Dec 11, 2013

NASA? Typography?

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The Smithsonian website has an interesting read about how NASA keeps their type work clean. Here is the list of 19 tips.

1. Sans-serif fonts are usually more legible than fonts with serifs.

2. Avoid using a font that has characters that are too similar to one another, as this will reduce the legibility of the print.

3. Avoid using dot matrix print for critical flight-deck documentation.

4. Long chunks of text should be set in lower case.

5. If upper case is required, the first letter of the word should be made larger in order to enhance the legibility of the word.

6. When specifying font height, or accessing graphs to determine the size of a lower-case character, the distinction between “x” height and overall size should be made.

7. As a general recommendation, the “x” height of a font used for important flight-deck documentation should not be below 0.10 inch.

8. The recommended height-to-width ratio of a font that is viewed in front of the observer is 5:3.

9. The vertical spacing between lines should not be smaller than 25-33% of the overall size of the font.

10. The horizontal spacing between characters should be 25% of the overall size and not less than one stroke width.

11. Avoid using long strings of text set in italics.

12. Use primarily one or two typefaces for emphasis.

13. Use black characters over a white background for most cockpit documentation.

14. Avoid using white characters over a black background in normal line operations. However, if this is desired:

* Use minimum amount of text.
* Use relatively large typesize.
* Use sans-serif to minimize the loss of legibility.

15. Black over white or yellow are recommended for cockpit documentation.

16. Avoid using black over dark red, green, and blue.

17. Use anti-glare plastic to laminate documents.

18. Ensure that the quality of the print and the paper is well above normal standards. Poor quality of the print will effect legibility and readability.

19. The designer must assess the age groups of the pilots that will be using the documentation, and take a very conservative approach in assessing information obtained from graphs and data books.

You can read more: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/11/here-are-nasas-top-19-typography-tips/#ixzz2nlellWnF

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Dec 5, 2013

Last Minute Christmas Gift for the Designer

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Can’t find a gift for that graphic designer you know? Check out the 2014 Typography Calendar designed by Kit Hinrichs. The calendar features twelve unique typefaces. Design all 365 days of 2014 with this calendar. The calendar is available at Studio-Hinrichs studio website.

http://www.studio-hinrichs.com/store/typographycalendar.html

Desk size and super size available.

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May 9, 2013

Learn to Kern Type

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Here’s a fun game. You also learn something about typography! It runs in html5! Play it on your iPhone!

type.method.ac

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May 8, 2013

Helvetica in Space

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This blog is like no other. It’s literally outta of this world. We are always changing our font type size when designing a project, but there are boundaries set. What if we went beyond those boundaries? What if we went outside of planet earth? At kottke.org that’s what they did with just the word “helvetica” and a little math. Their study was to see how large “helvetica” would have to be to reach the moon from planet earth.

To reach this distance “helvetica” would have to be 282.6 billion points!

http://kottke.org/10/09/helvetica-in-space

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May 6, 2013

Defending Comic Sans

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May 2, 2013

The Universal Arts of Graphic Design | Off Book | PBS

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Apr 26, 2013

Design and Social Media

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Social media has become a way of everyday life. Now social media and design have mixed. Great example is the Taco Bell Cool Ranch Advertising Campaign. Pictures and tweets now become part of the product design. It’s a great way to reach a new audience and get brand attention.

This is just one way that social media is changing the way we see the world of design. Many bands are getting fans involved with contests and giveaways. The future will only tell how social media will change the world of design.

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Apr 26, 2013

How Twitter found its logo.

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http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672164/meet-the-accidental-designer-of-the-github-and-twitter-logos#3

This is a great article about a freelance designer and rise to fame. Simon Oxley is a freelance designer. Most of the work he creates, he sells on istockphoto online. Twitter started using his designs when it was just starting up as a company. Since then he has been approached by other well known design companies. Istockphoto even asked him to redesign their logo.

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Apr 8, 2013

fastcodesign

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fastcodesign.com

This is a great website for all designers. There are many great graphic design articles on this site about design, photography, architecture, and illustration. Great place to learn interesting

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Apr 3, 2013

Patterns and Textures

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Here is a great website for repeating patterns and textures to add to your web design. There are hundreds to choose from. Try them out now.

subtlepatterns.com

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Mar 1, 2013

Live Surface

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Live Surface is a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator. Live Surface will take your document design and wrap it around the a product. Live Surface is in beta right now. You can sign up and be invited to try this new plug-in!

Here is a demo of how Live Surface works!

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Feb 27, 2013

HTML/CSS Help

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Here is a website I have been using to get answers on html and css.

css-tricks.com

There are articles from the basics of floating to jQuery.

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Feb 25, 2013

3D Printing

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3D has always been around. It’s here then it disappears. When you don’t expect it, it’s back! But as 3D slowly fades away in the movie industry, will it stay alive in the printing industry? More and more websites are starting to feature new and amazing things created from 3D printers. The question is where are these printers? How much is the printer? What type of materials does it use?

Most of these printers are very expensive and use costly materials. This might not come at a surprise though. But there are websites out there that will take your design and create it for you.

Shapeway is an online 3D printer site. Shapeway is great place to look, browse, buy and even create. There are tutorials on the website on how to setup a 3D file. For more information you can visit their site.

shapeways.com

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Feb 22, 2013

What’s that Web Font?

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Have you ever seen a type font on the web and wondered what the name was?

Here is a nice little tool to help with that problem. Chengyin Liu has created a simple tool for that problem. It’s simple and easy to use too! It gives you the all info you need. Just point your mouse on the font. All you have to do is drag the tool into your bookmark bar. You can visit his page right here and try it out!

http://chengyinliu.com/whatfont.html

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Feb 15, 2013

Backgrounds with Patterns

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Here is a great website for free backgrounds for your website. These backgrounds will help give your page a more defined look.

http://subtlepatterns.com/

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