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Monday, April 14, 2008

Favourite Font: Poster Bodoni Baby!

I used to work with a guy who absolutely loved to shout "Poster Bodoni Baby!" in a really loud, obnoxious voice.

I had been thinking about writing a post like this for the past few days, because it is one of my most memorable typography/font/design moments. The above mentioned co-worker, crazy Mike B. just recently friended me on Facebook so I thought today was the day!

In my very early design days, I was in 4th year university and I had become a volunteer graphic designer for the schools student body marketing department. I got to use great software like CorelDraw! 5 and pretty good computers, but the people were what really made that job what it was... good and the bad. This was back in the day when I could identify a number of fonts by site alone, which is actually kind of a fun. I can't do the same today really but I hope to resurrect that skill... though I can still tell the difference between Verdana and Lucinda Grande (ok, maybe on a good day).

Anyway, MikeB. always said his favourite font was Poster Bodoni, and he would come into the office shouting "Poster Bodoni Baby!" anytime he wanted a poster made (he was in PR, so we created the posters he needed). And admittedly, its quite a nice font. You can see what it looks like by checking out the Poster Bodoni sample page on Myfonts.com which is where you can buy it if isn't already installed on your machine. That site is really neat because it includes the history of how the typeface was created. Which is just great for us typegeeks.

What's your favourite font? Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

(t) How to create a dropcap in Word 2003 and 2007

Good news! I got a new domain! Come check things out, as well as the article that was here, is now here: http://designtypegeek.com/2008/04/how-to-create-a-dropcap-in-word-2003-and-2007/

ActionScript 3.0 Pre-loader for Flash CS3

Until I decide that I really will start a computer / tech oriented blog, I found a Flash/ActionScript 3.0 tutorial I figured I would link to here. You can check out this ActionScript preloader from clickpopmedia.

It starts right in on the code, so don't try it if your a beginner but if you are familiar with ActionScript it should be a cakewalk.

I plan on working on learning Flash myself in the next few weeks (though Monday I start my A+ certification training) so I hope in a couple of weeks this tutorial WILL be a piece of cake for me. Besides, then I'll be able to develop a nice Flash tutorial on typography for you. Or perhaps a series of posts anyway. I did start writing a learning app in Visual Basic but I seem to have misplaced it on my office computer somehow...

If you have any links to great typography, design or graphic tutorials, post them below in the comments.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

First post! Yes I am a typegeek.

Ok its not my first post EVER, but its my first post here.

I was struck with the idea of creating a typography, graphic design, artsy blog after reading an article at designfloat.com. It reminded me of the typography chapter I studied once in a graphic design course I took at school. That course and the teacher, Mike Bax, really got me hooked on typography. Although I had been involved with graphic design for years earlier. I was actually hired as a volunteer graphic artist (technically a graphic designer) when I was in 4th year at university... and I didn't have any experience! I thought I was just going to help people format their resumes. But the times I had there were amazing, and perhaps ever since then I have had a private desire to become a graphic designer.

I promised myself that if I ever went back to school, it would be for graphic design. That didn't exactly happen... but there is still time!

Actually I keep my hand in design occasionally still with taking classes in drawing, chinese brush painting, 3d computer graphics or just making invitations using cool paper!

Of all the blogs I've started recently, this is the one that makes me the most excited... although that could be because I tend to move from one topic to another on a rotating basis... sometimes something just jumps to the forefront for a while! I actually had a lot of fun just doing the logo at the top of the page! I must be using an older version of MS Paint I guess, because the anti-aliasing is just awful and there is no other settings for it!

That’s the problem with typography: once you learn a little bit about it you can’t help but notice the flaws whereever you see it. I hope this blog will become instructional as well as over the months I will develop tutorials about fonts and typography, as well as any other related technologies I can think of.

So for starters, what’s your favourite font?