February 2011

Useful Typography Tips for Adobe Illustrator.

No matter what your purpose for working with type in Illustrator is, as a designer, you will not only improve your work, but also save valuable time by knowing the different typographical tools available at SmashingMagazine.

January 2011

Font Pairing with FontFuse.

Choosing the right font pairing is an art that requires passion and skill. Introducing FontFuse, the font pairing design resource driven by quality fonts from the best type foundries and your limitless creativity.

Seven Free Typography Ebooks.

We would all agree that content is the most important aspect of any website. And in most cases content is made up of type. So, as a web designer, it makes sense to have a strong understanding of typography. With that in mind, WDL have rounded up some free ebooks that should help you strengthen your typography skills.

Mastering Font Combinations.

Matching heading fonts with body fonts, accent fonts and footnote fonts can be a touchy pursuit. Even perfectly balanced fonts can look ungainly and ugly next to the wrong neighbors. Sharpen your eye for font combinations by taking a crash course in type combination. These links at WebDesignLedger are rife with great explanatory graphics and even better advice.

Helvetica and Alternatives to Helvetica.

FontFeed recommend their favorite fonts from the grotesque genre that offer something different from Helvetica (or Arial) — whether it’s style, warmth, or extra features like small caps, figure alternates, and additional widths.

December 2010

Beautiful Ampersand designs.

Working on designing a beautiful ampersand? Don’t worry, InspirationFeed have got you covered. Today they’ve compiled a great collection of beautiful ampersand designs just for your inspiration.

How to solve Typographic Widows and Orphans.

Short and misplaced lines, known as widows and orphans, are layout problems – but they have typographic solutions. CreativePro provides an in-depth discussion on how to resolve these issues.

Five Principles for Choosing and Using Typefaces.

Selecting the right typeface is a mixture of firm rules and loose intuition, and takes years of experience to develop a feeling for. Here are five guidelines for picking and using fonts that SmashingMagazine have developed in the course of using and teaching typography.

Minimizing annoying Font Problems during print.

If you work in print, one thing that will always be an important consideration is fonts. Strange things can happen with text as it goes through the printing process. In this article, EchoEnduring would like to pull from his own experience to offer a few suggestions about how we can help minimize some of these issues.

The Fonts of Popular TV Shows.

WebDesignerDepot take a look at a few popular TV shows – some past and some current – and the fonts that were chosen for their titles. It’s interesting to see the large number of the classics being used, but also some more modern typefaces and there are certainly a few surprising choices.