Just My Type
I’ve been fascinated by type ever since my childhood friend and I used to cycle our bikes into the art and technical drawing supplies shop (the name escapes me) in Charles Street, Cardiff, to buy sheets of Letraset. Get back home and furiously, but carefully, rub the sheets to create works of art (in our minds that is; though Michael was a gifted artist who sadly passed away well before his time).
Ever since then type has been of interest to me and grown to be a fascination. Why do we need so many fonts, how do we respond to them, as experts, as readers, as consumers, as viewers?
So where is this all leading? I recently had the pleasure to come across a little gem of a book dedicated to the world of typefaces.
If you’re not a type geek, no need to be afraid, this book is superbly accessible and entertaining. It’s also deeply insightful, and I think succeeds in raising the value of typefaces in our consciousness. But it also lavishes upon us the backgrounds of the people who came to design the fonts we use everyday (and sometimes) take for granted, not to mention the labour that once was needed to create the fonts we now almost flippantly drop down from our on-screen menus and use.
From the first font created for the Gutenberg Bible, to pariahs such as Comic Sans; the difference between readability and legibility; the peculiar, often sad, and sometime distasteful personal histories of the creators, it’s all here. You’ll be hooked from page one...I was.
Published by Profile Books 978-1846683015
Designing With Purpose
One belief we’ve always held close to our heart at Caffeine is that design must not only look good, it absolutely must have purpose.
A quick post for you today showing you some amazing photographs from the German photographer Lucas Zimmermann.
Our New Site
Typically, and this is probably true for many businesses, it took us ages to get our own new site launched. But launched it is...
Case Study: Forbes
We were approached to look at reinvigorating the brand as a whole, starting with the main element of the logo and then the supporting parts.
Case Study: FWC
Cardiff based Fabulous Welshcakes asked us to create their full brand and suuporting materials. They are our oldest client...
Utilise our skills and experience to help you stand out and attract business.
The Power of Colour
We are surrounded with colour. Every day our lives are enhanced by the colours of nature around us.
Just My Type
I recently had the pleasure to come across a little gem of a book dedicated to the world of typefaces.
Delicate Paper Flowers
Pretty awesome paper flower creations.
VAT on Print Work
Did you know that VAT is zero on some print items, but not others?
The Designer Says
“I want to make beautiful things even if nobody cares.”
Information Is Beautiful
The Effectiveness of Infographics
Leica M Monochrome
Take a look at this thing of beauty and tell us you don't love the magic and romance of monochrome photography...
What Makes A Designer
What makes a designer a designer? And why can't anyone do it?...
Something to Watch Out for...
So, you’ve decided to do it, or it’s been foisted upon you, or you feel you have to be involved with social media because everyone else is. Now what?
Details, Details, Details
It’s a painting right? Well it take’s a little while to accept it, but it’s actually a hyper-realistic painting by the artist Jason de Graaf.
Fab Free Font
Lovely retro font from Fontfabric
More a Graphic Than Type.
Really? Why do designers think that I want to be seen in this?
Design vs Style
Design & Style. Is There a Difference?