Amazing stop-motion music video made with typography.

Object Typography Inspiration

Some more inspiration for your project:



This thread type is by designer and Cranbrook MFA graduate Elle Kim.

Found objects





A brilliant experimental blending of two art forms: Graffiti + Kirigami (a variation of origami; most people know kirigami as paper snowflakes). This experimental style is called Graffitiami

You can find more at  

What other artforms can you name which can be combined to create experimental typography?

German Type Specimen Book

I found the link from where I downloaded the German book pdf. Hope it helps out those who wanted a closer look at it. 

Arty Lettering—Collection of all sorts of capital letters and initial caps of german, latin and italian lettering created by diferent master craftsmen— Nürnberg, Paulus Fürsten, arts dealer).

submitted by Elvin

Fire + Slow Shutter = Awesome

How cool is this!? Designer Nir Tober spent 2 sessions (7.5 hours each), and 30-50 shots per letter to successfully complete the whole alphabet. (That’s an average of 1,200 photos to do 26 letters). THIS is exactly what we mean when we say do it again, and again, and again, and again…..and again….until it works!

Great class!

Thank you everyone for superb presentations today. You showed successful, interesting, engaging, unique and conceptual work. Lara and I were impressed by the broad range of inspiration, wonderful presentations and smart ideas! Some of you are really far ahead, and others need a little more work. Those of you who need to re-submit your presentations (or if you were absent), remember to email your pdf’s to me and Lara by Monday 12/3.

Overall, here are suggestions for the majority of the projects shown:


- Start with a classic typeface as your guide.

- Sketch, sketch, sketch!

- Use a well-developed grid (like the one from Young’s presentation).

- For inspiration, look at visual objects rather than typography.

- If you do look at typography, choose it carefully and discard quickly. Instead, study the masters!

- Sketch some more!!!!!!!

- Experiment! It’s easy to do something you’ve already done before—so take risks!

- Always consider formal design and typography principles (balance, unity, harmony, contrast, etc.)

- Did I say sketch ???!????

If you find something interesting (image, article, photo you take, etc.,) please submit it to our tumblelog. I want more people to submit to our class blog.

Good job and great class. Get sketching!!!!

5 Tips for Personal Typeface Presentations

We’re really looking forward to your presentations tomorrow! Wow us with your research, sketches, visual inspiration, clear answers to the 4 questions, history of your typeface, narrative, etc. Here are some tips:

1. Head to the library and find some old type specimens. You might find some vintage signage books, illuminated manuscripts are wild, rare books, specimens of old hand written letters.

2. Another place to find inspiration may be Flickr. The photo group First-Name Basis Signage Project is a lot of fun. Photographers submit photos of business sign (sometimes they’re crappy, but other times they’re a gem!). A good example is the photo below.

3. Experiment and include process photos. Don’t be afraid to try something new! Explore new directions and push yourself. Remember that the computer is just a tool—do your experimentation by hand!

4. Follow your interests.

5. Practice, practice, practice your presentation.

See you all tomorrow!

Font Editors

As we mentioned in class, some of you may be interested in digitizing your typeface. To create a digital type, you will need the right software. The primary use of font editors is to outline letterforms and create a TrueType, OpenType, Postscript, or some other type of font collection.

Here are a few font creation software programs you may consider:


High end font editor for designing or modifying fonts. This software is condsidered the industry standard, so it’s going to cost you (!!) $649. However, I like the 30-day free trial. Lara and I both used FontLab Studio and highly recommend it for its consistency and ease of use.


Fontifier converts your handwriting to a computer font. I haven’t tried this, but it looks pretty easy (7 steps, and only costs $9). This is a tool for generating usable fonts based on your handwriting.


Professional, commercial tool for creating new fonts or modifying existing ones. Expands existing fonts to include fractions, symbols, foreign characters, and logos in Type 1, Type 3, and TrueType fonts. In June 2010, Fontographer version 5.0 was released by FontLab.

FontForge (free)

FontForgeFontForge is an open-source postscript font editor that allows you to create and edit TrueType, OpenType, Postscript, etc. It can do almost everything FontLab does, BUT you have to download and install it to your computer, which requires a lot of technical knowledge. There are detailed tutorials on how to install FontForge.

FontStruct (free)

FontStruct is a free font-building tool that provides simple tools to color in integrated blocks. You can fill out just one key letter or a whole font, and offer it up as an easy-to-install TrueType font. Using FontStruct’s tools requires a free sign-up, or you could just browse FontStruct’s library of original fonts for download. It’s pretty cool, but I find it somewhat limiting when it comes to the fine details of type.

Type Tool

TypeTool is an entry-level product with some features that allow you add ligatures, special characters, em and en dashes, etc. to your fonts. From their website, TypeTool is a “font editor for beginners, students, and hobby typographers”.

Do your research before you buy: try the free-download demos, read the forums for user reviews, play around with several programs, etc. Maybe you’ll like FontStruct, or maybe you’re a tech-genius and will be comfortable with FontForge. You may also start out with TypeTool, and in the future, once you became more advanced and need more features, you’ll to upgrade to FontLab.

Be sure to check with CAVA to see if they carry any of these programs! Remember to have fun with this assignment!!!

Typographica is a great source that I like using for typeface reviews, inspiration, commentary on typefaces and typographic design. Bookmark this site and check it out.

What do you think?

Underground Alphabet Map

Underground Alphabet Map


Fly: a typeface inspired by fly’s eyes and made of circles and blocks.

Sketches Critique

After the tracing exercise, we critiqued everyone’s sketches. Many of you added, subtracted and modified strokes to create nice variations. I like the variety and the playfulness many of you displayed. Keep doing this exercise at home. Remember that repetition is key. Do it again, and again, and again, and again, and again…….and again!

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!!!! Enjoy your break, and see you in 2 weeks!

In Class Exercise: Tracing Letterforms

You can’t become familiar with the letterforms until you start studying it through intensive drawing. Our in-class exercise allowed you to understand the letterforms’ characteristics, subtleties and differences. The function of this exercise is to introduce you to the details that form a serif, sans serif, and slab serif typeface. Tracing letterforms is a great way to improve your ability to draw and craft letterforms. Try doing more tracing over the break. Trace letters until they look and feel natural—you’ll notice that paying attention to fine details will improve your typography skills!

(Source: 86era)

New type face design by Matthew Carter based on Epigraphs!

Also some kind of gallery event going on at Pentagram. Not to sure about the details though.

Submitted by Sophie

FIT Visiting Artist Lecture: David Carson

The renowned designer David Carson will be presenting at the FIT Visiting Artist Lecture series. This is a must-attend for anyone serious about design—to see and hear Carson speak will be most inspiring. David Carson’s work continues to be subjective and largely driven by intuition, with an emphasis on reading material before designing it, and experimenting with ways to communicate in a variety of mediums.

Get there early! Seats will fill up fast and it’s probably going to be a full house. Take pictures and share your photos and notes with the class if you attend.

Below are the details.

FIT Visiting Artist Lecture: David Carson
The Visiting Artist Program is an on-going lecture series that brings distinguished designers together with students, faculty, and design professionals in a public forum.  This talk will feature David Carson, principal and chief designer of David Carson Design, Inc.
When: Thursday, November 11, 2010, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Haft Auditorium, F.I.T., 227 West 27th Street, NYC
Price: Free and open to the public