Motivation Monday: Paris and its Neighborhoods

Take a look at this video made by Havas Worldwide working with Flying V to produce this animation of Parisian neighborhoods through typography.

I should note that I found this video not through their Vimeo account, Havas Worldwide, but through Hypebeast‘s article, Depicting Parisian Neighborhoods via Typography.

The level of thought and work put into this video is impressive and should motivate anyone. I really enjoyed the Champs Elysees part, which then transitions to the Eifel Tower. This movie uses two colors – black and white – and solely utilizes typographical animations to say so much more. If you know Paris and its districts, you’ll enjoy the video. Take a look and appreciate the work!

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“Talking Shop” – An Interview with designer Holly Gibbs

I caught up with Holly Gibbs, a visual designer at Smart Media Creative. Her blog, The Cre8ive, and her personal website, Holly Marie Gibbs, showcase her work.

Gibbs’ background is in communication and began her design career through communication design. From there, she dabbled in web design and soon immersed herself in the industry. Today, she spends her work time – and her free time for that matter – designing. She tackles all kinds of design from branding to invitations. The field is an ever-changing learning experience, and it’s what she loves to do. A couple of her answers to my endless questions are below. Enjoy!

Q: What do you suggest for people tackling their own design or image? Do you have any helpful guidelines to share with those whose backgrounds are not in design?

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Resource Page

I wanted to introduce the “resource” page that’s a part of this blog. Here I will keep a collection of invaluable websites that help explain, showcase or highlight design or typography elements (or concepts or upcoming ideas, etc). If you have a suggestion for a site, leave a comment below!

The Categories

Some Quick Background

To understand any field, you have to understand the history of it. But with typefaces, it’s less of a history lesson and more of establishing the categories fonts fall into.

The main categories include:

  • Blackletter

These are the very early typefaces, nearly illegible to the modern eye. These fonts were very common in the middle ages. You’ll still see fonts with the option of “Font Name Black.” This is the weight of the letters the option is referring to. Unless using these for a design or certain effect, they are not such a good idea for general content.

  • Humanist

This type evolved from blackletter and was the age that began the typeface transformations to what we see today. The I Love Typography post about Humanism gives great history and detail about the specifics of the Humanist typeface category. Continue reading

Find that Font

As I was reading articles on the history and categories of font, I became somewhat impatient. I had an example of font, and I wanted to know exactly which one it was. Before, I was busy placing it into a typeface category such as old typeface or modern, and then analyzing the serifs, etc. However, I wouldn’t be entirely certain that my guess at what font it was is correct.

So I Googled. Oddly, there is only one app that I can find that would achieve my impatient wishes. What the Font allows the user to take a photo and then the program will analyze the font. It spits out results, sometimes with only one option and sometimes with a short list of possibilities. What the Font

With a little luck, the uploaded picture registers and is identified. To help the program’s process, What the Font suggests increasing the contrast, making the picture as horizontal as possible and ensuring the the unique characters in the font are in the picture.

And if the program still can’t produce results, What the Font features a forum for font enthusiasts to come to the rescue just in case. It’s a very neat idea and a pretty cool app. The program needs a little work, but for the most part, it’s impressive. Take it on the go with their mobile app or use it on the computer.