“You can do a good ad with poor typography, but you can’t do a great ad with poor typography.”
We’ve all done it. We all feel bad about it. We want to avoid it in the future: typography mistakes. Whether it was the result of not enough sleep, too tight a deadline, too small a budget, or all of those at the same time, we still must avoid these common typographic mistakes if we want to stay employed as graphic designers!
You like to download fonts! You are a font hoarder! Well, you’ll want to be sure that you have these free font sites bookmarked. If you’ve been to these popular font sites already, why not swing by and pay them a quick update visit? And if you haven’t heard of a few, there is no better time than the present to drop by.
If you have a growing collection of usable free sans-serif fonts, you are going to have to have some free serif fonts to go with them! Our recent article on the most popular free sans-serif fonts outlined four criteria we came up with to navigate the morass of free fonts readily available on the web. We came up with the best 14, we think. Take a look at that article so we don’t have to repeat the text here, and so that we can get on with our list of free serif fonts.
Why do people draw 3d boxes when they doodle? Well, we don’t know, but we are taking the doodling of 3d boxes to the next level 🙂 Introducing 3D Doodle Boxes!
We are in the final phases of our Unity3D project called 3D Doodle Boxes. You can, as the title implies, doodle with prefab 3d boxes in a super-easy-to-use user interface. It’s a cross between doodling 3D boxes on paper, and Minecraft :). After a final round of fit and finish bug fixing, we’ll be submitting 3D Doodle Boxes to the Mac App Store. In the mean time, have a look at the isometric logo and splash screen branding we just completed (click to enlarge):
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Want some simply gorgeous random color scheme inspiration? This is the script for you!
I’m working on a new ebook about color combinations to be released later this year. Part of the work for that book entails some very cool Photoshop and Illustrator scripting. One of the scripts, the intriguing one I’m sharing with you today, takes four random colors and creates a stunningly beautiful gradient from them.
The smart way to run a web design business is simple: copy the plan that someone else used successfully to run a web design business and stick to it.
That is it.
Many of you know I’ve moved on from running my own web design business. I’m off in different directions including a lot of writing and programming. However, many visitors to my blog, like you, might be trying to start a web design business or are already up and running, but are short in the what-do-I-do-about-this-or-that department. So now what do you do?
A small milestone for our humble little blog. I just noticed crossed a million page views a couple weeks ago. since launching at the end of 2009. Our most popular posts remain those focused on typography. The Big Book of Font Combinations and the Font Combinations app continue to grow in popularity as more people discover us.
While a million page views is nothing compared to other graphic design blogs, it’s a lot for us considering how we’ve successfully carved out such a small niche. Remember, broad numbers don’t count nearly as much as a narrow, targeted audience. Big, focused numbers in your narrow target audience mean everything! And that’s what we’ve done and will continue to do: reach graphic designers and other casual typeface enthusiasts with particular typographic needs!
What’s next? Let’s get to 2 million twice as fast :). With some cool things coming up in 2012 we can do it! Thanks for stopping by!
Now that the year anniversary of The Big Book of Font Combinations is on us, and Font Combinations App 2.0 has been out in the iTunes App Store and updated by nearly everybody, the time is now to ask: what about the legions of free fonts that are available?
The first two products focused entirely on classic typefaces. But with the popularity of free fonts rising with each month, I now wonder about how those fonts are being used by those that download them. My question is simple: would designers find a book just like The Big Book of Font Combinations, but 100% geared towards free fonts, something useful? If you think so, drop me a line or leave a comment below.
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I was a heavy contributor to the infamous Roger Ebert thread on why he thought video games can never be art, Video games can never be art. I concurred with Mr. Ebert, and a few of my answers where highlighted by Mr. Ebert. I duked it out with some of the best pro-games-are-art word-ninjas and logic-dodgers, and have a few trophies on my wall to prove it.
The Mac OS App Store has more and more to offer graphic designers looking for productivity software for their Mac. However, that means there is more and more to wade through to find the good stuff, just like when looking for iPhone apps. But hold on! We did the hard work and research and found a combination of the highest-rated but also most useful apps for graphic designers!
As I’ve said elsewhere on the blog, I believe designers should draw as often as possible. One of the best exercises, time-tested over hundreds of years of fine art tradition, is copying the Masters. But can you do this on lunch break? Sure—with a little help from a grid!… [Read More]