Fonts in Use

  • My Type of Music

    Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover and a band by its album art.

  • ScreenFonts

    A typographic look at today’s movie posters and film titles. (a.k.a. Characters on The Silver Screen)

  • Lovely Lettering

    Typography is made with type, but some of the best letters are made one at a time, by hand.

  • Oops!

    A light-hearted repository of amusing typos and typographic mishaps.

 

BBC’s Great Expectations Wins 2012 Emmy Award For Outstanding Main Title Design

The nominations and winning title sequence for Outstanding Main Title Design at the 2012 Primetime Emmys.

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Bombay Sapphire “Infused with Imagination”

Late this summer I went to see The Dark Knight Rises with my two eldest Eliza and Randall in the local multiplex. Amongst the commercials preceding the feature, Bombay Sapphire – Infused with Imagination jumped out for the quality of its art, music, and typography. This short for Bombay Sapphire is built around a stunning, [...]

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If Movies Had Opening Titles With Crappy Fonts…

As you may very well know I often rail against poor typographic choices for movie posters and credit title sequences. However it could be even worse, and after seeing the remix video If Movies Had Crappy Fonts I feel like such a snob. Jest – the latest website under the CollegeHumor Media umbrella – asks if using [...]

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Intentional Mistake Due To Wrong Assumptions

After writing about Fenstern Zeichen, Herbert Marker’s delightful gallery of Austrian shop signs, it pains me to show you this miserable failure for contrast. This sign which I discovered only recently graces the facade of a restaurant/bar on the Friday Market in Gent, my home town. When walking around the city, I have been confronted [...]

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A Look at The TypeCon2012 MKE Shift Identity

The TypeCon identity radically changes every year – see for example my post on the 2009 identity by Under Consideration/Department of Design. SoTA always picks a local(ish) designer to represent the area through designing that year’s logo and identity. They usually go with “name” designers and have been happy with the results. This year however [...]

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Preserving Disappearing Architectural Lettering in Austria

With the modernisation of the urban landscape, vintage architectural lettering disappears at a worrying pace. Beautiful commercial signs above shop windows make way for default letter shapes in plexiglass and neon. As the logos of international chains take over, the couleur locale fades, making the typical shopping street look identical to any similar street in [...]

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Fonts In Use Now Open To Public Contributions

Great news for font addicts and typography collectors. Early this week Fonts In Use opened up their doors for public contributions. Launched in late 2010 by Sam Berlow, my original partner-in-font-geekery Stephen Coles, and Nick Sherman, the website originally was a blog showing real-world examples of type in action. Exploring type specimens is a nice [...]

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