Where the Dollar Sign Comes From

This symbol first showed up in the 1770s, appearing in documents of English-Americans who had business dealings with Spanish-Americans. However, it wasn't until the very early 1800s that it became popularized, around the same time as the first official U.S. dollars were being minted. Previous to this, the symbol had… » 6/24/14 7:00am 6/24/14 7:00am

9 Crazy 3D Typefaces Made From Everyday Objects

Whether we realize it or not, the fonts we interact with on a daily basis can be wildly impactful in some pretty surprising ways. These everyday fonts blend in so seamlessly with the world around us, though, that we hardly even notice them. So instead, what would happen if we tried blending our world into the fonts… » 6/13/14 9:20am 6/13/14 9:20am

Bic Is Trying To Make a Font Based on All the World's Handwriting

In yet another crushing blow to Comic Sans, pen-maker Bic is currently soliciting handwriting samples from anyone on Earth who wants to participate in its Universal Typeface Experiment. The goal is to create a universal font that will presumably supplant Comic Sans as the go-to typeface for amateur designers making… » 6/11/14 3:00pm 6/11/14 3:00pm

An Intricate Typeface Made Out of History's Greatest Inventions

When she was a design student, Khyati Trehan embarked on an ambitious project to highlight history's 26 most influential inventors with a unique alphabet. Remarkably, each letter of the special typeface is drawn with a world-changing invention while also name-checking the inventor. The letter "E," for instance, is… » 5/12/14 3:25pm 5/12/14 3:25pm

The Man Who Designed Verdana and Georgia Describes a Life Making Fonts

Read a magazine, book or website and you'll see the product of Matthew Carter's labors all over it—because he's the guy who designed hundreds of fonts, including Verdana and Georgia. In this video, he describes the interaction between technology and design in the creation of typefaces. » 4/21/14 6:00am 4/21/14 6:00am

The Government Would Save $400 Million If It Just Switched Typefaces

Of the many schemes to make the government more efficient, this is probably the only one that involves typography. A middle schooler in Pittsburgh has calculated that by simply switching the typeface used in government documents from Times New Roman to Garamond, it would save taxpayers $400 million in ink. » 3/28/14 4:00pm 3/28/14 4:00pm

This Spindly Font Was Inspired By Crisscrossing Tram Wires

Lisbon is beautiful: buildings fronted in colorful tiles, cobbled roads, and incredible street art. The Portuguese capital also has hills—lots and lots of steep hills—and a robust tram system that weaves around the highs and lows, complete with a whole tapestry of wires that crisscross above the tracks. » 1/30/14 2:40pm 1/30/14 2:40pm

Gorgeous Typography Puzzles Will Teach Kids the Dangers of Comic Sans

The fact of the matter is, if you don't teach your kids about the dangers of using Comic Sans when they're young, they're just going to pick it up on the street. Whether it's a flyer for a garage sale, or a bulletin board at their preschool, the world is a minefield of terrible typography, and you need to address the… » 10/10/13 5:00pm 10/10/13 5:00pm

How Typography Moved from the Paper to the Screen

Typography is something most of us see almost everyday but only few of us really pay attention to the details. It's all around us that it's sometime easy to gloss over. This lovely little animation describes its importance and how we've had our fun with it, first by showing the basic rules of typesetting and then… » 7/11/13 9:30pm 7/11/13 9:30pm