The Father of Grunge Typography Calls Out Lazy Design

Legendary designer David Carson on why you should just say no to Helvetica.

For graphic designers, success and controversy rarely go hand in hand. But David Carson flaunted that rule, along with just about every design principle when he became the founding art director of Ray Gun, a music magazine whose raucous look seemed to perfectly encapsulate the ’90s grunge era. A latecomer to graphic design, he did only what felt right to him, not what he was taught. He eschewed order in favor of a noisy, expressive approach to typography that, detractors famously claimed, compromised legibility.

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Söderhavet – specialdesignade typsnitt

Därför är ett specialdesignat typsnitt en självklar komponent i en modern varumärkesidentitet

Givet vår snabbt föränderliga omvärld, vad krävs för att en visuell varumärkesidentitet effektivt ska ta sig genom bruset? Förutsättningarna för varumärkeskommunikationen förändras snabbare än någonsin men utvecklingen och arbetet med varumärkesidentiteten hos många företag och organisationer hänger inte riktigt med.

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Dubai Introduces Its Own Font, Lauding Free Expression It Does Not Permit | NY Times

Dubai has long had a taste for the finer things in life. The influential Persian Gulf city has been home to the world’s tallest building, a hotel that offers guests private butlers and 24-karat-gold iPads, and even a bakery that sold gold-laced cupcakes for roughly $1,000 each.

Now it is getting attention for a slightly less flashy effort that may soon be coming to a word-processing program near you: Dubai has made its own font.

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Typographic Doubletakes | Hoefler&Co

While good typefaces have prodigious families of carefully related styles, some of the best typography builds unexpected relationships between unrelated fonts. Here are five ways to create typographic connections, to help keep your design engaging and inventive.

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Fonts from the Future 🚀⚡️ | Alphabettes

En essä om typografins möjliga framtid. Roligt och läsvärt (Red.)

Fasten your seat belt and strap on your mind reading helmet, Alphabettes reports to you from the future with a collection of potentially visionary, occasionally dystopian, and totally unfounded predictions for the type industry, and greater humanity, in the 22nd century.

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Man of letters: Anthony Burrill’s guide to creative inspiration packs a punch

Did you know that Anthony Burrill’s favourite band used to be The Human League? Or that he was initially drawn to the art of letterpress through beer mats? Neither did we until we got our hands on this handsome tome – a book which is part biography, part inspirational guide to creativity.

In Make it Now!, Burrill retraces the formative steps that led him towards the status of poster art wizard he holds today. From the first time he witnessed a graphic designer at work, through to degrees from Leeds and the RCA, and his connection with Vernacular Typography, readers will get a keen insight into his success.

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Better Web Typography for a Better Web – Free E-mail course

Web design is 95% typography, Oliver Reichenstein famously claimed. So web designers and front-end developers should all have typography skills. Skills that go beyond merely choosing fonts but actually contribute to producing readable, legible and inviting content online. Would you say that’s the case? Things are getting better but we’re still not quite there yet. This is where Better Web Type comes in.


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