Thursday, August 28, 2008

Font Conference video

A few screen shots above from the Font Conference video from Click here to watch it for yourself. I won't give away the ending, but I'll tell you I was a little surprised who saved the day—I suppose that's the biggest joke of all.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Illustrator Crash Course

If you haven't seen this already, check it out. Four weeks worth of lessons will introduce you to the tools & basic tricks of Adobe Illustrator CS3.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

I love ampersands!

I wanted to share a little love regarding my favorite personalities in a font's character set. The ampersand has been around since the first century A.D. where it began as a squared "Et" and has since become more connected and curved in many modern serifs and sans serifs ("&"). Ampersands to me have the most personality & flair as compared with other characters—if you agree here are a few things you might appreciate.

"More than just a pretty shelf sitter, these heavy ligatures can be deployed in a wide variety of household and office applications such as bookends, door stops, paperweights, dumbbells for power-walking or self-defense mechanisms."
Cast Iron Ampersand Sculpture from House Industries

Ampersand Organic Shirt from Service

Beautiful Ampersand Plate from Cul de Sac

Hoefler & Frere-Jones' post "Our Middle Name" This article gives history of the ampersand and details some of the foundry's favorites.

"Ampersands with Attitude" article from Smashing Magazine that details 10 different styles of ampersands from different fonts

"The Funkiest Ampersands You've Ever Seen" from Spoon Graphics Blog This post includes some of the recognizable, some of the most beautiful and of course some of the funkiest ampersands out there. It's inspirational & fun.

The Ampersand Blog features every incarnation of ampersands that you can imagine. Hours of fun for ampersand lovers! Many images above were submitted to the blog by readers.

What are your favorite ampersands?