If there is one area of design where I have grown and expanded over the last five years, it is in typography. I look back on past projects, even the work I did in grad school, and I cringe at the type. Not because my old work is bad, per se, but because of how much I’ve grown over the years. It’s like looking at my old math books from the era before Calculus — an entirely different practice.
Type is what separates the men from the boys, it’s what certifies a professional design against an amateur, it’s what gets noticed (and yet doesn’t), it’s what communicates, it’s what matters.
I do, from time to time, admit to the holes in my informal education and how those holes have [negatively] affected my career. Perhaps the only aspect of actual design — from the wrist down — is in typography. I wish I had learned the finer points sooner.
But here we are, so let’s enjoy it.
Lately, I have stumbled upon a host of great sources for typographic influence and fonts. Here are just a few. Gawk. Sigh. Enjoy.
I Love Typography – favorite fonts of 2009
Font Squirrel – resource for high-quality free commercial fonts, many of them Open Type format
Commercial Type – vendor of lovely fonts.
HypeForType – UK-based type vendor with exclusive fonts
Daily Drop Cap – blog feature a new custom drop cap, by type designer/illustrator Jessica Hirsche
AmpersandAmpersand – a daily blog featuring ampersands in different typefaces