Typography

Feb 05 2012

Improvements on Google Web Fonts


Improvements on Google Web Fonts

Remember the days when designing for the web your choice of fonts was limited to the standard system fonts, (Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Times, etc…). Well no more! With the new and improved Google Web Font directory there are now hundreds of fonts to choose from to customize the design of any website. You no longer have to embed fonts into applications so users will see the design how it was intended. Which also slows down the user’s experience. One of Google’s Web Fonts team’s core principles is that “fast is better than slow”, and the Web Fonts team takes that to heart.

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Sep 30 2011

VERY COOL – letterpress calendar

by scotthill89 in News, Print Design, Typography

VERY COOL – letterpress calendar

I found a very cool letterpress calendar for 2012 by Fabien Barral. Fabien is a graphic designer from the vineyard region of southern France. He has many innovative and unique designs and has designed a variety of wall stickers, posters and letterpress coasters all for sale. All these items were very popular in 2011 and were all sold out. The 2012 calendar is now in production and available for presale. These are limited edition posters so get yours before they are gone.

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Aug 24 2011

The Grid System in Design


The Grid System in Design

Anyone who is an experienced graphic designer knows how important designing with a grid is. You can create a visual and structural balance within your design using a grid system. Basically designing with a grid is a way of organizing content on a page, using any combination of margins, guides, rows and columns. It has been used for years in newspaper and magazine layouts with columns of text and images and is now commonly used in web design. You can use a combination of grids throughout an entire project to achieve a consistent look and feel. Designing with a solid grid structure will help in creating successful design layouts in both print and web design.

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Aug 12 2011

30 Cool Free Retro Fonts For Designers


30 Cool Free Retro Fonts For Designers

Are you ever looking for cool retro fonts for your designs? Smashing Hub has allot of cool FREE fonts and other resources for your design needs. You can find almost any thing you need, get updates on the latest trends in design, digital art, photography, photoshop, web development, wordpress and much more. They have a ton of “Freebies” that may be useful when designing your next project. Or are you looking for inspiration? Well Smashing Hub also has all kinds of goodies to inspire you to create cool new trendy designs. These vary from photography, print & web design, typography or online search tips. Go to smashinghub.com now!

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Apr 09 2011

The Kerning Game

by scotthill89 in News, Typography

The Kerning Game

The art of spacing your type is know as kerning and also tracking. In typesetting, the process of subtracting space between specific pairs of characters so that the overall letterspacing appears to be even is KERNING. Where the overall tightness or looseness of the spacing between all characters in a line or block of text is known as TRACKING. Although allot of designers only use the term KERNING when adjusting type is their designs. Anyone who works with letters extensively knows that good spacing is often more important than good letters. In “Lettering as a Work of Art”, the essay that prefaces Treasury of Alphabets and Lettering (1966 but originally Meisterbuch der Schrift, 1952), Jan Tschichold says, “Good lettering demands three things: A beautiful letterform must be selected which is appropriate to the purpose it is to serve and to the lettering technique to be used. This calls for well balanced and sensitive letter spacing and word spacing, which takes the letter spacing into account. A harmonious and logical arrangement of lines is essential.

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