Month: January 2013

Inspiration: Creative Cards by various artists


54 Cratives were invited to choose one playing card each, then make an image in their own unique style to go onto that card. The results are spectacular!


Fonts of the week

This week we give you a special selection of 3 excellent fonts. The reason for 3 rather than the normal one, is that all of the fonts on show here are all on SALE at $9 each for a very limited time, So come on quick, grab it while it’s hot…

T0195_00Veneer from Yellow Design Studio is a high resolution hand-crafted letterpress font that’s vintage and authentic with a touch of grunge. It’s highly customizable with six distress options for every letter and three for all other characters, and because it’s remarkably detailed, it looks great even at very large sizes. In addition it includes a matching set of funky extras…for free! The Veneer family includes Veneer, Veneer Two, and Veneer Three with Veneer containing the least distressed characters and Veneer Three the most. Mix and match as desired to create realistic letterpress type. TIP: In Photoshop Veneer may look best with anti-aliasing set to “smooth”. Because of Veneer’s high level of detail, it may process more slowly in some applications.


T0195_00Verb from Yellow Design Studio is an 18-font sans-serif family that’s friendly and approachable, but trades huggable roundness for confidence and energy. Verb is lively, motivated and industrious but not too busy to say “hello”. It’s packed with features including true italics, small caps, ligatures, oldstyle and tabular numerals, extensive language support, and more.

T0195_00Thirsty Script Rough from Yellow Design Studio is the warm and weathered version of Thirsty Script with texture that captures the authentic qualities of letterpress printing. It’s highly customizable with four alternate versions of every weight ranging from very light to heavy distress. Because it’s remarkably detailed, it looks great even at large sizes. For extra customization and fun, it includes an set of matching texture pieces…for free!

Book review: Area by Anthon Beeke

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I have long regarded this as my ‘design bible’, and that’s not just because of it’s size. Area 2 has been released as well, but could not let this one go unmentioned.

This image-filled book presents the work of 100 of the world’s most innovative emerging graphic designers, showcasing work from such wide-ranging projects as corporate identity, poster design, book design, packaging, typography and CD cover design. The 100 designers were selected by a distinguished group of 10 curators from around the world, all highly established and influential figures in the field of graphic design. Each curator selected and wrote about 10 exciting talents whom they consider to have made a name for themselves on the international scene over the last five years. More than 1, 500 colour images illustrate the projects, accompanied by concise, illuminating texts by the curators.

Resources: Doomsday Aliens vector set by Beta


This collection contains 25 EPS Vector files. Revelations! Nostradamus! The Mayans! Run for the hills! There’s always a doomsday scenario in the works. And let’s face it, post-apocalyptic situations make for good stories. Whether a set of icons for Asteroid 2: See You Crater or an illustration for your article in UFO Beat Monthly, these intricately-crafted, often humorous vectors will do the job with all the efficiency of the Four Horsemen. Because hey, what better way to bring the world together than to end it? You feelin me, Chicken Little?

App of the week: myPANTONE


For over 50 years, PANTONE has been the international language of color. Why struggle with color communication when you can simply reference a PANTONE Color and designers and manufacturers all over the world will know your exact hue. With the myPANTONE™ app you have access to over 13,000 PANTONE® Colors, including the PANTONE PLUS SERIES and Fashion + Home colors. Easily create color palettes for inspiration and share them with friends, clients and vendors. myPANTONE offers designers and color conscious consumers a way to take PANTONE Colors with them wherever they go. Can’t remember what a color looks like? Now you can have Portable Color Memory™.

Interview: Crystal Kluge


Unlike most of our interviewees, Crystal Kluge never dreamt of working OpenType magic or getting the most out of FontLab software. Pens, pencils and brushes are her tools of choice. She’d already found her own enchanting style of lettering and illustration when she was approached by Font Diner’s Stuart Sandler, who had spotted her work when shopping for wedding invitations in Minneapolis’ Uptown area. In 2006 the twosome started the Tart Workshop. It’s a dream team: Kluge draws cheerful, sassy letterforms and pictograms, Sandler makes them into smart and usable fonts with a catchy swing. And the beat, as they say, goes on.