Posts tagged #Fonts

My Name Is Justice & I'm Addicted To Fonts

Courtesy of FranSchroeder.comMy love for fonts goes back to my childhood when my mother would hand letter everything. She still does when she's not on the computer Skyping friends in the UK or designing spots for the local paper. She even has a degree in 'Sign Making', which admittedly is almost entirely a thing of the past now having been rolled over by vinyl cutting machines and printers that are capable of printing to outdoor canvas. But there is a beautiful truth in the hand-painted letter that I still tip my hat too.

Here's to you "BONELESS CHICKEN ON SALE!" on the grocery store window.

Here's to you "SPRINGSATIONAL BLOW OUT!" car sale.

Here's to you "Orange County Fire Fighters, Station 18" - in golf leaf no less ;)

Here's to you Rock-A-Billy pinstriping dude!

All that being said I began and continue my obsession with fonts, signage & lettering. I hope the following lists comes as a blessed resource to you and your future designs. I've tried to weed this like of online font sites that just loop you from one to another only then to sell you porn and real estate along the way. If you find on here, tell me, I'll kill it.

Smashing Magazine Articles:

Font Portals:

Font Blogs:

Designers & Foundries (Courtesy of FontShop.com):

Font Styles:

Grunge Fonts:

Graffiti Fonts:

Font Creators/Software:

Font Lab:

Web Ready:

Logos:

Font Tools:

Fun Tools:

Posted on April 28, 2010 and filed under Art, Design, Tools.

Giddy as a School Girl – "check"

Firefox 3.5 has a feature now called "Font-Face". Why this is important is that you can (server side) embed any font and reference it allowing the user to see to intended font. For web designers globally, if this doesn't make you do a little dance in a circle you must be using Front Page.

"Using Font-face for font linking is relatively straightforward. Within a stylesheet, each Font-face rule defines a family name to be used, the font resource to be loaded, and the style characteristics of a given face such as whether it’s bold or italic. Firefox 3.5 only downloads the fonts as needed, so a stylesheet can list a whole set of fonts of which only a select few will actually be used." ~ hacks.mozilla.org

And while Safari, Opera and others have allowed references to Font-Face for quite some time this is the first dominate browser to capatilize on it. This is important, not simply the empowerment to the designer but the recognition that font usage is equally as important as its content.

 

Posted on July 7, 2009 and filed under Design.