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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.

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“The future…”Alex, age 12.

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“Graphic Designer in the making.” Jarod, age 13.

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“Don’t forget to rise to the stars.” Sam, age 10.

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“Caught in a web?” Edward, age 9.

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“Selfies are important.” Vincent, age 10.

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“Positivity.” Ryann, age 11.

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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.


Thanksgiving Typography

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Tis’ the season for rushed client deadlines and what seems like one thousand requests to “make the logo bigger.” And as per usual, we feel stuck in a never-ending torrent of misused comic sans (seriously, when will people ever learn?)

Somewhere in the middle of it all we realize what’s truly important about what we do as designers. We find that we’re left with a resounding thankfulness for the joy that beautiful typefaces bring to our designerly worlds.

 

As we prep our Thanksgiving table with custom name cards and our attempts to mimic Casey Ligon’s delicious foodie hand lettering, we do our best to remember the reason for the season: giving thanks!

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Political Campaign Logos and the Designers Who Hate Them

Meredith Post, Author at LPK Taking Brands to Extraordinary

Wired recently ran a piece entitled Typography is Why Jeb’s Logo is Worse Than a Piece of Crap. I say this in a non-partisan way, but it’s one of those headlines that kind of says it all.

Even though Bush has been using a variation on this logo since 1993, the recently unveiled 2015 version unleashed a new barrage of snark from the design community, with pundits criticizing everything from the typeface (Baskerville) to the exclamation point (“I don’t want to be told to get excited”) to the baseline of the exclamation point. AdWeek fed the flames of the controversy by reposting a bunch of mostly negatively “humorous” takes from the twittersphere.

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Finding new fonts to work with is always fun for graphic designers. We recently posted two pieces on this very topic, Font Identification: How To Find The Name Of A Font In Use and How To Find Your Favorite Fonts. Though, for us there’s no real type inspiration like Fontspiration. Lucky you, we are rolling out a whole new set of pieces to tantalize your type taste buds.

Our June pieces feature type by Mendoza VergaraKilm Type FoundryHipopotam Studio, and Leo Koppelkamm. Take a gander:

Typography Inspiration: New Fontspiration Featuring Fontfabric, Ultra types & More

Foundry: Leo Koppelkamm
Font: Blu Regular & Opposite
Artist: Blue Collar Agency
Inspiration: Inspired to bring back the glory days of the cassette tape.

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