by abby on September 27, 2011 | Comment
Those of you who have seen me know that I am fond of curls. I proudly rock a head of thick, curly, brown hair. It look several years to figure out how to tame my curls and fight the fizz and excess. I feel that decorative curls in display type have also refined over the years. We have come a long way since the overly bubbly, high school cheer leader-like, Curlz typeface of the 90’s.
I’ve collected three of my favorite recent finds of type that add a touch of flare with curls. In all three examples, you’ll notice that these modern display typefaces add accents of curls to certain letters. Absence makes the heart grow fonder! The letter forms that do show the “swooshes” capture our attention and create the extra drama needed for display type.
I love the capital G in our first font find. Everyone, say hello to LiebeDoni. I found this font through My Fonts. Apparently, this guy is all the talk of the town and it was posted on My Fonts Hot New Fonts. Who can argue with all the surge of enthusiasm for this typeface! LiebeDoni’s ligatures are delightful. The informal line quality itself gives this font a playful hand drawn quality, but not so much that it looses its sophistication. Can’t wait to try this font in an assignment!
Pluto is another My Fonts typeface that gives its sans serif self a touch of light-heartedness. It’s almost like it’s a bit of an awkward adolescent. The top curve of the capital C feels as if it comes down too close to the other end, making it feel slightly awkward. But somehow this makes it endearing to me. I also love the movement created by the curved feet on the lower case type.
With 2 My Fonts typefaces already a hit with me, why mess with success?
My third font find is called Solomon and it has wonderful dramatic swirls in the capital S and lowercase b. Is it me or does this sans serif font feel a little sexy? Must be all those slinking curls that your eye rolls over. Once again the curls add warmth to the sans serif type. It’s all the little details that make this font friendly and flirty. For instance, did you notice the slight back bend of the ascender in the lower case k? How about the just shy curve of the lower case e on its base? These are wonderful quirky details that give this typeface life!
Did I inspire you? Do you adore curls now? Are you mysteriously craving sticking buns?
by abby on August 18, 2011 | Comment
I’ll admit it. I’m a type junkie. Who liked the movie Helvetica? Me. Who finds metal type cases incredibly exciting. Me. Who gives directions by supplying commentary on the lack of kerning on store fronts? Me. But you could say that in my line of work being so exhilarated and discerning about letter forms is useful! I’m going to start a series of posts about my find finds. It’s like a treasure hunt—expect that you get to skip the crocodiles and the endless hours of bad type. I’ll do the heavy lifter for this assignment.
Today I would like to share with you a couple of my script finds. Plainly said: To find a beautiful script font is difficult. Yes, I know there are soooooo many available, but I meant to clarify by saying the script needs to be beautiful and legible. Just yesterday, I came across 2 very different scripts, but I’d say they are beautiful in their own right.
The first was gifted to me by Fonthaus. It’s the new Laura Worthington font: Samantha. It’s just delicious! Look at all those elegant swashes. It’s got the script “bang” effect for the large decorative capital letters, but it’s also very simple and straightforward for the lowercase letters.
Want some more incentive to get this font? Well, it comes with catch words and buckets of extra swashes and, AND, numbers in standard and old style form. Gasp! So much for your money.
But if your budget only reads FREE for fonts I can still offer you an option. Myfonts offers a great script called Magesta.
Call it grunge with some elegance, perhaps? I love the simple rhythm created in the gentle swashes and the lean of the type that delights the eye. Bring the old world into the modern one as this is also a webfont. Start designing that letterpress inspired wedding website you’ve been wanting!
More font finds are on there way. And as you know I’m always interested in any suggestions or tips as to where to find great type.
by abby on July 19, 2011 | Comment
I was on the road again this time heading south to Maryland. As always I’m on the look out for interesting typography and design. Once your eye is trained to look for these examples it is hard not to find objects along your way worthy of a photo.
While having a day in Annapolis to shop at the FABULOUS paper store, Paper Source, the winding streets led me to this painted advertisement on the side of a brick building. I do love to find decaying or weathered type. The layered of pealing paint give this sign even more visual impact.
As I passed the marina, I came upon a coffee house called City Dock Coffee. I found their logo to be quite clever.
Did you catch the sun rising on the horizon as it becomes the coffee mug? Nice touch!
Finally, the weekend ended with watching an Orioles baseball game at Camden Yards. Even here at a baseball stadium there is great design. This is the clock that sits on top of the big screen in the stadium. I love the vintage feel of the type of “Orioles” and the beautiful twisting ironwork surrounding the clock face.
You just never know where you will find an eye catching example of great typography or design!