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Collection Design Fonts

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

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Design Technology

Docracy

Docracy is site which allows you access to legal documents online for free. Seems like a cool idea, a little frightening though.

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Everyday Fonts Typography

Amazing typography by UK designer Seb Lester.

Amazing typography by UK designer Seb Lester.

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Design Music

CoverFlow: Better Digital Music Navigation

Cover art

Remember the days when you’d long to listen to music by the album? You went over to your shelves and looked at the album artwork to find the music you wanted to listen to. With the invention of MP3s and digital music players, the concept of album covers as navigational aids got lost (along with shelves full of records). Suddenly looking for a song meant you had to know the artist, album, or song name. As a visual thinker, I can easily tell you what any album in my music collection looks like from memory, but have a real problem with knowing what album a given song is on.

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Design Everyday

Flash Animaion Done Right

!https://www.upthetree.com/wp-uploads/giantsteps1.png(Giant Steps Flash Animation)!

Giant Steps by “Michal Levy”:http://michalevy.com/ is a piece of flash animation to the tune of John Coltraine’s _Giant Steps._ It paints a visual picture of the music as each note builds upon the last, creating a striking architectural composition. It was composed as a graduation project for the The academy of Arts and Design, Bezalel.

!https://www.upthetree.com/wp-uploads/giantsteps2.png(Detail still from animation)!

When I listen to music I see colors and shapes and when I watch visual art I hear sounds. I wanted to express my sensing of shapes colors and music in this short movie.

I have chosen a short Jazz piece, which I have known for many years of my playing the saxophone: “Giant Steps” by John Coltraine. Coltraine made a major break through with his album “Giant Steps” in the year 1959. It was the first time in the history of Jazz music that someone based his music on symmetrical patterns, which stemmed from a mathematical division of the musical scale.

The structural approach of John Coltraineto music is associated with architectural thinking. The musical theme defines a space and the musical improvisation is like someone drifting in that imaginary space.

“Architecture is crystallized music”. Goethe.

via “DayPop”:http://www.daypop.com/top/