20th Annual Fonts Surf : History, Signs and even a sip of booze fonts

On a roll with a jaunt through a little history, meeting some old faces, and sip some Gin! This is number six, and continues with :
[*] Exploring Printing History at The Newberry Books, Graphic Design
[*] Like a brother to the Bourbon family, here comes GIN
[*] Signs from other Signs with Ampergram
[*] Food... Don't Waste It 1883
[*] Cooper Revisited
. . . and more! September 30, 2014

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

Welcome to October, and the fifth round of surfing for the best ever type, fonts, lettering, calligraphy and typography! We're on a roll here, folks, and headed for lots of great eye-candy, free fonts, and unique experiences in the world of letters and typography. Continue on with :
[*] Toronto pulls anti-littering campaign over trademark infringement concerns
[*] Mastering Typography by Martin Silvertant
[*] Erik Marinovich is a friend of Type. . .
[*] Quire Sans Jim Ford Monotype
[*] Font-A-Holic!
. . . and more! September 30, 2014

Ampersands : a 25 year love affair

From the first designs for the DT&G and Design Center branding, the ampersand played a big part. Even as we rolled out printed newsletters, t-shirts, coffee mugs and all, the bright red Ampersand carried our look. We had no idea in 1988 that some day there would be a web site called "Pinterest" with more ampersands than one person could see in a lifetime! Wow. September 30, 2014

Day of the Dead graphics, clip art, design inspiration and fun

Each year we look at some of the most fun and most beneficial finds out there for both inspiration and for idea-starters for graphic designers. Here's an entire collection of images surrounding "Day of the Dead" celebrations. I think you'll have a lot of fun with : clip art illustration fun Photoshop Brushes, clip art illustration fun vector files, clip art illustration fun clip art, clip art illustration fun drawings, and clip art illustration fun fun coloring pages! September 27, 2014

350 Free Fonts for Download Now - Come-n-get-em'

No fonts fest is complete without free fonts, right? No need for us to give you fonts . . . you can just go here and download 350 fonts -- the only free commercial use font collection to receive regular updates of brand new fonts. We like'em ... you will too! September 26, 2014

If you only had ONE FONT... which one would it be and why

Here's an interesting experiment in the minds of graphic designers . . . in the 2010 annual fonts fest we went to a graphic design forum on LinkedIn and asked the question. This year we returned to the very same forum and asked the very same question. Whoa! What a difference! September 24, 2014

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