Typographic Coliseum

Ξ April 20th, 2010 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Graphic Design, Fontography |

I came across this website today, and I was in absolute awe. Cameron Moll spent 12 months and approximately 250 hours creating this typographic masterpiece:


The amount of thought, detail and research that went into this artwork is incredible. In today’s busy society it’s rare to find a designer with the patience to take on a project like this. His wife interviewed him along with Bryce Knudson of Bjorn Press:

In a world filled with 30 second Photoshop throw up, there’s something so unique and special about projects like this. I couldn’t help myself, I had to order a print of it. If my apartment ever catches on fire, it’ll be the first thing I grab when I run out the door.

Original post by melktart


My Typographic Wish List

Ξ October 28th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Life, Graphic Design, Fontography |

I am in love with typography. I want to surround myself with beautiful fonts and typographic ornament. I thought I’d keep a list of all the items I want to (eventually) own and conferences I’d like to attend.

Original post by melktart


Movie Title/Credit Design

Ξ August 13th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Graphic Design, Fontography |

After years of watching movies and TV shows, I started to notice that the movie/TV industry was starting to put a little more time and thought in title and credit design. One of the first intros that really struck me was that of Ghost Whisperer. You can view it here. Skip the first 40 seconds. I just loved the style, feel, and mood that it set for the show. I’ve always been in love with antique/worn/degraded/feminine-looking design, and the Ghost Whisperer intro was the accumulation of all of these loves. After watching this show for the first time, I decided right then and there that if I ever make it to grad school (School of Visual Arts, New York), that is what I would study: motion graphics design/animation. There’s something about motion design that appeals to me. I love that the user is somewhat more engaged with it, compared to a flat, static piece of work. I think it’s one of the reasons I specialize mostly in web design; because it is interactive as well as functional. Ever since Ghost Whisper, I became a little more aware of intro titles in the theater. I noticed that studios were hiring professional design companies to really tailor the credits to fit the movie mood/feel.

I came across this website a few days ago: Art of the Title. This website showcases some great movie/TV intros, and it’s like visual candy to me.

Some of the titles that really stand out to me:

Lemony Snicket


This type of design and use of fontography is RIGHT up my alley. I love this. I want to marry it. Watch it.

Napoleon Dynamite


The use of items from within the movie as credit titles was great. And placed on top of unusual backgrounds/textures made it very curious and appealing. Watch it.

Panic Room


I thought the font choice for these titles could have been a little better, but this film intro was one of the first times I ever remember seeing credits seeming as though they were integrated into their surroundings. A lot of commercials and movie intros use this technique now. Watch it.

Thank You For Smoking


This intro had me almost jumping out of my seat in the theaters. I wanted to watch it over and over again. The use of old cigarette cartons, styles, and designs was ingenious. A+. Watch it.

Casino Royale


I love this for the same reasons as I do for “Thank You For Smoking”; casino items/elements mixed in with the titles. Awesomeness. Watch it.

Original post by melktart


Typographic Tea Towels

Ξ June 27th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Food, Fontography, Shopping, Cute |

One blog that I visit almost every day is that of Scottish illustrator/designer Linzie Hunter. I really love her illustration style. She recently designed some silk-screened tea towels that I thought were just too freaking awesome:

Sadly, she no longer has these specific towels in stock, but she has some new ones in her online store.

I’m very inspired to try some silk screening of my own. Maybe within the next few months…

Original post by melktart


You Know You’re a Graphic Designer When…

Ξ June 4th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Life, Graphic Design, Fontography |

  • You watch the superbowl for the commercials
  • You are pro-Facebook because 95% of the MySpace accounts burn your retinas
  • You can name more than 200 fonts in under five minutes
  • You practically take caffeine intravenously
  • You have an appreciation for everything unique
  • You’ve almost rear-ended the car in front of you because you were analyzing a font on a billboard
  • You get pissed when a free Photoshop brush you download is less than 1000px in size
  • You’ve learned your lesson and stopped using the word “final” in any file name when saving
  • You’ve intentionally given up trying to explain your projects to non-designers
  • You see CMYK and RGB like Neo sees the Matrix
  • You’d rather organize your desktop than your sock drawer
  • You’ve actually paid for a font
  • You’ve totally slaughtered a great design concept because the client thinks he/she knows best (everyone thinks they are a designer)
  • You’ve kept a ragged concert ticket just so you could scan it
  • You can’t go to a restaurant without secretly critiquing the menu design
  • You know what kerning is and you really, really like it
  • Seeing someone use Lens Flare or Comic Sans adversely affects your blood-pressure
  • You maintain a grid system for your refrigerator magnets
  • You’re up until 5am because you came up with the best idea ever while brushing your teeth.
  • You know Lorem Ipsum by heart
  • You spend $200 on a font for your personal website because it’s the only font where the lower-case g is just right
  • Apple+Z is the first thing that goes through your mind if you drop and break something
  • You have little snippets of paper everywhere from sketching ideas for layouts and designs whenever the impulse strikes you, including indecipherable scribbles made while driving in traffic, and bathroom scribbles done with eyeliner
  • You wake up in the middle of the night and grab for your sketch pad because you just dreamt of a great solution for a project you’ve been stuck on
  • You’re secretly insulted when your family orders party invitations (instead of asking you to design them)
  • You have toys displayed around your cube and your coworkers think your weird because of it
  • You can immediately identify when a gas station has hung the “3″ upside down on the price signage, and it drives you absolutely insane
  • You fill in improperly-spaced em dashes with a pen on printed documents
  • You carry (at all times) a digital camera, sketchbook and a variety of pens and pencils
  • Getting an email from Veer or MyFonts is like getting typographical candy from Santa
  • You cringe when you see spaces on either side of an em-dash, when periods are used instead of an ellipse mark and when there are double spaces after a period
  • You get funny looks from clients when you discuss a specific PMS red color

Original post by melktart



Ξ May 8th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Graphic Design, Fontography |

The One Show Design “silver” finalist for broadcast promotion:

So freaking cool. I need to learn After Effects…

Original post by melktart


The Rather Difficult Font Game

Ξ April 25th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Fontography |

I was sent this link for font recognition testing. Try it out! I got 24/34.

The Rather Difficult Font Game


Thanks to Ocswing for the link.

Original post by melktart


Typeface: Halvorsen

Ξ April 18th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Fontography |

In my first book, Caffeine for the Creative Mind, I decided to use Times and Arial as primary typefaces. Both Stefan and I were in agreement that there was something comical about using default fonts for a creative book. I’m not sure how many readers caught on to this design choice, but I know that both us and the publisher thought it as rather funny.

For the next book, I wanted to use a typeface that was both stylish and legible. I’ve been a big fan of Adobe Caslon for a while now, and I wanted to use something with a similar classicism, although as a sans-serif. After much searching, I came across the typeface Halvorsen in a Veer promotional book. As soon as I saw it, I knew it’d be perfect.



Our publisher approved my first round of comps, and they love the typeface. I think it’s going to improve legibility a great deal, and I think the variety of weights will be helpful when playing with words (like I did in the first book).

Original post by melktart


Not Trajan AGAIN!

Ξ February 10th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Graphic Design, Fontography |

As a graphic designer, I can’t help but notice different fonts and how they’re used within daily life. How did that font choice enhance or detract from that product? Which fonts are “hot” at the moment, and which ones have sort of shriveled and dried up? I think that there are fonts that come and go, much like fashion, and others that remain staples of “designers” everywhere. Throughout the past few years, I’ve noticed in particular that Papyrus, Copperplate, Porcelain, Zapfino, Trajan, and Cezanne have reached the OMG if I see that font one more time I’m going to stab someone list. It’s not necessarily that they’re “bad” fonts (some of them are quite beautiful, in fact), it’s just that designers seem to have latched on to these as a staple and we’re now seeing them everywhere. How many times have we seen Papyrus used for a day spa/coffee shop? You know, there is more than one font out there that could suit such establishments other than Papyrus.

Someone sent this link to me in regard to the overly-used movie font that is Trajan. I thought it was rather well done:

Some other fonts that I think are sadly on their way to the overly-used list include Interstate and Caslon. Chevron adopted Interstate not too long ago. It’s a beautiful, clean font, and unfortunately designers everywhere are noticing this and using it in everything. What baffles me is that there are so many fonts out there, yet we tend to gravitate towards a select few staples instead of branching out and trying something new! With websites like Veer and MyFonts, not only can you test drive the font, but usually for around $20, you can own it!

So c’mon. Be your own trend setter. Screw the overly-used staples and introduce something new to us all. Please, we’re begging you. Who knows, maybe one day it’ll be added to the “overly-used” list.

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