This Week in Type #11

Typography fascinates artists. That’s a fact. This week we came across many examples of art that uses typography as their main tool. It must be spring. But it’s not all butterflies, spring, LEGO fonts and inspiring kinetic typography, as we get serious about typography abominations and website readability too.

Unique Butterfly Species Created with Typography

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These are not animals dingbats, these are very rare species of typography butterflies. The project is a series in which each winged bug is formed out of select typefaces including Bodoni, Times New Roman, and Univers. Using real species as the inspiration for the basic forms, designer Guusan mimics the bodies of many Japanese butterflies. Beautiful. Enjoy!

Typography for all: Demystifying Text for High-impact Messages

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This article covers the basics of everyday typography, font pairings that are pleasing to the eye, practical formatting tips that work with a variety of software, and common mistakes to avoid. It’s a good start for beginners.

Unforgivable Typography Abominations

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If you agree that there is bad typography out there, on the internet, then this text is for you. It starts from the premise that people actually cared about typography back when newspapers had to set each letter manually and run their printing press overnight, just to get a single publication out the door. Now, any halfwit can go on dafont.com and download a quarter million fonts. So, here you have some common typography abominations that are sure to raise any designer’s blood pressure.

Ira Glass on the Secret of Success in Creative Work, Animated in Kinetic Typography

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It has been done before, we know, but there’s something charming and true about the message in this wonderful short motion graphics piece capturing Ira Glass’s now-legendary interview on the art of storytelling. Beautifully minimalist and elegant kinetic typography plus a text any creative person can relate to. Take a look!

Improve Website Readability By Using Better Typography

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Yes, content is by far the most important aspect of a blog, as it is this that will attract the traffic to your site. But, on the other hand, if people can’t read your content properly due to poor site typography, then they won’t stick around for long. Agree? If yes, here are some design tips that you can use to help improve your website readability.

LEGO Letterpress Creates Dotted Typography

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This proves that playing with LEGO is not just for kids. After experimenting with letterpress and wood block printing, Scottish designer Levi decided to start branching out until he came up with the LEGO letterpress. The result: a playful dotted font. Now you have an excuse to break out your old bricks and create… a new typeface.

Adobe Busts Myths with Stylised Typography

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And last, but not least, check out Adobe’s latest social campaign that seeks to bury common myths about marketing. These stylish designs by typographer and illustrator Jordan Metcalf help get the message across. How do you like them?

And don’t forget to have a great weekend!