November 2009

The ails of typographic anti-aliasing.

The concept of anti-aliasing is fairly simple: add semi-transparent pixels along the edges of letterforms to smooth the appearance of the “stair-step” effect. However, many factors and technologies determine the actual effectiveness of the process: hinting, subpixel rendering, software capabilities and operating system specifications, to name a few. SmashingMagazine looks at what you as a designer can do to improve the results of anti-aliasing with Photoshop, Flash and CSS. Plus, and they’ll explain the constraints of hardware, browsers and operating systems.

Overlaying text on images: What you need to consider.

When overlaying text onto images, the most important thing you need to consider is readability. If the text being placed on top of the image doesn’t have enough contrast with the image itself, the message will get lost and frustrate visitors as they try to work out what it actually says. You don’t want visitors to have to work hard just to read something on a website. This can contribute to them ignoring the message you want to get across or even cause them to leave the site. Learn how to overcome this problem at InspectElement.

43 new Typography Wallpapers for type fanatics.

LittleBoxOfIdeas has rounded up yet another cool collection of beautiful typographic wallpapers. A great mix once again, featuring the evergreen Helvetica and some amazingly tedious compositions that look as fantastic as they must’ve been hard to make.

20 examples of creative text used in Advertising.

CSSscoop has compiled a showcase of adverts that use creative text effects. In my opinion, some work well whereas others… not so much.

October 2009

Typography Mania No.1.

Yes, a typography series post starts today at Abduzeedo and you here to witness the beginning of a long series of inspiration. As they’re always looking to improve and interact with you by showing the best of the best in visual imagery. So tell you friends, your pops and your pets. They’ve got some crazy typography over there!

The Decorative Typeface.

Decorative and display fonts became popular in the 19th century and were used extensively on posters and advertisements. This style of type and lettering could be artistic and eye-catching in a way that wasn’t considered previously. This is the last in the series of font categories from Sitepoint. If you missed them, make sure you check out the previous articles.

Pioneers of modern typography.

Herbert Spencer ‘Pioneers of Modern Typography’ has been the encyclopedia of Avant Guarde typography for many decades. The book documents the rise of this movement from the the publication of Marinetti’s Futurist manifesto, to New Typography. This book is a journey  into the world of modern typography, and you can get a glimpse at Designers-Books.

A visual study of the lowercase g.

While spending time in awe looking at type specimen sheets, there is usually one character that sticks out for TheDesignCubicle — the lowercase letter g, especially those with closed or partially closed loops (also known as a double story). With swooping necks, quaint ears and abstract loops, the lowercase g has become a beautiful character to fall in love with, and type designers have been creating some extremely lovely and mesmerizing ones for years.

Experimental Typography Showcases.

Some people experiment with the idea of turning typography into art and pictures and the results can be very interesting and inspiring. In particular this type of art is commonly seen on posters, in logos, on walls (graffiti), etc. Sit back and enjoy the Experimental Typography TripwireMagazine discovered on Flickr.

The Script Typeface.

Continuing Sitepoint’s excellent series on typeface categories, today we’re looking at Scripts. Fonts that fall into the script category are those that have the appearance of hand lettering with a brush, calligraphy pen or pencil. They can be further broken up into the very elegant or formal style that looks like traditional calligraphy, and the more rough and ready casual style.