18th Fonts surf SIX

by Fred Showker

18th Annual Fonts & Typography Surf The online quest for cool type, typography, fonts, lettering and calligraphy goes on -- some of these are really the best we've seen so far! Don't forget to send YOURS!. Now here's what's in the 6th edition:
* Are Some Fonts More Believable Than Others?
* Pablo Impallari solves the script problem
* Peanut Butter & Jelly Ampersand!
* Smart logo begins as Helvetica
* Johnny Martz is BACK
... and more!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Ampersand!

Creative inspiration

Well, we didn't finish ... we LOVED David's peanut butter & Jelly ampersand.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : David Schwen's Cargo Collective
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Johnny Martz is BACK

Creative inspiration

It's been about 15 years since we visited with Johnny Martz ... now, "John" ... and we were so happy to see him still kicking it out, and enjoying huge success working for the 'cool' accounts.
      John is a cartoonist and illustrator, who also happens to make fonts -- inspired by cartoon fonts, but we think they're fabulous for all kinds of uses! While you're at it, check out his blog.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Johnny Martz
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Smart logo begins as Helvetica

Creative inspiration

You almost always find something cool coming from John McWade. This one we thought very appropriate for the Fonts fest ... John writes :
      Aquage begins as an off-the-shelf typeface - Helvetica Neue Ultra Light Extended - set tightly in lowercase. Helvetica is feminine and fashiony - light, airy, and, in this setting, curvy; aquage has no straight or angled letters (like kwx). Helvetica has spiky stems, tails, and other details, however, that chop and interrupt the flow. These letters are reworked to eliminate the spikes, which transforms the otherwise ordinary setting into a beautiful logotype. Smart!
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READ THIS REPORT Full story : Before & After
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Pablo Impallari solves the script problem

Creative inspiration

Pablo writes : A common problem that affect most script fonts, is that each letter must be draw in a way that connect with the next and previous letters. And that's quite difficult.
      Well, we really liked the Lobster font ... and you can download it and use it for free! It's also available as a Webfont on the Google Web Fonts Directory, so you can use it for your website too! THANK YOU PABLO ...
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Pablo Impallari
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Are Some Fonts More Believable Than Others?

Creative inspiration

We quite often find some good stuff at fastcodesign, then other times we find completely bullshit stuff. Obviously for lack of anything better to do, Suzanne LaBarre is a senior editor at Co.Design and writes this article ...
      Are some fonts more believable than others? A curious experiment by documentary filmmaker Errol Morris suggests as much. After polling approximately 45,000 unsuspecting readers on nytimes.com, Morris discovered that subjects were more likely to believe a statement when it was written in Baskerville than when it was written in Computer Modern, Georgia, Helvetica, Trebuchet, or Comic Sans. Baskerville: truth's favorite typeface?
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READ THIS REPORT Full story : Co.Design
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Grab the 2012 Fonts Fest Poster

Yes, I finally got it posted, and you can grab it now. If you like it, do me a favor and pin it to Pinterest!
GO 2012 Fonts Fest Poster


GO Fred's Fonts surf CONTINUES ...
GO See, many more episodes of Fred's Fonts surf ...

And, thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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Unless noted otherwise, this page and content was authored by Fred Showker, Editor and Publisher of DTG Magazine and 60-Seconds.com. You can hook up with Fred at +FredShowker, on Google+ or most social medias @Showker



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