A Brief History of Typography: 300 Years of Type Faces, Fonts, and the people behind them

I have completely updated and refined our legendary typography series, originally authored by Thomas Phinney. This eight page dissertation now accurately links to all the type faces and fonts mentioned in the text. So, welcome to 2017, and an opportunity to trace the 300-year history of typography, without ads, or stalkers or predators! Enjoy! January 23, 2017

A Brief History of Typography

This wonderful account, authored in 2005 by Thomas W. Phinney now comes to DTG readers with hundreds of links and references added, and updated. Learn the history behind the fonts! This is essential reading for all new designers, even if you read some of the later font articles -- this is the foundation! January 23, 2017

Creative Tidbits #222: Stephen Coles, Best Art Vinyl, John Jennings, Design Week and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 ... here we are, kicking off another trip around the sun with lots of creative inspiration and discoveries from the worlds of visual communications, arts, design, graphics, typography, animation, web design, video, movies and just about all other forms of visual graphic arts! AND -- welcome to our 27th year online with DT&G and the Design & Publishing Center!

  • What’s The Use of Fonts In Use with Stephen Coles
  • Best album cover art 2016: Best Art Vinyl Awards
  • John Jennings on Graphic Arts and Afrocentricism
  • Design Week’s 10 biggest stories of 2016
  • 4 graphic designs that rocked in 2016
January 4, 2017

Creative Tidbits #221: Clickbait, email, web pages, type, typographic paper and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Happy New Year! Here's hoping your 2017 is creative, fun and healthy! Get involved and enjoy the creative experience -- share your experiences with DTG readers, and stop in to check out the year in creative tidbits!

  • WORK: Unit's two new books on cover art created for design magazines
  • Why Do One In Two Landing Pages Feel Like Email Clickbait?
  • 5 Common Mistakes You’re Making With Your Email Signature
  • Design and the Evolution of a Typographic Paper Promo
  • Doing awesome stuff with type and images
December 30, 2016

Calligraphy Penmanship comes to the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

With the advent of the superb Apple Pencil, you now have the opportunity to master beautiful calligraphy and penmanship in the digital world. The new iPad and Pencil are extraordinary new tools for the graphic designer, illustrator and letterhead -- it's time to put them to work! November 17, 2016

45 FREE Commercial Use HALLOWEEN FONTS

22nd fonts fest FREE FONTS

NEED TO SCARE UP SOME NEW FONTS? Dig up some wildly creative font styles that make any Halloween-inspired project a hit! This commercial use font collection now includes 45 original fonts in OpenType font format, and can be used for any personal AND business project October 7, 2016

1000 OpenType Fonts with Webfont versions and international type support

In addition to the 2,000 fonts collection -- MacAppware has now rolled out 1000 OpenType Fonts, including new Webfont versions to the fonts, and international type support for languages! There's also a PDF sample book of all the font families so you can quickly reference the fonts you need for a specific project! October 5, 2016

FFF #6: superb lettering, Deco, tasty food fonts, retro script, Free Fonts and more

22nd fonts fest surf six

Fonts and more fonts is what the fonts fest is all about -- but we also love lettering, calligraphy and all manner of doing cool stuff with words and letters. Our special treat this week was meeting back up with Gemma O'Brien after so many years! She's become quite the celebrity in the lettering world! Congrats, Gemma! But there's lots more! Have fun . . .

  • Fresh bites and delights : Culinary
  • Gemma O'Brien lettering
  • Sweet Sorrow Free Font
  • BARON (Free typefamily)
  • Salt and Spices Pro
  • True North Textures
October 4, 2016

The Fonts Package of the Year: MacAppware just made it a lot bigger and better

We've told you about MacAppware and 128bit Technologies and their Premium Fonts packages before. Well, the 7.0 release of this truly extraordinary fonts collection has added all new Webfont versions -- but that's not all! They have also added a PDF sample book of all the font families so you can quickly reference the fonts you need for a specific project! With this epic collection, you won't need another font for a long time . . . maybe for ever! September 29, 2016

FFF #5: Font confusion, cool sans, recipes, type on the sidewalk, Free Fonts and more

22nd fonts fest surf four

Sometimes we run across something really intriguing and we have to follow up on it -- we were told all about Luc Devroye's article on whether or not Adobe actually created the Cronos font! But there's more -- some nice freebies in this edition, and a young lady doing some remarkable art with type and letterforms! Have fun . . .

  • Does Adobe steal fonts? How close are they?
  • Posterama Sans Serif, Display with attitude!
  • Charmante is a charming little font
  • Trying fonts online ... again
  • Type on the sidewalk
September 27, 2016