The Ridiculed Comic Sans Typeface Gets its Dignity Back With Comic Neue

Craig Rozynski is an Australian designer who took upon himself to dignify the most ridiculed and beleaguered typeface in the world: Comic Sans. He turned the horrible typeface into an actually attractive typeface: Comic Neue. It's a miracle. Read More >>

Switching Fonts May Not Save the US Government Millions After All

We all love stories about teenagers schooling the government, but sometimes we get schooled, too. Last week, we wrote about 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani's research project that suggested the government would save $400 million (£240 million) by switching from Times New Roman to Garamond. Turns out, it's a little more complicated than that. Read More >>

How Two Men Made Low-Res Fonts Look Good Forever

While we now take crisp-looking typography for granted, it wasn't always that way. Back in the 1980s, low-res fonts were commonplace and looked dreadful--but fortunately two men changed all that for the better. Read More >>

How Typography Set 2001: A Space Odyssey in the Sci-Fi Future

Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is visually stunning. And the closer you examine, the more exquisite details you'll find. That's what Dave Addey has done in his in-depth, scene-by-scene examination of how this cinema masterpiece used typography to create a familiar yet still distant future. Read More >>

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20 Awesome Stickers From When Your Suitcase Told Stories

There was a time when well-traveled luggage looked like the suitcase above: covered with travel stickers, trophies of every adventurous explorer. My father, who spent his youth traveling across Europe in the 60s and 70s kept his weary suitcase for a long time; as a child, I admired all those well-aged little pictures of remote hotels and places I'd never been to. Read More >>

What Hoefler & Frere-Jones' Breakup Means for the Future of Type Design

Chances are you've probably looked at the work of Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones at least one time today. The type designers are behind many of the world's most-loved fonts, like Gotham, made famous by Obama's 2008 campaign. But according to a nasty legal document making the rounds today, the duo has parted ways. Read More >>

Twitter Was Almost Called Smssy (and Almost Looked Awful, Too)

If you've ever thought Twitter was a silly name, be grateful that's what they settled on. During the research for a new book about the site, Nick Bilton has unearthed some of the early name and logo ideas, and they... they aren't pretty. Read More >>

This Book Shows You What It's Like to Have Dyslexia

For people with dyslexia, relating their struggle with reading to the general population can be a seemingly impossible and frustrating task. Graphic designer (and dyslexic) Sam Barclay, though, hopes to finally bridge the gap between those with reading difficulties and those without using his new book—a visual experience of what dyslexia actually entails. Read More >>

This Font Was Created By a Robot

This typeface may not look incredibly sophisticated, but give it a chance: it was, after all, created by a robot. Read More >>

This Font Was Created Using Light Streaks From an iPhone

This font, called Phone Streak, might not be the most practical typeface in the world, but it was probably the most fun to create — because it was put together by capturing long exposures of an iPhone being swept through the air. Read More >>

Boost Your Typophile Street Cred With These Beautiful Font Flashcards

Whether you're an old pro or just beginning to take an interest in type, Fontspotting, a downloadable font flashcard game, is so jam packed with typographical details that you're pretty much destined to learn something new. The best part though? It's totally free.
Of course, you're more than welcome to make a donation to the Australia based duo behind the deck (Dustin de Souza and Jessica Witt), and once you see these cards' crisp, clean print and the care and detail that undoubtedly went into organizing such a feat, there's a good chance you'll want to hand over at least a few bucks. Read More >>

A Typeface Designed To Thwart Spying Computers

If people are snooping on your textual communications and you don't like it, there are a couple of things you can do. You can try to block the prying eyes, you can stop saying things you don't want to be seen, or you can make your messages make no sense to the outside. The anti-authoritarian typeface ZXX is shooting for that last one. Read More >>

The Story Behind Music's Most Important Symbol

Even the musically illiterate can appreciate the intricate beauty of a physical piece of sheet music—though, to them, the score itself means jack shit. But even the notationally disinclined can now, thanks to the Smithsonian's design blog, know where those pretty little pictures at the beginning of those big long lines come from—otherwise known as the treble clef. Read More >>

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All Subways Should Be as Pretty as Berlin's

Taking the underground can be a nightmare, a confusing, smelly, litter-ridden nightmare. But it's not always that way. Berlin's subway, as it turns out, has some beautiful sights, and you can catch them all in an awesome tumblr devoted to the tubes. Read More >>

Is It Possible to Defend Comic Sans?

It's nearly impossible to use Comic Sans on the internet and not get tarred and feathered. It's an internet sin of the highest level. A crime against human decency and people's eyeballs. A parody of a joke of a fool. Universally hated. So... is it possible to defend the font? Is Comic Sans wrongfully reviled? Maybe! Read More >>

You'll Never Squint Again With This Automatically-Resizing Font

If you've ever tried to glance at your computer screen and read something from across the room, you know it's a pretty futile effort, no matter how hard you squint. This demo website has a solution: dynamically changing font size based on your distance from the screen. The catch? It wants to watch you read. Read More >>


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