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Let’s face it: back-to-school fonts tend to be boring and cheesy. So much chalkboard! So many bubble letters! That’s why for the month of September we’re bringing you a fonts roundup that’s as escapist as it gets. Introducing: FONTS FROM SPACE! A selection of typefaces that will get you not just out of school, but out of the atmosphere… into the stratosphere… and straight into the intergalactic.

Revisiting our own school days got us into a retro frame of mind.

First, Space Age makes the introductions:

Meet GeorgeJetson

Then, Orbitron shoots us into orbit.

orbitron

Warning! Things may get dramatica with Plasmatica.

plasmatica

Of course, designers have different aesthetics. If you feel the space age theme is a little thin…

…try Quarterly BRK…

quarterly_brk

or Neris:

neris

Meanwhile, if your design process is starting to feel a little robotic…

…maybe you’ll want to check out Anita:

anita

Or Kimono:

kimono_1kimono_2

But you can always preserve your humanity. With these typefaces humans and cyborgs can really have a dialogue.

Dual Font asks:

dual_font

Terminal Dosis answers:

terminal_dosis


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Laura Worthington is a calligrapher and typeface designer in the Pacific Northwest. She crafts original, lovingly handmade letters which form the base of her typeface designs, primarily for use in titling and display. Since we last spoke with her in April of 2014, she’s been busy. She’s taught hand lettering workshops at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle, created a smooth version of the Charcuterie collection called Boucherie, and published the Adorn family of fonts—her largest typeface collection yet. An experience she calls, “an insightful and inspiring journey into the world of contemporary calligraphy.” Laura also explored new ground, designing the masculine-inclined script face Voltage, and publishing her first ever free font, Milkshake—available at Fairgoods.com.

Calligraphy Convo with Laura Worthington—Al Fresco by Laura Worthington, elegance with subtle earthiness.

Al Fresco by Laura Worthington, elegance with subtle earthiness.

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In 2011, I covered how to choose the right font for your website, which I broke down thusly:

  1. Legibility – Contrast, is it readable?
  2. Tone and style – Aesthetics, does it reflect your brand?
  3. Compatibility – Does it work across browsers and platforms?

While these foundational considerations remain the same, a lot has changed in the last three years—namely that today, more than half the world’s digital content is consumed on mobile devices, including mobile apps, mobile websites, iPads and Kindles (electronic paper), smartphones and tablets.[1]

Choosing the right font for mobile for an always-on audience

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This spring, we released a new update for Suitcase Fusion™ 5, which integrates fonts right into your workflow. To inspire your typographic creativity, we’ve created our Fontspiration panel—a window into the latest, most cutting edge typography, in addition to vintage design gems.

More Fontspiration for Suitcase Fusion!

We worked with artists all over the world on the original set of Fontspirations, and we just added more Fontspiration for Suitcase Fusion to keep you inspired. Check ’em out!

More Fontspiration for Suitcase Fusion!

Foundry: Suitcase Type Foundry
Typefaces: Orgovan Rounded
Artist: Blue Collar Agency

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A few weeks back, we released a new update for Suitcase Fusion™ 5, which integrates fonts right into your workflow. To inspire your typographic creativity, we’ve created our Fontspiration panel—a window into the latest, most cutting edge typography, in addition to vintage design gems.

We worked with artists all over the world on the following Fontspirations.

Introducing Fontspiration—New to Suitcase Fusion—WebINK Fontspiration by Sabeena Karnik

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Welcome to Dig This Design. Each month, we’ll showcase pioneering websites crafted by our peers—the creative teams and companies that push the envelope in our industry. Let’s dive into some inventive work that has recently caught our eye.

Dig This Design: Jack In The Box, Warby Parker, Jet Blue

Jack is Back (with extra bacon)

There’s no denying the gastronomic beauty of bacon. That’s why we’re excited about the new Bacon Insider from Jack in the Box. It’s the first burger to mix three full strips of bacon right in the patty. Now that’s smart! But what’s more appealing than the extra flavor is the campaign page they created for the 2014 Super Bowl. It entices with a rich, bright design reminiscent of a blue bird day on the farm. The entertaining, scroll-triggered motion design and a “Bork Blaster” arcade game will have you pining for a bacon-filled bite.

But let’s talk type. The main font is Halis Rounded by Ahmet Altun. This lovely typeface isn’t available as a web font, but our WebINK library has similarly stunning specimens such as Co Headline, Metallophile and Hermes Optimo.

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Finally. The easy way to mock-up web sites using Web Fonts.

Lucky you—you’ve landed on the latest edition of Let Creativity Flourish, our monthly series focused on innovative tools that can help you design a more beautiful world. This month, we’re sharing something smart and simple to streamline your workflow. Meet our Web Font Plug-in for Photoshop, a free tool for proofing and prototyping your work without leaving your design.

Let Creativity Flourish: Web Font Plug-in for Photoshop

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To kick off the upcoming WebVisions Portland conference (May 22nd-24th), we’re sponsoring a “Hackathon for Social Good” event on Sunday, May 19th.

What’s a “Hackathon” you ask? In a nutshell, designers and programmers will come together for a full day to build applications and web sites for non-profits, with tutorials from industry experts. As part of the event, we are opening up the WebINK service so the participants have access to top notch web fonts.

Local organizations who are the beneficiaries of this Hackathon include: The Dalai Lama Center, Dress for Success, Habitat for Humanity (Re)Store and Compassion & Choices.

The event is free of charge and runs from 9:00a.m. – 6:00p.m. at the Open Sourcery in Portland, Ore.

If you’d like to join us, click here to RSVP.


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We will be storming Austin in March. Why not join us?

Enter to win your SXSW Interactive Platinum Badge. It’s simple.

  1. Create a FREE account on WebINK
  2. Follow @webink on Twitter
  3. You’re entered to win!
  4. 2 Winners will be selected on February 19, 2013.

So many activities, so little time to sleep!

 

Get all the deets right here on the WebINK Blog


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The web design community evolves as the tools available to it change and grow.

We’ve examined where we we’ve been in 2012, and looked into our crystal ball to see what your tools will looks like for 2013.

See the Trends & Predictions over on the WebINK blog.


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