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Rob Draper is an artist and designer based in the UK, who is passionate about creativity and lettering. He specialise in hand lettering for branding and identity, editorial, large scale works, retail and apparel.

 

With this project, Rob wanted to go back to basics. The inspiration came from how elaborate can he take the ballpoint pen and the most ignored everyday items – Plastic bags, kitchen towels, pizza boxes, newspapers and more?

 

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One of the most popular and commonly used typeface/ font ‘Helvetica’ has been redrawn by the designers at Monotype to suit the needs of a modern day contemporary artist, reader or writer.

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Used by numerous students for their projects to be used by brands like Apple and Nestlé in their logo designs, Helvetica is one of the most widespread and universal typefaces utilized around the world, thanks to its simple and crisp design. Originally created by Max Miedinger and Edward Hoffman in 1957, this Swiss typeface has been used by countless brands and has managed to remain quite popular even today. To keep up with the modern standards of this decade, Monotype has reintroduced Helvetica as “Helvetica Now”, which is simpler, clearer and more sophisticated than its predecessors. “The design introduces a new chapter in the Helvetica story- expanding its look and utility while reinvigorating its heritage”, says Charles Nix, type director of Monotype.

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Helvetica Now has been upgraded to provide more alternatives for graphic designers and creative professionals, like having size – specific drawings with size – specific spacing and a wide range of fonts and sizes to choose from. Completed over a span of 4 years, the designers have carefully redrawn all the existing characters and produced a new family of fonts: 48 fonts with 3 optical sizes to be precise; which include micro, text and display. Overcoming the limitations of the previous typeface’s spacing and legibility, the three new optical sizes have broadened the scope of Helvetica.

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Helvetica Now Micro has alterations like a larger x-height with wider forms and open apertures making it highly comprehensible even at smaller sizes (4-7 points). On the other hand, Helvetica Now Display has been enhanced to be more eloquent when it comes to big and bold messages as it eliminates the need to make physical adjustments to the spacing. The size which is ideal for reading and information-rich domains, Helvetica Now Text has weights ranging from Thin to Black, alongside adequate spacing and kernel, which makes is pleasing to read.

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Apart from these sizes, the designers have worked meticulously to also create brand new alternate glyphs in this advanced Helvetica family. A single story ‘a’ and a straight legged capital ‘R’ with their own alternates of each weight and optical style has also been included. The designers have gone all way to provide a wide range of alternates for different purposes and have also included a suite Helvetica arrows.

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Monotype has successfully modified and redrawn 40,000 letters of the older version of Helvetica and produced a font that is more applicable in modern times and provides more scope for designers. Helvetica Now is now available for people and can found on Monotype’s cloud-based font discovery system ‘Mosaic’. It can be bought as single weights or the complete typeface families at different prices.

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Words can take your breath away, more so, when the words are written in mesmerizing hand drawn letters. Tobias Saul is a freelance designer based in Düsseldorf, Germany, and specializes in letter design. Here is an assortment of his work between 2017 and 2018. The range in style and depth of detail is absolutely mind boggling in this collection.

 

Tobias Saul gives a lot of thought to each of the lettering designs, where he plays with vintage ornamental elements to contemporary clean layouts, all the way exploring and creating delightful compositions.

 

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Onassis Cultural Centre, a space that brings together people to express and discover diverse art and contemporary culture, needed a visual identity that translated the same. And Beetroot Design shows us how it’s done.

Brief/ Challenge:

Onassis Cultural Centre, a platform for artists to come together to showcase and discover contemporary bold art, required an equally bold visual identity for the season 2017-18. This Athens based institution needed the identity to be open and relevant to everyone, thus reflecting the core idea behind OCC.

Solution:

Beetroot Design Group, a multi-award winning, Thessaloniki based design firm, explored and created a visual identity for OCC, that is made for everyone, and yet so unique. Beetroot achieved thus by putting together all the typographies from the publications and events of the season, thus portraying them all under one visual identity. For this, the firm specially created software, Flow Type, which is now available for free. The software helped handle the high volume of typographies and played a key role in their manipulation, thus resulting in expressive free-flowing words.

The overall visual identity is an explosion of energy, colours, movement and boldness. Each piece of work is vastly different in its expression, but it is beautiful how they all come together to narrate a single story.


Client: Onassis Cultural Centre
Design Studio: Beetroot Design


Illustrators and designers from all over the world have fun participating in this project called ’36 days of Type’. Supernova Design, a Los Angeles based studio, presents their take on the project. The approach and style is very quirky, fun and upbeat. The colour palette is vibrant and exuberant. What is interesting is the story behind each of these types. And the layered details makes the composition all the more captivating. It’s not easy to work with a lot of elements, especially trying to find a balance between them all.

 

Here Supernova Designs handles a mixed bag of elements with panache and shows the viewer a spectrum of possibilities.

 

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While creating an illustration, it’s important to carefully choose every element that goes into the work. Every aspect should add to the overarching concept. And this is what we see with the Roudra Bhangi illustration by Ibrahim Rayintakath.

 

Through this illustration, the touching story of a Guru-Shishya relationship is laid in numerous layers of colours, depth, patterns and emotions. The dizzying patterns, bold colours and layered shadows, all work together to draw the viewer deeper into the story.

 

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Carlos Cadenas is a Venezuelan art director and graphic designer, who is passionate about type and poster design. He has received several prestigious awards for this experimental typography series.

 

Here Carlos explores typography for the ’36 Days of Type’ Challenge. The result of his work brings colours, textures and 3D form so perfectly together that it almost looks too easy! Carlos decided to play with 3D and went all out with his explorations. The abstract concepts depicted for each letter is a very interesting and giving way to see a story inside a story. Through this series, one can see a myriad of ideas, colours, perspectives and so much more.

 

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Don’t just put a font for the sake of it, put it for creating an impactful impression on the reader. Browse through this list of 18 best calligraphy fonts to achieve your target.

Fonts are known to be the most important element of graphic design. Balancing the rest of the design with the type of font to be used is quite a challenging task for a designer.

 

It is but necessary to have the right font, not too much, not too less, to have a long-lasting impact of the message to be conveyed to the readers.

From what was done manually ages ago using ink and brush to create graceful calligraphy has now gone all digital, but still with the same look and feel of the hand-crafted old-time beauty.

 

Life and work have become much easier with the presence of the button, ‘download’ ! Take a look at these calligraphy fonts and choose the one which makes your work look its best by downloading it at no cost!

1. Candlescript

A smooth and flowy typeface designed with an intricate level of detail, Candlescript is suitable to be used as a logotype, custom typeface, title, header or advertisements.


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2. Mike Ferrari 

Mike Ferrari is a typeface based on the Spencerian Script. Composed using elegant and beautiful strokes, it is just the perfect font to gracefully colour up any project with a human touch.


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3. Feathergraphy

A high-quality script font with multilingual support and a large number of special characters, Feathergraphy is a hand-crafted typeface that can be used for logotypes, titles and slogans as well as a tattoo style font in clean and decorated versions.

 

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4. Meat Buckets

A nervous script font, Meat Buckets comes with a taste of old-school style. Going for a full commercial version allows an extra 86 alternates, contextual ligatures and underlining to be used for a charming and elegant calligraphy.

 

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5. Olivia Script

An exclusive from The Font Bundles Store, Olivia Script is a sophisticated, graceful and modern calligraphy typeface complimenting the look of wedding invitations, greeting cards, posters, wall hangings and the likes.

 

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6. Allura

Simple, clean, legible and casual characters describe Allura as an almost handwritten calligraphic script. Designed keeping advertising, display and packaging design in mind, Allura comes with extra alternate glyphs and flourished graphics, giving the professional designer a maximum flexibility.

 

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7. Kaligraf Latin 

Translating personal handwriting taken from the pages of calligraphy into characters for Kaligraf Latin, this font includes a few ornaments useful for creating typographic pages.

 

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8. Qaskin

An elegant script typeface available in two versions, black and white, Qaskin comes across as a light-hearted font, illustrating fun and frolic.

 

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9. Pinyon Script

Confident and showy swashes suggesting the style of the American-West, Pinyon Script is a romantic round hand script style font. Defined by slants and high stroke contrasts, this aristocratic style is friendly for large size texts.

 

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10. Plain Germanica 

Inspired by the Gothic and Medieval styles of design, Plain Germanica is a font face reminiscent of the historical beauty of those eras, transporting the reader back in time.

 

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11. Playlist

A perfectly imperfect hand-drawn font in dry brush styles, Playlist consists of 3 styles namely script, caps and ornament, which can create a beautiful design when jumbled in an orderly fashion.

 

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12. Qwigley

Winding around in a swirly fashion, Qwigley is the font-face for decorative letterforms. Contemporary in style, it has a  feminine feel to it, delicately embellishing the calligraphic typography.

 

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13. Kadisoka 

A handwriting font ideal for logotypes and headlines, Kadisoka is a script that comes along with a variety of ligatures, stylistic alternates and sets to be tried out for amazing graphics outcomes.

 

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14. Dancing Script OT

A cursive font with intermittent connections beautifully mimicking hand-written text, Dancing Script OT works as a visual style statement. Each word beginning with a letter in caps which goes below the baseline, it is just the quintessential font for a modern-stylized casual look.

 

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15. Fabfelt Script Font

A handwritten typo with grain effect, Fabfelt Script font comes with a retro feel. This is a monoline font, is just a perfect match for branding and headings.

 

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16. Great Vibes

A script with clean and clear flowy connections, heavy strokes and dramatic caps, Great Vibes is a font for breaking the monotony of design with its encircling ascenders and descenders.

 

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17. Playball Font

Inspired by American sporting calligraphy, namely vintage baseball cards, Playball is a connecting script, demonstrating athleticism, boldness and masculinity, thus making it perfect for festive informal and sporting occasions.

 

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18. Pacifico

A modern brush script, Pacifico is inspired by the American surf culture of the 1950s’. A slight touch of the retro style, it makes for an apt solution for a bold and engaging calligraphy font.

 

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Taking a good look at the new and emerging typefaces that have made their way into the design scene across the world, we follow the fresh ones that have carved a niche for themselves and even the classic ones that are here to stay. The world of type is, indeed, an interesting one today as it continues to grow further.

The power of words cannot be undermined. Especially in these modern times when it is not just about what is said but also how it is said. And that is what leads us to take a peek at the current trends in typography where so much has evolved over the years.

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3D Typefaces

3D modelling has quite effectively found its place in the design arena of today through various forms and applications. With many diverse means of executing it, the style has been widely adopted by various designers and the freshness of this medium to innovate is what has ensured it stays in vogue.

Designed by JeanPierre Le Roux

Designed by PICTOGLAZE .

Designed by JeanPierre Le Roux


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Serif Fonts

The classic appeal of Serif typefaces has kept itself alive, not fading away under the oncoming of other trending fonts that have come into the picture during the recent few years. The grace and ease with which this type flows are what has kept its exuberance alive. Truly ‘beautiful and timeless’.


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Bold Typography

Bold typography has been here through the ages and is here to stay. Bold is, indeed, beautiful. It has the capacity to garner the attention of its audience and even engage it in the process. Who said bold is too loud? Not in 2018, at least.

Designed by Rudmer van Hulzen

Designed by Justin Poulter


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Custom Fonts

The ‘Custom’ way has found a place for itself across all areas, forms and modes of design. Freedom and the ability these fonts provides are hard to mimic even as it is applied to suit different contexts. Such versatility is difficult to achieve otherwise, which is why the custom font is so in trend.

Designed by Lorena G


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Geometric Type

Geometry is the keystone of all things design and functional. The Geometric Type, in the very same context, is unlikely to get outdated even in the modern times of 2018. One that cannot be ignored or sidelined, expect to see it executed on more than just one occasion.

Designed by Lumiko


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Experimental Typography

There is space for experiments in every sphere, isn’t there? So in the case of type, experimental typography has emerged as the new thing of today. It runs without rule and produces some stunning results in effect. The new winner on the block, this one.

Designed by Krzysztof Iwanski

Designed by Josh Schaub


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Typography With Real-Life Elements

No matter how great the virtual gets, it shall never overcome the real. That is why the effects of reality have made their way into the font world via typography featuring real-life elements. Font carved around everyday situations, essentials and people is certainly one new visual to keep an eye on.

Designed by Krzysztof Iwanski


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Bold Alignment and Kerning

The not-so-neat typography has gained great acknowledgement and thus more presence in the recent few years as it continues to grow. With its fashionable and stylish appeal, it makes a lasting and relevant impact on more than just a few people. Who said all must be only in ‘order’!

Designed by Akatre Studio

Designed by MONK Scriptorium

Fascinated by Typefaces, Shibu P.G. guides us into the world of letters and fonts, where so much can be said even between the words.

The Oomph Factor.

Fonts have forged an almost unreal significance since the era of letter printing. There came the Serif, Sans Serif typefaces, which then evolved into Segoe, Frutiger, Univers, Helvetica and a multitude of other fonts that are presently innumerable. Inspiration from them to develop a new font was only found to be innate.

Finding New Font.

The font ‘Achi’ aims to outshine the regular fonts, radiating a unique style in the very first glance. The decision to choose only uppercase in the font stemmed from the desire to see it appear in bold and fascinating titles, phrases and of course brand names. With this in mind, the vision and purpose were
clearly set.

Carving a niche.

Creativity vocalises itself to each designer in its own specific manner, including through ink and paper – for example, letter-forming by hand being the first instinct. It is often the most simple of acts that finds itself being used as the common construction, shape or character, then applied to all letters in a font. In Achi’s case, it was the parallel line-formation and its spacing between each and every letter. Once a letter was shaped, the command over the font enabled executing an almost similar style to all other letters. Articulating the hand-drawn designs into the computer, using basic shapes and grids in Adobe Illustrator canvas, is time-consuming but effective, followed by polishing and tweaking as a final touch using Fontlab.

Published in Issue 39

As the festivity is all around, every brand or business is trying to impress the Indian audience. But what really works for us Indians? What is an Indian design? And how we can make designs for India? To understand it, we interviewed some Indian creatives who are successfully creating designs for the Indian audience. This issue of Creative Gaga is a light read for someone looking for inspirations or insights on Indian design and how the Indian audience can be enticed. So go ahead and order your copy or subscribe if you want to keep receiving a regular dose of inspirations!

 

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