If you've been looking for that radical new typeface that will totally bring together than lackluster PowerPoint presentation, urine the wrong place. New York artist Aravindan Thirunavukarasu has created a typeface modeled after public pee graffiti.
The idea of branding a place is a fairly new one, and the notion of place-based typefaces is even newer, with national and local governments from Qatar to Chattanooga commissioning their own fonts. The latest country to set its on typeface is Sweden—but it's also questioning whether a national font is a bit too…
Something I was watching closely as the Apple Watch was revealed today: Which typeface would grace this shiny, tiny new device? Well, it's not Helvetica, the troublesome font that Apple recently adopted for its iOS and OS applications. It's a brand-new typeface that was designed for excellent readability—by Apple.
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.
This font, called Phone Streak, might not be the most practical typeface in the world, but it was probably the most fun to create—because it was put together by capturing long exposures of an iPhone being swept through the air.
Dollars to donuts, you're going to love Photolettering, a new app that lets you overlay your photos with beautiful typeface.
Drivers beware: new research from MIT's Age Lab suggests that a badly chosen typeface for your dashboard can worsen distraction and increase your chance of crashing.
In this hilarious video, Jonathan Garcia of The Minute Vlog gave voices to fonts. It's eerily on point—I always imagined Arial to be a pompous, stuffy guy with an English accent and Comic Sans to be a numbnut.
I've never had this much fun reading the alphabet since I was a kid and finally conquered the L, M, N, O stretch of my ABCs. But this video is way cooler—the letters actually animates itself to represent a word it begins with. It's so goddamn clever.
I'm a sucker for a great font. Even ones built entirely out of other fonts. In the video above, Moritz Resl took low opacity versions of the 900+ fonts on his computer and placed them on top of one another until it created something more than the sum of all its parts.
Watching this video, I can see all too well how cruel the favored typefaces are for dyslexic readers. If this Dyslexie typeface from Studio Studio was used more often, particularly in education, reading would be easier—for both dyslexic and non-dyslexic readers.
So says FontShop AG, which has published the four-weight font family after months of intensive testing on all operating systems—even iOS—which is apparently a first for a typeface.
There's a good chance you owned a Nokia phone at some point in your past—but even if not, the Nokia Sans typeface has become synonymous with the ubiquitous brand. Not anymore.
These fear-in-a-can cans by Hoxton Monster Supplies are perfect: the unassuming typeface, color and laugh out loud descriptions make for a great gag gift. I'll take a vague sense of unease and escalating panic please.
Enlarged fonts have saved the asses of many a panicked student at 3 in the morning. But besides padding essays, what can a bigger font do for you? Crank it up to the billions, and you can reach the moon.
File Mary Huang's Typeface, a piece of software that analyzes your face in real time to create a custom font, in the "projects preceded by their puns" category. But unlike some things with that designation, Typeface is surprisingly functional.
Time Bananas and awkward statements aside, Jason Chen's a pretty cool guy to work for. I'm sure that unlike Vicki Walker's boss, he wouldn't fire me for going nuts with bold or colorful fonts in emails. RIGHT?