Tag Archives: Fonts

History of Fonts

Posted on 13. Feb, 2013 by .

If you've read this blog for more than a year or two, you've learned that I have a certain love... and hate for specific fonts.  (Here are some of my past posts on fonts) (Go here to catch up on some of my "I loath Algerian font" themed posts which got me sited in the Algerian Font's wiki page as a font hate site... Ha! I'm such a nerd) Every now an again, I'll find a very interesting video or blog about fonts. When designing (something we all do - every time we hang a sign on a door for parents to read), paying attention to the font is important. Some fonts are better designed for big signs, others for easy reading text. Using the wrong font in some situations communicates something different than what you're trying to say with your font. I know, for some of you this sounds ridiculous, but it's true. My good friend Jonathan Cliff knows of my love of fonts and sends me links all the time. Here's a really interesting video on the history of fonts.. why they're called fonts, why we call them "upper case" and "lower case" and even where they term italics came from. However, there's a big chunk of the video that deals with the infamous Comic Sans font, where it came from and why so many people hate it. Enjoy!

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Font Friday: Picking Fonts

Posted on 28. Oct, 2011 by .


Well over a year ago I started Front Friday and I think I only posted two or three times. So, let’s just say that this is a very infrequent blog day. However, someone passed this along to me a few weeks ago and I thought it would fit perfectly for “Font Friday.”

When doing any design work, picking the right font is key. So, here’s a fun little chart that will help you in picking out the right font for your project.

 … Read the rest

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Font Friday: Sketch Rockwell

Posted on 20. Aug, 2010 by .


Here’s a font I found a couple of years ago. It’s called Sketch Rockwell. As you can see here, I used it for the Orange Tweet Up a few years ago. It’s a fun little font with a lot of character. I think that with this font, you’ve got to go big and bold, otherwise the font is going to look a little messy. I’ve probably only used this font for one other thing (this font would look very overused pretty quickly).

How would I use this font again? I think that if I was doing any kind of media relating to school (like a back to school event), I’d experiment with this font in white on the image of a green chalkboard. Can’t you see it?

You can also see this font as the title of my friend Ryan Frank’s blog here. I’m telling you, I’ve got an eye for fonts.

This font can be downloaded right here.… Read the rest

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Font Friday: Kenyan Coffee

Posted on 30. Jul, 2010 by .


Yesterday I got my weekly email from KidzMatter.org. Right away, the bold, black font popped out at me. Immediately I said to myself, “I really like that font. I gotta have it.” So, I did the shameless thing and email KidsMatter.org to ask them what font they used. :) Actually, I was in luck. I know the guy (Evan) who designs these weekly emails and he was more than happy to throw me a bone. Thanks a million Evan.

The font is called Kenyan Coffee. It’s got a 1920’s New York art deco look and feel that’s strong but unique. To do what they did in this email, I probably would have defaulted to Arial Black, but Kenyan Coffee is a great substitute. I’m looking forward to using it soon.

This font can be downloaded here.… Read the rest

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Font Conference

Posted on 23. Apr, 2009 by .


I’ll wrap my little parade of font posts with this video. I’m really glad they made this video about fonts, it makes me happy! After having watched this video a few times, I think of these characters when I see the fonts either on my computer or in the wild.

The video does have some language, so I must rate it PG!

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D.J. Inkers? You gotta be kidding me!

Posted on 22. Apr, 2009 by .


My friend who sent along the article on Comic Sans yesterday also sent me this and this. She mentioned D.J. Inkers and I was clueless.

If seeing these pages at all inspired you for new font ideas, you may have bigger issues. Resist the urge! PLEASE!… Read the rest

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Ode to fonts

Posted on 20. Apr, 2009 by .


I’m not ashamed, I love my fonts. Although I’m not a professional, I do like to dabble in graphic design. When starting a project, I almost always start with the font. I sort through hundreds of fonts looking for just the right one. Then I design around the font. I know know if this is right or wrong, it’s just the way I do it. So I really do love my fonts. I enjoy recognizing fonts I design with out in the wild. If you remember, I’m also passionate in my dislike for certain fonts as well.

Why am I writing this? Well, I am passionate about this and that should be enough reason alone. However, I’ve found that every Children’s Pastor wears multiple hats, one of which is “graphic designer.” Few things bother me more than a poorly designed flyer or sign. So, I thought I’d publish a few posts this week on fonts.… Read the rest

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