March 27, 2014 · 767,859 awesome subscribers NEWSLETTER ISSUE #113

Anodyne: 6 Distressed, All-Caps Fonts

The beautiful Anodyne is an original, all-caps font from Yellow Design Studio. It offers up a collection of 6 distressed fonts and includes hand-printed texture variations, multiple styles, contextual alternates and multi-language support. For a limited time, you can get all 6 distressed fonts for only $9. See the previews

Prototype your design in seconds

Velositey is a Photoshop extension that lets you prototype your website's design in just seconds. It automates most of the basics, including your basic layout (based on an 1170px grid), headers, content areas, footers, some styles, and more. It's a fantastic time-saver if you use Photoshop for your mockups.

Are notifications ruining your relationships?

Why iOS Notifications are Ruining My Marriage (and UX solutions) is a great look at some inherent UX issues in the way iOS notifications are currently displayed. Any iOS user has experienced the frustration of going to tap a button at the top of your screen just as a notification pops up, resulting in switching apps rather than your intended action.

A unique countdown to GOT season 4

Beautiful Death is the official death-by-death countdown to the fourth season of Game of Thrones. Each death is beautifully illustrated by Robert Ball and sanctioned by HBO, and each contains several layers of detail, symbolism, and significance. It's a fascinating look at the past three seasons, and a great way to get excited about season 4.

Dirty talk for designers

This hilarious site, Designer Dirty Talk, is exactly what it says it is: a showcase of flirtatious statements that only designers are likely to find appealing (let alone get), like "Let's go back to my place and kern" or "Font size does matter". Warning: these lines probably won't work on anyone outside the design community.

Futura in The Royal Tenenbaums

Royal Tenenbaum's World of Futura takes a look at the obsessive use of Futura in Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums. Besides the credits, Futura is used on buses, hospital signs, museums, posters, and numerous other places throughout the film. Other typefaces used in the film are generally only used in connection with someone or something outside the family.

Where do these symbols come from?

Have you ever wondered where various symbols we see every day in various UIs come from? Origins of Common UI Symbols explains it all, including the symbols for power, command, Bluetooth, USB, sleep, and many more. It's both interesting and visually appealing.

Quick, animated hand-lettering

In a Brush is a collection of often-animated examples of quick (and sometimes not-so-quick) hand-lettering projects from renowned letterers from around the world. It's curated by graphic designer Colin Tierney, from Baltimore, Maryland. And blog also includes a few of Tierney's own designs.

Why Apple's tech is better

Thoughts on Apple Design is a great article from Zach Nathan about why Apple's technology is so much better than everyone else's. It's a bold statement, and one that many might disagree with, but the author provides a compelling argument, covering both the hardware and software angles.