The Best of Fonts In Use in 2013
Today, we celebrate our birthday with a few party favors. Introducing the first of an annual awards show. What follows is the “best of Fonts In Use in 2013”, as dictated by our editorial staff. This list of font uses and users is a glimpse into contemporary type-driven graphic design. We hope it surfaces content from the collection that you may have missed, and sparks you to contribute your own work — or work you admire — to the growing archive.
I like fonts. Can you tell?
The Lego Movie – Art of the Title
Lego Movie title concepts
Take a stop-motion animated journey into the world of The Lego Movie, a side-scrolling flight through a series of brick-built dioramas recreating scenes and settings from the film. It seems a crime that the deceptively simple building blocks at the center of this adventure had not been used in a title sequence until now, but Alma Mater does the Danish plaything justice here, cleverly exploring its full potential as the credits roll.
Learn the Expert Manipulation of Machine Parts via ARTYPING (1939)
…What follows is an incredible series of sections that teach anyone from the novice to the expert typist how to create a border, cut-outs, lettering, cross-stitch patterns, and even letterhead. The booklet ends with the exhortation that “like stamp collecting, ‘art typing’ may easily turn into a profitable hobby.”
Typography on Instagram
Ralf Herrmann shares some Instagram accounts to follow if you are a fan of environmental typography. (And, if you’re not a fan, these links might convert you.)
I don’t know whose idea it was to include the triple-column layout in modern versions of PowerPoint, but I’m not a fan.
Project this during a meeting, and you will similar complaints every time. “I can’t read that.” “Can you make that bigger?” “The font is too small.” And they are justified. This slide is purely aimed at people who use PowerPoint to create documentation. (If you do, fine. Just create a separate deck for displaying.)
If you want to project this information, break it up. I would make each phase into one slide and then take a hard look at how many words are in each bullet point. Can each bullet be summed up into two to four words? Remember, text on a slide does not have to be verbatim; it just has to reinforce the idea.
So next time you fire up PowerPoint and you see that triple-column layout, just move along. You can do better than that.