20 Typographers to get you Inspired

I’m an unapologetic type nerd. I love anything to do with type. I think there’s something really magical about the way text can be modified and arranged to give another level of depth.  Somehow with typography – words can sing to you and clue you into deeper meaning. Arranged below, in no particular order is...

Cardinal Sins of Design

What do you consider as the “cardinal sin” of design? According to the latest “Adobe New Creatives Report (June 2014)“, over-designing or not knowing when to quit was considered as the “cardinal sin” of design. Cardinal sin meaning the worst offense possible in the digital age. This is based on an online survey of more...

The Handwriting of Type Designers

Typefaces and the handwriting of the designers behind them. In this digital age, we owe most of our lives to type designers. We use their craft in almost all forms of visual communication: newspapers, SMSes, instant messages, emails, web pages, signs, posters, billboards, et cetera. Typefaces are what define the style and tone of our...

Top 10 Websites for Designers – Windows of New York + Character Challenge

As designers, we’re always looking for visual inspiration. This month’s best websites will do just that – offer plenty of creative juice via colorful illustrations, immersive videos and refined typography to take your next web design project up a notch. HOW’s art director, Adam Ladd, has curated some of the most exciting sights of the...

The History of Typography in Stop Motion

If you enjoy Typefaces and lettering – you may be interested to know that the History of Typography is rather rich and charming. I always put stock into knowing the history of your craft. My college education left me with a lot of art history and design theory – but not a lot of Graphic...

Which Typeface Would You Date and Other Cool Things in Type Tasting

What if a typeface magically becomes a person would you go out on a date with it? Who would you choose and why? Type is everywhere, from signs to the texts that we are reading and as a designers we are expected to work with a vast number of typefaces on our lifetime. But what if...

Arabic and Iranian Typography Show Unites Middle East

A woman who grew up in Syria and a man with Persian roots walk into CalArts. Jump ahead six years: They’re now passionately united in their goal to inspire a widespread design movement. Maece Seirafi is a Los Angeles-based graphic designer with an avid interest in both Latin and non-Latin type. She developed her love...

How a Font Can Help 1.5 Billion People

Adobe, in collaboration with Google has released a new font called Source Han Sans – a font that covers full support for East Asian characters. Source Han Sans – a seven weight font, is a type family that supports: Japanese, Koren, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese – will make support for non-roman characters so much...

Creativity Exercises for Better, Faster Type

Editor’s Note: The following is a modified excerpt from the introduction to Denise Bosler’s course, Better, Faster Type—a fun course filled with creativity exercises to improve your type skills. Register for the course with code DBOSLER to take 20% off tuition. Type is everywhere. From the moment we wake up and look at our alarm...

Interview with Hanna Kregling creator of the Barista Font

Have you ever ordered at Starbucks or Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf – taken a look at the side of the cup and tried to decipher what they’ve written or wonder how they managed to get to that. Seriously. Get yourself perked up with this display typeface. Aptly called the Barista Font, and brewed by New York based...

Top 10 Websites for Designers – TypeWonder, Airnauts, Brooklyn United

Have any go to design firm websites that you regularly check for inspiration? Putting together your design portfolio can be challenging, to say the least. This month we’ve curated a list of top notch design firm websites – to showcase how the best in the biz sell their designs. From space age-themed Airnauts to branding/digital...

10 Years of Type Design Yields Jim Ford’s Quire Sans

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Type Designer Jim Ford and talk about his most recent typeface design for Monotype – Quire Sans. Jim graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2005 with a degree in graphic design, and has notched up custom typefaces for agencies and publishers to software manufacturers and game...

Weekend Heller: Sutnar Online

The soon-to-be reopened Cooper Hewitt Museum chronicles Ladislav Sutnar, the Czech / American graphic designer and information design innovator, on its brand new website. It features images from the Sutnar Archive and a video where I interview Radislav Sutnar, son of the designer. The post Weekend Heller: Sutnar Online appeared first on Print Magazine...

How to Find User-Friendly Fonts

Communication lies at the core of design. In the simplest terms, we’re sending an intended message via a chosen medium to a specific audience. And, if all goes well, our designs elicit a response or action we intended from the audience–be it a change, a new perspective or simply a smile. Typically, if a design is successful, there’s an ultimate effect or impact...

The New Maya Language of Frida Larios

Until the Spanish Conquistadores plundered Mesoamerica in the 16th century, Maya civilization flourished for more than 3000 years. The Maya created monumental architecture and highly developed systems of mathematics, astronomy, and picto-syllabic writing. If you’ve visited archeological sites in Mexico or Central America—say, Chichén Itzá, Tulum or Palenque—you’ve seen the hieroglyphs carved into the ancient...

A Universal Typeface & Pen

It’s no secret that I am an office supply hoarder and that my pen collection rivals that of many office supply stores—my favorite time of the year is in late July when the new school supplies start to trickle back into the stores. I may be well past elementary school but there is always that...

4 Things You Should Know about Responsive Typography

The goal of responsive web design is to make websites look great no matter what size screen or device the reader happens to be using and, accordingly, to display page content in the optimum format for reading. But if you make assumptions about the way responsive type works, you might find yourself in trouble. Here,...

Typography Thursday – Amazing Isometric Letters by Jing Zhang

Jing Zhang creates an interesting look for her letterforms by blurring the lines between 2d and 3d. This beautiful series of letters pays excellent and playful attentions to details. The project was commissioned by Sprint for their Sprint Panorama campaign. They originally requested Jing to try to sell Sprint Panorama as: “ one entity, capable of...

Typography Thursday – Gorgeous examples of Typography in Packaging Design

Typography in Packaging Design should not only entice the buyer to get the product but to be delightful as well. I’m one of those designers that ends up picking the better designed product as opposed to the better one. It’s an awful habit. Here are some examples of great uses of typography in packaging design...

Gorgeous and Hilariously Offensive Calligraphy by Seb Lester

Have you ever needed to break bad news but were lost about how to do it? Seb Lester – a graphic designer based in the UK – has given us some really elegant and offensive solutions to this problem. If you’ve ever needed to tell someone they’re a prat but wanted to maintain an air of...