Thursday, February 26, 2009

WhatTheFont for iPhone

I often use sites to find out what certain fonts are, but now I'm gonna use the magic iPhone.

From the site: "Ever seen a great font in a magazine ad, poster, or on the web and wondered what font it is? Whip out your iPhone and snap a photo, and WhatTheFont for iPhone will identify that font in seconds!

WhatTheFont for iPhone connects directly to MyFonts’ acclaimed font identification service, which has been helping customers pinpoint mystery fonts for 10 years. It works via Wi-Fi or the mobile phone network, so you can get your font fix right there on the spot"

Monday, February 23, 2009

Harvey Milk Speech

I saw Milk Saturday night, and immediately knew my Mickey Rourke Oscar pick in our company pool was in trouble.
Sean was amazing and happy he won. In honor of Penn's Oscar win last night (Milk) here's a cool music video of one of his speeches.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Kern T

Courtesy of

Impulsive Typetoo

From sorrentinog4 on Typophile"Semi-jestfully I would talk with my friends about how stupid it would be to get an I <3 Helvetica tattoo... an even stupider idea would be to get it as a tramp stamp. Well, I got good reviews from my posse and impulsively I got it last night..."

I would've gone a point size down.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Best Corn Syrup Can Ever

The Science of Comic Book Lettering

Comic Book lettering has some grammatical and aesthetic traditions that are pretty damn unique.
Blambot's Nate Piekos has written a comprehensive and informative article on the typographic conventions in comic-book lettering. A bunch of cool things regarding lettering I had never thought of:


Also called "cat's whiskers", "fireflies" or "crow's feet", breath marks are usually three little dashes stacked vertically that come before and after some sort of cough or sputter. The word with the breath marks around it may be italicized, lowercase or bold. There seems to be no hard and fast rule for these. I generally italicize and use lowercase and if the coughing gets really bad, I use bold. If you use an opening and closing set with no word in between, you get a symbol that looks like a tiny bursting bubble that indicates death or unconsciousness of a character. This is often used to end the text in a wavy balloon.


This is probably the biggest mistake seen amongst amateur letterers. An "I" with the crossbars on top and bottom is virtually only used for the personal pronoun, "I." The only other allowable use of the "crossbar I" is in abbreviations. Any other instance of the letter should just be the vertical stroke version. Although I would debate it, you occasionally see the "crossbar I" used in the first letter of the first word of a sentence, or the first letter of someone's name.

HT to Don for the find.

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Evolution of the SuperBowl Logo

NOt sure what typeface was used for this year's logo. Most likely it was a House Industries custom typeface. I love the clean look.

As well as next year's logo revealed:

"I'm big, badass and ORANGE. GO BEARS!"