May 13th, 2016 by Extensis
Today marks the only Friday the 13th in all of 2016. Let’s get spooky! Join us as we revisit some of our favorite typography—of the icky, yucky, spooky, scary, grisly, gruesome, and creepy-crawly varieties!
Here are 13 spooky typefaces that you can download 100% free for commercial use—no matter what sick sad scenario you may be suffering!
1. When you need an R that cuts like a dagger…
Use Orchidee Light
2. When the skeletons have come out to dance…
Use Tango Macabre
3. If the beasts are clawing at the door…
You may know that here at Extensis we recently conducted an in-depth survey of our users. Maybe you even were one of the 1,900 people who participated! We called it the Type Trends Report, and you can download it here.
We learned a lot during this process. We learned about the lives you lead, your main font faves, and—of course—your most hated typefaces. Below, please enjoy what we think will be a type designer’s most beloved hate read: your 6 most loathed font trends, ranked in order from meh… to ugh… to hell no!
6. High-Contrast Script
Responders to the Type Trends survey felt that although high-contrast script fonts—like Whomp, by Alejandro Paul from the awesome foundry Sudtipos—may be trendy, but can also be hard to read. While a few of you got into this style’s retro, love child groove, the majority of people felt that love for the ‘60s and ‘70s is fading.
It’s the end of April, and that means it’s the end of National Poetry Month. Not a poet? Not a problem. Neither was Henry David Thoreau—so he says, in this short poem, which concludes our celebration. Anyway, May is National Hamburger Month, National Strawberry Month, and National Chocolate Custard Month… so no matter what you’re into, next month is sure to be delicious.
Fonts: Arvo, Apple Chancery, Bebas
Sons and daughters of Extensis let their creative juices flow with Fontspiration in honor of National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. With the school year ending, we knew it would be a hard time to bring kids to us, so we brought our work to them! Parents sat down with their kids to engage them in one of our biggest passions: fonts.
Kids ages 9-13 created custom typographic masterpieces using our Fontspiration app. We thought this would allow us to inspire our children. We were pleasantly wrong. They inspired us!
“Show us your girl power!” Kaia, age 10.
“The future…”Alex, age 12.
“Graphic Designer in the making.” Jarod, age 13.
“Don’t forget to rise to the stars.” Sam, age 10.
“Caught in a web?” Edward, age 9.
“Selfies are important.” Vincent, age 10.
“Positivity.” Ryann, age 11.
We’re impressed! Thanks to all the kids who participated and helped us get inspired.</>
Make your masterpiece!
Learn more about Extensis’s free Fontspiration app and start creating using all kinds of fonts, colors, animation and more. Share your creations with us on Instagram or Twitter using #fontspiration.
It’s still April—though not for long! Our celebration of National Poetry Month continues today with a real springtime poem by Anaïs Nin.
Font: Old Man Eloquent
Celebrating this beautiful world today. Happy Earth Day from all of us at Extensis.
Font: Frente H1
We continue our celebration of National Poetry Month today with an excerpt from the poem “Us,” by Tory Dent.
Font: Frente H1
Today we continue our celebration of National Poetry Month with this beautiful short poem by the renowned poet, playwright, activist and scholar Sonia Sanchez.
Font: Red Moon Rising
“When typography is on point, words become images.”
― Shawn Lukas
Much has been going on with typography in our world lately. We released our 2015 Type Trends survey and also made some typography predictions for 2016 with some help from our friends Laura Worthing and Sara Hyndman.
One of our absolute favorite things to do is work with talented graphic designers from around the globe to inspire your type. Not only do we have a robust collection on our Fontspiration Pinterest board, but we also feed these inspirational pieces into the Fontspiration panel within Suitcase Fusion, as well as in our free Fontspiration app for iPhone.
Without further ado, we present our most recent set of custom-made Fontpirations. These pieces feature type by Rvq Type Foundry, Type Faith Fonts, Mika Melvas Type Studio, Letterhead Fonts, Lost Type Co-Op, DSType Foundry, and House Industries. Check ’em out.
Foundry: RVQ Type Foundry
Artist: Kristina Cancelmi
Inspiration: 2015 marks the 21st Annual Santacon celebration. Background Santas are made from the letterforms for ultimate coolness!
Make Fun Holiday Cards to Impress Friends & Family
There’s nothing that’s gives us the warm-and-fuzzies like holiday-inspired typography. And there’s no denying that holiday cards for friends and family are more impressive with custom typography and animation. So when you find yourself hanging out waiting for the cookies to come out of the oven, check out our free and user-friendly Fonspiration app (available for iPhone in the iTunes store).