18th Fonts surf FIVE

by Fred Showker

18th Annual Fonts & Typography Surf The online quest for cool type, typography, fonts, lettering and calligraphy goes on -- some of these are really the best we've seen so far! Don't forget to send YOURS!. Now here's what's in the 5th edition:
* Typeface Commemorates Jean-Luc Godard's 80th Birthday
* Dyslexie, A Typeface Designed To Help Dyslexics Read
* Syraph hand lettered logo by the Fontmaker
* How to Create a Ligature by David Schwen
* A Typographic Anatomy Lesson
... and more!

Syraph hand lettered logo by the Fontmaker

Creative inspiration

Fontmaker is into calligraphy, custom lettering, Typography... and sends this message : I created this project for my friend Yael Miller. Her brothers are winemakers in CA and they wanted a new labels based on custom lettering of word SYRAPH. That is the short story.
      You go to their web site and click on "Free Fonts" and get 404 "Not Found" . . . you click on the link to "Free Calligraphy" and get 404 "Not Found" . . . in fact, most of the links are broken. Hmmmmmmm
READ THIS REPORT Full story : The Fontmaker
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Typeface Commemorates Jean-Luc Godard's 80th Birthday

Creative inspiration

Designers at Atelier Carvalho Bernau celebrate the octogenarian New Wave master with a typeface inspired by the opening credits on one of his famous films.
      Problem is, the videos have been "Terminated due to numerous 3rd party copyright infringements" . . . it's a distinctive, Grotesque sans serif free for download. You have to leave your email to get the link.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Atelier Carvalho Bernau -- Design
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Dyslexie, A Typeface Designed To Help Dyslexics Read

Creative inspiration

Christian Boer's "Dyslexie" doesn't exactly make the letterforms look conventionally beautiful, but since when is that a prerequisite for well-designed? If it works, it works. And according to an independent study by the University of Twente in Boer's native Netherlands, it does work.
      Do me a favor... download this and try it. See what you think! (I was diagnosed as dyslexic as a child.)
     
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Project Dyslexie
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A Typographic Anatomy Lesson

Creative inspiration

In 1987 I published "The Anatomy of Type" as part of my "Poor Man's Publisher" package. I didn't invent it. I just packaged it for the "digital" designers getting into the DTP revolution. Later, it became part of my introduction to "Monster Fonts" which was a 1989 collection of 400 fonts delivered to new desktop publishers in a collection of diskettes. Today, this anatomy is EVERYWHERE... thousands of them on the web.
      This one comes from Scott Boms and Grant Hutchinson, and is one of the better itterations I've seen in ten years. Nicely done. Enjoy. (Info about Grant : his "BROADBAND" font designed in 1991 . . . Grant's site is : typostrophe.com
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Scott Boms & Grant Hutchinson
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How to Create a Ligature by David Schwen

Creative inspiration

How do you make a ligature? Well, you attach letter forms together to form a unique character, right? You use push pins, staples, paper clips or even bubble gum. Well, at least David does . . .
      David Schwen created these cool and funny illustrations of 'how to create a ligature' for his serie 'Make something cool every day'. (The original site, Bumbumbum, has become a malware site! so we don't give a link to that!)
READ THIS REPORT Full story : David Schwen's Cargo Collective
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Grab the 2012 Fonts Fest Poster

Yes, I finally got it posted, and you can grab it now. If you like it, do me a favor and pin it to Pinterest!
GO 2012 Fonts Fest Poster


GO Fred's Fonts surf CONTINUES ...
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Fred Showker

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