Sunday type: napkin type

The Bestest Type

Welcome to another Sunday Type. Thanks to all those who sent in samples of their handwriting. I’ll gather them together and post them some time. If you haven’t sent in your handwriting sample, then you can still do so.

I’m sure most of you have at some time or another, with time to kill, scrawled or doodled something on a napkin. I certainly wouldn’t post mine here; in fact they’re not even worthy of a photograph. However, these are something you might like to aspire to:

napkin type

And if the above doesn’t make you envious enough, then how about this one:

napkin type

From the SHCH Graphics Group. Does anyone know anything else about this designer(s)? I think I’ll be buying more coffee to practice. And, I think I can feel a best lettering on a napkin competition coming on.

Vernacular Typography is a wonderful set of Polaroids from Douglas Wilson:

douglas wilson Vernacular Typography

Via jnack.

Bryan Collins’ Journal of Urban Typography:

Urban Typography. Street lettering

I regularly take a look at the magnificent Superest, but never thought to mention the incredible lettering until Aegir at Ministry of Type did so.

Superest is headed by the insanely talentd Kevin Cornell (the guy behind Bearskinrug and illustrator for A List Apart, among others), and Matt Sutter of Inkfinger (I mentioned his Typtopus t-shirt here recently).

The Superest

The bestest super-heroes you’re ever likely to lay eyes on. Matt also has a new t-shirt; a Stag (don’t ask me why) made solely of type:

stag t-shirt by matt sutter


Oftentimes, those freebie photos that the stock photo people give away are quite frankly rubbish. This one from iStock is an exception:

istock free type photo

I think you need an account to download it (it’s free), and you can download numerous versions up to 4288 × 2848 px. Thanks to Sye for letting me know about this one.

Some free ornaments from Briar Press that you can use for letterpress or whatever you want. Almost 600 free ones, in addition to tons of others for sale:

briar press free typographic ornaments

And a fun and lovely free font:

free font: aix darbotzcumi

Also used to set today’s masthead. I love it. Just remember to use it big! Not such a big fan of the name—something a little more memorable than AIx Darbotzcumi might help.

From free to recylcled: these recycled or re-appropriated metal letters available through Urban Outfitters are great. I think I might have a go at making some myself, though these aren’t expensive:

recycled letters

Thanks, Megan at How.

The work of the very talented Alison Carmichael:

Be sure to check out her web site. Via Design for Mankind.

Stern Pro from P22 is available as a digital font and as metal type. The metal type at just $80 is a steal. It’s on my shopping list:

stern metal type from P22

And a trailer for the new Making of Stern DVD here:

A very nice WordPress theme designed by the inimiatble Elliot Jay Stocks.

proud portfolio wordpress theme

Named the Proud Portfolio theme—with good reason too.

Some beautiful letterpress cards from Dolce Press:

dolce press letter press

Be sure to see the Dolce Press web site too.

dolce press

They sometimes have some presses and metal type for sale. This Kelsey Excelsior is up for grabs:

Kelsey Excelsior

Something tells me it might cost rather a lot to ship to Japan.

You may have already seen this video, but it’s new to me, so here it is:

Thanks to Henrique.

This kind of experiment from Paula Torós is a great way to learn how to match type:

paula toros typographic experiments

And besides it’s always fun to experiemnt with layout and with mixing and matching type.

A gorgeous card designed by Holly Gressley of Rumors design collective, for Barmoeter:

holly gressley of Rumors

Love that “A”.

holly gressley of Rumors

Via Design Sponge.

A great little tool for making tiled backgrounds. Some great patterns that would make brilliant desktop wallpapers, or even backdrops for other type treatments. Let me know if you use them.

bg patterns


Via JosWeb.

Some nice identity work by Till Wiedeck:

till wiedeck

And some nice lettering by the same designer:

till wiedeck graphic designer

Sunday links

AltFontPrev—JavaScript bookmarklet lets you preview any site with the alternative fonts declared in its CSS , or one of your choosing.

Stop the proposed move into storage of the Type Archive.—thanks Elliot.

Vacation & LetterpressDesign Intellection

Free Fonts from LettError

An “a” of nailsfor the love of type

This Cartoon Wrote a Swear Word….—(warning: strong language). Thanks, Manuel.

What the $%&’#—H&FJ on grawlix.

Type Tips

type tips boldface and punctuation

When boldface is used to emphasize words, it is usually best to leave the punctuation in the background…. It is the words, not the punctuation, that merit emphasis….—Robert Bringhurst

New Type

Though I don’t quite share Dan Reynold‘s enthusiasm for the swash caps (swash caps in a sans! Perhaps I’m just old-fashioned), Verena Gerlach‘s FF Chambers Sans is stunning:

fonts: ff chamber sans

Now that’s a sans with real character. Perhaps those swash caps will grow on me. You can test it and buy it from FontFont.

Coming up next is that contributed piece on Letterpress. Apologies that I didn’t post last week as intended. My mix-up. Have a great week!

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