I love this font, it’s feminine yet casual and warm with the essence of a handwritten note. The extended flourishes give it a little bit of sophistication. This font would be great for a card or casual invitation. You can find Alana, designed by Laura Worthington at fonts.com
If you don’t subscribe to fonts.com‘s email newsletters, you’re missing out on a great treat. It’s great to see what’s new in fonts and what’s selling, but the design and creative writing of the newsletter is really wonderful. Check it out here.
The nature photo can inspire multiple color palettes. This one has multiple neutrals, but there are infinite possibilities with a photo like this. Tomorrow, I’ll post another selection from this image. I took the photo in a hotel garden on the Central Coast of California.
I know we spend hours and hours searching for just the right image for our project, and sometimes, it’s still not quite right, yet you don’t have a budget for a professional photographer. Here’s a list of some of the most popular stock photography sites:
Funkydori is a throwback to the 70’s, like the artist who created this font, I too and a child of the 70’s. This font comes with a large collection — 213 alternates, 13 discretionary ligatures and 38 ornaments allowing for a wide variety of looks. Titling Alternates switches the design to an unconnected script making it extremely flexible. Funkydori can be purchased at my fonts. Laura Worthington is the designer.
If you’re a designer, whether you’re a web or print designer or even a web coder, you probably get paid by the hour and you realize how important it is to keep good time sheets. Here’s a sample of the one I created. It has 3 sections per day to track your time in and out of a project. I staple it to the front of my job jacked for each job I’m working on. For larger projects, I just keep stapling copies to the top of each other as they fill up. There’s also space for expense notes, such as stock photography purchased, prints made and domain/hosting services purchased. Then, when it comes time to bill the job, I have all the information I need in 1 place.
Being organized is such a huge part of what we do — anything that helps push the project along, efficiently, is a good thing.
For a FREE, generic version of my time sheet in a pdf format:
The most beautiful design can be found in nature. A variety of color, line, proportion, symmetry and shape can all be found in the Oriental Lilly, making a nearly perfect design, at least in my opinion. What do you think?
I’m a magazine freak! I love them, I constantly have a pile of new ones near my bed and my desk. There’s nothing better than opening up a brand new magazine, I just love the smell of the ink and the brand new untouched paper. When I saw the new issue of Real Simple Weddings, I thought it may be the most beautiful magazine I’d ever opened. The photography is absolutely gorgeous, the layout is well — of course it’s beautiful, it’s Real Simple! But what surprised me the most was the fact that it was printed on a beautiful, ultra smooth buff colored paper. The images are designed with white in the frames. The white on the buff is stunning. If you haven’t seen this issue, I suggest you stop by a new stand ASAP and take a look at it. You won’t be disappointed!
Pantone talks about why and how they came up with the Plus Series. It’s all about color.
Designers were asking for more options in the Pantone Library. If you’ve ever tried to match a screen color in print, you know how difficult and most times impossible it is. This doesn’t solve those problems, but it does give you more options to choose from when picking/matching colors and may enable you to get a little bit closer to the screen version of a color. Did you know colors are infinite? We can never have enough color!
They’re well into the 60’s now. The art direction on this show is amazing. From the wall paper to the dresses, it’s all so authentic, I just love it. Last night Don Draper’s new wife wore the most amazing dress. Here’s a shot of it. Janie Bryant, the costume designer spoke about it on the amc website. It’s a vintage dress, they remade the sleeves in chiffon because they had deteriorated, the chiffon is accordion pleated but you can’t tell on tv or in the images. It was beautifully fitted and just gorgeous on Megan. I adjusted the brightness in the images below to show more of the lines in the dress. It’s a classic! A perfect cocktail dress!
I recently received an invitation designed in the most interesting font. When I researched it, I found that it was set in Bernhard Fashion. This font was designed in 1929 and has very distinct characters. It was used in it’s original style. It’s a font I’ve had for many years, but I don’t recall ever using it.
With the success of “The Artist” at the Oscars last night and the invitation, I’m wondering if the roaring 20’s style is back in fashion?
A Quote from Rex:
“I was getting so frustrated with having so many hands in my work,” he says. “You mentally internalize that criticism. When you’re an artist, you become your own worst enemy in that sense. I really wanted to just get back to basics and indulge in simple creativity.”
Victoria Hudgins, a stylist and party planner is founding editor of Styled Magazine. It’s beautifully designed and photographed. The publication gives you great diy ideas for parties including recipes, decorations and more.
As reported to Pantone, fashion designers take a painterly approach this season. They’re combining brights with staple neutrals. Rich coffee will continue to be a staple as well as quarry, a medium gray. Deep teal is paired up with cedar and honeysuckle is used as an accent color with neutrals.
When designers were asked what colors they would add to their palette here’s what they said: sea glass green, a rust color, a grayed down mustard yellow, and a sparkly gray.
Here is a list of sites that sell fine art either as prints or originals. I especially like Zatista.com. They have a wide range of styles, the art is all original and it’s easy to save your selections and come back to it to choose what you like. The prices are set by the artist and the site takes a 30% commission. This sounds high to me, but I’m not sure what a brick & mortar gallery would get on commission.
My mom found this in my grandparents old house. It was the top of a calendar. There was not date on it, but judging from the car, the illustration may have been done in the 30’s? The colors are very intense, just as they are here. Beautiful!
Doyald Young had a fifty year career as designer and teacher at Art Center College of Design. He was well known for his lettering and logotype designs. He was known as a good listener, patient teacher and self-proclaimed perfectionist. Doyald was a legend in the world of typography and he wrote the 3 books featured above. For more information on his life and his work, here’s the NY Times article and visit his website.
There’s also a free documentary on his life at Linda.com.
This is a print I bought at a thrift store. It’s dated 1909, it was used for a Sunkist ad. The skin tones are especially beautiful. The texture looks so soft, it may have been created with pastels. The flowers, her dress and the background look more like watercolor. I don’t know about her hair, maybe the artist used a combination of both.
This beautiful pair of French (Mallard) Ducks, spent the day in our backyard again today. They drank and swam in the pool, ate bugs out of the flower bed and just hung out for the day. The female is brown and of course the male is more beautiful with his green head.
It’s cold and rainy today in Southern California, perfect for ducks.
Did you know that a certain shade of pink causes a short term decrease in aggression? Pink is the most calming of all colors — many jail cells are pink, studies show that the color pink drains energy. Think of pink as the color of romance, love, and gentle feelings, to be in the pink is to be soothed.
I think the Gap’s clothing line evolved and it’s logo didn’t. I remember when they first opened, they sold a Collegiate style, kind of east coast yuppie clothing, khakis, white or plaid shirts with v-neck sweaters. Now their clothing style is hip and cool. The logo never reflected those transitions so when you try to make that transition now, it’s a very big change. That’s what people are reacting to. I think you could bring the original logo up to date without such a drastic change. I would like to see a version of the sans serif inside the original blue box, but thicker and brought out to the edges. I’d also try the same technique in the original font.
From a production point of view, the new logo will be difficult to apply as 1 color, it also looks like the blue square has a transition of color, this could be a problem in reproduction of some materials.
In defense of the design firm who did the redesign. I know that sometimes it’s impossible to sway the client into the right design. They can, in may cases make a bad decision or influence the designer to create what they want, which is not necessarily what’s best for the brand and marketing of the product.
This beautiful color chart, created by Moses Harris’ in 1766 was published in the book: Natural Systems of Colors. This particularly fine work of art was the British entomologist’s attempt to explain the color interplay he saw in his own favorite kind of bugs, flies.
For a donation of $10, you can help the Save the Gulf. Go to www.ripplesketches.blogspot.com for an original sketch card by some talented artists. All funds are donated to: The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and The International Bird Rescue Research Center.
Dr. Charles Browne Fleet created ChapStick in 1889. His early ads read “People who go out for recreation in July will become sunburned, more or less. They will please remember that ChapStick is the quickest and best remedy for it.” He was a gifted chemist, but never would have made on Madison Avenue.
Twenty-three years later, he sold his recipe for $5, to local business man John Morton. Morton and his wife spent 7 years mixing the product in their home kitchen and turned ChapStick into the successful brand it is today, generating $110 million a year.
Frank Wright Jr., designed the ChapStick logo, still in use, for a fee of $15.
Have you ever seen a font in print and wanted to use it, but couldn’t figure out what it was. Well there are 2 places you can go for identification. You can upload a .jpg to myfonts.com or you can answer a series of questions at identifont. Even though myfonts.com asks for you to keep space between the characters, I’ve used their system for script fonts, it gets pretty close and gives you multiple fonts to compare.
Overall a good tool to use. Not like the old days of thumbing through thousands of pages of fonts to compare serifs and weights.
This shortcut will create a new layer, combining all of the visible layers below. You can then make the original layers invisible and resave the file as a .psd. This way you only have 1 file with all the layers for editing, and 1 combined for placement without creating multiple files, thus saving you time and hard drive space. Thank you Creative Techs.
SOTA, The Society of Typographic Aficianados, has announced the release of a new font called “Coming Together”. This font is made up of over 400 glyphs, mostly ampersands to represent coming together to help one another. The font was designed by a group of type designers, graphic designers and illustrators from around the world. All proceeds from the sale of it will go to “Doctors without Borders” to benefit the people of Haiti.
Arial • ITC Franklin Gothic • Benton Sans • FF Meta • FF Din • Eurostile • Gill Sans • DIN Next • Avenir • Futura • Frutiger • Helvetica • Interstate • Akzidenz Grotesk • Univers • Trade Gothic • the Sans • Neo • SoHo • ITC Avant Garde Gothic • Rotis • Zapfino • Optima • Estillo • Helvetica Neue • Estilo Script • Waza™ • Olicana Smooth OT • Louisiana • Metroscript OT
There are many more classic fonts than I would have imagined.
If you haven’t visited fontshop.com lately, you have to check out their new tool: type navigator, it helps you figure out what type you need by the specific characteristics of a font. You choose the size of the serif, the general shape, proportions, weight and more, of the characters you want and it matches your choices up with all of the fonts within close match of those characteristics. It’s just another way to search for a font when you’re not sure what you’re looking for, or if you know what you want it to look like, but have no idea what the name of it is.
According to Pantone® and the global authority on color, the 2010 color of the year is Turquoise. It represents an escape to a tropical paradise. And who couldn’t use that after 2009! soothing • inviting • luminous • wellbeing • water • sky • healing • pleasant
If you haven’t seen the new promotional piece from Neenah Paper called “Love Linen” you’re missing out on a beautifully designed piece as well as the experience of touching the amazing tactile quality of linen. The design guys have chosen an appealing palette which showcases the vibrancy of the paper along with some sophisticated typography. This would make a good addition to your paper library.
A communicator: A designer uses type, imagery, symbols and color to organize ideas into a clear, concise, unified message. Designers provide this service for businesses and organizations to communicate to their audience and cause a response.
Quote by Paul Rand, Graphic Designer, from his book Design, Form, Chaos, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1993: “To understand the meaning of design is …to understand the part form and content play…and to realize that design is also commentary, opinion, a point of view, and social responsibility. To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit; it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps to even amuse.”
“Design is both a verb and a noun. It is the beginning as well as the end, the process and product of imagination.”