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The most frustrating aspect of web design for designers trained for print, is the persistent lack of typographic control. Careful typographic choices are the hallmark of quality work and the lack of that quality online never ceases to be jarring...
Lovers of abstract art are undoubtedly familiar with the superlative Wassily Kandinsky — the Russian-born painter, printmaker, and theorist who was recognized as having painted the first purely abstract compositions in modern...
It’s rare that you find a typeface with both legibility and character; the latter often obscures the former. So you’d be wise to take advantage of our sister site MightyDeal.com’s current offer on the beautiful Solomon font family....
A few weeks ago, we posted a nifty quiz to test your prowess at differentiating between Helvetica and Arial. If that typography challenge succeeded in whetting your whistle for font games, a new app design is ready to take you to the next level...
I had created some neat icons for a website redesign I was doing, and I previewed the new site on an old iPad. The layout looked OK at normal size, but zooming in to part of the page, I suddenly saw that my icon was a blurry mess, while the text-based...
Talent, discipline, and creativity just might constitute a triple threat in the world of design; and if it does, 21-year-old Peter Tarka easily meets the definition. Each month, the ambitious Poland-based creative produces a collection...
It’s long been thought that Arial is to Helvetica what the ugly step sister is to Cinderella. Helvetica was designed in Germany in the 1950s to compete with Akzidenz Grotesk; Arial was designed in America in the early 1980s, believed by many...
Since the very earliest illuminated manuscripts, dating back to the 5th century AD, we’ve associated flora with enlarged type. Perhaps it’s something to do with the way plants repeat the same shapes, echoed by type. Or perhaps it’s...
With increasing diversity in monitor sizes, it's not practical to design single blocks of text that take up the entire width of the screen. The traditional solution is to split text into columns manually, which is very time intensive; or to...
First it was the Capulets versus the Montagues; then it was Coke versus Pepsi; and the latest epic battle? Serif versus sans-serif, of course. Lucky for us, the crew at UrbanFonts has produced a nifty infographic to help clarify the age-old...
When I was in middle school, I took a sign language class. At the time, it struck me as interesting that some words and letters looked exactly like the thing being described, while others seemingly had no relation. That’s why I’m intrigued...
As a writer, I’m particularly drawn to typographic art. Perhaps it’s because the combination of word and art speaks to both the left brain and the right brain — and therein lies the magic. Designer Ji Lee’s book entitled Word as Image...
If there's one thing every designer needs in their toolkit, it's a workhorse font. A workhorse font is the typeface you turn to again and again; it's your first stop; your default option. Your workhorse font is deeply entrenched in your personal...
I guess a more suitable title might be ‘is Photoshop still an appropriate tool for designing typography on the web?’ But that lacks the dramatic appeal of the above. Like many of you, I have always used Photoshop to create mock-up compositions...