graphic (1957-1980) 50 Books/50 Covers of 2009 The 50 best-designed books and book covers designed and/or produced in North America between January 1 and December 31, 2009.View Collection 50 Books/50 Covers of 2008 The 50 best-designed books and book covers designed and/or produced between January 1 and December 31, 2008.View Collection Fifty Books of the Year (1930) Communication Graphics (1969) Just Type Work published in 1978-1982 that relies solely on type or handlettering as illustrative elements.View Collection Graphic Explanations: Charts, Diagrams, Graphs and Maps Print charts, diagrams, graphs and maps designed to aid the reader's comprehension of complex information, published in the United States or Canada in 1978-81.View Collection Packaging

Fontcraft I was shopping in my local HEB grocery store this weekend and found myself in the soft drink section, confronted by a wall of cool retro-looking bottles of all sorts of sodas from the Dublin Bottling Works, a company based in Dublin Texas which produces a full line of specialty soft drinks, apparently mostly for distribution through HEB. They’ve got all the usual flavors like Ginger Ale, Cola and Root Beer and some more unusual flavors, including Black Cherry. The labels are printed on transparent plastic slip-ons which are surprisingly effective at emulating the old-fashioned look of being directly screen printed on the bottles. The labels are great examples of retro design, and though I may be a bit biased, the coolest by far is the Black Cherry soda label which uses our Folkard font to great effect. If you like Folkard you can order it online from our ONLINE STORE. 0reddit 0tumblr Yancey is a new font based on a hand-lettered design by Samuel Welo in the late 1920s. Dave 1tumblr

Core77 Webexpedition Today, webfonts abound. You can find them in a number of places: Google Font Directory, Typekit, Fontspring.com, and myriad other sites and font delivery services. A number are even free. This article, then, focuses on the top 13 most useful free webfonts for headline use. One of the most common suggestions for combining headlines and body text is to set the headlines in a serif typeface and body copy in a sans-serif typeface, or vice versa. Because you’re typically only setting fewer than 100 characters in a headline, it doesn’t necessarily have the same requirements for readability as your text font. Nice Web Type has an excellent tutorial on @font-face embedding here. Available through Fontsquirrel, and designed by Typodermic, this pseudo-grotesque offers a generous x-height. License: No conversation on free fonts is complete without mentioning Exljbris, a foundry by Jos Buivenga that offers a free face in every type family.

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