Category Archives: Typography

ARTICLE: ‘Insect Alphabet’

Insect Alphabet

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Romanian artist Paula Duta created a stunningly detailed alphabet made of her colored pencil drawings of “insects, arachnids and a couple of other creepy-crawlies.” “Insect Alphabet” was a personal project Duta had been working on for years. The entire project, along with her other works, can be found on her Behance profile.

ARTICLE: Wonderfully Eerie Shape and Letter Installations Created From Everyday Objects


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Everyday objects form ghostly shapes and letters in the wonderfully eerie installations of artist Nicola Yeoman. Yeoman builds her installations from chairs, hats, fabric, and other objects. She places her installations in empty buildings, dark forests, and other eerie locales. Each installation is then documented in collaboration with a photographer. Her installations have appeared in T Magazine and other editorial work and advertising campaigns.

ARTICLE: A Typeface Designed to Help Dyslexics Read

Dyslexie overview 2

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Dutch designer Christian Boer created a dyslexic-friendly font to make reading easier for people with dyslexia, like himself.

“Traditional fonts are designed solely from an aesthetic point of view,” Boer writes on his website, “which means they often have characteristics that make characters difficult to recognize for people with dyslexia. Oftentimes, the letters of a word are confused, turned around or jumbled up because they look too similar.”

Designed to make reading clearer and more enjoyable for people with dyslexia, Dyslexie uses heavy base lines, alternating stick and tail lengths, larger openings, and semicursive slants to ensure that each character has a unique and more easily recognizable form.

ARTICLE: 25 Stunning Hand-Lettering & Calligraphy Designs

Coldplay letters by Jennet Liaw
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While scanning the interweb for artwork to publish I often notice that there’s quite a lot of people out there that don’t really know the difference between typography, lettering and calligraphy. And it actually took me a while before I learned the difference. In the beginning of this blog I pretty much called everything containing letters for Typography.

Smashing Magazine published a very good article a while back about understanding the difference between type and lettering, which I recommend to everyone who’s interested.

But the short version pretty much is:
Typography – “Writing with prefabricated characters”
Lettering – “The art of drawing letters”
Calligraphy – “The art of writing beautiful letters and words”

With all of that said, here’s a new gallery with 25 beautifully drawn and written words.


ARTICLE: The Beauty of Letterpress and Engraving


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And now, two series that have been making us drool for quite a while: Neenah’s The Beauty of Engraving, and The Beauty of Letterpress, featuring commissioned work from Jessica Hische, Marian Bantjes, Design Army, Tad Carpenter, Armin Vit, and many others. (Snag yourself a free print of the latest installment from Kevin Cantrell while they last.) It’s a print wonderland—and has benefited a great cause.

As background, here’s what Neenah had to say:

The Beauty of Engraving and The Beauty of Letterpress were conceived as companion sites to showcase the tantalizing possibilities of specialty printing by featuring the work of the designers and craftspeople who continue to reinvent how these print methods are used in modern communication.
 When we launched the Beauty of Letterpress, we couldn’t help but want to support the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. We also create and produce limited edition prints. The sale of these limited edition prints raised more than $15,000 (a lot of prints) and we matched that donation to help save Hamilton.”

How Do Designers Choose Typefaces?



This question originally appeared on Quora.

Answer by Craig Weiland, art director:

This is a fascinating question.

I’m a font guy. I love type, and I love studying and using typefaces. “How do I choose the right font?” is such a simple question, yet there are so many ways to answer it.

For one thing, I’ve been paying attention to fonts my whole life. Ever since my parents got me The Print Shop on my Commodore 64 when I was 13 years old, I’ve been aware of how typefaces have personality and that personality is suitable for some uses andwildly improper for others.

For instance, does this logo’s typeface communicate the kind of things you’d go to a massage parlor for? I’d expect to walk out of there bruised and bloody. Or would you trust your financial well-being to a CPA with this logo? It’s not even spelled correctly. Ashley must not be a “details person.” Would you drop your children off here? “Leave your payment in a brown paper bag near the bench in the park. Cash only, nonsequential bills. We’ll tell you where to collect your child.” Here are a few more examples of these for further illustration.

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