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.
On a World cleanup day, 15th of September Slovenians didn’t just clean their country but also created an original typography from garbage. Futura DDB and Ecologist without borders together with volunteers created the actual typeface from a waste they have collected on a respectable event held this Saturday, 15th of September. The cleanest font in the world can now be used as a reminder that every piece of trash can be RECYCLED AND REUSED – even as art. It is also vectorized so anyone can leave or type a message in a font made from real garbage.
David Milan shared an awesome typography post on his Behance profile. It's a collection of experiments playing with calligraphy and lettering. I particularly love this type of work. I used to spend so much time practicing Photoshop and Illustrator to be able to do similar artwork. It's awesome to see how David pushes the limit of analog and digital.
The last time we have featured the work of Tobias Saul was around 2014, already 4 years has passed since. It's nice to see Tobias still kicking and we are featuring a collection of his hand lettering works from the past year and current. You can clear that Tobias is a master of his craft where he can go through any style and still find its charm. You should check out more of his work on Behance.
Let's take a look at a cool and unique Liquid Lettering Collection by Daviher Loredo who is a freelancer in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. You should definitely check out his work on Behance and especially the latest of his work as he has evolved his style even more. Please enjoy this series of exploration of type mixed with a liquid dripping effect.
The "36 days of type" challenge never ceases to inspire me. There is always a new take on how to create a beautiful mix of typography, colors, and layout. For this post, I'm excited to feature the work that Maria Giemza created for her contribution. It's an amazing, sometimes abstract take on the alphabet blending perspective and architecture illustration to create unique compositions. In addition, the color palette she picked is quite beautiful.
We are starting it off with a combination of calligraphy & print design project by 行行珂 HunkXing, who is a graphic designer based in Beijing, China. To be more specific, it's a summary of some of the typography works from 2017-2018. Even though it's a different language, we still can appreciate the visual approach of the overall design. It's really enjoyable!
TT Smalls is a geometric sans serif created for use in video clips and for video production by the TypeType foundry typography minds. The main feature of the font family is the big difference between the uppercase and lowercase characters, in which we intentionally diminish the x-height. At the same time, in order for signs to be readable and balanced, the font uses pronounced visual compensators and a large letter spacing.
The 36 Days of Type is probably my favorite design challenge and there are a few reasons for that. The most important for me is that it requires the participants to come up with not one, but up to 36 variations of their idea and probably the most difficult part, it has to do with typography. It's definitely not an easy task but the designs people share are just amazing. A good example is the 36 Days of Kinetic type by Syddharth Mate. It goes beyond just graphic and adds motion to the mix.
I've been following the work of Mark van Leeuwen for years, especially on his Instagram. His stylish works in lettering and type clearly made a difference in our day-to-day with typography. We are taking a look at this very cool mural for Cadillac (Europe) painted in Munich, Germany for what they called: Stroke Art Fair.
Today Adobe announced the launch of The Hidden Treasures - Bauhaus Dessau, a campaign that will bring to life nearly century old original typography sketches and unpublished letter fragments from legendary Bauhaus design masters that were rediscovered and completed to inspire the next generation of creatives. Bauhaus Dessau, the world famous school of design, was closed in 1932 by the National Socialist Party leaving behind unfinished masterpieces, cr