The History of Typography

Co.Design has a great post about a graphic design student who couldn’t find any educational videos about type that he liked, so he made his own.

If you’re a fan of type, but light on the history of it, check out Ben Barrett-Forrest’s video, The History of Typography.

May 20, 2013 · Posted by in design  

How to piss off…

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How to piss off...

You may have seen this image floating around the Internet (perhaps in your Facebook feed) from one of your designer friends…

Yeah, I saw it too, but to me, this came across as a well designed piece. I studied design, and type, and my take was that this wasn’t just haphazardly thrown together, but carefully crafted, and beyond that, it delivers the message with humor, and is effective in its purpose. I hope the designers out there recognize those things, and everything else that is going on with this piece.

But who knows? Maybe that’s the artist in me talking, and the designer is ignoring it. Still, check out some of the other work from Shahir Zag, and you’ll probably agree that this shouldn’t piss of your designers, it should inspire them.

January 29, 2013 · Posted by in art, design  

Trustworthy… fonts?

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OK, it’s a given that no one is going to trust Comic Sans. (At least no one who has any taste) but it’s interesting to see the results of a study on what fonts are most believable.

While at least one designer at Z2 is a fan of Hobo and Cooper* I’m still not sure those typefaces would be seen as trustworthy by most.

*I’m 73% sure the designer at Z2 who claims to be a fan of Hobo and Cooper is kidding.

August 20, 2012 · Posted by in design  

Type is Love

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Type Rug

In the age of not only 100,000 fonts on every designer’s computer, but 100,000 free fonts (of sometimes questionable quality) available on the Internet, it’s lovely to see that some people still see lettering as an art form.

Jessica Hische is one of those people, as are the people who hire her. If you’ve ever had even a passing fancy for “type as art” take a look at some of her work.

Type Chocolate

This one stood out to me because it looks like a typical Photoshop illustration, but the lettering was actually laser-cut into 3D art and then covered in chocolate for a TV commercial. No 3D rendered CGI needed!

Moonrise Kingdom Type

She even worked with Wes Anderson on Moonrise Kingdom, so she’s probably earned like 100 Internet points for that alone… She’s also quoted as saying “The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.”

(For more fun from Jessica, check out another project she did,

August 6, 2012 · Posted by in art, design  

The Worst Fonts!

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Worst Fonts

Co.Design has a nice article about The 8 Worst Fonts In The World.

They also talk about the top fonts, as used by designers, but if you’re a type snob, you’ll enjoy the article. Here’s a taste:

If, during the 1940s, you were ever persuaded by government posters to bathe with a friend or dig for victory, the persuading was probably done in Brush Script. If, during the 1960s or ’70s, you worked on a college or community magazine, then Brush Script screamed, Use me, I look like handwriting. If, during the 1990s, you ever perused the menu of a local restaurant (the sort of restaurant opened by people who on a starlit evening thought, “I’m a pretty good cook–I think I’ll open a restaurant!”), then that menu had a good chance of featuring Pear, Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad on a Bed of Brush Script. And if, in the twenty-first century, you ever even momentarily considered putting Brush Script on any document at all, even in an ironic way, then you should immediately relinquish all claims to taste.


July 9, 2012 · Posted by in art, design  

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