Posts Tagged ‘Font’

In fact, the 70-year-old doesn’t plan on retiring at all. Consider the following the rules according to Spiekermann, a primer on design, entrepreneurship, business, culture, and aging gracefully, as told through his stories.
Erik Spiekermann insists he’s retired, that his whirlwind schedule and backlog of projects is all just a hobby. One day he’s in his hometown of Berlin, where he’s currently overseeing his experimental letterpress workshop, galerie p98a.The next he’s off to San Francisco, where Edenspiekermann, the digital branding and product company he founded, has an office.

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Then it’s on to Los Angeles for a presentation at the Art Center of Los Angeles, before flying across the country to speak at the Type Directors Club in New York City. He spends the next day in Manhattan – a Saturday – taking meetings beginning at 9:30 a.m. to plan future endeavors, rather than kicking back.

To learn more please visit: Erik Spiekermann: No Free Pitches

The 2013 Social Good Design Awards is calling for submissions of graphic design projects with the power to incite meaningful change in the way we live our lives.

Last year, the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) received over 200 submissions from around the world. This year’s So Good design concept came from Entro | G+A.

Judges include Dmitri Siegel, VP, E-commerce & Executive Creative Director, Patagonia, David Berman RGD, author of Do Good Design: How Design Can Change our World.
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Winning entries will be featured on the RGD website, in a printed catalogue (5,000 copies) and a free iPad app, as well as recognized at the 2013 DesignThinkers Conference.

The deadline for entries is no later than 5:00pm on Monday July 15, 2013.

To learn more please visit: RGD – LINK

To observe its 50th anniversary of publishing, GDUSA is presenting selected results all year of a massive poll about who you respect and what you admire.

Last time around, the magazine listed it’s “readers choice” of the most influential graphic designers and firms of the past 50 years.

This time around, GDUSA looks at a selection of the greatest logos of the past half century. Highlights include the CBS eye, the Woolmark and The Rolling Stones logo.

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To learn more please visit: 50th Anniversary Survey – Logos – LINK

ON-TYPE: Texts on Typography, on view at the Bauhaus Archive from May 8 to August 5, 2013, is an interactive exhibition conveying milestones from the history of typography over more than 100 years.

The exhibition will offer a multisensory experience of the way in which one font is never equivalent to another. It will present classics of type design from the twentieth century, such as Bauhaus and Swiss typography, as well as postmodern standpoints and topical examples.

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ON-TYPE: Texts on Typography will gather together central theories, manifestos and stocktaking accounts of twentieth-century typography in the German-speaking countries and will present font patterns and insider typography magazines.

The central figures involved and important debates in the history of typography are also introduced – such as debates about legibility, about writing with small initial letters in German, and on the effects of digitization.

To learn more please visit: ON-TYPE: Texts on Typography – LINK

The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design is a book in a box. It is a collection of 500 loose-leaf cards that represent the most influential and innovative graphic designs from around the world throughout history.

There are 15 categories, among them: typeface, logos, ads, magazine covers, money, film graphics, book covers, posers, packaging graphics, etc.

Compiled and researched by experts, and illustrated with up to six images per entry, including rarely seen historical and contextual material, The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design is the ultimate reference guide.

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Born of the traditions of fine art and printing, graphic design is a form of visual communication that seeks to inform, identify or promote through the combination of word and image. But unlike the written word or a work of art, a graphic design operates exclusively in the context in which it will be seen, and mediates between the wishes of the client and the expectations of the public. Moreover, a graphic work is created for mass reproduction.

The field of graphic design, as we know it today, has its roots in two developments: the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century and the Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, both of which contributed to the process of graphic reproduction. Today, trade, commerce, communications and culture continue to feed the need for graphic design, and technological developments – most notably the computer – are constantly broadening its possibilities. Of all the arts, graphic design comes closest to our contemporary daily life, as we interact with graphic design on an almost continuous basis.

The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design – LINK

Organized by Communication Arts, Typography Competition celebrates the best use of typography as the primary visual element in design and advertising, plus new typeface designs, calligraphy and handlettering.

The competition is open to any typographic project first printed or produced from September 2011 through September 2012.

Chosen by a jury of leading design professionals, the selected entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Typography Annual.

The deadline for entries September 21, 2012.

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Our juried competition celebrates the best use of typography as the primary visual element in design and advertising, plus new typeface designs, calligraphy and handlettering. Any typographic project first printed or produced from September 2011 through September 2012 is eligible. Chosen by a jury of leading design professionals, the selected entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Typography Annual and on commarts.com, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work.

Communication Arts Typography Competition – LINK

A design competition to celebrate good design and to articulate the value of effective design.
The stories of great design are powerful tools. The most successful case studies provide inspiration to fellow designers and serve as a learning tool that can be shared with clients, media and the public.

AIGA’s “Justified” competition will select examples of good design that are also described in terms of their effectiveness in meeting the client’s objectives. Entries will be judged based on their design attributes and also how well a short case is made on their effectiveness in a clear, compelling and accessible way. A discerning and qualified jury will identify submissions that serve as an effective tool to explain design’s value to clients, students, peers and the public in general.

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Preparing your work
After you log in to the competitions system with your AIGA credentials, you will be required to submit the following:

Images
You will be asked to upload at least three images or illustrations to accompany your submission.

Images must be 640 pixels wide (height variable)
JPG, GIF and PNG formats are accepted in RGB
File names should include the entry title, image number (001, 002, 003, etc.) and contain no spaces (please use an underscore, i.e., title_001.png)
Include a caption (max 50 words) describing the image as well as an image credit (max 50 words)

“Justified: How to Enter Link”

Co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Walker Art Center, Graphic Design: Now in Production explores some of most vibrant sectors and genres of graphic design today.

The rise of user-generated content, alternative methods of printing and distribution, and the wide dissemination of creative software have opened up new opportunities for design. Featuring works produced since 2000, Graphic Design explores the worlds of design-driven magazines, newspapers, books, and posters; the expansion of branding programs for corporations, subcultures and nations; the entrepreneurial spirit of designer-produced goods; the renaissance in digital typeface design; the storytelling potential of film and television titling sequences; and the transformation of raw data into compelling information narratives.

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Know Your Onions gives away the secrets of graphic design. This book is practical and immediate, without being condescending or overly technical. It is like having a graphic design mentor who will help you come up with ideas, develop your concepts, and implement them in a way that is engaging and humorous.

The book is designed like a notebook, with all the authors’ tips and knowledge already inside. However, it also includes blank pages that allow the user to personalize this reference book with specific notes that are relevant to his or her studio, suppliers or clients.

It gives readers the experience and ability that normally comes from years of on-the-job training. All of the essential techniques of graphic design and its digital implementation are covered.

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FontShop International is once again leading the way in typographic technology and releasing Mobile FontFonts tailored specifically for use in iOS apps. Available at MobileFontFonts.com, the files are optimized to make the design process for making beautiful iOS applications as seamless as possible. Mobile FontFonts are optimized for screen and licensed for use on mobile devices. When designing a native app for a mobile device, like iPhone, Mobile FontFonts allow the designer to specify fonts outside the options that come preinstalled. Mobile FontFonts are presently supported in iOS only.

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Introducing Mobile FontFonts
Just like webfonts, mobile fonts protect brands and help set apps apart from the crowd. Optimized by hand for the device screen, Mobile FontFonts enhance the user experience. Mobile FontFonts let designers and developers break from the mold of system fonts and give their products some personality. With language support included, Mobile FontFonts allow for consistent, subtle branding to a global audience. 56 mobile fonts from 15 popular families are available in 14 packs with 4 fonts each.

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‘Typography Sketchbooks’ — the new book by Steven Heller & Lita Talarico (Thames & Hudson), is page after page of stunning and inspiring sketchbook images from 118 of the world’s leading typographers and graphic designers. The sketchbooks reveal the designers’ creative process — in-progress designs, scribbles and sketches, research, typographic experiments, word-image and logo designs.

Typography Sketchbooks image-focussed design showcases the work to maximum effect, with just the right balance of accompanying informative text about the designers’ creative process, their design philosophies, inspirations, techniques and influences.

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Contributors include both world-renowned and up-and-coming talents: Ivan Chermayeff, Carlos Segura, Milton Glaser, Maira Kalman,Bob Aulfudish and Matthew Carter (US); Javier Mariscal and Patrick Thomas (Spain); Erik Spiekermann and Viktor Nübel (Germany);Peter Bilak and Enkeling (the Netherlands); and Jean Baptiste Levée (France), to name just few.

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To purchase please click here.

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Flickermood 2.0, an experimental kinetic type animation by Sebastian Lange, is based on fragments of “Mutability,” an 18th-century poem by the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley that happens to capture the ephemeral nature of the 21st-century digital environment: nothing endures but change itself. “Flickermood expresses this through pulsing, throbbing, shifting, and repositioning of typography and music, drifting randomly, but always precise and consistent,” says Lange.

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Set to music by the Swedish musician Forss, the spot is fluid, fresh, unpredictable, and goes beyond the usual ways of animated type by using After Effects along with a lot of handmade keyframe animation. “I’m always amazed at how visually interesting some video pieces can be within very simple confines,” says Pinto. “This piece is kinetic and keeps your eyes locked to the screen. It’s a lot of fun with type.” Other viewers agreed. After publishing a 30-second version of the clip in 2007 to wide acclaim, Lange posted version 2.0 to Vimeo in December 2008 and received 40,000 views in just two weeks.

Updates and links to his work are listed below:
Sebastian Lange on Vimeo

Coming soon:
Typography Porn
Aimbush

Type Navigator: The Independent Foundries Handbook is a useful current overview for designers, consultants, agencies, and their customers of modernfonts, independent foundries, and innovative type designers.

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In the past, there were only a few specialists worldwide who worked intensively with typography. Since the introduction of digital fonts and their dissemination via the internet, typography has gained a new significance. More and more designers are creating fonts for a variety of applications. Simultaneously, more and more of these designers are founding type foundries to sell their fonts themselves. Supply and demand in this area have been growing considerably for years.

Type Navigator: The Independent Foundries Handbook

RE:DESIGN Creative Directors Conference has announced its initial list of speakers and a keynote with Paula Scher of Pentagram. The event will take place November 7 & 8 in Palm Springs, California.

Paula Scher began her graphic design career as a record cover art director at both Atlantic and CBS Records in the 1970s and in 1991 she joined Pentagram as a partner. She has developed identity and branding systems, promotional materials, environmental graphics, packaging and publication designs for a wide range of clients including, among others, Bloomberg, The Museum of Modern Art, The Public Theater, and the New York City Ballet. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of major museums around the world.

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RE:DESIGN is a series of conferences focused on creatives and the design world. The conferences, with a focus on small scale discussions eschews the typical panel format. The result is an atmosphere where attendees can interact, network, and learn from each other. RE:DESIGN/Creative Directors will bring together leading creative directors from traditional design firms, interactive agencies, in-house groups, ad agencies, and other branding, design, web and UX agencies.

http://www.redesignconference.com/

The 2012 International Design Awards are open. HOW will spotlight winning work from around the globe, and one Best of Show winner will get prominent coverage in the magazine and a free trip to the 2012 HOW Design Conference (plus a brag-worthy trophy). And, it will be showcased in a newly created HOW International Design Awards website that will be seen by people all over the world. Show your peers, your friends and your clients what you’ve got.

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Read the submission guidelines and enter your work.

Extended Deadline: September 22, 2011

View previous International Design Competition winners in the Design Awards Gallery

Just My Type is a book of stories about fonts. It examines how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world. It explains why we are still influenced by type choices made more than 500 years ago, and why the T in the Beatles logo is longer than the other letters. It profiles the great originators of type, from Baskerville to Zapf, as well as people like Neville Brody who threw out the rulebook.

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The book is about that pivotal moment when fonts left the world of Letraset and were loaded onto computers, and typefaces became something we realized we all have an opinion about. And beyond all this, the book reveals what may be the very best and worst fonts in the world – and what your choice of font says about you.

http://www.simongarfield.com/pages/books/just_my_type.htm#

Wide range of designers to curate daily examples of design excellence.

NEW YORK—July 6, 2011. AIGA and Adobe® announce the launch of Design Envy, a daily blog featuring the best in design as chosen by a different curator each week. Guest curators will be encouraged to share their “wish I’d done that” discoveries—recent design that’s so creative, inspiring and effective, they wish they had designed it themselves. While the curators are selected by AIGA, the professional association for design, the envy-inducing work curators choose to celebrate is entirely up to them.

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A wide range of voices.

Design Envy selections are chosen by designers, for designers, and will draw from all design disciplines. Each day, the week’s curator will post a new example to inspire and inform—through imagery, compelling descriptions about effectiveness, and the creative minds behind the work.

http://designenvy.aiga.org/

Our juried competition celebrates the best use of typography as the primary visual element in design and advertising, plus new typeface designs, calligraphy and handlettering.
Chosen by a jury of leading design professionals, the selected entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Typography Annual and on commarts.com, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work.

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2012 Typography Jury
Richard Kegler, founder/lead designer, P22 type foundry, Buffalo, NY
Erik Spiekermann, creative director/managing partner, Edenspiekermann, Berlin, Germany
Tiffany Wardle, typographer/graphic designer, Typegirl, San Jose, CA

http://www.commarts.com/competitions/typography

FSI FontShop International – home of the FontShop network and the FontFont library – is thrilled to announce their new FontBook™ iPad app, the world’s most comprehensive typographic reference tool!

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Moving the book into the online realm allows us to increase the number of font samples from 32,000 to an astonishing 620,000, while reducing the weight of the “book” by 80%. Use the FontBook app to look up and view fonts by typeface name, type classification, designer name, foundry name, year of publication, or by similarity of design. Now typophiles can browse and compare typefaces on-the-go, at the swipe of a finger.

https://www.fontfont.com/

The founder of design firm Thirst/Chicago, Rick Valicenti recently art directed this incredible book using the photography of Francois Robert from his series Stop the Violence.

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Each spread features an individual letter from the alphabet—compositions made of human bones arranged by Robert—in juxtaposition with a page from President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech from 2009. I just got my copy in the mail and the book is truly stunning. It’s 36 pages and over a foot tall.

http://www.3st.com/#/clients/designers/stop_the_violence

As with most graphic designers that can be classified as part of the Swiss International Style, Joseph Müller-Brockmann was influenced by the ideas of several different design and art movements including Constructivism, De Stijl, Suprematism and the Bauhaus.

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He is perhaps the most well-known Swiss designer and his name is probably the most easily recognized when talking about the period. He was born and raised in Switzerland and by the age of 43 he became a teacher at the Zurich school of arts and crafts.

Perhaps his most decisive work was done for the Zurich Town Hall as poster advertisements for its theater productions. He published several books, including The Graphic Artist and His Problems and Grid Systems in Graphic Design. These books provide an in-depth analysis of his work practices and philosophies, and provide an excellent foundation for young graphic designers wishing to learn more about the profession. He spent most of his life working and teaching, even into the early 1990s when he toured the US and Canada speaking about his work. He died in Zurich in 1996.

Made popular by the International Typographic Style movement and pioneered by legends like Josef Müller-Brockmann and Wim Crouwel, the grid is the foundation of any solid design. Below is a resource that I hope you find inspiring and helpful.

http://www.thegridsystem.org/

The first official Bauhaus app is now available on the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch. Bauhaus Archive app features the architecture of the Bauhaus Archive and the exhibition “The Bauhaus Collection: Originals of Classic Modernism,” which provides an overview of the museum’s holdings and the history of the Bauhaus as the most important art school in the 20th century.
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The app includes over 100 images of works by Bauhaus artists as well as useful visitor information. The application was developed by tonwelt professional media and is available for free.
http://itunes.apple.com/app/bauhaus/id445567759?mt=8

Andrey Shch’s work is as unique as it is inspirational, and the artist’s hand precision and ability can rival (and in my opinion, exceed) any computer software. This kind of talent does not appear overnight, but is honed through years of hard work and dedication.
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There is no absolute certainty in Andrey’s work which spans Graphic Design, Illustration and Typography. Not in a single line. I go along with my intuition and just let my hand feel where to do draw the line and where to curve it, what to do or not to do.

Click here to see some amazing examples of his talent.
http://www.sgr.kiev.ua/

The National Design Awards were conceived in 1997 by the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to honor annually the most recent in a long line of American creators and inventors—designers.
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They salute those key individuals and firms who have played an essential role in shaping the way we experience our world.
http://www.cooperhewitt.org/

Boxcar Press is a nationally established commercial letterpress shop based in upstate New York—a beautiful, hilly, and often snow-covered part of the country that not enough people seem to visit.
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With 50 tons of equipment housed in 10,000 square feet of space, we are one of the largest letterpress print and pre-press shops in the country. But we know it’s not all about heavy machinery—we are friendly heartfelt printers with perfectionists’ souls.
http://www.boxcarpress.com/index.html

Font Bureau, and Monotype Imaging present an evening focused on designing with typography for the web and other digital applications. Learn how typography on the web has evolved, what WOFF (Web Open Font Format) is about, options for using web fonts, and be inspired by the creative possibilities for designers.
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Contact: Jodi Vautrin, VP, Director of Emerging Ideas
emergingideas@boston.aiga.org
http://boston.aiga.org/events/2011/05/61958549

Typography design based on the architecture of Oscar Niemeyer. I picked out my favourite buildings as a basis for developing some expressive letter forms. Included are : Cathedral of Brasília / Niterói Contemporary Art Museum / Ghery house / Ibirapuera Park theatre / Oscar Niemeyer Museum.
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There are several stages during the process of a web design project, and every stage is important to achieve a positive end result. In order to proceed to the research phase, you need to gather information and know what the project is about, which technology is required, the target audience, goals, content, etc.
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OpenType is the standard font format of these days. But even 14 years after its introduction, many users don’t really know what the term OpenType implies and how it differs from other font formats.
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Create over 2000 font combinations from 45 of the top fonts used by Graphic Designers.
Learn by experimenting with Font Combinations App!
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