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Type Tuesdays: Write a Bike

I almost thought I wasn’t going to have a post this Tuesday…I’m tired, and just wasn’t feeling too inspired. Until I came across this on Poppytalk:

HOLY %$@#!!!

Swiss Art Director Juri Zaech lives and works in Paris…and is currently working on a way to make these bikes a reality (or, at the very least, a prototype).

First…this is such a freaking cool idea…

Second…when do you ever see the name Andrea used in a prototype or example for anything? Never…which automatically makes me love this idea for using my name (in one of my favourite colours, no less), as an ideal example for this awesome concept!!

See Juri’s entry on the Behance Network for more photos (using different names), and to show your appreciation for this typographic cycling genius (just click a button to vote for him!).


Type Tuesdays: Type War

This week for Type Tuesdays, I propose a challenge:

Think you know fonts? Put yourself to the test at Type War where you’re asked to identify a series of letters from an ever expanding repertoire of fonts. Sure…to the trained eye it’s easy to differentiate an “A” in Helvetica Neue from Times New Roman….but what about an “L” or “W” in either Helvetica Neue or Verdana?

If you play: share your score, level, or longest streak (whichever is most impressive) with the rest of us…(my longest streak was 30-something correct answers).

[ found via How About Orange ]


Type Tuesdays: Pretty in Grunge

As much as I admire some of the fantastic grunge designs out there, I can never really fully commit to it myself. Rather, I prefer to pick and choose grungy elements and incorporate them into my layouts…like a grungy background, torn or frayed textures, or interesting fonts that are either full grunge, or just a little distressed or eroded.

For this week’s Type Tuesday, I’m highlighting some really beautiful fonts that all have a touch of grunge to them…enjoy:

Angelic War

If capital letters aren’t too important to you, then Angelic War is a beautiful option for your designs…with tons of swooshy flourishes, it adds a lovely touch of femininity to a relatively simple distressed serif. Designed by Dirt2, Angelic War is free for personal use – grab it here.

Chic Decay

Free for personal use and created by Last Soundtrack, Chic Decay is a beautiful ornamental serif that is all about layered flourishes, letters, and bits of erosion. The more you look at it, the more you see…see it for yourself here.


If you’re looking for a splotchy script (perhaps invoking the sense of a spilled inkwell), then Ginga is for you…It’s got sweeping flourishes, and a somewhat layered look about it. And splotches, of course. Not too many, but just enough to give it a distressed and slightly sloppy look. Created by Billy Argel, Ginga is free, and can be downloaded here.

The King & Queen Font

I’m never really sure how to describe The King & Queen Font…it’s an interesting script that looks almost like someone’s traced it over a few times, adding little details and flourishes each time that remind me of vines…as an added touch, there’s a little bit of splotchiness incorporated into the punctuation. You can download The King & Queen Font here, and use it to your heart’s content…it’s free for use, thanks to type designer Bran.

Olho de Boi

Another free font from Billy Argel, Olho de Boi is a great script that borders on handwriting, but looks like it was written with a slightly shaky hand…and with a little too much ink on the nib. Get it here.


If you’re looking for a beautiful alternative to script standards such as Edwardian Script or Snell Roundhand, try Porcelain…what makes this script so beautiful (besides it’s amazingly intricate uppercase letters) and just a little bit grunge, is the slight offset observed in all of its loops…giving it just a touch of misalignment, but a ton of interest. Porcelain was designed by Misprinted Type and is free to download.


Also by Misprinted Type, Selfish is a slightly exaggerated version of Porcelain…the swooshes are reduced, but the misalignment/offset is increased, creating a slightly heavier looking script, with lots of visual interest. You can visualize it for yourself (and for free!) right here.


Type Tuesdays: Fat Fonts

Many of the blogs I read and enjoy have theme posts, usually associated with a particular day of the week…I’ve decided to get in on the action with my very first theme: Type Tuesdays!

(or more likely: Type-Every-Once-In-A-Blue-Moon-Tuesdays)

This Tuesday, I’m sharing some of my favourite (and FREE!) slab serifs and fat sans serifs that are explicitly meant for headlines and to grab your attention (I’m not talking font families that happen to have an extra or ultra bold weight). So without further ado…and in almost no particular order:


A beautiful display slab serif created by Juan Pablo de Gregorio, one of the contributors over at Typies…Admittedly, I’m quite in love with this font, and keep trying to use it somewhere…anywhere. It’ll happen. To use it in your own projects, you can get it here.

MEgalopolis Extra

Created by French font factory SMeltery, I’ve got a particular soft spot for this one (just look around the site)….it’s got a fantastic and somewhat playful look about it, is easy to read, and comes with a whackload of OpenType ligatures and special characters. This one’s my typography BFF…become acquainted with MEgalopolis Extra yourself by downloading it here.

Chunk Five

Another slab serif, with a slightly old-fashioned poster feel to it. It’s a great example of a font demonstrating that typography really can stand on its own, with no need for graphics or imagery. Chunk Five was created by The League of Moveable Type, and can be downloaded here.

Birra Stout

Created by Brooklyn-based Darden Studio, Birra Stout is very unique, with interesting angles and curves in unexpected places…this is a recent “purchase” of mine….if you want it too, you can buy it for $0.

Giant Head

And finally, here’s a fun one brought to you by Blue Vinyl Fonts…it comes as a set that’s meant to be laid one on top of the other. Download it and have some fun!

…now all that’s left is to find the perfect headline!