typeface

Flaky typeface

Flaky typeface

Norwegian designer Veronica Falsen Hiis constructed a n’ice typeface out of snow back in December 2008. It’s very apropos for this particularly snowy winter we’ve been having in the tri-state area this year. [Via]

Barbed wire typeface

Barbed wire typeface

Fellow SUNfilterer Perrin Drumm’s recent write up about the MoMA’s acquisition of some typefaces reminded me to post about artist Andrew Effendy’s piece “The Devil’s Rope/Type.” Shaped to look like “sinister” barbed wire, the artist “makes you mull over the role of language and how—especially, in today’s world of information overload—language has the power to…

Finally! The summer jam of 2010 brought to you by Cee-Lo

Finally! The summer jam of 2010 brought to you by Cee-Lo

Although summer is rapidly coming to a close (thanks August rains and chilly evenings for reminding us! Note sarcasm.), Cee-Lo released what might be the summer jam of 2010 that everyone is talking about. Since its release just last Friday, this song is suddenly everywhere.

Comic sans comically rears its head during LeBron spectacle.

Comic sans comically rears its head during LeBron spectacle.

The spectacle surrounding LeBron James’ nationally televised decision to leave Cleveland for South Beach had something for everyone, including graphic designers and aesthetes. After LeBron’s LeBum’s announcement, Dan Gilbert, the jilted majority owner of James’ former team the Cavaliers, wrote an open letter tirade on the Cavs website which had the Internet and Twitterites abuzz (currently a top trending topic) not only for the content, which called his former star “narcissistic,” “heartless and callous” but for the particular infamous and comical typeface Gilbert used. Journalist Jennifer 8. Lee (yes, her middle name is awesomely a number) tweeted this older WSJ article about Vincent Connare, the creator of Comic Sans, the much used and equally hated typeface popular not only in “grade-school fliers and holiday newsletters, Disney ads and Beanie Baby tags, business emails, street signs, Bibles, porn sites, gravestones and hospital posters about bowel cancer,” but also with owners of professional basketball teams.
In 1994, Mr. Connare was working on a team at Microsoft creating software that consumers eventually would use on home PCs. His designer’s sensibilities were shocked, he says, when, one afternoon, he opened a test version of a program called Microsoft Bob for children and new computer users. The welcome screen showed a cartoon dog named Rover speaking in a text bubble. The message appeared in the ever-so-sedate Times New Roman font.

Books as fonts and more!

Books as fonts and more!

As a bibliophile and typeface-ophile, I’m quite fond or, excuse the pun, “font” of photographer and self-described storyteller Paul Octavious’s “Book Collection” in which the artist has been creating whimsical fonts and other creations using just artfully piled stacks of books. What a creative way of making order from disorder.

Blind font

Blind font

Andrew Byrom takes what is super ridiculously annoying about window venetian blinds and turns it into a super ridiculously neat typeface. View more photos of the process here. [Via]

Poker Face spoof: Neutra Face!

Poker Face spoof: Neutra Face!

The intersection of two current popular topics, Lady Gaga and at least among the design bloggerati, typeface art (previously) resulted in “Neutra Face,” a brilliant spoof of Lady Gaga’s hit song “Poker Face” that’s making the rounds on the Internet. Insert pun here using “Comic Sans.”

Ogaki, in 4 weights

Ogaki, in 4 weights

Hungarian typographer and graphic designer Aron Jansco used to doodle during class. “My schools weren’t too strict,” he says, so he had a lot of time for drawing graffiti and letterforms. Graffiti still remains a big part of his design style, though you wouldn’t know it to look at Ogaki, his very first type face,…

Deadly font

Deadly font

Designer Jelte van Abbema was a winner at the Dutch Design Awards and the accompanying €10,000 Rado Prize in part due to his piece “Symbiosis,” a font created with e.coli bacteria. One could say this could be a nasty computer virus! Van Abbema created the font by stamping bacteria into paper, and then placing the…

Onomatopoeic Alphabet

Onomatopoeic Alphabet

Similar to the previously mentioned trend of creatives designing imaginative typefaces, artist Tom Gauld illustrated this whimsical onomatopoeic alphabet. I highly recommend reading his version of the alphabet out loud in public. Go! You can see more of the artist’s works here. [Thanks Mariya!]

Chic hotel packaging

Chic hotel packaging

Barcelona’s Chic and Basic Born Hotel provides guests with amenities that jumps on the typeface design bandwagon with some bold and straightforward messaging.

Creative typefaces

Creative typefaces

I’ve noticed a trend lately of creatives, designers, and photographers creating imaginative typeface using unique and often surprising objects ranging from beards to food. Oddee compiled twelve of them for your wonderment.

Font-clone wars

Font-clone wars

This one’s for the typography nerds: In a follow-up to last year’s excellent short “Font Conference,” the loopy gang at College Humor gives us “Font Fight!,” a violence-filled showdown between two typeface gangs–one led by Helvetica, the other by Helvetica’s “shameless impostor,” Arial. The ending features a surprise cameo by perhaps the most evil font…

Favorite Typefaces of 2008

Favorite Typefaces of 2008

You may take them for granted, but a quality typeface is almost like a functional work of art – and yes, they’re still generally craftted by hand. I suppose April isn’t too late to discuss last year, so without further ado: Typographica lists their favorite typefaces of 2008. Sensationalism aside, it’s significant that the ever-increasing…

Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

Oddly compelling video created by artist Roel Wouters of his young son Gradus and his brother Job writing the alphabet. [Via]

OBJECTIFIED: exploring our manufactured environment

OBJECTIFIED: exploring our manufactured environment

Gary Hustwit’s first film, the smart 2007 documentary HELVETICA explored the 50-year history of that iconic typeface and the countless ways it’s shaped Western visual culture. To the joy of design nerds everywhere, Hustwit’s second film, OBJECTIFIED, is starting to make the rounds of film festivals, and it will be released later this year. OBJECTIFIED…