Month: June 2017

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Westminster’s DUP Deal Could Bring Equalities Reform

Finally, we actually have a government in Westminster. Sure, it’s not the greatest option, but the Conservative-DUP amalgam is the best we could hope for in the present circumstances. It’s been something of a worry to commentators across the political spectrum, as the DUP are extremely socially conservative, and Northern Irish politics, in general, are held back by religious influences.

Roster

Font Of The Day #14 – 18th June 2017 – Roster

Font Of The Day #14 – 18th June 2017 – Roster

It’s the weekend, and a great opportunity for a drive in the countryside.  Get away from it all with Roster, a strong brush script family of two weights, caps and a set of ornaments. Roster is great for any kind of display use from advertising to packaging and online branding. Roster is clear and legible even in smaller sizes and works for longer texts too, but is at its best when used for shorter sentences or even just for one or two word display or logo use.

Kinescope

Font Of The Day #13 – 17th June 2017 – Kinescope

Font Of The Day #13 – 17th June 2017 – Kinescope

Today’s font is rich and velvety, and dripping on to the page.  A sexy script typeface, based on the hand-lettered titles in Fleischer Brothers’ Superman cartoon series, Kinescope has a real 1940s feel to it.  How might you use it?  A user guide is included to help you get what you need from the font, and to inspire you.  This font is sponsored, but a bargain at £22 from MyFonts.com (designer Mark Simonson).  That’s All, Folks!

Liquorstore

Font Of The Day #12 – 16th June 2017 – Liquorstore

Font Of The Day #12 – 16th June 2017 – Liquorstore

It’s the end of the working week, and let’s face it, we could probably do with a drink.  Today’s font has just what you need!  Liquorstore is a large and loud font in a traditional style, based on old liquor store signage and Cold War propaganda posters.  There are five variants available, or you can buy each version separately.  It was designed by Chank Diesel, and is a sponsored font from MyFonts.com.

RM Serifancy

Font Of The Day #11 – 15th June 2017 – RM Serifancy

Font Of The Day #11 – 15th June 2017 – RM Serifancy

It’s a Throwback Thursday, and it’s a Freebie Thursday!  Today’s font of the day is a WildWest / Circus themed typeface, and it’s completely free, even for commercial use!  It’s called RM Serifancy, designed by user p2pnut.  I found it at 1001fonts.com.  I love this font so much that I’m looking for an excuse to create a sign – just so that I can emblazon it across it in 12-inch-high letters!  A statement piece, if ever I saw one.

Geogrotesque

Font Of The Day #10 – 14th June 2017 – Geogrotesque

Font Of The Day #10 – 14th June 2017 – Geogrotesque

Don’t be fooled by the name – Geogrotesque is a classy and modern font.  Its smooth, clean nature makes it suitable for high-impact slogans and longform text alike.  It’s a sans-serif font available in 14 styles and 7 weights.  It was created by Emtype Foundry, and I found it at MyFonts.com.  This is a sponsored post, so if you like it you’ll need to splash the cash for expert design.  Click the image on the right to go to the download page.

Rainy Day Vandal

Font Of The Day #8 – 12th June 2017 – Rainy Day Vandal

Font Of The Day #8 – 12th June 2017 – Rainy Day Vandal

“Talkin’ to myself and feelin’ old
Sometimes I’d like to quit
Nothin’ ever seems to fit
Hangin’ around
Nothin’ to do but frown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down”

-The Carpenters, Rainy Days & Mondays

One of the terms I learnt during my GCSE English Literature was that of the “pathetic fallacy”, the attribution of human feelings and responses to inanimate things or animals, especially in art and literature (Source: Wikipedia).  We were taught this with particular reference to the weather, and that’s what I’ve since associated with the term.  Well, who likes Mondays?  This font, Rainy Day Vandal, by KC Fonts, is available free for personal use.  Just click on the image on the right to go to the download page.

Sicero

Font Of The Day #7 – 11th June 2017 – Sicero

Font Of The Day #7 – 11th June 2017 – Sicero

I don’t know if it’s just me, but Sundays have a bit of a stale feeling about them.  It could be a leftover from my childhood, when Sundays were as boring as hell.  We had to go to church, and all the shops were shut.  And we had a roast dinner and then jam sandwiches at teatime.  Even on the days when it was worth going into town, it was like stepping back in time.  Today’s font captures that feeling nicely, with its pretty quaintness.  It’s called Sicero, designed by Konstantine Studio.  It’s a sponsored one, but very reasonably priced.  You can download it from MyFonts.com for the small sum of £13.99.

There’s always time for a bit of Morrissey, and here is my gift to you!  Every Day is like Sunday; pathetic fallacy indeed.

Morrissey – Everyday Is Like Sunday

Music video by Morrissey performing Everyday Is Like Sunday. (P) 2010 The copyright in this audiovisual recording is owned by EMI Records Ltd

Willy Wonka

Font Of The Day #6 – 10th June 2017 – Willy Wonka

Font Of The Day #6 – 10th June 2017 – Willy Wonka

It’s the weekend!  And it’s time for a silly font!  Willy Wonka was created by Sharkshock, and you can find it on dafont.com.  It’s free for personal use, although you can donate to them via the site.  I always encourage users to do this – often you can acquire some incredible design work at a bargain price, and you’re ensuring that artists get paid for their work.  Credit where credit’s due, I say.  Click on the image on the right to go to the download page.

Fifty Five

Font Of The Day #5 – 9th June 2017 – Fifty Five

Font Of The Day #5 – 9th June 2017 – Fifty Five

Oooh, fancy!  And 100% free for personal and commercial use!  Today’s Font Of The Day is Fifty Five by Mike Hill, which I sourced from dafont.com.  You can acquire a copy of this Art Deco style typeface by clicking on the link in the image on the right.  It’s an All Caps font, easy to read, and suitable for all manner of arty projects.  Enjoy!

FF Tisa Pro

Font Of The Day #4 – 8th June 2017 – FF Tisa Pro

Font Of The Day #4 – 8th June 2017 – FF Tisa Pro

Prior to today, I’d showcased some fantastical and funky fonts.  But sometimes, you just need a formal or “traditional” typeface for something a bit more serious.  FF Tisa Pro is a serif font that would be great for longer pieces of text, from CVs to creative writing.  As you can see from the graphic, it’s a versatile and flexible font with many variants available.  FF Tisa Pro is a product of FontFont, and can be yours for the princely sum of £449.  One of our more lavish recommendations, for sure, but you get what you pay for.  Something a little different, but sensible enough to be used in abundance.

Font Of The Day #3 – 7th June 2017 – Preta

Font Of The Day #3 – 7th June 2017 – Preta

Today’s featured font is a sponsored one, and it’s a beauty.  Loopy, large and lovely; bubbling with joy.  Preta was created by Lian Types, and I found it at MyFonts.com.  It’s certainly an interesting typeface, good for drawing the viewer in.  Admittedly, a part of this is due to the difficulty in reading it, so I wouldn’t recommend it for anything other than headlines or slogans – although there are some variants that at slightly more linear, such as the Ao Sol or Small variants.  It’s more than just a font, it is a work of art.

You should definitely read the font bio for this typeface.  This was the idea the designer wanted to convey: “Preta, Portuguese for a very pure kind of black, has its name very related to its concept: I wanted to make the fattest/darkest script ever.”  I think they did a pretty good job of that, what about you?

Quiet Streets

Font Of The Day #2 – 6th June 2017 – Quiet Streets

Font Of The Day #2 – 6th June 2017 – Quiet Streets

Today’s Font Of The Day is Quiet Streets by Darrell Flood, found at dafont.com.  It has a cinematic feel to it, with its tall and elegant form.  Even though it is a sans-serif font, it is still intricately defined.  Today’s #FOTD is free for personal use, but the creator has a link for donations on the site, and I’d encourage you to send something their way.  I’ve given $1 or $2 to creators previously – it doesn’t have to be a fortune.  A commercial licence is available for a minimum fee of $20.

It also goes to show that good design doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and that we consumers can directly support designers, all thanks to the Internet.  Keep your eyes peeled for tomorrow’s Font Of The Day – if you follow me on Twitter you’ll be notified as soon as a new #FOTD post is published.

Lobster

Font Of The Day #1 – 5th June 2017 – Lobster

Font Of The Day #1 – 5th June 2017 – Lobster

Lobster is my favourite font – you may have noticed this, due to my copious usage of it on this site!  I know that it’s not the nicest font to read, and so I’ve restricted its use to headings.  The font used for the body text on all pages is Slabo 27px – I was looking for something “traditional” but readable, and also just slightly different from what’s available in Word or OpenOffice Writer.  Anyway, back to the Font Of The Day, Lobster.  Some people absolutely detest this font, but I have a fondness for its loopy, stylised script.  It’s the sort of typeface I’d like to see on a T-shirt, or on the packaging of a sugary foodstuff.  It is the font of fairytales, candy and slogans, and it is glorious.

Let me tell you some more about Font Of The Day: every day I will blog about a selected typeface that I find interesting.  Some of these will be sponsored posts, and some will be free.  You can find out more by clicking on the image accompanying each post, as these contain links that will take you to the site where I discovered the font.  Lobster is a free font, by Impallari Type, available on Google Fonts (click the image on the right to go there).  I’ll try to vary the genre and licensing categories of my recommended fonts, so that there will be something for everyone.  You can also find more beautiful fonts on my Pinterest board, Just My Type.

The other thing about the Lobster font is that whenever I select it from my word processor’s drop-down menu, I get the ‘Rock Lobster’ song from Family Guy stuck in my head.  And now, so do you – you’re welcome!