Posts Tagged ‘Typography’


September 24, 2008

Umlaut is the name of the dots over certain letters in the german written language for example Ü Ö Ä. Since moving to germany I have found that umlauts can be pretty cool when it comes to typography, as it allows for some fun experimentation.I have also seen umlauts been used in london. For example there is a pub in covent garden called bünker. And they use the umlauts as much as they can in menues etc. even though they are completely wrong, they just think it looks cool.

Typographically there can be a problem with umlauts. Especially if you have a tight leading. The “problem” with umlauts especially shows itself when you use it on capital letters as it goes over the max hight of the letter. as seen here: ÄÜÖ – AUO. I believe it’s not so much a problem as it is an opportunity to make something interresting with those “excess” dots. I have seen some cool versions of this around in germany, like putting the umlauts under the letters and inside etc.

I made a little visual experiment. I’ve taken the liberty of altering my name Magnus to Mägnüs, for the sake of this experiment.

Yours truly



September 16, 2008

On the surface Fonstruct looks like another awesome free font website… like the indispensible Dafont … allowing you to download fonts for free!! but as if this wasnt enough there is more….

Fonstruct is different…. allows you, the user, to log in (only takes a second to register, and believe me its worth it) and create your own font, using the amazing online app.

The interface shares similarities with Photoshop, and includes shortcuts like “Ctrl Z” on PC ( Shift Z  on Mac ) for Undo.

Wordle…. makes an awesome word soup

September 15, 2008

Wordle is an on-line application, that allows you to upload text ( or paste a URL with text in it).

When you press “go” Wordle creates a somtimes beautiful typographical medly or depending on the setting a bit of a confusing mishmash of words. It works very much like a good old tag-cloud….

Have a go…. if you think you’re hard enough!


Wordle makes it look easy.....

Wordle makes it look easy.....

Here is one based on

Here is another one based on


August 21, 2008

I don’t really konw what I mean by ‘Kapow!’ But I always wanted to write kapow! in a heading. I have to say when I came across this site which lets you view an archive of creative fonts and also download them I got pretty excited, and a little ‘kapow!’ went of in my head. The site has a fun simple design aswell and I love that each font is represented by a design of itslef rather than just a list of font-names. It’s a great page for inspiration aswell as a resource.

The font download site is actually a section of the NEO2 blog, which has a lot to offer creatively. It’s a spanish blog supporting the NEO2 magazine. I suggest you check that one out too. Here.



Helvetica Is Wank!

August 12, 2008

I was looking at the wonderful work of Kerry Roper, who does stuff on canvas (art) combining photography, illustration and type. He also does work for the fashion industry and has made some t-shirts for top shop, which I am quite tempted to go and buy. How ever I came across this (above) and then realized that not everyone (like me) likes Helvetica. I had always thought that Helvetica was quite agreeable, but it turns out that the fact that everyone from Orange to the dodgy whole sale retailer across the street use this font makes it, to some people, ‘wank’.

I then discovered that Neville Brody, one of my heroes, said in a BBC interview : “When people choose Helvetica they want to fit in and look normal. They use Helvetica because they want to be a member of the efficiency club. They want to be a member of modernism. They want to be a member of no personality. It also says bland, unadventurous, unambitious.” And I can understand that, I do a lot of work for the finance industry, and I use it all the time. Helvetica is safe, it might be a bit unadventurous, but it is also a nice clean typeface.

Yours, purposefully leaving Gill Sans out of this