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About Typography

Typography is the art and technique of arranging type. Typography is performed by typesetters, compositors, typographers, graphic designers, art directors, comic book artists, graffiti artists, clerical workers, and anyone else who arranges type for a product. Until the Digital Age, typography was a specialized occupation. Digitization opened up typography to new generations of visual designers and lay users. According to David Jury, “Typography is now something everybody does. – Wikipedia


The importance of typography in aircraft piloting systems
Typography, and the screen technology it is presented on, has a very powerful influence on how we absorb, retain, and process information. By extension, this means that someone with control over an aircraft, carrying several hundred people in an aluminium tube whose 5mm thick skin protects the soft flesh of those inside from a minus 70 degree, 0.85 Mach airflow, needs to be able to very easily read their instruments. Again, and again, and again. All night, in the dark, all year long. Physiology and anatomy dictate that certain design considerations be taken into account when creating iconography for aircraft displays -- delicate, colour symbols on high quality, non flickering displays are not always the obvious choice they might appear ...

The History of Typography, in Stop-Motion Animation
Like architecture and fashion, typography is a reflection of the world in which it’s created. Barrett-Forrest explains his interest in type and the genesis of the project in an interview below.

The History of Typography
Got five minutes? Use it to learn about the history of typography by watching this short, animated flick, brought to you by the folks at Forrest Media. From Gutenberg to desktop publishing, it’s all here. Even a cameo by Comic Sans. Fun. Informative. And, only 5 minutes. Give it whirl. Then, let us know what you think.

Demystifying text for high-impact messages
Here we’ll cover the basics of everyday typography, font pairings that are pleasing to the eye, practical formatting tips that work with a variety of software, and common mistakes to avoid.


10 typography tricks every designer should know
In this article, we're going to reveal some typography tips and tricks that you can use to boost your design skills and impress friends and colleagues. But before you even begin getting into the intricacies of setting type in the likes of InDesign, it's important to know the basics.

Interview: Xavier Dupré
Xavier Dupré is a world-renowned type designer. After studying calligraphy and typography at the Scriptorium de Toulouse, France, he collaborated with Ladislas Mandel. Since then, he has established himself in Cambodia where he designs typefaces with as much freedom as possible. He appreciates Licko’s creativity, as much as the fluidity and calligraphic tensions in Slimbach’s works, and the simplicity of the design of Carter or Unger. Xavier began type design on screen but then moved back to pencil drawings on tracing paper and even painting with gouache.

The Anatomy of Web Typography
There are thousands of glossary terms and adjectives to get a handle of if you want to properly describe typographic matters. We’ve covered some of the basics here and I hope at least a few of them are new additions to your vocabulary! Try randomly throwing one into the conversation next time you’re introduced to someone new – they’ll be very impressed..


Mastering the ancient art of typography
Typography is essentially the entirety of visual choices made when writing words. It includes font (stop using Times New Roman), spacing between characters (stop putting two spaces after periods — a highly controversial but reasonable argument) and spacing between lines (how is double-spacing properly measured, anyway?), along with a whole host of other choices.


The Elephants of Typography
You might think that typography is a simple field, but Robert Bringhurst, the author of The Elements of Typographical Style, would disagree. Grant Snider of Incidental Comics has just read that book. He's summarized it with helpful elephants.


F Scott Fitzgerald typographic covers
For Fitzgerald's collection of short stories, Tales of the Jazz Age, Erkas's cover is just a celebration of the Jazz Age, she says. "This is probably the most contemporary-looking design out of all of them," she adds, "and I drew the typeface in continual line to look quite industrial as well as heavily stylistic." ...

Beyond words: how fonts make us feel
Our visual habitat is populated with myriad letter forms, all communicating layers of competing information, instruction and message, clamouring desperately for our attention. Our selection and reaction to this communication is largely influenced by the fonts themselves.
Fonts are ubiquitous, but what are they telling us?
The typewriter provided a single typeface without choice and the computer offers a similar abdication of responsibility through its default font ...

Monotype partners with Google to release typographic experimentation tool
Typeface provider Monotype has partnered with Google to launch a free public version of Monotypes's typographic experimentation app Typecast, which can now be accessed through Google Fonts.
The free version allows users to select any font from Google Fonts library and then tweak them using a wide range of controls over font size, weight and line spacing. Designers can also compare web fonts side-by-side to see whether pairings of fonts work together, and use floats, clears, margins and madding controls as well as effects such s background colours, borders and text shadows. All of the user's work can be exported as HTML, CMS or PNG files ...


10 jQuery Plugins to Enhance Your Web Typography
Web typography has come a long way thanks to the various custom font solutions like @font-face and Google Fonts, but we’re still lacking the precise control that we have over type in our design and desktop publishing apps. Thankfully there’s a range of jQuery plugins that give us some super useful features and allow us to manipulate our web text like never before. This post rounds up 10 of the most popular web typography plugins that allow you to fine tune your type as well as create some cool effects.


One More Time: Typography Is The Foundation Of Web Design
For years you have been searching for it. You hear the question being asked in your dreams as you go on an Indiana-Jones-type-crusade to find the answer. When the answer comes to you, you know that the confetti will fall from the ceiling and the band will start playing your favorite song. You might even get a kiss from that special someone. So what is this question?

Perfect web typography with slab-serifs
Numerous studies have been conducted on the matter and the conclusion that most arrive at is that readers prefer whichever style of type they are most familiar with. Consequently, it would seem that either option is fine, provided it is familiar to your visitors.
However, there is a style of type that produces the strong horizontal bars of text that serifs excel at, whilst still enjoying the high contrast of sans-serifs: the Egyptian, or slab-serif.


Understanding Typography: 10 Helpful Tools And Resources
In my last article on Understanding Typography, I wrote about what goes into the design of typography and how to manipulate it to improve on your website’s layout and to enhance user experience. In this article, I’m listing 10 of my favorite tools for typography on the Web.

These can help with building HTML grids and content areas, creating CSS styles, generating font names, and a bunch of other cool stuff. Check out some of the links below and be sure to let us know your thoughts in the post discussion area …


Responsive Typography is a Physical Discipline, But Your Computer Doesn’t Know It (Yet)
If someone asked me how many slices of pizza I wanted for lunch, I would probably say it depends on how large the slices are. Then—even if they told me that each slice was one eighth of a whole pie, or that they themselves were ordering two slices, or even that the slices were coming from Joe’s Pizza—any answer I might give would still be based on relative knowledge and inexact assumptions.


10 Essential Books on Typography

How to Choose a TypefaceThe @Font-Face Rule And Useful Web Font TricksUseful Typography Tips For Adobe Illustrator25 New Free High-Quality Fonts“What Font Should I Use?”: Five Principles for Choosing and Using TypefacesWeb Typography: Educational Resources, Tools and TechniquesBest Practices of Combining TypefacesReview of Popular Web Font Embedding ServicesThe Beauty Of Public Signage: Photo Contest ResultsFinding Alternative Sources Of Typographic Layout In Our SurroundingsExpressive Web Typography: Useful Examples and Techniques30 New Free High-Quality FontsThe Beauty Of Typography: Writing Systems And Calligraphy, Part 2The Beauty Of Typography: Writing Systems And Calligraphy Of The World20 Fresh High Quality Free Fonts50 Helpful Typography Tools And Resources25 New High Quality Free FontsShowcase Of Beautiful Vintage and Retro Signage20 New High Quality Free FontsThe Ails Of Typographic Anti-Aliasing – Smashing Magazine


I Love TypographyAn Interview with Verena Gerlach
After more than 10 years, Verena Gerlach has revised and extended her FF Karbid super family, an interpretation of German storefront lettering from the early 1900s. The new FF Karbid is a harmonized redesign of the original typeface. Rounder and less narrow letters lend the shapes more space and balance. Although the contrast was reduced to obtain a harmonious monolinear typeface (without losing its liveliness) it was increased in the bolder weights to improve legibility and achieve a certain elegance. FF Karbid Display is the most obvious spin-off of the original family. More than merely having been assimilated, the letterforms were revised according to a new concept.


21 Examples of Inspiring Typography in Web Design
>Choosing the proper typography for a website is a really important step in the design process, especially because type has a big impact on the outcome of a layout, how visitors digest the content, and the over all aesthetics of a site. Today we gathered a few inspiring examples of type usage in web design to show you that from colorful type to clean and minimal, typography plays an important role in web design.


Best jQuery Plugins for Typography
…  One of the most important questions I asked when looking at these plugins is “How does the jQuery handle the text?” I wanted to make sure that the text was not altered or handled in a such way that search engines couldn’t understand the content on the page. If it looks great but screws my clients over on the search engine side, then I need to approach the design with a different technology. With those considerations in mind, here are some wonderful jQuery plugins to get the most out of your typography. Let me know which ones you’re using, hate, love, or if I missed a good one!


Secret Symphony: The Ultimate Guide to Readable Web Typography
Right now, there’s a mathematical symphony happening on your website.

Every single one of your readers is subconsciously aware of this symphony, and more important, they are all pre-programmed to respond to it in a particular way.

The question is this: Is your site’s symphony pleasing and inviting to your readers, or does it turn them off and make it harder to communicate with them?

13 Inspiring Typography Videos
Since we know our readers love typography inspiration, today we decided to gather a few nice videos where type is the center of attention. From lines of famous speeches to animated alphabets and even a kinetic typography tutorial video, there are some really nice typographical ideas here, check it out.


The best web and mobile typefaces of 2011 are…
In our yearly roundups of what was awesome and what sucked about 2011, we cannot overlook one of our favorite verticals for nerding out: typography.
The past year has brought quite a few interesting developments in web and mobile typography. As a plethora of technologies make typography on the web a lot better year over year, we are able to grow in the typefaces and tools we use.
And as mobile devices, operating systems and displays improve, we get to have more fun when designing for smartphones and tablets, too.
Here are a few of our and others’ picks for the best mobile and web fonts of 2011, including a few freebies you can download right now.


20 Creative Examples of Typography in Print Ads

While talking about print media the role of typography cannot be ignored. These typography based advertisements are equally popular among other Media versions like television and other video mediums. Be it on television, on internet or on newspapers or hoardings; the main motto of any ad is to catch the eyes of the customers and make them aware of the product or service and also impress them with is so that they show the interest to the item. When one company uses the print media as a platform of advertisement then they must be very careful about the typography and the fonts of the advertisement …


Typography for Developers

A good proportion of web design today descends from print/graphic design and these influences are becoming even more prevalent. Typography for the web is now all the rage especially as we are (finally) able to use different fonts other than the tried and tested workhorses Arial, Verdana & Georgia. Therefore, solid knowledge of typography basics should really be a must for every internet professional today. Design a web page with type and impress fellow designers using just the good old HTML and CSS with a spice of simple mathematics.



10 Typography Tools for CSS

CSS typography is all the rage and growing in popularity by the day.

More than just a font, typographic art has become a movement on the online world. From creation of new lettering to the use of those fonts on website design to more clearly altered context or providing visual appeal, you can’t get away from it. CSS makes it easier than ever to manipulate and utilize typography for your web designs:

  • Font Tester
  • Typograph
  • Typographic Grid
  • Serif Font Search
  • CSS-Typeset Matrix
  • PXtoEM
  • Baseline
  • Typetester
  • TypeNavigator
  • WhatTheFont

“Although typographers would like to pride themselves on the logic and precision of their profession, it is in fact not so clear-cut. Typography seems exact because much of it has been done in the same way for so long. There are really only a few fundamentals that are set: we read from left to right and from top to bottom. Letter shapes and letter sizes are reasonably limited. But beyond that we rely primarily on emotion.”
Gerard Unger, 1992 –


10 Kinetic Typography Music Videos

1. Tramp – Lowell Fulson
Beautifully paced, and with some great graphic elements, our only complaint with this video is that it’s not longer.

2. Shop Vac – Jonathan Coulton
An absolute master class in moving type, we adore this video’s attention to detail, such as the wagging tail effect of the ear of the “g” in the word “dog.”

3. The Hush Sound – Lions Roar
Some nice additional graphics and a bold color scheme make this a strong companion video to an already distinctive song.

4. Look What You’ve Done – Epsilon-Blue
Swirly lines, bubbles and rounded typefaces match this electronic number to a “T.”

5. Feeling Good – Nina Simone
The use of a monotone palette and a vintage feel combine successfully to do justice to a classic tune.

6. Let The Drummer Kick – Citizen Cope
This taut video illustrates the song’s repetition and tight rhymes beautifully.

7. Love Like Woe – The Ready Set
The timing and the bouncy way this simple type is animated echo the energy of the song perfectly.

8. Academia – Sia
Pretty, old-fashioned illustration and text work well with this tune.

9. Still Alive – End Credits Song From Portal
Suitably dark graphics accompany this quirky song from Portal.

10. Set The Night On Fire – Camryn
Finally, this video gets bonus points for offering 3D effects. Click though, grab your glasses and give it a go!



Almost any website or design project will include the use of type. From a few words to a page filled with text the font choices you make in the early planning phases will carry through the project. Fonts can help create and establish a mood and set the tone for how your work is received. Do you want a modern look and feel? Or is the desired effect more classical? Is text being used primarily as art or in logo design or does it need to meet readability standards? All of these are questions you should answer before selecting typefaces for a project. Keep in mind that each typeface on its own can say almost as much about the project as actual words on the page (or screen). Carefully evaluate typefaces so that each represents projects in the proper way …


Create a Typography Based Blog Design in Photoshop

The tutorial posts where I go through the process of creating a complete WordPress theme from Photoshop concept right through to coding the template files always go down well, so let’s start with another tutorial series based on my latest WordPress theme design. Follow this tutorial where we’ll lay out a typography based blog design over a strict underlying grid, then stay tuned for the next tutorials where we’ll build the concept into a HTML5 prototype then finish it off as a fully working WordPress theme.


Typography, Typewriter Art and Creativity
Typography uses letters, plain and simple. Playing with words and letters is not a new phenomenon and is not confined to the realm of the computer. Let’s check out the work that was created before Facebook became the third-largest ‘country’ in the world and before computer graphics! Typewriters were clunking, loud machines with a fixed font set and limited capabilities. Folks got creative, though, and used typewriters to create type-based illustrations in the 1940s, per this Popular Mechanics instructional guide …


Typography 101: The Basics
Text is the primary method of Internet communication, making web typography important for merchants to understand. This article will cover some of the basics of typography and provide some things to consider while working with text., How To Create Great Web Typography
Typography in web design can be a lot more complex than it seems. Being able to read content easily is a leading usability concern, but typography is also very much an aesthetic concern. For many designers, creating the perfect typography can be a mystery. Switching back and forth between type sizes, heading proportions, font styles, and spacing can give any designer a headache. After hours of fiddling, it can still just “not feel right.

How Can You Use Typography Art Effectively?

Typography is one of the most used tool nowadays in graphic designing as well as web designing. Due to the appealing effect Typography leaves on the viewer, it has got rise in its use all over the designing in the world where we use it not only to complete the job but as well as convey a message. The creative manner of using typography in various ways has inspired a-lot of designers think more about it and explore new and creative ways for its usage. Maybe, some people disagree with it but if you look deep into the fact, Typography is not just about type and hence today we will tell you some ways where Typography can be used effectively.


60 Absolutely Stunning Typography Projects

One of the best ways to get pure, unadulterated design inspiration is to look at a great collection of typographical art. The techniques, craftsmanship and gamut of visual styles is always enough to kick in the creative side of your brain and lead you to some incredible new ideas.

Today we’ve got sixty mind-blowing examples typographical art handpicked from Behance. In this post you’ll find branding concepts, free fonts, handcrafted goods and more.


Computer Arts Collection: Typography

The second issue of Computer Arts Collection, a brand new six-part annual series packed with insight and inspiration from the global design industry, is on sale now. It’s dedicated to typography and type design, and an essential addition to any creative professional’s studio bookshelf – available in WHSmiths in the UK, or online.

Web Page Design for Designers

Good typography is just as important on a Web page as it is in any other medium. The fact that it appears on a computer screen and not on a piece of paper is immaterial; it should still be pleasing to look at and easy to read. In every situation where type is used — in publishing, signage, packaging, television, etc. — designers have to adapt their techniques to suit the medium.


The good, the bad and the ugly: typography in Olympics logo design
The logo and typographic branding of the modern Olympics have been striking, sometimes iconic, and always a representation of the design ethic of the time. Powerful and in some cases controversial, designs often become symbolic of a time and place in history, playing a colossal part in the task of marketing of the games around the globe. With technological advancements in typography as the world moves digital, these visual representations have evolved, and their role has become a hybrid solution of facilitating seamless communication between the games and its audience (much `like a brand would communicate with customers) and creating a lasting legacy for the tournament.



4D Typography is the result of intersectioning, in an orthogonal way in space, two extrusions of the same character, which allows the spectator to read it from, minimum, two different positions in space…An observer searching to enjoy a particular architecture is forced to move around and through it. The change in perspective generates new spaces in which light acts in different ways. In this case, it is the typography that makes the effort of abandoning its two dimensions to approach the architectural sense.


Best Trends in Modern Typography (and How It Is Different)

One topic that has always been hot has been typography. Even in the days of print, creating a new style was a big deal and had the potential to change the standards and practices of the time. That did not change as we moved on through the times, and now that we live in a more technologically advanced age we are seeing the same passion put into the subject.

While trends in this area (or in many design areas) can seem a bit circular during the past couple of decades, with retro styles making a comeback with a vengeance, it doesn’t end there. There are some fantastic new trends in the works, and these were sparked to help design a better, more modern flair to an old practice.


12 Typography Guidelines For Good Website Usability

Keep the number of fonts used at a minimum
Use sans serif fonts instead of serif for content
Ensure that proper text and text size is used
Content must make use of mixed capitalisation
Use standard fonts for web site fonts
Character spacing should not be minimised
Limit the use of different colours for fonts
Do not use blue for content
Avoid colouring text in red or green
Do not use the same or similar colours for text and background
Numbers having 5 digits or more should have a thousand separator
Do not use moving or blinking text



10 Awesome Videos Featuring Retro Typography: The newer typographies tend to be very sleek, minimalist and created to establish a futuristic or just high-tech look. There is a coldness to it, like metal. While that can be cool, I just prefer the warmth and approachability that comes from the design models of the 1960s and 70′s, or even before then. Just look at the fonts used for war-time propaganda videos and public health brochures from the 1950′s. These are still common themes generated today …

83 3D Typography Design Inspirations Words are powerful enough, but the art of typography brings that to a whole new level of creativity and imagination. We have scoured the web for some amazing works of 3D typography, and we’ve compiled eighty-three designs for you to enjoy …

How to Create a Splattery Groovy Typography in Photoshop In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create an Eye Catchy 3D Groovy Typography using Photoshop’s basic tools, nothing too fancy. Since it is an easy one, even beginners should not hesitate to try it. As you would already know, my intention is to use minimum resources and effects, so here I am making another cool graphic using simple and easy to use resources.

Twelve golden rules of perfect typesetting
Setting type is a founding tradition of the print craft, and adhering to the guiding principles of good typography can make or break a printed work. Typography is both an art and a science, a delicate balance of creative vision and the technological know-how to reproduce that vision, accurately, in runs of anything from one to hundreds of thousands. There are protocols to be followed, theories to consider and hazards to be avoided. These pitfalls can even ruin a design. Some are worse than others. So, stay on the straight and narrow and take note of type’s deadly sins …
The Human Face of Type
For me, as for many other people who care about type, a typeface should be personal and expressive, like a human face. For others, type should be an impersonal machine for transmitting data. Each group favors different styles of type. When the documentary film Helvetica appeared a few years ago, I didn’t rush to see it, because, as someone says in the film, Helvetica is “the most neutral typeface,” the one with the least appeal to those whose feelings about type are tangled up with their feelings about people …




Showcase of Beautiful Typography Art in Poster Design

Typography is the art of type design.Whether you are a web designer or graphic designer,typography is one of the first thing you should learn. Especially in graphic design, learning the techniques of typography art will be very useful for you. So today we are showcasing beautiful examples of typography art in poster printing for your inspiration. Get inspired!!!


Type Casting: The Deco-Inspired Typography of Lena Dunham’s “Girls”
Nourmand is tight-lipped on whether his minimal opener will return for season two. For now, we’ll have to settle for a behind-the-scenes look at Grand Jeté’s process, and hope that Girls remains anything but ordinary.

4D typography by Lo Siento
This idea started after Lo Siento carried out several identity projects regarding architecture. This was when the study decided to investigate and develop several volumetric languages starting from basic graphical concepts. One of these languages was 4D typography. It became a personal project from the studio and we decided to develop the whole alphabet. The creation of this alphabet and mistakes that were made during the creation process lead to new ideas for future projects.



Create Detailed Vintage Typography with Illustrator and Photoshop

In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to customize a typeface in Illustrator and then use Photoshop to create a stunning vintage detailed typographic design.


30 Useful CSS Typography Tricks

  • Typographic Grid
  • CSS Typography: The Basics
  • CSS Typography: Techniques and Best Practices
  • Date Display Technique with Sprites
  • Create a Letterpress Effect with CSS Text-Shadow
  • Making the Most of the Limited Choices in Web Typography
  • CSS Typography: Examples and Tools
  • CSS & Typography – Tips and Examples
  • 10 examples of beautiful css typography and how they did it
  • A guide to web typography
  • CSS Gradient Text Effect
  • Two simple ways to create text embossing effect
  • CSS Drop Shadows
  • The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web
  • Dragon Labs
  • Advanced typography techniques using css
  • Text Rotation with CSS
  • Background gradients and css
  • CSS Text-Shadow in Safari, Opera, Firefox and more
  • Advanced Typography techniques using CSS
  • CSS Text Gradients
  • Better CSS Font Stacks
  • Common fonts to all versions of Windows & Mac equivalents
  • 8 Simple Ways to Improve Typography In Your Designs
  • 12 Examples of Paragraph Typography

We’ve gathered 32 Superb Typography Based Logos and I’m sure that you’ll find them as cool as we did. Our today’s star is Sergey Shapiro and he has done some really impressive work. 8 out of the 32 logos that you’ll find below are created by him.

The Politics of Typography
Graphic designers will already appreciate the important role of typography in delivering a message, and that throughout the ages the character and form of typography has often reflected the historical and political spirit of the epoch in which it was created …

Restyling the Underground: Edward Johnston’s Iconic London Letters
Dangerous Designs: Paul Renner against the Third Reich
Tranquillity after the Storm: Helvetica as a Post-War Font
Punk Design: Brody’s New Style
Foundations of Hope: Obama and Gotham Type
Research and Further Reading

12 Effective Ways of Using Typography Art
Typography has been part of designing. Hence, there are people who make use of it in a truly artistic way not just considering aesthetics but also making sure that an important message is being conveyed. No doubt, typography as an art is effective and is also appealing to the audience. That is why, through the years, it has been used by many designers in various ways. The creative manner of using type has inspired many designers to explore and discover ways in using type for their designs. Some people might not be able to appreciate it but as one look deeper into their works; you will come to realize that typography is more than just type. In this article, we will show you various manner of using typographic art so you will see how effective it is …

Best Movie Posters: Unofficial Typography Posters for Famous Films
Typography has been around since the 19th century, when stamps were used with rearranged lettering for traditional printing presses. Today, there is a different technique but the general idea is the same. It is the placement of letters to be printed in a certain order and way, and has become increasingly popular for typography posters, as well as print advertising and marketing …


Trends in typography, color and design

SND33: Trends & Observations from Christopher Azar on Vimeo.


What Designers Need to Know About Typography
Typography is the arrangement of type for different uses. It could relay different messages aside the words itself. The mere choice of typefaces and its arrangement can greatly affect an entire design. The first step to use typography effectively is to know the basics. You wouldn’t be able to use it well if you are not fully equipped with the basic knowledge of typography …

Why Should You Care About Typography?
If you think typography is simply about personal whim, you just haven’t been looking at it the right way.

25 Super Creative Typography Designs
Only designers can understand a difference between a Good Typography and a Great one. So is the love for Typography in designers mind that they even create posters with “Typography” written in it, Obviously as they are designers, every one tries to give a different treatment to same design …

Typography Guidelines And References
Here are carefully selected articles about typography and type design that have been published in Smashing Magazine over all the years.

All kinds of type
Where do our letters originate?
Why do they look the way they do?
What makes for good type and typography?

Typography SERVED
Served is a collection of sites that showcase category-specific content from the Behance Network, the world’s leading platform for creative professionals across all industries. Projects featured on the served sites are selected by our curatorial team.

We Love Typography
I love Typography (ILT) was born on August 7, 2007. It exists because I have a passion for typography, type design, and lettering, and for the words born of those disciplines. As a child I wondered why the teacher asked us to draw the letter a as an o with a tail, when in my books, the a’s had an extra bit at the top. This site aims to make the subject more accessible, to bring the study of typography to the masses, if you will.

A lesson on typography
What is typography? – a nice lesson by from the Vancouver film school.

5 More Typography Do’s and Don’ts Everyone Should Know
Don’t: Put Text Over a Busy Background
Do: Give Text a Containment Device
Don’t: Mix Fonts that Are Too Similar
Do: Use Different Font StylesBreaking the Rules
Don’t: Use Too Many Font Styles
Do: Use 2-3 Families
Don’t: Use Cliché Typefaces
Do: Find Something More Unique
Don’t: Imagine That Type
Does Your Job For You
Do: Leverage Typography to Create Strong Designs



Environmental multimedia artist Nicole Dextras uses elements of nature to create works that are often also sited in nature or the urban landscape. She’s constructed life size clothing out of flowers and leaves, and fashioned cultural messages from grass and ice. We love the crazy big text creations from her two series Ice Typography and Green Words.


Respect Thy Typography
Good typography shouldn’t have to rely on ornamental crutches to stand tall. Yet despite all the tools and knowledge available to us, we readily embrace a flourishing, decorative typography, with cheap tricks used in a misguided attempt to make it “pop”. This ancient art may rapidly be gaining popularity, but are we paying it the respect it deserves?



Crazy Art Direction! Dramatic Smokey Typography For Inspiration
Typography is the art and technique of arranging type, type design, and modifying type glyphs. Type glyphs are created and modified using a variety of illustration techniques. Typography is performed by typesetters, compositors, typographers, graphic designers, art directors, comic book artists, and clerical workers …
Typographica. A Journal of Typography
Typographica is a review of typefaces and type books, with occasional commentary on fonts and typographic design. Edited by Stephen Coles, also ofFonts In Use and The Mid-Century Modernist


The future of newspapers, the end of journalism

Many people have argued that the internet offers the chance for citizens journalism – whether it is small news websites, personal blogs or twitterstreams. There is no doubt that wireless broadband and smart phones have revolutionised newsgathering. Right now several billion people around the world have the ability to take a picture, a short movie and upload to the internet where, conceivably it could be seen by millions within minutes …


Web Design References – Typography
Font Sizing
Articles & Related Links

This is a portal dedicated to the typographic art. Online since 1999 (for the French version), its goal is to vulgarize the typographic creation and to make better known the type designers. Planet typography has joined the icograda Design Media Network since the end of 2006.

The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web
- A practical guide to web typography

For too long typographic style and its accompanying attention to detail have been overlooked by website designers, particularly in body copy. In years gone by this could have been put down to the technology, but now the web has caught up. The advent of much improved browsers, text rendering and high resolution screens, combine to negate technology as an excuse. Robert Bringhurst’s book The Elements of Typographic Style is on many a designer’s bookshelf and is considered to be a classic in the field. Indeed the renowned typographer Hermann Zapf proclaims the book to be a must for everybody in the graphic arts, and especially for our new friends entering the field.

Amazing Artworks of Colorful Typography
The role typography plays in any web design cannot be overlooked no matter how small or minimal fonts are used. Today, typography has taken the form of an art that include everything from the design layout to signs and from ads to digital artwork. Typography is used to communicate with the visitors and effective typography can successfully deliver the message you intended your readers to comprehend.
Here we have gathered some amazing examples of colorful typography that not only attract the potential customers’ attention but successfully deliver the message.

Typography Inspiration: 20 Creative Examples
The word typography, from the greek word typos, is the art and technique of arranging type. And I have to agree that arranging typography is an art. Some designers have the right skill to transform normal type in inspiring and eye candy pieces. We decided to gather a list with inspiring examples of typography from three great sources for that: Ads of the World, deviantART and Flickr. From simple and minimalist examples to colorful and illustrated ones, we have a lot of nice images to keep the juices flowing for your next project.

30 Creative Typography Illustrations for Your Inspiration

To deliver your message through graphics or typography, you need to make sure the composition is strong enough and type is communicative. In this article, we will be showcasing 30 creative and awesome typography illustrations, which will let you get inspired by the great work of very talented artists from all over the world.

Typography in Exploding-fluid Form
How the Legendary Leica Lenses are Made
A Human Hamster Wheel that Prints Text Messages
Floating Hotels: Future Holiday Destinations
Japanese Aquarium Made of Ice
The Future: Cars and Households Powered Purely by Sunlight
The Postal Service that Sends the Tiniest Letters
Get Energy from the Air

30 Unique Craft Typography Designs
Creative typography is just around us if you know where to look and it doesn’t just end with anything digital or computer manipulated. There are also types of typography that need your skillful hands to come up with unique creations. Craft typography, for example, is the art of creating typefaces from craft materials like paper, wire, fabric and clay. When doing craft typography, you’re not just letting your creative juices flow but it also takes patience and hard work to finish one. We’ve gathered 30 beautiful craft typography designs to give you inspiration. Each one has its own unique style and has been created by craftsmen and artists who have been thinking outside the box. Whether you’re a fan of digital typography or traditional art, you’ll find these artworks awesome. Hey, you might even want to try crafting on your own.

Typography Mania
Yes, a typography series post starts today and you here to witness the beginning of a long series of inspiration. As we always looking to improve and interact with you by showing the best of the best in visual imagery. So tell you friends, your pops and your pets. We got some crazy typography over here!

Monotype Imaging Announces the Second Annual Web Font AwardsInternational Competition Recognizes Designers and Websites that Effectively Integrate Web Fonts in Design
“It’s time once again to focus on fantastic Web design that takes advantage of the benefits of Web fonts, such as enhanced creativity and improved brand consistency,” said Allan Haley, director of words and letters at Monotype Imaging. “Our inaugural contest attracted an impressive response — a significant achievement for a competition based on technology that’s still in its infancy. With the tremendous adoption of Web fonts in just the past year, we anticipate showcasing an even a broader range of exceptional work in 2011.”

Off Book | Typography | PBS Arts
Type is everywhere. Every print publication, website, movie, advertisement and public message involves the creation or selection of a fitting typeface. Online, a rich and artistic typographical culture exists, where typefaces are created and graphic design seeps in to every image.

17 Amazing examples of Kinetic Typography with Video Tutorial
Kinetic typography is an animation technique mixing motion and text to express ideas with the help of video animation. This text is presented over time in a style intended to express or evoke a particular idea or feeling. Usually this technique used in movie title sequences and credits, web page animation and other entertainment media. Here are 17 examples of creative and meaningful Kinetic Typography (Motion Typography), we also added kinetic typography tutorial at the end of the post.

A Typography Bible for the iPad
FontBook, the world’s most comprehensive typographical reference guide, is now available on iPad. Visit for more information.

How can typography be used effectively to ensure maximum impact for an email campaign?
Content is king when it comes to a successful email campaign—having a message that is relevant to your reader is a necessary precondition for campaign success. To get optimum performance, however, you need to perfect the structure and design in order to control how the message gets communicated. Smart typography, formatting and attention to detail are all crucial ingredients to elicit from your readers the response that you are looking for. Here are some tips to craft a well-designed email …

44 Examples of Cool Typography in Logo Design For Inspiration
Typography logo design is not necessarily complicated, a simple majority is more memorable, important and unique is better when it can represent the nature and personality of the company or imaged the message from business is run. The biggest benefits are easily identifiable logo, the typography logo helps in remembering the name of the company, but the typography logo have drawbacks because it can be seen generic if not well designed and creative. Below I have compiled with great care 44 examples of typographic logo as inspiration.

25 Examples of Big Typography in Web Design
We decided to show our love for typography gathering some examples of big typography in web design. From bold and colorful letters to delicate handwriting ones, you will find a lot of inspiring examples of how to get attention using typography, enjoy.

The web leaders hate typography (but not for long) Typography is what sets Apple, at first glance, apart from just about everyone at the mall. Typography is what makes a self-published book often look pale in comparison to a ‘real’ one. Typography (or the lack thereof) is a safety hazard on airplanes (who decided that all the safety labels should be in ALL CAPS)?

Animated Liquid Typography Russian digital artist Ruslan Khasanov (previously here and here), has continued his liquid type experiments by producing this wicked series of animated gifs called Liquid Type in Motion, showing what happens when he produces these beautifully organic letterforms.

Typography Made Out of Architecture Inspired by famous architectural companies and their works, UK-based designer Chris Labrooy has drawn up 3D typefaces using objects and buildings to spell out the architects’ names.

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