If Comic Sans Could Speak

McSweeney’s is a brilliant site at the best of times but this imagined sideswipe at designer elitism from Comic Sans is genius.

WARNING TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF POTTY-MOUTHED LANGUAGE

Sample Quote:
It doesn’t even matter what you think. You know why, jagoff? Cause I’m famous. I am on every major operating system since Microsoft @£$%ing Bob. I’m in your signs. I’m in your browsers. I’m in your instant messengers. I’m not just a font. I am a force of mother@£$%ing nature and I will not rest until every uptight armchair typographer @£$%-hat like you is surrounded by my lovable, comic-book inspired, sans-serif badassery.

You know what? I still hate Comic Sans.

Designers all still at lunch? Choose a typeface the easy way…

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The Book Cover Archive

If you like design and books and typefaces and imagery and reading then the Book Cover Archive is a great place to spend a little time. In the meantime here are a few of our favourites.

Learning French through great design

Caroline Fabès is a freelance graphic designer who has created a great little typographical animation for a key scene in Raging Bull

This is the actual scene. With pictures.

Yorkshire Saucery. Trickery.

This new work for Yorkshire Saucery  by Shark! sums up everything I love about the smoke and mirrors you can create with packaging. The yellowing paper and hand written font says ‘home made’. The quote  and signature from the ‘chef’ tells you this was lovingly created by one man just for you, hell there’s even a photo of him, Jon’s his name. And the best bit, it’s exclusive to ASDA, one of the biggest supermarkets in the country. That Jon must be a busy man.

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syfy ident

We saw this, and thought of you…. ahhh… nice.

Fontplore

Search and explore fonts Minority Report style. Not convinced myself, but it looks pretty.

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Kinetic Typography

Network won an Oscar, thanks to this brilliant speech, now someone’s gone and illustrated it in type.

Because designers need to wash too!

At last, a soap for designer-types boasting 2mm of  debossed type on all sides. Ideal for washing away those cottage pie meat sweats Dylan! Who’s going to be first to name the font then? More here.

 

What exactly does crushed ice smell of?

What exactly does crushed ice smell of?

 

 

Name that font

Name that font

The movie title stills collection

Someone very geeky is collecting opening and closing title stills from classic movies. This is shaping up to be a great resource for movie logos and motion graphics. They are gathered here for your pleasure

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I √ This

Karl Maier‘s design. Simple, brilliant.

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The car in font is a Toyota

Toyota is promoting its new car, the IQ, by having it drive a new font into existence and it turns out that it’s a genius idea. Designers are emailing the video to each other, blogs are picking it up – it’s gone viral. Plus, every letter of the font (free to download) shows the car’s tight manoeuvring: take a look at the lower case f, k and z, the precision of the upper case O – all of it shows great driving skills and fun. It was a leap this concept but it’s really worked and the font looks cute, dinky and odd. Just like the car.

WARNING: The soundtrack is far too bleepy and squelchy for its own good.

A different way to look at copy

Word clouds are nothing new, but  wordle is an easy, fun way to create them. You can play with the number of ‘hot words’ used, the colour set, orientation of the words… there are also a funky set of fonts on offer. But the real reason for my post is this: have you ever thought of creating a word cloud to see copy you’ve written in a new light? Since the relative size of words within the cloud is dictated by its frequency in the excerpt you use, it’s a leftfield way of keeping an eye on repetition, or even just to get a feel for the kind of language you’ve been using. Try it.

Word Cloud

Word Cloud

Helvetica Moleskin

I have a lovely collection of Moleskins, all of which I can’t bring myself to defile by actually writing in them, and this beauty would be no exception. Only 500 available in Asia at around £100.
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Take the Gotham tour

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Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones created Gotham for GQ Magazine and it was then quite heavily used in Obama’s 2008 Campaign. The font came from the Port Authority bus terminal in New York and they took further inspiration from around the city and Tobias has hosted  a walking tour of the found fonts of New York, take it.

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