Archive | typography

Grand Theft Auto and The Price Is Right logos

F-in’ Hilarious Font Friday

Did you know that Grand Theft Auto and The Price is Right use the same typeface? Totally awesome. It’s Pricedown Black (see below) from font house Typodermic. I discovered this using WhatTheFont, a great online tool that helps you find out what typeface a particular type sample uses. You upload an image, ascertain which characters it […]

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Arabic Pixel Font

FontStruct ‘Arabic Pixel’ Font Friday

Via online font-building tool FontStruct comes this ingenious pixelcraft from game designer Alex Clay, who is localizing video games in Arabic. (See my post Create-a-Font Friday for a list of paid and free font creation software.) Previously, a lot of effort has gone into hacking code to get Arabic text, especially punctuation and positioning, to appear […]

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Muller Narrow type sample

Fontfabric Font Friday

Fontfabric.com is a fantastic resource for loads of imaginative, classic-ish (and free!) fonts. I say classic-ISH because the kerning of many of the stalwarts of type design—the Garamonds, Akzidenz Grotesks, and Avenirs—is correct and appropriate only in paid versions. Paid providers also have the most trendy, cutting-edge fonts. Here are several recent Fontfabric examples, but there are […]

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Feline Fabric Font Friday

Feline Fabric Font Friday

This charming fabric of acrobatic kitties was created by designer Elena Naylor and is available by the yard at Spoonflower, a great print-on-demand fabric company. Spoonflower has a wide range of fabrics available, from chiffon to heavy cotton twill to lycra (full list below). I reference them in my post How to Make a Tea Cozy […]

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Framed piece of fabric with names and descriptions of fonts

Fabric Font Friday

I saw this framed fabric at Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. Britex is an amazing, four-floor emporium of all things fabric, from single buttons to $200-a-yard sequinned loveliness. Yes, I know, I should get a bunch of the font fabric and upholster my house in it! (more…)

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AE Æ glyphs

Fingerprinting Font Metrics Font Friday

These University of California, Berkeley researchers studied a method of compromising web user privacy, “fingerprinting” of online text: using font glyph* measuring techniques in various browsers to decipher text. (More pages, or buy the ebook or paperback, at books.google.com. Not to be confused with my post Fingerprint Font Friday.) *Loosely, a typographic unit (more…)

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Decorative initial E

1595 Font Friday

From the Public Domain Review. See also my post 1510 Font Friday. Hoefnagel’s Guide to Constructing the Letters (ca. 1595) Joris Hoefnagel (1542 – 1600) was a pivotal figure in the history of Dutch art, playing an important role both in the latter stages of the Flemish illumination tradition and the birth of the new […]

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Decorative initials A and B

1510 Font Friday

From the Public Domain Review. See also my post 1595 Font Friday.  16th-Century Pattern Book for Scribes (ca. 1510) This scribal pattern book—dated to around 1510 from Swabia, Germany—was made by Gregorius Bock and is addressed to his cousin Heinrich Lercher Wyss, who was the official scribe of the duchy of Württemberg, most likely put […]

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