20th Annual Fonts Festival : fonts, lettering and typography surf for September

This is the last of this surf, but now we get to have some real fun watching seasoned professionals with real talent apply real ink in creating some superb lettering! I'm also very pleased to bring the official trailer for the movie "Sign Painter" -- a fantastic documentary on the art, craft and times of sign painting. Later, we'll dig deeper into the documentary, but for now, enjoy the September Fonts surf . . . September 1, 2014

20th Annual Fonts Festival : fonts, lettering and typography surf #3

We always meet some awesome talents during the Fonts Festival ... as we do all year long. The next talents were actually suggested by DTG readers throughout the year. We often ask for your suggestions, tips and favorites -- and while we sadly don't get a lot of response, we have gotten some real winners. These are just a few examples of some of the visits we'll be making along this year's surf.
Page 3 of the 2014, 20th annual fonts surf Courtney Jeanette; Page 3 of the 2014, 20th annual fonts surf Julia Ruetten; Design and creativity Erik Marinovich; and Design and creativity The wonderful world of Karen To!
So follow along ... September 1, 2014

20th Annual Fonts Festival : fonts, lettering and typography surf #2

As we continue our 2014 fonts and lettering surf, we now visit some studios of extraordinary visual communicators! This is where we enjoy seeing fresh, inspiring uses of fonts, typography and lettering. On this page we'll be visiting the polished clean works of Page 2 of the 2014, 20th annual fonts surf Matthew Tapia, then off to the Design and creativity TYPEFIGHT Letter vs. Letter, and the studios of Design and creativity Ruslan Khasanov!
So follow along ... September 1, 2014

20th Annual Fonts Festival : fonts, lettering and typography surf

My favorite part of the annual fonts fest is just searching for cool entries and resources to share with the DTG readers! If I ever give up the internet publishing thing, this is probably one activity I'll continue in my 60-Second Windows blog. With Pinterest, Tumblr and all the various social image sharing medias, there's no shortage of hunting grounds. You could easily make a full-time job of discovering cool stuff, all day, every day, without seeing the same things twice.

In this first surf for 2014, I'm filtering to the unusual, and off the beaten paths. Much of the surf so far is more about the human interaction with lettering, fonts and typography than the fonts themselves. And of course, that's the most important end result of typography in the first place! September 1, 2014

Jim Parkinson : half-century of typography

I was first introduced to Jim Parkinson and his groundbreaking style by my typography teacher Mike McNeal at VCU. One of our first projects was to hand-letter a name by duplicating a style that we found and liked. Well, of course, I chose "Rolling Stone" magazine. August 28, 2014

New found free Script fonts for the 20th year!

If you've followed the design center and DTG for more than a few years, then you know there's a real soft spot in our hearts for scripts and handwritten fonts. With a million fonts in the world, hand-lettering is the only real way to be unique . . . these are just a few of the new scripts we've discovered for this year's event . . . August 27, 2014

P22 respecting traditional typography values with today technology

We've been friends with Jimy Chambers and the P22 fonts foundry for nearly 20 years! We've discussed article ideas, looked at antique fonts, and exchanged countless emails. I've come to respect Jimy and the P22 gang for their interest in preserving the true principles and values of typography and font design. August 27, 2014

Photoshop Fonts, type, lettering effects tutorials Madness

1406 Photoshop Madness

Okay, we've put aside the foolishness and included only acceptable tutorials this month in celebration of the 20th Annual Fall Fonts Festival ... text effects go hand-in-hand with fonts, lettering, typography and calligraphy -- and Photoshop is almost everyone's favorite way to accomplish the impossible ...

  • Create Awesome Splashing Water Text Effect in Photoshop
  • Colorful Plexi-glass Text Effect using Photoshop
  • Create a Steam Powered Typographic Treatment
  • Create Colorful 3D Text Effect in Photoshop
  • Rescue Shadow Detail in Photography
  • Create a Silver Style Text Effect
  • Create 3D Text Art in Photoshop
  • 3D Textured Text Effect
  • Curled red ribbon
  • . . . and MORE
August 26, 2014

600 Vector fonts for screen printing, CnC machine cut work, laser cutting, engraving, embroidery, vinyl cutting and anywhere you need clean vectors

If you're in the design business, and happen to do arts and graphics for screen printing, CnC machine cut work, laser cutting, engraving, embroidery, vinyl cutting, or frisket cutting, then you really do know the real value of clean vector fonts. Most of the amateurs these days achieve unique decorative fonts by layer styles and other "cheats" ... but when you need clean vectors, the amateurs don't cut it. You need real vector fonts. You get vector fonts one of two ways July 29, 2014

Design vector elements for infographics, textures, backgrounds, cartoons and devices

The world of graphic communications has become more complicated than ever in the history of mankind. But one true fact still remains: the understanding of an object, idea or concept is made easier and more complete through the use of simplified visual graphics. Today they're called "infographics" and here are 2,000 vector files you want for generating all kinds of infographics July 20, 2014