July 17, 2006

The Joy of Text

Being kind of textually fixated these days, I thought I’d share some good type-related resources I’ve encountered lately:

  • Russell Brown has created a video that demonstrates the 12 Photoshop text tips I posted earlier (plus four more).
  • Veerle shows off how to create some handsome lettering effects using Illustrator art brushes & the dark, mysterious Appearance palette.
  • The Playground showcases various artists creating complete, downloadable letter sets using everything from banana peels to world leaders to… well, you’ll see. [Via]
  • Erik Spiekermann, author (among many other things) of the classic handbook Stop Stealing Sheep, gives PingMag an interesting interview, covering everything from the creation of corporate typefaces to the development of a new screen font for Nokia. Erik has also started his own blog.
  • Design Melt Down surveys cool typography on the Web, while IHT charts the creation and rise of Georgia.
  • CreativePro.com offers for a variety of tips for finding & previewing fonts online, converting fonts to OpenType, previewing Web fonts, and more.
  • Emigre’s Typetease lets you set whatever characters you’d like using their online catalog–everything from the chunky O Brother, Where Art Thou face to the piratical Sabbath Black.
  • Chank Diesel makes all kinds of good fonts, including numerous cool free ones. (Dig Newcastle!)
  • DAIRY is a font of sorts–just one that spells out your text using milk crates.
  • Is there really a Cyrillic “Ж” in the Declaration of Independence? Apparently so. (Why doesn’t English a character half so badass?)
  • In For All Seasons, Andreas Müller sets type in beautiful motion. (Don’t let the need to download the file put you off; the full-screen effect works nicely.)
  • House Industries makes a font comprised of trendy silhouettes. (See also silhouettes from Tech Vector.)
  • [Updates: Colin Smith demonstrates how to make Superman-ly text in Photoshop, and Todd Dominey points out the very cool Cargo stencil font.]
Posted by John Nack at 11:36 AM on July 17, 2006

Comments

  • Mihai — 2:32 PM on July 17, 2006

    >
    I wonder if the “April 1, 2005” date of the article is trying to tell us something :-)
    [Oh boy–I hope I haven’t been had. I did check a bit beforehand & manage to find that Timothy Matlack did exist & pen the Declaration, but I didn’t pursue it much further. Whatever the case I stand by my assertion that “Ж” is one robust-looking character. ;-) –J.]

  • J. Peterson — 6:27 PM on July 18, 2006

    My favorite free fun font stash is http://www.acidfonts.com. Not much there you’d use for body type, but there’s plenty of cool stuff for headlines and logos.

  • Thomas Phinney — 2:45 PM on July 31, 2006

    Yes, the Declaration of Independence “zhe” seems to be a hoax. But if it’s any consolation, it fooled a number of ATypI members when it was first posted online a year ago.
    Cheers,
    T

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