typography Archive

Popular design guides are responsible for plague of grey type

A series of recent, influential design books and articles have convinced the web’s designers to go for grey-on-white type, despite the fact that many people can’t read low-contrast type (and it’s even worse on mobile devices, which are often read in very bright sun, on screens that have been dimmed to save battery) Ironically, these design guides — The Typography Handbook, this article …

The origin of that familiar "font" used in comic book lettering

Decades before the banality of Comic Sans, there was the fantastic hand-lettering of Artie Simek, Sam Rosen, and a handful of other artists with beautiful penmanship. report this ad Brian Wood’s Starve, Volume One (collecting issues 1-5) was the best, meanest new graphic novel debut since Transmetropolitan; now, with Starve, Volume Two (issues 6-10), Wood brings the story in for a conclusion that …

Ransom note generator

The Random Note Generator is so good I suspect that it’s what Trump’s using to keep the GOP in line. report this ad Stranger Things is a new hit Netflix show about supernatural goings-on in the mid-1980s. Part of its magic is the excellent production design: it doesn’t just nail the 80s, but it nails the poor midwestern 80s rather than the usual Hollywood middle-class …