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The handwriting of music legends Bowie, Cobain, Lennon as typefaces

By Gareth Coxon, April 7, 2018

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There something intimate about seeing these song lyrics from musical legends in the handwriting they were scribbled down, created and constructed in. They communicate more than just the sum of their parts and the words themselves they add a layer of feeling and insight into character and emotions behind those words.

Fantastic to hear that the handwriting of the likes of Cobain and Bowie are now available as downloadable and usable typefaces.

Check them out over on DesignBoom

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DIY typography for Pick Me Up 2016

By Gareth Coxon, February 11, 2016





A very hands-on experimental project for the Pick Me Up Graphic Arts Festival. You can create your own DIY typography and letterforms by using their online tool and then submit them for inclusion in their collaborative alphabet. The letterform you create and submit could be used in their promotion, signage and publications for the event. (more…)

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A Typeface That Changes Like a Memory

By Gareth Coxon, January 27, 2016


A very interesting project caught my eye this week. The concept of memory and how it’s not a solid thing but more of a shifting fluid idea overtime. This idea has been reflected in a new typeface created by designers Ryan Bugden and Michelle Wainer. Called ‘Memoire’ the typeface changes during use, so slightly different variations can be used in print and digitally it slowly morphs and slightly thickens and rounds the letterforms.


“It’s hard to see the changes at first. The sharpness of the serifs softens almost imperceptibly with every use. On the first page, edges are knife-like; by the last, they are almost friendly in their roundness. “The experience we had in mind was very subtle, something you feel before you notice,” Bugden says.”

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What typeface is best for me? Infographic

By Gareth Coxon, January 8, 2016



A rather excellent infographic which offers a very simple basic guide to what the best ‘font’ or indeed typeface is depending on usage.

Looking at a very brief history of typefaces, difference between sans serif and serif as well as typefaces for the web and print.
Sponsored by Cartridge Discount, the infographic gives a decent overview to a complete novice. (more…)

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3D Printed Typeface

By Gareth Coxon, January 22, 2015

3D Printed Typeface
Some interesting work here from Zhou Hongtao, a designer, who has mixed type design with 3D printing to create the above 3D Printed Typeface. It’s almost sculptural with different levels of letterforms going below just type design. (more…)

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Identify any web typeface you see on the web

By Gareth Coxon, February 13, 2013

Fount Button

A great little tool for website designers, website developers and alike.

Fount enables you to identify any live typeface on the web. Just drag the button found over at the Fount website into your bookmarks bar to install.
It tells you what the weight and size of the typeface is as well, a very handy little tool.

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KernType – A Kerning Game

By Gareth Coxon, October 10, 2011

I can’t imagine there are many kerning based games knocking about the internet, so it was great to stumble upon this one via Twitter. ‘Kern Me’ is a Html 5 built website that challenges designers and a like to kern various words and be scored on the results.

I scored 85% on my first turn, can you beat it?
Please post your results below…


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