21st Annual Fonts Festival : fonts, lettering and typography surf #3

When we first started the Fonts Fest some twenty-one years ago, we mainly concentrated on fonts. There were hardly any good free fonts. So we focused on bringing fonts to the design community. Today, there are fonts everywhere -- so now we look at the creative side of using fonts and actually creating our own typography by hand. August 31, 2015

21st Annual Fonts Festival : Videos of type, typography, lettering and more

After about a decade of fonts festivals -- once YouTube became main stream -- videos about type, calligraphy, lettering and typography began to become available on the web! For the past four years or so videos on the subject have proliferated -- today there are tens of thousands of videos online all about typography. Some are just typing with music. Many are instructional. Here are just a few we've picked out for this year's venue -- but offer a lot of opportunities once you begin to discover their authors. Have fun August 28, 2015

21st Annual Fonts Festival : fonts, lettering and typography surf #2

This issue visits two distinctively different creative resources in typography -- first, we'll meet Casey Ligon and her wonderfully fresh type and lettering designs, then move on to a striking poster by Franz Werner! Follow along . . . August 26, 2015

21st Annual Fonts Festival : fonts, lettering and typography surf #1

Here we go kicking off the twenty-first annual fonts festival. Kind of hard to believe we started this in 1994! Where were you in 1994? My favorite part of the annual fonts fest is just searching for cool entries and resources to share with the DT&G readers! August 26, 2015

Hand Lettering, Signage, and typography illumination books for everyone

No, don't think books have gone out of style! And, while there are hundreds of thousands of examples and samples of great typography and hand lettering on the web, you really cannot do without these selected books for this year's 21 Anniversary Fall Fonts Fest! Dig in folks, you don't have much time left! August 24, 2015

21st Annual Fonts Festival : Most recommended, top quality fonts for Designers

There are "freebie" fonts lists, and 'freeby' fonts replicator sites coming out the ying-yang. Very few will talk about commercial fonts -- but folks, I'm here to tell'ya the commercial fonts are almost always far, far ahead in terms of quality. Some of the free fonts sites have good looking stuff, but your download them and end up with a mess on your hands. Well, not true of these -- we can stake our reputation on these fonts -- and can guarantee you'll like the way you look when you use them!

  • Twisting and weaving separate strands makes Twine
  • Learn the art of steel quill, and draw Escritura
  • You're gonna love working with Letter Press!
  • Take your publication into the Garden . . .
  • Galeb Texture

This font is called Letter Press August 21, 2015

Core Bandi : a type family with many, many styles and combinations make a true vintage collection!

Born on my birthday, August 18, in Seoul, South Korea, Hyung-Seung Lee could quite possibly be one of the "new masters" of this typography generation. In 2013, Hyun-Seung Lee, and two friends Dae-Hoon Hahm and Min-Joo Ham, together, designed the Core Bandi font -- and what? They're already color separated for flat-ink screen printing! WOW November 29, 2014

20th Annual Fonts Surf : Signage Lettering trends, cursive fonts, and chic fonts for cheap

Five more pages of surfing for type, lettering, fonts, calligraphy and cool stuff about typography are behind us. As we say goodbye to the 20th annual fonts surf, I'm thinking we may just be back to add yet more. Please send in your favorites to share with all other DT&G Magazine and Design Center readers! Enjoy:
[*] Lettering and Signage Trends at the Grocery Stores
[*] A cursive font you thought was done by hand
[*] Stephen Miggas of Aerotype Arbordale
[*] Take this FONT in your lunchbox
[*] Uber chic for cheap
. . . and more! September 30, 2014

20th Annual Fonts Surf : Master Gerard Huerta, Kings, OpenType and Vintage Scripts

This edition was truly one of our favorites! It's always such a thrill to discover new talents -- and visit old friends, like Gerard! There are some great resources out there too -- like the features of Open-Type, which seriously deserves study by all graphic designers! So come along, revisit Mr Huerta, and see some outstanding hand lettering. Enjoy:
[*] The Five Best (and most underused) Features of OpenType Fonts
[*] Type Talk: Gerard Huerta, Master of Hand Lettering
[*] Getting the vintage script perfect : Coco
[*] Jill is the real deal in Brandlettering
[*] Born to be Kings
. . . and more! September 30, 2014

20th Annual Fonts Surf : making faces from font faces

You've seen them before -- faces and portraits composed purely of typography and lettering. Here's we've discovered a new crop of excellent faces that we had to share! It's one of the more difficult creative projects you can attempt with typography -- but these folks do it with real skill and vision! Enjoy:
[*] Typography faces of depth and vision
[*] An eye for meticulous detail
[*] Kerli Typographic Portrait
[*] V for Vendetta Typography
[*] Hayabussa Typography Face
. . . and more! September 30, 2014