Saturday, August 2, 2008

Honor Your Content

I was reading an article in the National Post the other day regarding the TypeCon 2008 Conference. To parapharse, the author discussed among designers: "If you were stuck on a desert island and only had 10 fonts..."
This was there list:
• Janson
• Gill Sans
• Didot/Bodoni
• Joanna
• Myriad
• Helvetica Neue Light
• Walker
• Century Schoolbook Condensed Light
• Trebuchet
• Meta

Good typography is important to any medium as it is to use images and shiny objects. The fact that you may skim articles and headlines, it should still be pleasing to look at and easy to read.

In every situation where type is used - in television, signage, packaging - the designer has to adapt his techniques to suit the medium.

So I figured i would just google things on typography and wouldn't you know I came a cross this website, NYCtype by designer Jason Powers.

Jason goes around New York City photographing street typography.
I was intrigued by it because I always wanted to go around the Gem City and just photograph signs and different types. Here, Jason takes that idea and uploads to his blog.

Although he doesn't critique the styles of typography, any graphic designer who is looking for a new style to try, this gives you the visual record in the public terrain. Check out NYCtype to find a font that might be suitable for your next medium.

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