Wednesday, 3 February 2010

The right type

Here are some of our favourite typography quotes to remind us that choosing the right font and using it properly is as important today as it ever was.

"There are now about as many different varieties of letters as there are different kinds of fools." Eric Gill.

"People who love ideas must have a love of words, and that means, given a chance, they take a vivid interest in the clothes which words wear." Beatrice Warde.

"No matter how great the author's wisdom or how vital the message, unread print is merely a lot of
paper and a little ink."
Herbert Spencer.

Last year I ran a typography workshop for Sony and in the process was delighted to discover these iPod apps.

Kern (59p) - you have to position a falling letter into the right place in a word.
WhatTheFont (free) - use the iPhone camera to take a picture of a font and this app will identify it.
The Font Game (59p) - how many of the fonts can you identify? Pretty difficult stuff.

The last one comes from one of our favourite websites I Love Typography. Worth a visit.

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