During my service in the Korean military, I worked for two years as special intelligence personnel for the NSA, learning first-hand how to extract information from defense targets. Now, as a designer, I am influenced by these experiences and I have become dedicated to researching ways to “articulate our unfreedom” and to continue the evolution of my own thinking about censorship, surveillance, and a free society.
ZXX is a disruptive typeface
designed by an ex-Korean intelligence officer to prevent automated text processing. ZXX Type Specimen Video
. Project site
offers a free download (.zip, 77 KB)
The Accessible Icon Project
seeks to change public perception of the disabled by subtly redesigning the traditional blue-and-white accessibility icon. New York City
is one of the first to embrace the new design.
, a free font designed to lessen confusion between visually similar letterforms.
Challenge: Create an image out of a word
, using only the letters in the word itself.
Rule: use only the graphic elements of the letters without adding outside parts
From the mind of Ji Lee [more inside]
Hungarian designer Martzi Hegedűs has created a single typeface, titled Frustro, on the sole premise of making it impossible.
Graphic designer Susan Kare
was responsible for much of the look of the original Mac operating system. Now, you can take a peek inside the notebook
where she sketched out on graph paper the icons for cut and paste. (previously
is a patchwork of photos and illustrations having a relationship with typography. AisleOne
is focused on graphic design, typography, grid systems, minimalism and modernism. iABC
is a collection of beautiful letters. Inspiration Bit
has a nice archive of articles about web typography. Nicetype
is about fonts, logos, posters and software. Twenty-Six Types
celebrates the beautiful letters. Typenuts
is type-themed iPhone and desktop wallpapers. Typoretum
is about typography, letterpress and printing history. Enjoy.
We and the Color
is a blog about creative inspiration in art, graphic design, illustration, photography, architecture, fashion, product, interior, video and motion design. Also on Flickr
"Reading printed text is so fluid and transparent for most people that it's hard to imagine it feeling any other way. Maybe that's why it took a dyslexic designer to create a typeface
that optimizes the reading experience for people who suffer from that condition." [more inside]
Cue up a kaleidoscope of House Industries techniques
, substrates, disciplines and muscle memory compressed into high-definition pixels and actively matrixed through modulated electroluminescence with an audio lesson from The Bird and The Bee
If you are a fan of the quirky type fonts of a pre-digital era, you may enjoy "the" project
, a whimsical little romp through the graphic yesteryear brought to you by the hound of lettering
. (via Mira y Calla)
Web Design Ledger
is a publication written by web designers for web designers. The primary purpose of the site is to act as a platform for sharing web design related knowledge and resources
. Topics range from design inspiration
and everything in between. [more inside]
takes the vernacular of self-distributed flyers and tear-offs... redesigning them, overpowering their message with a new visual language. [via
Where music geekery and typographical geekery intersect: Rock That Font
looks knowledgeably at the typography of notable album covers.
has a useful and full-featured search for the names and glyphs for those Unicode characters that display as a plain box full of despair. It is presented by the Department of Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz. Roll the dice ⚅⚄
and try it out. [more inside]
Israeli designer Oded Ezer
produces stunning works of experimental typography
. He has been lauded for creating [PDF link]"...Hebrew characters that melt,"
but it is his more unconventional work
that is truly breathtaking
- made up of letters with vivacity and personality. He calls his gorgeously abstracted work "typo art,"
existing wholly neither in the space of art or typography, with hope that it might transcend language altogether
. See his flickr stream
for more sketches, works, and arresting typescapes.
A Website about Corporate Identity.
A large archive of corporation logos with design credits, typeface identification (or, at least the typographic roots of the ID's.) and Pantone color information. Not at all complete, but it's a very nice start. Hopefully it will continue to expand.
via: Grain Edit
It’s easy to talk about Adrian Frutiger
in the past tense, since his most influential fonts – Univers
, and the eponymous Frutiger
– are all at least thirty years old. But he is still alive
, and in the summer of 2006, as he was presented with the Society for Typographic Aficionados
’ annual Typography Award
, type designer Mark Simonson
gave a presentation on how Frutiger
[pdf, 18 MB] affected, and continues to affect, him and all others who benefit from good typography.
-- ever wondered what font a logo uses? Wonder no more. (site's in German but the chart is simple--there's also a reversed one, by font instead of by company
An open letter to John Warnock.
"Please consider releasing eight to twelve core fonts into the public domain. The amount of revenue lost from a small core set of fonts surely can’t have a significant impact on Adobe’s bottom line."
) is a man of many talents. His own site
(flash/sound) is fun (often funny) and chock full of agreeably wacky sounds, but can take some time to navigate. Reichel hasn't made it easy for you if you happen to be in a hurry. You may well get stuck somewhere and just give up. That'd be a shame, though, cause you'd miss getting acquainted with the guitars
he makes and plays. Or how he designs fonts
. The mixing board
shenanigans are not to be missed (once you get past those curious little fellows in the brown hats), plus you can sorta kinda play his daxophone
yourself. And of course conduct your own little ensemble of meercats
when one of them finally comes out of hiding and says "Hallo! Play with me".
The Pixel Plant
offers 150 Pixel Fonts for between Free and 45 cents each.
The Scourge of Arial.
It has spread like a virus through the typographic landscape and illustrates the pervasiveness of Microsoft's
influence in the world. Arial, however, has a rather dubious history and not much character
. In fact, Arial is little more than a shameless impostor...
FontLeech: The Free Font Blog.
Searching for free fonts (that don't suck) so you don't have to. Just launched the other day; might be worth watching for us broke designers.