Make It Better

Love this video. Excellent typography, and you know I have a soft spot for all things kinetic

via Make It Better Video @Craftzine.com blog.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock July 13th, 2011 — No Comments


Conan Closing Remarks Kinetic Typography

In my Flash classes, one of the final projects is a kinetic typography assignment. It has grown to be one of my favorite projects. This is a steller example of the medium.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock March 7th, 2011 — No Comments


What do Founders Grotesk, FFunit Slab, and Tiempos have in common?

Egypt Rising - The Daily - Web Typography

Founded by the world’s most notorious media magnate, preceded by months of speculation and fanfare, and backed with unusually strong support from Apple, The Daily is the most anticipated digital publication since publications went digital. It claims to be the first daily newspaper designed specifically for the iPad. This is not an adaptation of an existing print publication, but an entirely new operation, built from the ground up within the age of digital delivery. So what does that mean for The Daily’s typography? Let’s take a look.

via Fonts In Use – The Daily.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock February 12th, 2011 — No Comments


How the # became the sign of our times

Octothorpe

According to the buzz on Twitter and the blogosphere, the rebranded symbol of 2010 is the octothorpe. The what, you say? Did you not know the name for the #, the cross-hatch figure beloved of Twitter users everywhere? A symbol so little used even three years ago that I have just had to press alt+3 on my keyboard to generate one?

via How the # became the sign of our times | Art and design | The Guardian.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock December 10th, 2010 — 1 Comment


Doyen of type design: The most-read man in the world

MATTHEW CARTER, a type designer and the recipient of a MacArthur genius grant, was recently approached in the street near his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A woman greeted him by name. “Have we met?” Mr Carter asked. No, she said, her daughter had pointed him out when they were driving down the street a few days before. “Is your daughter a graphic designer?” he inquired. “She’s in sixth grade,” came the reply.

via Doyen of type design: The most-read man in the world | The Economist.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock December 2nd, 2010 — No Comments


If you are confused in any way…

If you are confused in any way about the chart posted by Michelle or you simply feel there are too many typefaces out there, this simplified version should be a lot clearer. via grady, who I think got it from cameron somehow—what’s he up to these days anyway?

via northtemple – If you are confused in any way ….


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Posted by Jake Spurlock April 21st, 2010 — No Comments


So, you need a typeface…

So, you need a typeface?

Portfolio of grahic design student Julian Hansen.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock April 20th, 2010 — 1 Comment


Skulls via Typography

Fraktur Skull
Fraktur Skull

Ross Elliott from London, UK wrote: “I thoroughly enjoy your blog, and would like to respectfully submit my work for inclusion on it. These two skulls are a part of a series made from the font Fette Fraktur. All characters are not modified and are simply rotated and scaled into position.”

Skull-A-Day: Fraktur Skull.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock February 26th, 2010 — No Comments


Cloaked Humanity

“There is no escaping from ourselves, the human dilemma is as it has always been and we solve nothing fundamental by cloaking ourselves in technological glory.”

For whatever reason, tonight I ended up staying up till 2:30 AM doing nothing particularly important.

Inspired by a few letterforms I saw on a newspaper cover by Mark Manders and Marije Langelaar, I ended up making a typeface that I don’t need, a poster with a great quote from Neil Postman, and a few sketchbooks to go along with the theme.

via John Dilworth Art & Design: Cloaked Humanity.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock February 24th, 2010 — No Comments


An Open Letter to James Cameron From Papyrus

Dear Mr. Cameron,

A letter such as this can hardly do justice to the overwhelming gratitude I’m hoping to express herein. Your most recent film, Avatar, has finally legitimized my work in a way I’ve only ever dreamed of.

Goodness knows I’ve worked hard the past 26 years to make a name for myself. And it’s felt great coming to the aid of New Age spa owners, suburban party planners, and young couples looking to save money by making their own wedding invitations. But only now, by appearing in your movie, have I been given mainstream, high-level recognition as a serious typeface. And for that, I thank you.

Go ahead and read the rest of it: An Open Letter to James Cameron From Papyrus.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock February 6th, 2010 — No Comments