Model Train Typography

Who doesn’t love Model Trains? And now you can get them in a typeface!

From BureauBruneau:

Self-initiated typography experiment where I used an old train set, found in my grandmother’s basement as the basis for creating letters.

13 Free Halloween Fonts

For that last-minute Halloween party invitation!

From Mashable:

Halloween is nearly upon us. If you’re anything like the Mashable crew, you’ve already designed your perfect pumpkin, stockpiled mounds of candy for trick-or-treaters, planned an awesome costume and organized an appropriately ghoulish gathering.

Whether you’re sending out Halloween party invites, creating homemade Halloween cards or designing posters for an eerie event, you need a suitably spooky font. 

We’ve found 13 fearsome fonts perfect for All Hallows Eve, and what’s more, they’re all free for personal use. Take a look through the gallery for our spook-tastic selection. Please share in the comments any other great, gruesome examples you’ve come across.

The Typography Says It All

I tend to agree – I think typography can make statements by itself!

This from Pingg (my favorite evite site!):

There’s no denying it, I love type. I suppose that makes me a typophile (and I’m ok with that). To me, there is nothing more inspiring than a design with beautifully executed typography. And in some cases, only beautifully executed typography.

After scouring the interwebs to the farthest corners, I present to you some of the words that inspire me.

Annica Lyndenberg has created the perfect solution to the awful (and sometimes painful) delivery of most cheesy pick up lines: the pick up line business card.  Simply put, they are AWESOME! How could you ever reject someone that hands you a super hysterical, well illustrated card with a phrase such as this one:

Annica Lydenberg - Do You Come Here Often?
Annica Lydenberg – Do You Come Here Often?

She has a whole series and every single one cracks me up. Plus her use of typography works perfectly with each phrase. The style of the lettering on the cards accurately portrays the message that is being conveyed.

Annica Lydenberg - Do You Come Here Often?
Annica Lydenberg – Do You Come Here Often?

In addition to type that illustrates the message, I love when the type flows with the illustration and becomes just as much an element of design as it is a tool to relay a message. The next 2 images are perfect examples of this.

Not only is this an incredible illustration by abe Bzx, but the way that the word Love is incorporated into the image is stunning.  You can tell that the inclusion and placement of the text was not an afterthought.  It’s a solid piece of the design.

abe Bzx - Complicated Love
abe Bzx – Complicated Love

Hand lettering has the potential to work wonders, and that is exactly what it did in this piece by David Maclennan. David blends his text and illustration until they are one, yet neither the words or image are lacking.

David Maclennan - Nice To Meet You
David Maclennan – Nice To Meet You

There is something extraordinary about a page with a clean layout and well placed typography. Watafak has created a poster that is so wonderful to look at even if you don’t read a single word. The typography is the design and it’s great!

Watafak -  Tipografia 1 | Longinotti | Mapa de Relaciones Textuales
Watafak – Tipografia 1 | Longinotti | Mapa de Relaciones Textuales

I couldn’t possibly write an entire post about typography without showing you something that is letterpressed.  After all, there is no better way to illustrate the beauty of a letter form (in my opinion, of course).

Studio On Fire designed and printed this gorgeous poster. It all started with some hand drawn lettering that evokes all the feelings that you get from reading the quote by the great Ralph Waldo Emerson. I could only imagine how exquisite it looks in person…

Studio On Fire - Wild Air
Studio On Fire – Wild Air
Studio On Fire - Wild Air (detail)
Studio On Fire – Wild Air (detail)

Why Should You Care About Typography?

From CoDesign:

If you think typography is simply about personal whim, you just haven’t been looking at it the right way.

I have a confession to make. There was a time, many years ago, where I thought that typography was fashion by another name. I didn’t really appreciate how different typefaces function, and how the discipline evolved over time, under pressure from aesthetics and technology. And it makes me particularly red-faced to remember that I once flouted that ignorance, going so far as to tell a noted creative director that bit about type as fashion. If only I’d known! If only I’d had this infographic!

Created by someone who only calls themselves Noodlor, it does a pretty superb job laying out the basics of typography, such as the common types of faces, ranging from regular to condensed, and the anatomy of letterforms, which includes ascenders. There’s also the very keen nugget of wisdom that 95% of graphic design is actually typography. But where it gets really good is in the “What It’s Saying” section — which should serve as a slap in the face to anyone who thinks like I once did:


From there, we get into more subtle territory: The basic principles of layout, which begins with the basics of direction, contrast, and rhythm:


 “Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.” That’s one to remember, always.