Posts Tagged fonts

Typeface Tuesday – Free Party Fonts

This Tuesday brings you fancy free fonts to enjoy via A Subtle Revelry.

Click here to redirect to their page to download.

Party-Fonts-Roundup

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Ten Dollar Fonts

Ten Dollar Fonts is a host sight created to increase visibility & exposure for up & coming designers.
They currently have a (growing) collection of 24 fonts for sale at – you guessed it – 10 dollars a piece. Of those 24, we were pleasantly surprised to find that we actually liked quite a few…
You can check them out yourself at www.tendollarfonts.com.

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Mac OS X Lion (10.7) Compatibility

 

We are working hard to update all of our software products for Apple’s newly released version of Mac OS X (v. 10.7, called Lion)

Over the next few days we will announce the updates as they become available and will be offered as free updates to our existing customers.

All of our test show that there are no major issues with any of our existing products running on Lion. Most of the problems we’ve seen so far are related to then user interface (window refreshes, controls not drawing correctly, etc.)

If you have any questions or concerns about any of our products then please feel free to contact us here.

 

 

 

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Mac OS X Font Update

Apple recently announced an update (Mac OS X 10.6.7) that fixes known problems related to OpenType fonts.

We are recommending that this update be downloaded and installed by all users.

More information here

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Evolution of Corporate Logos

Inc. Magazine recently posted this cool review of how popular corporate logos have changed over the years.

 

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Type of Personality

Handwriting is as distinctive as a fingerprint, and a lot more telling. Graphologists believe the personality is subtly transmitted via the written word.

Of course, in the internet age, fewer and fewer people communicate via pen and paper, choosing instead to put down their thoughts in electronic media – and that usually involve typography in some form.

It would be interesting to study the relationship between the individual and a particular font they’ve chosen. Of course, many companies already understand how much is communicated through typography. Consider your experience when logging onto a site using sophisticated Bank Gothic over folksy Chalkboard.

Does this visual language drive more business to the site, or detract from it? Is the business credible, or a hack job wanna-be?.

Designers know the importance of typography to successful marketing and brand identity. Creating a distinctive look is critical, but ensuring that the company’s look is consistent with its products and services is even more important.

What are your favorite ways to convey a company with sophistication? That promises security? Which deals in creativity?

 

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Typecasting at Apple

With huge spikes in iPhone and iPad sales, developers and designers are naturally concerned about the lack of typography these devices afford. When the much anticipated iPad was launched in April 2010, we were dismayed to find only a few font options. And while they’ve come a long way in a short time, if these devices are going to accommodate the creative expectations of designers and consumers, they’re going to have to step up their iOS font support.

It’s curious that a visually oriented company like Apple offers such anemic font control on these devices. Function trumps form, and while the company’s intention to keep tight control over its interface is understandable, it is also a bit disappointing. Creatives flock to Apple for its easy interface, its intuitive design, its streamlined structure.

Unfortunately, developers and designers aren’t able to fully capitalize on these functions because of limited choices. It’s a bit like being admitted to Disneyworld, and then being told you can only use the kiddy rides. What’s the point of having an innovative and powerful device that limits your viewing experience?

This contest between device and web design is an interesting one. Can creatives – Apple’s primary customer base – learn to be happy with the limitations? Or will the company be forced to expand its iOS font technologies?

Typography is critical to the user’s experience. Over time, technological breakthroughs in deliverable typefaces will be a game-changer, forcing even the most powerful mobile providers to give their customers an added measure of freedom. It’s just a matter of time.

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