Kinetic type to sell an idea

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Well, if you aren’t totally tired of this kinetic typography thing, here’s a one that’s being used to promote an idea – the notion that all people have the right to live free. So, check out the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


FontShuffle for iPhone

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Looking for a fun way to select a typeface for a project while on the go? FontShop AG has just released an nifty, free application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that allows you to find and compare typefaces while away from your font manager.

You can download FontShuffle 1.0 from the the iTunes app store for free. Check it out.


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Enter here for a chance to win a free all conference pass to Campus Technology 2008

We closed entry into the Campus Technology 2008 contest this morning at 8:00 a.m. PST. Through a process of random selection, the following winners were chosen from the list. NOTE: winners were not chosen on their selection of mascot, so don’t come down to our offices dressed as your mascot and yell at us.

If you are one of the lucky winners, look for an email in your inbox today. I will need your full contact info to either register you for the conference or send you your prize.

Without further ado, here are the winners:

First Prize

Full conference pass to Campus Technology 2008

The winner is: Kevin Murphy and his Tufts University dead elephant in a jar.

Congratulations, Kevin!

Second Prize

One copy of Portfolio 8.5 single-user

The winner is: Eugenia and her choice of Carnegie Mellon’s Mascot Scottie Dog.

Congratulations Eugenia!

Third Prize

One copy of either Suitcase Fusion or Suitcase for Windows

The winner is: Jeannie and her choice of Shadow [the Hawk].

Congratulations Jeanne!

Fourth Prize

Set of Extensis posters & Extensis t-shirt

The winner is Clarence Mitchell and his Daviess County Panthers.

Congratulations Clarence!

Fifth Prize

$10 Starbucks gift card & Extensis t-shirt

The winner is Bill Pageau and his choice of Baldwin the Eagle from Boston University.

Congratulations Bill!

I will contact all winners in an email within the next 24 hours. If you have not heard from me, check to see if my email was accidentally caught by your email filter. If you still haven’t heard from me, please use the contact form on the Contact tab of this blog.


The Font Conference

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Fresh on the heels of of the annual convention of everything type, TypeCon, viral site College Humor has release a fun little video that postulates what it would be like if actual fonts had a convention. I’m always a sucker for these little font & typography related videos.


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A good place for free educational materialIf you’re looking for a creative recharge, or maybe thinking that you’d like to continue your education, but want to dip your toe in first. Well, Apple has provided a great, free resource called iTunes U to help you get started.

Filled with free content (yup, I said FREE) this section of the iTunes Store has audio and video files from a variety of great sources. Of course, you’ll need to have iTunes installed to browse and download the content.

Here are a few selections that you might find interesting.

SVA / School of Visual Arts – the School of Visual Arts has created a number of very interesting videos that cover topics in the Design and Fine Arts fields. One of my favorites of this series is Steven Heller’s “Red Scared – Designing the Cold War” lecture (opens in iTunes).

Swinburne Tutorials – the Swinburne University of Technology has placed a number of good introductions to technology including classes that introduce Adobe Photoshop, in-depth tutorials for creating galleries and more using Adobe Flash, and more.

Carnegie Mellon’s College of Fine Arts – The College of Fine Arts has provided a number of interesting audio recordings, my favorite of which covers Product Design for the Elderly.

Indianapolis Museum of Art – The art museum of my youth has put up a number of cool videos, including a pretty nice diversion where Robert Lang teaches you origami, or the art of turning a piece of paper into a swallow, duck or sparrow. I can never seem to make these things look right, and yet I still enjoy trying.

I hope that we’ll see many other institutions jumping into the fray here. It’s a great way for universities and institutions to market the strength of their programs as well as provide a great service to the public.

[Tip of the hat to Technical Support Representative Jay Elmore for the link.]


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Universal Type Server gets a perfect score for font management from IT EnquirerI’ve posted links over to the publishing technology site IT Enquirer from time to time. They do good in-depth reviews of software, technology and publishing workflows.

Well, I’m proud to say that IT Enquirer just published a review of Universal Type Server and it got a perfect score of five out of five!

While Type Server may have only been on the market for a few weeks, it’s good to see that it’s being well received. We worked long and hard to bring a quality product to market, and I’m glad to see that others recognize the results.

If you’d like to take it for a spin, Universal Type Server Lite runs in demonstration mode for 30 days. Download it over at the Extensis website.


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