Feeling the 90s nostalgia on this one! Kae aka Hello This Is Kae is an art director based in Berlin, Germany. Her series: Songs And The City is a purely fun typographic endeavor to turn 80s/90s hits into visuals. Simple as that, but these pieces are amusing and you truly do start whispering the songs yourself. Most of us are from that era and these songs are timeless!
I love typography experiments. It bring me back a lot of memories of my early days. I remember spending hours checking out books on graphic design, and there was the now legendary Los Logos book, which featured tons of logos and type experiments. Wete Studio just shared a published an awesome post where they share a lot of beautiful typography experiments they did between 2017-2018, most of them are personal projects exploring cinema 4D and photoshop (except one project for the Yorokobu calendar and the letter O for SEAT).
We are all familiar with the “36 days of type” typography challenge we always feature some of the entries that really get our attention and despite the willingness to post all of them, it’s quite hard to keep track of the amazing work people share. However, Martin Naumann really pushed it hard with his version and produce a truly amazing set. The reason I say that, well, it has to do with the theme, or at least, the resemblance with the style of my favorite decade, the 80s.
We used to run the Friday Free Fonts series of posts in the past but finding free fonts are not that easy. We understand the level of work necessary to design a font and good work is not always free. So today I want to feature the Frontage Condensed Typeface designed by Juri Zaech, a Swiss Art Director, currently living and working in Paris, France.
A fellow Montrealer and Art Director Mathieu Desjardins has shared a pretty and ultrabold font on his Behance Profile. Entitled Monument Extended, it's a bold font with a clear intention of perfect your everyday tasks with type. Monument Extended font goes from Ultralight all the way to Ultrabold. I just love the fact that is bold enough for your designs whatever you are designing for a new logo or even explore new typefaces.
We are transporting ourselves to Rio de Janeiro to check out this space called: LET'S Makerspace, designed by Plau for the Mopi. You just gotta love this incredible mixture of typography and architecture. Props to everyone involed in this project, it's incredibly cool to bring this initiative forward and to actually listened to the students, in order to understand what made a classroom innovative. Their vision gave us a great starting point. Check it out!
Crystian Cruz shared an awesome typography or type project that started with the analysis of hundreds of hand-lettered signs from the urban landscape in several cities of Brazil, in order to convey the impact of this popular Brazilian visual culture in a single digital typeface. It was designed in 1999, but only released to the public in 2003, as a free font.
If you follow the blog you will notice our shift, or at least, a bit more focus on the 90s decade, departing from our passion and admiration for the 80s. The reason for that is just some little clues we see everywhere, especially in the movies. A good example will be the new Marvel movie Captain Marvel, which is supposed to take place in the 90s. So to celebrate this lost decade we have been posting about graphic design, digital design, typography and other types of projects that borrow inspiration from that grunge period of time.
A couple of days ago I posted an article about some graphic design explorations using lines and other simple elements on a grid, like plus signs or dots. There were tons of really awesome ideas, however all of them were very abstract. One could ask me, how can we apply that to a real project. For my surprise, – Sawdust – had the answer right in my face. They posted a typography project on Behance titled: “Cover typography for The New York Times for Kids”.
DAZZLE SHIP™ have shared with us their latest personal experiment where they taking us on a trip around the world through typographic forms. DAZZLE SHIP™ is a creative production studio focusing their work in direction for design and motion. Can you guess the countries the designs are from? Pretty clever, nice work from the team! You should definitely check it out!
Ale Paul and Futura . shared an awesome typography project on Behance. It's for their new font family Address Sans. As they mentioned in the description, the typeface indulges in the spirit and aesthetics of mid-century Modern.
Mixing through branding, graphic design and typography, we've always been fans of Kevin Cantrell. Learning more about Kevin's motto/philosophy, we'll find ourselves in a branding system filled with brand architecture, graphic marks, monograms, seals, badges and much more worth considering. We wouldn't say that Kevin's work is expressing a certain style of typography but through the years we can admit that he has put out incredible and inspiring works that explore many colour palettes and layered patterns.
Incredible GIFs Alert inside the following article, consider yourself warned! Let's take a look at the work from Vincenzo Marchese Ragona, a graphic designer based in London, United Kingdom. We are exploring ongoing personal experimentation where Vincenzo is visualizing the movement of one particular word through its motion design and typography in a 2D and the 3D space as well. These animations are so pleasing to look at, my favorite word in this collection would be "packed".
I am always amazed to see the evolution of the design community and the adoption to new styles and techniques. Motion design seems to be taking over, not only in the design industry, but everywhere. Apps like Snapchat are proof to this evolution and it gives a glimpse of a day where no more static images will be seen. Until then I hope we find a better format than GIF. That said, for this post I want to share some beautiful examples of typography in motion created by Starov Evgeniy and Dubnichenko Alexey.
Way before digging my work into UX/UI, I was (and still) a big fan of Typography mixed with 3D. By the different techniques and how you can express yourself through words/quotes and choose how you wanna express it. Today, I look up to those who still work into these fields and asking myself when I'll do some typography and getting my hands into 3D. Time will tell. For now, let's look at the stunning work of Zigor Samaniego.
Soulcraft typeface is a free OpenType variable font designed with the idea of emulating vernacular lettering. This beautiful typography project was created and shared by Massimo Studio, Erick Donate, Jean Wojciechowski and Marcelo de Costa. Since the font is an OTVar font, the user is able to change width and slant of each individual character without relying on pre-defined font weights.
Jonathan Ortiz shared a beautiful collection of calligraphy and typography compositions. They are super colorful and stylish. There are some clever ideas on some of them, like a anagram style animation. One of my favorite pieces is the Pinterest one, it has a bit of a paintbrush feel but with a lot of depth. It feels that is was done in 3D. Actually most of the work that Jonathan shared takes a advantage of the clever use of shadows to add depth and movement. Super cool!
I was surfing on Behance for an inspiration related to fonts for ABDZ. I stumbled across the work of Simon Stratford who is a designer based in London, UK. He published a project for Reebok #BeMoreHuman Typeface fully hand-drawed. It's just a beautiful and yet powerful campaign featuring popular celebrities like Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman, Danai Gurira (from Black Panther) and more.
Craig Ward is a design director (Words are Pictures) based in New York, NY, USA. He was commissioned by Squarespace to dress-up a mural located in Shoreditch, East London with their tagline: "Make It". These mural designs are gorgeous, they are both an illusion mixed with straight digital art. Where you need to take a second look or just basically whatever you are doing to enjoy the piece of art. Props to Craig for his wonderful work.
In an effort to try to bring some nostalgia back, today we proudly announce the return of one of our most popular typography series, the Friday Free Font and we are featuring an awesome one. Anodina, created by Stefano Giliberti, is a font family with human features but symmetric in it’s soul. It includes 5 weights from Extra Light to Extra Bold. This font family is great for logo design, posters, basic text, headlines, and much more.