Posts tagged #fontography

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.

Kinetic Typography – Living & Breathing

Kinetic typography is a form of graphic design typically constructed digitally to show text, shape and movement with the intent to express emotion in concert. Most of you have seen this represented recently in the Ford F-150 television spots narrated by actor/comedian Dennis Leary. The real power of this medium comes not simply what the words, shapes and fonts says or represents but the addition of motion that brings them to life. Words become more than simply copy representations, they gain personality, and within that the context is MORE than then simply what they spell.

There are fundamental various sub-genre's within this technique as well:

"Kinetic typography is a form of temporal typography (typography that is presented over time). It is distinct from other forms of temporal typography including 'serial presentation', which involves the sequential presentation of still typographic compositions. Barbara Brownie's model of temporal typography divides kinetic typography into 'motion typography' (subdivided into 'scrolling typography', 'dynamic layout') and 'fluid typography'. In dynamic layout, text elements move in relation to one another. In fluid typography, letterforms change and evolve without necessarily changing location." ~ Wikipedia

There are infinite examples if this on the web and I invite you to view them given your time.

Posted on February 16, 2010 and filed under Art, Design, Process.