June 13, 2008
Type as illustrations & more
Letters as shapes:
- Cameron Moll talks about techniques for designing with type characters–creating shapes and illustrations using just letterforms. "Don’t attempt this in one sitting. I take it back–this is the most important tip. Not only is type character designing extremely time consuming, it’s also monotonous work that requires a constant zoom in, zoom out dance to get things right."
- He points out some cool examples of these techniques in action, including the all-type design for the Seed Conference. (I know I’m betraying my age & lack of CSS currency, but I’m surprised by the typographic fidelity that’s possible in modern Web browsers.)
- He also points to Veer’s Flash-based Type City, an interactive journey through buildings made from letterforms. (Lovely letterpress prints of the pieces are available.)
- Related bits from the archives: Bembo’s Zoo is a fun bestiary from Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich & Matteo Bologna’s; click any letter to see it turn into an animal made from letters. If that’s up your alley, peep their follow-up in the type-based portraiture in Words at Play.
On other fronts:
- Bembo: First Blood is just one of dozens of typographically inspired movie titles. [Via]
- Ever wanted to see the typographic love child of Garamond and Zebrawood? [Via]
- I haven’t tried it myself, but Macworld reviews & recommends Path Styler Pro for creating stylized type & logos.