Do you remember that old commercial with the line in it, “I’m not a doctor in real life, but I play one on TV”? Well, I am not a type designer in real life…but if I could, I would play one…anywhere! I am a font designer, but not a type designer. Is there a difference? To me there is, but I’m not really sure there technically is a difference between the two. To me, a font designer makes fonts and a Typographer spends YEARS studying type, letter forms, and how to make them (artistically and technically). A Typographer can literally spend years making a font and because of this, the fonts are perfect in design, form, technique, and technical information. Also because of the amount of time spent, these fonts are usually very expensive (my favorites to drool over are at Veer).
I LOVE looking at type and Typographers’ fonts. I compare and study the letters, the swooshes, the serifs, etc. it is even more fun for me when the fonts contain ligatures…(I’m showing my geekiness huh? haha!) So, for today’s “check it out” I thought I would share some of my favorite Typography sites with you. (As I re-read all the technical type jargon I just typed, I wonder if maybe a post on basic type terms might be good? Let me know.)
So, lets get started!
Our first stop is at my all time favorite type site I LOVE TYPOGRAPHY I have found some amazing discoveries on this site, including this one that I was actually able to track down and buy! One of their sister sites that launched not too long ago, is really fun! On WE LOVE TYPE You can search through Type related images and even sort them by color!
Check out this really cool photo of type in sculpture form on Upscale Type:
And what about a blog dedicated totally to the beautiful and varied form of the ampersand?
Maybe you are someone (just like me) that can suffer from Typochondria (fear of using the wrong font). Well, you can read about it and learn about solutions here.
I am always inspired by the old, rustic images of type on this French blog with a very catchy name!
Misty Cato does a Typeface Tuesday on her blog where she finds a few GREAT fonts, shows us a sample, and links us up! 🙂
Typographica is a site most graphic designers depend on to find some of the best type and type resources out there.
I LOVE type posters! What are they? Posters with amazing type of course! Check out this one:
Huge Type is a site where people can take photos with an iPhone (although there are alternate instructions for those without an iPhone) of….you guessed it…HUGE TYPE and upload them to the site to share.
Speaking of iPhones, Typenuts is a site where you can download free type related wallpaper for you iphone (or desktop). I received a new iPhone for Mother’s Day and was really excited to play with What The Font, an app where you can take a photo of type with your iPhone camera and in one click it will tell you what font was used! I loved the idea, but wondered if it would work for ME…it did! YAY! 🙂
Last, but certainly not least in my book, is this great Flickr group called Type Sketchbook where real Typographers (not just people that “play one on TV”) upload images from their type sketchbooks!