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7 Free Tools to Identify A Font

Urban fonts (+)   17/12/2008

So you’re browsing through your favorite website and found a site that uses a font you love. You want that font too, (and must be as quickly as possible!)… so how do we go about finding out what that font is called? Sounds familiar? Yes… we’ve all been th (+)

Max Kerning

Urban fonts (+)   21/10/2008

He’s opinionated. He’s punctilious. He’s fussy, finicky, hard-to-please, exacting, demanding. He’s persnickety and nitpicking. He has the arrogance which comes of being … well, right (don’t you just hate those people?). He has a bit of an accent … sounds (+)

Fonts used in movie posters

Urban fonts (+)   08/10/2008

We see film posters every day. But have you ever stopped to think about the lettering they use? Sebastian Lester has. As a typeface designer for Monotype Imaging, he’s a literal font of knowledge.  Read more (+)

CSS Typography: Contrast Techniques, Tutorials and Best Practices

Urban fonts (+)   07/10/2008

The main advantage of elegant CSS typography lies in its ability to be both attractive and improves the user experience. When chosen wisely and used carefully, it can be very effective to support the overall design. There are many outstanding examples of (+)

Round up of free fonts found at

Urban fonts (+)   03/10/2008

Here is a list of 22 free fonts available from myfonts. All you need to do is register on the site to gain access to them. I also want to point out that you don’t need to register any credit card (unless you want to buy fonts that is). Click on the image (+)

Stylish Floral Typography

Urban fonts (+)   18/09/2008

This tutorial will teach you how to create a very appealing and slightly abstract text effect that looks like the text is made from plants and flowers; you really have to see it to know what I mean. We’ll be using a lot of floral brushes which look great (+)

Typography for Lawyers

Urban fonts (+)   18/09/2008

This is a guide to typography website for people who are not professional typographers — namely, lawyers. I assume that your goal is pragmatic: to achieve the best typographic result at the minimum possible cost (= your time).This website is organized as (+)


Urban fonts (+)   09/09/2008

Typechart is an online experiment that lets you flip through, preview and compare web typography and then retrieve the corresponding CSS. Read more (+)

Top Ten Web Typography Sins

Urban fonts (+)   02/09/2008

While many designers have been quick to embrace web standards, it’s surprising how often the basic standards of typography are neglected. Here are ten deadly sins to avoid in your web typography. Full article (+)

Fonts as People

Urban fonts (+)   30/07/2008

In a world where fonts are people, Times New Roman is king. But also, Wingdings is annoying and talks in gibberish, Arial Narrow is a racist, and Futura is a sexy lady from the future. How awesome is this?Full article (+)

ATypl Conference - St. Petersburg

Urban fonts (+)   03/07/2008

The ATypI 08 St Petersburg conference will be held in St Petersburg, Russia from 17 to 21 September 2008 (Wednesday to Sunday). The TypeTech/TypeTools Forum and the pre-conference workshops will be held on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 September. The main (+)

Type Camp 2008 - The Ultimate Vacation

Urban fonts (+)   03/07/2008

Are you interested in typography? Do you feel that you don’t quite know what you’re doing when it comes to letterforms and text? Do you want to know more? Or perhaps you just want to visit the ‘Typographic Archipelago’ (and get your company to pay)? TypeC (+)

Introducing Archer. The new typeface by Hoefler & Frere-Jones

Urban fonts (+)   03/07/2008

Sweet but not saccharine, earnest but not grave, Archer is designed to hit just the right notes of forthrightness, credibility, and charm.Slab serifs have been evolving for two hundred years, yet the category continues to be dominated by two basic styles: (+)

Typography video reel

Urban fonts (+)   17/06/2008

This one is already a year old, but it’s definitely worth watching… An awesome video on typography created by the Vancouver Film School. Pretty cool!  Link to video (+)

FontStruct is a free font-building tool brought to you by the

Urban fonts (+)   31/05/2008

FontStruct is a free font-building tool brought to you by the world’s leading retailer of digital type, FontShop. FontStruct lets you quickly and easily create fonts constructed out of geometrical shapes, which are arranged in a grid pattern, like tiles (+)

8 fonts you probably don’t use in css, but should

Urban fonts (+)   29/05/2008

CSS has brought us many capabilities in terms of typography and the web, but we always seem to be limited to the same 4-5 typefaces over and over again. There is an inherant problem, if the font you specify isn’t on the viewers computer it won’t render i (+)

5 Principles And Ideas Of Setting Type On The Web

Urban fonts (+)   30/04/2008

There are some basic approaches, guidelines and goals to consider when working with type on the Web. Overall, the medium of Web typography involves readability, accessibility, usability, and brandability. On the Web, these aspects function together to ac (+)

Favorite Typefaces of 2007

Urban fonts (+)   19/04/2008

Typographica’s fourth annual review showcases the best in new typeface design. Twenty-five of the world’s brightest graphic and type designers selected their favorite font releases of the year. We welcome to our regular cast of contributors: David Berlow (+)

30 Fonts That ALL Designers Must Own

Urban fonts (+)   19/03/2008

Here are 30 of the Best Fonts / Type Faces that every designer must own sorted by alphabetical order. There are 15 serif fonts and 15 sans-serif fonts. These fonts will last you your whole career!A brief description of what each font is best suited for i (+)

About Rockwell Font

Urban fonts (+)   19/03/2008

Can there be such a thing as a hit in typography? A blockbuster? The surge in the popularity of Rockwell must have come from somewhere. The Times Magazine’s use of the face goes back at least to 2001, though it has been used more prominently since 2004. (+)

A Font We Can Believe In

Urban fonts (+)   22/02/2008

Unless you’ve been avoiding television, newspapers, and all other forms of mass media for the past few months, you’ve probably seen Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s “Change We Can Believe In” and “Stand for Change” banners. The typophiles (+)

Fontbook Review

Urban fonts (+)   19/02/2008

Recently I received through the post something large, yellow and weighing 3kg. No, not a genetically modified banana, but FontShop’s FontBook, the encyclopaedia of type. This book really should come with a health warning: my postman almost had a hernia d (+)

Chalet Font for Veerle’s Blog

Urban fonts (+)   31/01/2008

You can’t believe how many times a week I get the question what the font’s name is that I use for my titles on this site.  So high time for an introduction to René Albert Chalet, the designer of the lovely Chalet typeface. René Albert Chalet could easily (+)

Ever seen a typeface (font) you like but couldn’t identify it?

Urban fonts (+)   23/01/2008

Ever seen a typeface (font) you like but couldn’t identify it? I once knew an Art Director who seemed to be able to identify just about any typeface I showed him. However, in recent years, even he responds with, I don’t have a clue.So where to turn? Well (+)

Color and Typography in Good Design

Urban fonts (+)   09/01/2008

Typography is a significant issue for designers. On many projects, finding just the right font, size, spacing, etc. can require considerable time and attention. In addition to typography, color is also a major factor in the success of the design. What is (+)

The Anatomy of Web Fonts

Urban fonts (+)   14/12/2007

If one aspect of design has suffered most in its transition to the Web, it is the art of typography. For years, Web typography involved little more than choosing a typeface and font size. Unstyled Times New Roman was the norm, and the integration of esta (+)

FF Meta Serif Released

Urban fonts (+)   21/11/2007

It took three years and three designers to develop FF Meta® Serif. All through the ’90s, Erik Spiekermann made several attempts at designing a counterpart for his groundbreaking FF Meta®. Fans of Meta frequently asked him which serif face would best comp (+)

The Showcase Of BIG Typography

Urban fonts (+)   08/11/2007

The main advantage of excellent typography lies in its ability to be both attractive and functional at the same time. Although images communicate more vividly, text presentation can impress visitors with its sharpness and precise geometrical forms and cu (+)

Arial or Helvetica? Take the test

Urban fonts (+)   31/10/2007

Once there was a typeface called Helvetica. It was extremely popular. Later came a software company called Microsoft. They “borrowed” Helvetica for their operating system and called it Arial. This inferior typeface is now on millions of desktops all over (+)

80 Beautiful Typefaces for Professionals

Urban fonts (+)   10/10/2007

Every now and then designers stumble upon the very same problem: the choice of a unique and beautiful typeface which manages to fulfill three basic tasks. Support the corporate identity, enrich the visual appearance and is compatible with the overall desi (+)

15 Excellent Examples of Web Typography

Urban fonts (+)   26/09/2007

I have spent the last month searching, stumbling, noting, bookmarking and analysing in a quest to find 15 Excellent examples of Web Typography. I’ve chosen them because they make excellent use of type. Some of the examples mimic the typography of print, (+)

Gotham - New typeface by Hoefler & Frere-Jones

Urban fonts (+)   12/09/2007

Our Gotham typeface, inspired by signs on buildings, celebrates the workmanlike “draftsman’s alphabet” at a monumental scale. Similarly unadorned, but at a more intimate size, is the lettering of engineering: the marks on precision instruments, blue (+)

Color choice made easy

Urban fonts (+)   06/09/2007

We recently tested a great new utility called Genopal PRO - it’s an easy and intuitive software that helps you pick up complementary colors for your projects in a snap. The software is loaded with great features, such as an easy to use color picker, pre (+)

Typographica’s Best of 2006

Urban fonts (+)   30/08/2007

By my best estimation, at least 1,800 new commercial typefaces were released in 2006 alone. This count does not include freebies, custom and proprietary commissions, or even individual weights. It is a rough tally of the number of new font families releas (+)

Bad Microsoft Word Typography

Urban fonts (+)   16/08/2007

From the company that popularized Arial, here are three examples of bad typography in Microsoft Word. Bad typesetting in Word finds its way into résumés, business plans, research papers, government documents, even published books. These small inconsiste (+)

Taking Back: Times New Roman

Urban fonts (+)   06/08/2007

Yes all designers HATE Times New Roman, but let’s face it — on the web we are very limited on what fonts we can safely use. I don’t know about anyone else, but I am getting a little board of seeing Georgia as the only serif font on the web. However (+)

The Trends in Web Typography

Urban fonts (+)   27/07/2007

We’re seeing change in font use and designs in Web 2.0, but these changes aren’t just aesthetic but functional too. So I thought I’d share some insights we’ve had while discussing these trends. Eventhough I’ve narrowed it down to font usage, the (+)

Typography in Web Advertising

Urban fonts (+)   14/07/2007

We have become an increasingly visual society in the years since the advent of television in the 1950s. If other web advertisers are emphasizing imagery, you can either choose to follow the prevailing attitude, or you can buck that trend - and possibly be (+)

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