Sometime between the morning coffee and the “get mail” button stomp with a good article about grunge design, decosntruction and what has been of it in the past decade. The author list examples of agencies and designers keeping the movement alive and responsible for the evolution and possible decay of it.
They say David Carson is the “father of grunge” because he rejected typical type layouts and played with non-mainstream techniques to achieve different results. He surrounded himself in the Southern California surf/skate culture in the late 80s and early 90s where he began to make his mark. This went on to help define the visual aesthetic for surf/skate culture as fans began to identify with it.
Would you read it more often? would it increase their sales? well, you can find those answers in this short talk [only 6 minutes!] by designer Jacek Utko, an extraordinary Polish newspaper designer whose redesigns for papers in Eastern Europe not only win awards, but increase circulation by up to 100%.
Have you ever been in that spot of the project where the brainstorming has ended and now you are about to choose the right type for it? Well, stress no more friend! use this fun font-chooser advisor !
Designer Julian Hansen offers a clever and helpful flowchart that helps both typography nerds and neophytes find the right font.
It’s fun to follow around the thoughts and threads of Hansen’s flowchart. Start with the big button in the middle, choose your project, and fly around the chart, arriving eventually at a font that’s either inspired or the perfect choice for your tired tastes, depending on your answers. Those with an eye for kerning and the like may just get a laugh or two from the picks, but for those of us who have no idea what we’re seeing in lettering most of the time, there’s some real value in being asked “How do the (words) Semi-Sans, Semi-Serif sound?” The English translation’s a bit stilted at times, but you’ll get the joke, or advice, in most cases.