Archive for the ‘Typography’ Category

Design source Flickr set (Alki1’s photos)

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Some great design references in this Flickr set from Alki1.

10th Anniversary! SHIFT

Monday, April 30th, 2007

The Influential Japanese style magazine updates its site:

The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

For too long typographic style and its accompanying attention to detail have been overlooked by website designers, particularly in body copy. In years gone by this could have been put down to the technology, but now the web has caught up. The advent of much improved browsers, text rendering and high resolution screens, combine to negate technology as an excuse.

Robert Bringhurst’s book The Elements of Typographic Style is on many a designer’s bookshelf and is considered to be a classic in the field. Indeed the renowned typographer Hermann Zapf proclaims the book to be a must for everybody in the graphic arts, and especially for our new friends entering the field.

In order to allay some of the myths surrounding typography on the web, I have structured this website to step through Bringhurst’s working principles, explaining how to accomplish each using techniques available in HTML and CSS. The future is considered with coverage of CSS3, and practicality is ever present with workarounds, alternatives and compromises for less able browsers. 

At the time of writing this is a work in progress – the site is being added to one principle at a time.

You can subscribe to an RSS feed for notification of new additions.


Osman Waqialla – Sudanese Calligrapher

Monday, February 19th, 2007

A Sudanese calligrapher of international renown, he set a new benchmark in the Arabic canon.

Osman Waqialla, who has died of malaria aged 81, would have described himself as a simple khattat, the Arabic word for a calligrapher, but this implies in Islamic culture much more than the practice of beautiful writing. It is the living embodiment of a tradition that began in the first century of Islam (seventh century AD) when the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad in Arabia and began to be written down. Waqialla was one its great practitioners. 

Waqialla graduated from the Gordon Memorial College, Khartoum, Sudan, 1945;the School of Design, Khartoum, 1946;and, having received a scholarship, Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, London, 1949. He later travelled to Egypt, where he trained as a calligrapher under the master Sayyid Muhammed Ibrahim (d. 1994) at the School of Arabic Calligraphy, Cairo.



Nik Ainley – Illustrator

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Portfolio work from Nick Ainley at

Self-taught Photoshop whiz and brainy physicist Nick Ainley probably knows how to split atoms. His design and illustration work is pretty good too..

‘Graff Jam’ on

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

during two days, painters, graffers and other peole met in Amiens (France) to do an artistic job on walls, that was a graffiti jam…


Robert Brownjohn – History and Biography

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

Graphic Designer (1925-1970)

Combining audacious imagery with ingenious typography, illustration and found objects, ROBERT BROWNJOHN (1925-1970) was among the most innovative graphic designers in 1950s New York and 1960s London, where he designed titles for James Bond films, graphics for the Robert Fraser Gallery and artwork for the Rolling Stones.


Arabic Typography

Monday, February 5th, 2007

A communication platform for arabic type.

Check out the experimental section..


Beautiful Type

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

Mohawk Fine Papers has published a book of 40 posters designed for the Yale School of Architecture by Michael Bierut. A small sampling of these stunning pieces are posted over at Design Observer. Points of interest: each poster features different typefaces, an adherence to the simplicity (and low printing cost) of black and white, the use of simple geometric forms to create complex layouts. One poster, for “Non Standard Structures: An Organic Order of Irregular Geometries, Hybrid Members, and Chaotic Assemblies Symposium” was featured in Michael’s talk at UX Week 2006.


Die 100 Besten Schriften

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Or “100 Best Fonts”