Posts Tagged ‘typography’

Fontify Yourself

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

I have always wanted to create my own font, and have always planned on learning the software to develop various explorations in typeface design, but also for the vain purpose of having a typeface of my own handwriting.

In keeping up with the practices and various coding languages used in web design, I have had little time available to hone such a skill set. Fortunately for me, YourFonts.com provides exactly what I was interested in without needing to investing all the time, the opportunity to create a unique typeface both quickly and cheaply.

As soon as I stumbled across the site, I eagerly printed out the template.  For my first attempt I chose to stick with my own handwriting and quickly scratched out the alphabet and headed to the scanner.  I had a little trouble uploading a PNG, so I would suggest saving your file as a JPG. After a few minutes I had created “Sam’s Scrawl” and began playing around in Illustrator.  As I tested out my new font, I discovered that I was a bit to hasty with writing out the characters.  I then tweaked my initial scans in Photoshop and began the uploading process anew.

scrawlsample

I am pleased with the final result, however, the typeface would not be suitable for large size uses as it it is comprised of sharp vector shapes rather than organic curves.

Download Sam’s Scrawl for your own personal use.

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Free Fonts and Squirrels

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

I am always looking for a good resource of well made, commercial-use avaialble fonts.  And it seems that I have found just what I have been dreaming of:

fontsquirrel.com

Some of these I already had found in my adventures on the Internet, but now they are all in one place.  If you are looking for some to try out, but don’t want to shuffle through the 300+ collection, I suggest the following:

Anivers – A nice sans with some flair
MEgalopolis-Extra – A good chunky face with some special character alternates
Birra – Another thick retro face, with some quirky appeal

The Journal of Urban Typography

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Heat

Much to the aggravation of my travel companions, when I visit a new area I often am fascinated with the signs and textures of the locale. I usually document the visual and store it away for future motivation and use. A simple search on Flickr demonstrates that clearly, I am not alone in this obsession, but The Journal of Urban Typography brings inspiration without the journey to a new level, be it hand lettered or manufactured signage, each image is an inspirational gem.

Perspective on Typography in a Parking Garage

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Giant type advises the driver on how to proceed in this Melbourne parking garage designed by Axel Peemöller. I can’t imagine the sensation of driving through seeing messages form and self destruct before your eyes in the process.

A Rather Good Score

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

 On the Rather Difficult Font Game.

28 out of 34 is not too bad considering I have been working mostly with web type of late.

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