Art and Design

Captain Edward, an all-caps display serif

Liked Captain Edward (Simple Type Co.)

Inspired by the pirates of the Atlantic, Captain Edward is an all-caps display serif. Named after Captain Edward Teach—otherwise known as Blackbeard. The font takes cues from Cooper Black’s lighter-weight siblings as well as inspiration from the rugged New England coast…

I love the look of an all-caps heading, even though it’s probably not great for readability. (I love small caps even more.)

This one’s got a good vibe. And $20 for a desktop + web license is pretty affordable.

Art and Design Websites

A poetically designed one thought website

Bookmarked helena.soft_tech (

e.e. cummings ish typography though breaking the leading instead of the words

I like to see people play with what a website can be.

Art and Design

Read Japanese Modern

Read Japanese Modern

With enticing visuals and a fascinating text, Japanese Modern: Graphic Design between the Wars is the first book to examine an often igno…

Looked at the pictures, skimmed some of the text 😂 Much more detail than I was interested in 🤷‍♀️

Two styles of Japanese lettering in extra bold and extra fine
I appreciate seeing how different alphabets / scripts can be varied even if I can’t read them 😂
Red type on white background, a block of text forming a triangle with two oversized characters below in a similar shape
A little reminiscent of that Secession poster — but this is advertising lettering for athletic gear? 😂 By Kashima Mitsuo


Black and white icon showing two hammers hitting a rounded head in profile
This is funky but I like it – icon for Hardhead, a Tokyo agricultural tools company, 1935
Stylized geometric block drawing of two girls diving against black waters in pink striped suits
These illustrations are cute – Toyonosuke Kurozumi, mid-1930s ad for Osaka National Railway
Naked girl with shadows obscuring her breasts, holding a red glass of port
First nude advertising photo in Japan – 1922 ad for Akadama Port Wine by Inoue Mokuda and Kataoka Toshiro

Website Typography

Magic of CSS: Typography

Practical Typography: Page Margins

Practical Typography: Line Length

How to make your font sizes accessible with CSS


Art and Design Cool

Tree-grown typeface

Liked Bjørn Karmann › Occlusion Grotesque (Bjørn Karmann)

Occlusion Grotesque is an experimental typeface that is carved into the bark of a tree. As the tree grows, it deforms the letters and outputs new design variations, that are captured annually.

Art and Design Resources and Reference

Typographic archive

Bookmarked Online Letterform Archive (

Virtual access to Letterform Archive’s collection of lettering, typography, and graphic design.

Art and Design Resources and Reference

Directory of Type Foundries

Bookmarked Type Foundry Directory (Type Foundry Directory)
Art and Design Resources and Reference

Open source font foundry

Bookmarked The League of Moveable Type (

The first open-source font foundry. Your source for learning how to use & make type, and level up your skills as a designer.

Art and Design Society

Read Why Fonts Matter

Read Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman

We all constantly interact with type in almost every aspect of our lives. But how do fonts affect what we read and influence the choices we make?

This book opens up the science and the art behind how fonts influence you. It explains why certain fonts or styles evoke particular experiences and associations. Fonts have different personalities that can create trust, mistrust, give you confidence, make things seem easier to do or make a product taste better. They’re hidden in plain sight, they trigger memories, associations and multisensory experiences in your imagination.

* Fonts can alter the meanings of words right before your very eyes.
* See what personalities fonts have, and what they reveal about YOUR personality.
* Explore how you respond to fonts emotionally and can make fonts work for your message.
* Be amazed that a font has the power to alter the taste of your food.

I heard about this during an Adobe Max presentation from the author that I enjoyed. I liked her conceit that typography and design subconsciously influence emotional reactions and experiences, and are a big part of storytelling. I also like her point that typography is a shared cultural construct, that we have created meaning for many styles of type that all of us learn. I appreciate that she advocates for everyone to express design opinions, not just designers with an extensive background.

The approach to this book was a bit jumbled, a combination of scientific research quoted, her arguments, activities, and anecdotal data presented as scientific data (which bugged me). It couldn’t quite decide what it wanted to be, and feels like it may have started as a more technical work and been expanded and adapted to a more general / less designer audience?

Timeline of typeface styles with exemplar fonts

My biggest takeaway is how little typefaces have changed, and what a frankly conservative design field it is – we are still using typefaces based on the first printed books, five hundred years ago. Caslon is from the 1500s!

Apparently type shapes (round, jagged) influence what we taste – ‘sensation transference’.

Art and Design

Read tat*

Read tat* – Inspirational Graphic Ephemera – Andy Altmann by Andy Altmann

Tat* is a bit of a graph­ic designer’s curse. Walk into any design stu­dio and you’ll see bits and pieces of graph­ic ephemera pinned to the walls or taped to a com­put­er screen. Even the purist will have a secret cache hid­den away some­where. Design­er Andy Alt­mann has been col­lect­ing tat for more than 30 years. He finds inspi­ra­tion in the ordi­nary, and mag­ic in the mun­dane. Final­ly he has decid­ed to share his col­lec­tion with the world. Con­ceived and edit­ed by Andy, this is the apoth­e­o­sis of tat. A visu­al trea­sure trove, full of sur­pris­es, it should find a place on every graph­ic designer’s desk.

Tat: anything that looks cheap, is of low quality, or in bad condition; junk, rubbish, debris

This book was a delight to wander through. A good bit of the appeal is wonderment at what someone else has decided was worth saving – and his delight in his own collection is evident throughout. It’s playfully designed, creating collages out of ephemera and commentary.

It’s also an exercise in seeing what you’re looking at. It’s lowbrow, finding art in the untrained and accidental and utilitarian.

I think the author would be tickled that I’m saving my favorites on what’s basically my online scrapbook.

Bush milk bottle cap in black and red
I like the stacked words on the black vertical stripe

Babyfat – font by Milton Glaser, 1964

Cool black shading on the MOORE lettering – look how many fonts they used in this thing 👀
Commiting to that concept 😎 How often now do you see companies go all in on type designs?

Bingo lingo – slang phrases to represent various numbers

Dig those S’s


Saucy, there’s a word you don’t hear much anymore
Ugh, Victorians “helpless, hopeless, homeless”