This is the fourth entry in my Design Inspiration series (wow, that almost sounds fancy), which is simply a set of posts that provide links to sites that are useful when I hit a creative block. Sites such as these prove useful when I am not happy with the direction of my current ideas, as they provide a new perspective and (re)open my mind to the realm of design possibilities.
I keep a list of well designed Web sites to give me a creative nudge when I get designer’s block in the midst of creating a Web site. Different designers handle this frustration in different ways. Some avoid any outside influence, while others, like me, seek out amazing work, searching for a small spark to re-ignite their creativity. There are times when this spark can come from something as simple as the shape of one curve, or the choice of color pallet. You never know. Well, at least I don’t. So, for that reason, here are some sites that I visit for inspiration.
I had planned to expand my list of design inspirations in a more timely fashion, but it appears that I forgot. Seven months have passed without an update. Ahh well, here are some more sites that I visit when I need a creativity nudge. As before, some of these sites are the destination, while others are portals to beautiful work.
- Brother Jones Artworks – No relation… darnit
- Building the High
- Firewheel Design
- Fish Marketing
- Media Inspiration
Eric Meyer has published another great resource for the Web development community: Uncollapsing Margins discusses “how margin collapsing can lead to weird behaviors, why these behaviors arise, and ways to work around it when you want a different result. If you’ve ever tried to figure out why a heading’s top margin seems to disappear when it’s the first thing in a div, this article will be of interest.”
Margin collapsing is one of the most confusing aspects of CSS as it isn’t mentioned very often, and until this article, I hadn’t seen a comprehensive explanation of why it happens, and how to “un-collapse” them. Yes, some people posted work in various forums and lists, but Eric has taken the time to tie everything together.
For anyone unfamiliar with Eric, he is the author of many great CSS books, including:
Luke Wroblewski, has posted some interesting entries on his blog, Functioning Form discussing the idea of Continuums. Ultimately the idea comes down to providing the user a way to track a single topic or discussion as it continues to evolve, no matter what page they entered it from. This idea is simple in concept, but not necessarily easy to implement and maintain in a way that is immediately understandable and usable by the average user. I’ve struggled with the same need myself, as I have many entries that cross the categories I use on this site, but may well be related to, or a direct descendant of an earlier post. I am still searching for the best way to implement the idea within WordPress, the content management system I use for this site. The hard part is finding a way to create the bi-directional links easily, or even better, automatically.
Well, once I figure it out, I’ll be sure to post about it, and I’ll be sure that this entry links to that post. ;)
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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