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It’s beginning to feel like Christmas fonts

Christmas picture font collection

I’m relatively new to the world of picture fonts, but what a world it is. I know I’ve mentioned a couple of them before but I’ve really just started using them in earnest and I’m about to publish my first free theme that makes use of elements from my current favourite picture font… but more about that later.

I’ve gathered together a collection of Christmas and holiday fonts. I thought it was fitting since we ventured out in the wee hours this morning to get our tree from the farmers market (the jolly monkey is still complaining about getting up so early). We’ve got the new decorations to put on and it’s quite warm outside so Christmas is definitely upon us. Even though we celebrate Christmas in summer all our imagery is still very wintry, which is why I love the Holiday Doodles Too font with it’s bikini, barbeque and sunscreen – now that’s more like it.

If you’ve never used a picture font before they can take a little getting used to as each letter creates a different picture with uppercase and lowercase usually creating different pictures. Good picture fonts will come with some kind of chart to help you navigate your keyboard and get the perfect picture. All of these come via My Fonts and in case you want to purchase them follow these links because I am a MyFonts affiliate. The are – Xshnee Flaken by Ingrimayne Type, Holiday Doodles Too by Outside the Line, Just Christmas by Outside the Line, Christmas Doodles Too by Outside the Line.

December 10, 2011 \ fonts \ 0 comments - be the first

Loving :: wallflowers by Laura Worthington

I think I mentioned yesterday that I’ve turned into quite the font nerd or should I say fan or maybe fanatic! I’m quite enamoured with fonts and their designers and I am convinced that My Fonts has the potential to keep me very poor. One of my favourite font designers is Laura Worthington and I think her Origins font was the first I ever purchased… and you always remember your first right? Wallflowers is another gem from the Laura Worthington foundry and it may surprise you to learn that yes this is a font. See the letters on the images represent the keystroke for that pattern – aren’t these gorgeous? Based on her sketches of wallpaper patterns, Laura has put them all together into one must have font.

July 1, 2011 \ design, fonts \ 1 comment

Unleashing the inner font nerd – 300th post

Firstly… drum-roll please… this is my 300th post! Can you believe it? I really can’t. What started as an exercise to find my groove and document what’s inspiring me has turned into a truly enjoyable part of my week. Thank you to all those lovely people who leave comments (you know who you are), they mean the world to me.

Now let me see if I can get you to unleash your inner font nerd with this gorgeous book. Called Hyperactivitypography From A to Z, a book created by Studio 3; an in-school design agency run by 3rd year graphic design students at the Westerdals School of Communication in Olso Norway. From the cover it looks like a classic children’s activity book but it’s quickly becoming a great reference for typography nerds, like me.

It’s designed for you to work through exercises to distinguish different font faces, families, faux and true italics… you get the idea. I’m not sure I could bring myself to actually write in it though. The first edition sold out really quickly but a pre-order at Amazon and a few months later I now have a copy. If you’re that way inclined you’ll love it!

December 23, 2010 \ design, fonts \ 1 comment

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