The Foundation Collection of 75 Fonts from Monotype for £33
Fonts from Monotype: Are you a budding new graphic designer, or even a more seasoned designer? Looking for some solid and dependable fonts from which to build you typeface collection?
For just £33, instead of £330, you'll get a heap of 75 well known fonts to solidify your type library, including but not limited to: Avenir Next, Clarendon BT, Neue Haas Unica, DID Next Slab, Trade Gothic Next, Stemple Garamond and Unit Slab OT etc.
I really would recommend buying these fonts from Monotype if you're looking to some serious graphic designing, as a lot of these will certainly come in useful.
Good graphic design isn't just about using the latest new font; it's about using the font that is best for the job. In many cases: these established fonts are used to good effect, and they'll see you good for years to come.
Unicode (U0020 to U+AFF) in a Spiral Typographic Poster
This Unicode Spiral Typographic Poster is just IMMENSE in every sense of the word. The original poster (above) measures in around the A3 size, and can be downloaded via this Dropbox link.
The 'full' version below also contains all the Hangul etc glyph's, and the poster measures nearly 1 metre square, with each glyph measuring in at 6 points (2.116666667mm).
You can also download this monster version at this Dropbox link.
Some type of patience must of been needed to put this typographic design together not to mention some half decent computing power. Even on my Apple Pro tower, the PDF of 'full version' took some time to redraw on screen, each glyph drawing itself radiating out from the centre. That would make a fun GIF!
I found this epic work of art: Unicode in a Spiral, over in the Typography section of Reddit, and I think it's worth you going over and leaving a comment for the graphic designer who created it, Reddit User Cormullion
FontReach: scans top million sites to show font usage across the web
Whilst trawling the web last night, I came across this amazing font related website, called: FontReach, which 'simply' scans the top million websites to show how fonts are used across the internet.
I initially tweeted it, and quickly saw how many times it had been liked and RT'd, which is a good indicator of how popular it could be.
FontReach scans the top million sites to show font usage across the web. https://t.co/uBM5yKK0Sm
— Graham 'Logo' Smith (@thelogosmith) November 25, 2015
FontReach is a gorgeously designed website, not to mention really quite interesting, AND useful, to play around with. It actually does provide good insight into how popular and widespread, or not, certain fonts are.
As a web designer, looking to decide which fonts to use for a website design, FontReach could be a pretty useful tool. Being able to consider a more varied choice of web fonts, not to mention being provided with names of other fonts you might have known about before.
I did a few basic font searches, and the top results are not really all that surprising, with Arial (below) coming in ranked number 1. What I like is seeing how the many variations of a certain font are also used, so you get the whole picture based on a certain type family, rather than just the main 'parent' name.
I also did a quick search for Helvetica (ranked 3rd), Times (ranked 23rd), and Gotham (ranked 55th) and Comic Sans (ranked 84th). Shouldn't be surprised, or shocked, to see how often Comic Sans has been used as a font in a website design, but I still am.
The Typography A to Z of Broadway by Hopes & Fears
The Typography A to Z of Broadway is quite a remarkable 'post'—to call it a blog post is really quite a disservice, as it's more of a legit magazine article; just look at the credits at the end of this post—that takes an in-depth look at the astonishing styles and history of typography that can be found in and around Broadway.
As Ksenya Samarskaya explains: "Starting out at Broadway and W 181st St, the team, together with typography expert Ksenya Samarskaya, traveled by bicycle down Broadway to Bowling Green on the lookout for outstanding lettering, documenting around 200 samples. We then worked to identify and classify each specimen. With Samarskaya’s help, we narrowed our choices to 26 images, focusing on exhibiting as diverse a range of type category, classification and method of production as possible, while showcasing a distinct letter or digit for each in the alphabet. While the vast majority of samples we found are one-off designs, we also identified similar or influential typefaces."
I've counted 26 examples: each instance (the right hand side) of the Broadway typography has been recreated so one can clearly see the style of typography used. This is fascinating stuff, and even more so if you are within travelling distance of Broadway.
I'd certainly want to go round and check these places myself, so The Typography A to Z of Broadway almost becomes a City Guide of Typography, now there's an idea…
The Typography A to Z of Broadway by Hopes & Fears
Hopes & Fears: A to Z Typography of Broadway "Broadway is easily America’s most famous thoroughfare. Starting in lower Manhattan at Bowling Green and running the entire length of the island, it strings together some nine to fifteen neighborhoods—depending on who you ask—before bleeding over into the Bronx, serving as a cross-sectional study of the City’s diversity in ethnicity, utility and design. As the Main Street of Manhattan, Broadway exhibits a catalogue of lettering—from neon lights to mom-and-pop shop signs, from theater marquees to building names. Join Hopes&Fears as we tour the typography of Broadway.
Free Font Download: Bernier Vintage Font Designed by Ryan Pyae
Although only upper-case, Bernier does comes in 3 different styles: Regular, Distressed and Shade.
Ryan says Bernier is perfect for vintage style designs such as badges, emblems, old school style typography and of course, vintage logo designs.