Arial vs Helvetica

Arial Font is used by everyone, everywhere and most people think it’s a good font to use…
It’s better than comic sans, that’s for sure, but here’s a video made by the guys at Hungry Beast that explain why arial is not good (specially when there are other great free fonts around).

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Typeface trailer

Today, nearly all graphic designers work on computers, typography is digital, most students in graphic design schools never used or never crafted a real type with their hands.
Maybe that’s probably the difference today, between a good graphic design school and a bad one, in the bad one they will probably use only a computer and never work with their hands, wich i think it’s really wrong. I was lucky enough to be at a good school and learn how to hand craft type.
I know it’s a pain to hand craft a letter and you can cut yourself very badly and even end up in the hospital if you’re not careful but it’s just great to work with these once you’ve got them.
You will probably say to me “What’s the point on crafting a letter when you can type it in your computer in one second…” It just won’t be the same, i don’t know how to explain it but computers will not give the same results, and they will look the same as other people’s work. It’s not like computers are useless, they are quite useful actually… but so little designers still do things the old fashioned way that their work just look different…

So when i saw the trailer for the “Typeface” film i felt like i really want to watch it. The premiere is January 29, 2010.
The film was done at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum, where there is still old fashioned type craftmen.
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How to draw a font with a car!

The guys from PLEASELETMEDESIGN (a graphic design studio in Belgium) had a crazy idea to promote one of the new Toyota cars, the “iQ”. They used a car to draw a full font family!
They studied the different ways the car could do to draw the font, put a camera in the ceiling of an hangar and tracked the car to see how it moves.
Then on the computer they used all that to create the font family.

Here’s the making of


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New skin for the website

I got tired of the old skin, it had some bugs and it was incredibly slow to load…so i worked on a new skin for the website.
Im still tweaking it, so if you see anything weird going on don’t worry, its probably me that touched something…

Some things are gone, some things are comming back soon, i want this skin to be as readable as possible, and clean.
I know im using big type, but according to my stats most of the people have good resolutions on the screen, this is why i started posting big videos and images some time ago.
There is no point on showing everything very small if we have good screens right? phones should be able to visit the website too..actually it works better on my iphone now (without using the iphone version of this site)

I still have few problems with widgets so widgets will be back soon enough. Also…if you have the font ‘Helvetica’ this website is actually using it, if not you’ll have Arial :)

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