I recently finished reading Butterick’s Practical Typography, a short web book by Matthew Butterick. It is filled with many practical rules and tips for producing professional-quality typography with common tools. The book starts off with a short chapter called Typography in ten minutes which offers some simple rules to fix the most common typographic violations (it’s a great place to start).
I’ve made several minor design changes on this site over the past few months, primarily focused on improving the typography and visual layout. Butterick’s book showed me a few other areas where I could improve. After reducing the size of the header tags and making some of the typographic elements on the page more subtle, I think it is getting closer to the clean and clear look I’m after. There does not need to be such extreme contrast in the elements on the page, especially since it should be primarily about the words.
The Alphabet of Typography by Pop Chart Lab
An alphabetical primer on the wonders of typography, including serifs, hooks, diacritics, spines, ligatures, and more. Each print is signed and numbered by the artists, from a first edition of 500.
It’s time to start something.
Creativity takes no excuses.
Type Connection is a dating game for typefaces. To win you have to pair up a typeface with it’s most compatible mate. Yes, that’s geeky. Yes, there are good explanations and aesthetic objectivity in which typefaces work together well.
Start by choosing a typeface to pair. Like a conventional dating website, Type Connection presents you with potential “dates” for each main character—without the misleading profile photos and commitment-phobes. The game features well-known, workhorse typefaces and portrays each as a character searching for love. You are the matchmaker. You decide what kind of match to look for by choosing among several strategies for combining typefaces. Along the way, you explore typographic terminology, type history, and more. By playing Type Connection, you deepen your own connection with type.
The Comic Sans Project shows us how would the world look like if Comic Sans wasn’t hated into oblivion. See famous brands re-imagined with this non-popular type face.