The history of Western typefaces

December 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

You know it already. itsasmallweb loves words and their design, we are obsessed with fonts and typefaces and that is why we got really excited with Mashable’s infographic: A History of Western Typefaces. Here is their story:

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Shape type: the letter shaping game

October 31, 2011 § 1 Comment

To shape the font, to form the misshaped character: this is the goal of Shape Type, an interactive typographic letter-shaping game, created by interactive designer, Mark MacKay.

Shape Type, made using HTML5, is a 10-stage game that asks from its users to form and fix the badly shaped, unfinished letters from specific typefaces, given the font names and fonts’ designers.

When the users have adjusted multiple bezier handles to get the shape of the character right., they can visually compare their effort with the original character and their score is a percentage based on the similarities.

via Design Taxi

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Switch on the alphabet

May 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

We have seen all types of fonts and typefaces, but we haven’t seen the whole alphabet made out of television sets.UK designer Jack Archer creates a full typeface just by placing 15 television sets in a dot-matrix grid and switching them on and off in different arrangements, in order to form the letters of the alphabet.

via Quipsologies

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Can you name the typeface?

May 11, 2011 § 1 Comment

The boundaries have been crossed when the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) acquired last January 23 digital typefaces, which became part of its permanent Architecture and Design Collection. The boundaries between art, architecture and design. Fonts and typefaces challenges our perception of art and this quiz tests our knowledge on design.

So, can you match the 23 typefaces of MoMA’s permanent collection with the letters?

See the answers after the jump

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Delicious fonts

May 10, 2011 § 1 Comment

A is for apple, B for bread and C for cantaloupe. Letters made out of the objects they represent. Designer Garret Steider creates hand crafted fonts carved into fruits and vegetables, shaping, thus, each letter of the Alphabet.

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You’re a comic sans criminal

April 28, 2011 § 2 Comments

This is an intervention for comics sans addicts. We’ve had enough.

comics sans criminal

link: comic sans criminal

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Green typography

April 20, 2011 § 1 Comment

Anna Garfoth experiments with eco-graffiti and green typography. And I mean actually green: messages written with moss on walls.

grow, moss graffiti

She also uses leafs, garbage and tape on fences’ grids to spell her messages.

wild at heart fence

And my personal favorite, the edible poster made out of cookies.

edible poster: bite off more than you can chew

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