Both Draftsman and GuideMaster from AV Bros. look to be very useful for users of Photoshop when the need to create horizontal and/or vertical grids arises, which is damn near every project. Draftsman creates selections within your document, while GuideMaster places guides. I just downloaded the demo versions of each to tinker with them and have been pleasantly surprised. There are a couple of features I would like to see, namely I think Draftsman should provide the option to output as vector objects instead of selections. Also, I think it should mimic Guidemaster’s functionality which allows the designer to use percentage-based values (one third, a quarter…) in addition to the currently supported fixed values (24px). I need to do a bit more testing, but one, if not both should prove to be a worthwhile investment.
While I don’t have much time to actively participate in the Designers in House List, to which I subscribe, I enjoy reading many of the threads. One
recent thread from a while back, titled “Your favourite web design book” served as a reminder that I should update my list of Web and design-related book recommendations. It’s been quite a while. So, here is a brain dump of the tomes on my bookshelf and ones that should be. The list is by no means comprehensive – I would love to hear your recommendations!
Items without a rating indicates that I do not own the book, but believe it is worth attention due to recommendations from other Web-type folks, or that I hold the author in high respect due to their other work and contributions to our industry.
Free Online Graph Paper / Grid Paper PDFs – Damn, now this is cool! Just need a sheet or two of graph paper? Print it yourself instead of spending cash on a bundle of it at the office store.
Sarah and I have spent a bit of time of late talking about, and looking at fonts for use in her resume. In addition, I have been doing a good bit of design work for personal sites, so I have been in search of several fonts that are ‘perfect’ for the design at hand. So, I have decided to compile a compendium (that is a fun word to say – try it) of font sites that meet the following criteria:
- Provide quality fonts
- Are not hosted on a free server (Geocities and the like) as those sites tend to disappear
- Are not providing illegal font downloads – as best as I can tell at least
While there are a ton of font sites out there, most of them overlap. As it is rather pointless to list sites with the same content, I try to choose the sites that are stable and easy to use. If you notice that any of these links are broken, use pop up ads (which my browser blocks) or have suggestions for additional sites, please drop me a line or leave a comment!
Of Special Note
- WhatTheFont – If you are trying to identify a font used in an image, give this immensely helpful and easy to use tool a shot.
Professional Font Foundries & Sellers
- 2 Rebels – Edgy fonts for the most part
- Astigmatic One Eye Typographic Institute – Beautiful site, unique fonts, and great prices.
- Blambot Comic Fonts and Lettering – Professional and free fonts
- Blue Vinyl Fonts – Professional and free fonts available
- Chank – Creative, yet readable
- Comic Book Fonts – Professional fonts for comic books – far beyond Comic Sans
- The Font Bureau – A large selection of beautiful, readable fonts
- Font Diner
- Fonthead Design – Also have some free font
- Fonts.com – ” [T]he Internet’s best selection of fonts for preview, purchase and immediate download. Fonts.com is also the place to find the latest typographic news, tips, and typeface releases.”
- House of Lime – $5 per font for commercial use. Personal use only requires a link back
- ITC Fonts – Has “a library of more than 1,500 classic typefaces and innovative new designs”
- Letterhead Fonts
- Linotype – Over 5,000 professional typefaces.
- My Fonts – “[O]nline source for finding, trying, and buying fonts. With over 36,000 fonts…”
- Nick’s Fonts – A “growing collection of tantalizing and tasty typefaces, based primarily on authentic historical sources”
- P22 Type Foundry – “[T]ypefaces inspired by Art, History, and sometimes Science.”
- Pizza Dude – Some great for purchase and free fonts
- Typodermic– Fonts created by the man behind the free font site Larabie Fonts (see below)
Font Collection Sites & Free Fonts
- Luc Devroye
- Microsoft Typography Links – A solid resource for type designers, and those interested in the field
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