Month / November, 2012

Time Remap

I have no idea what a “Time Remap” is or what it entails, all I know is this is an amazing effect that makes people look like delicate dancing ghosts.

PechaKucha 20×20

An intense presentation style developed in Tokyo of 20 slides, each slide being on screen 20 seconds (hence 20×20). All PechaKucha presentations are over in 6.66 minutes.

Updated Collection of Free Fonts

Following on from my previous post, here are a bunch of free typeface resources to explore. A word of caution, some of the typefaces found in the wild are immature at best. Watch out for anything that looks a little too trendy.

Free (or almost free) Font Foundries

  • The League of Movable Type (pretty prolific collection of text and display fonts.)
  • Lost Type (a pay what you want font foundry – some great fonts for as little as free.)

Free Font Sites

Font Combinations

Lists of Free Fonts

Recommended Fonts to Try Out

Source Sans Pro – Adobe’s First Open Source Font

When non-designers ask me what my favorite fonts are for their home newsletters, or announcement cards, or stationery, I usually point them in free alternative that don’t look horrible. There are a bunch of really wonderful open source or free fonts that publishers have made available on the web. Wonderful fonts like Open Sans, Junction, or League Gothic. These are not bizarro creations by amateurs, these are strong typefaces in their own right.

Adobe’s first forray in open source fonts Source Sans Pro, however, has become my defacto recommendation. It has a lot of weights, it is very easy to use, holds up even at large sizes, and looks incredible on-screen and printed. This is a totally free $350 font and is definitely comparable to fonts like Scala Sans, Din, and the like.

If you don’t have this in your arsenal, even for seasoned designers, you are missing out. It allows for any organization to have a quality san-serif typeface at their beck and call. It is even available for all websites on Google’s web fonts.