Archive | June, 2012

10 Beautiful and Free Fonts

Absinthe is a decorative font that is still legible enough for body type. Its flourishes and dynamic vertical lines add an art nouveau-inspired elegance to this original typeface.

Bispo is an italic chancery font inspired by calligraphy. Jackson Alves based this dynamic typeface on 10 different flat nib pen widths after studying calligraphy for months.

Hagin by FontFabric is a stately serif typeface with strong geometric forms and a retro vibe. Its versatile design makes it easy to use for any type of project.

Matey is a very bold and condensed typeface where all the letters share the same height and selective rounded corners.

Otama.ep is described by designer Tim Donaldson as “a quiet but confident typeface for selling expensive and fashionable things”. This typeface reminds me of a more playful and subtle version of Modern No. 20.

Bariol is a fresh typeface that is part Grotesk and part Rounded, which gives this font a modern and universal appeal.

Glide’s name was inspired by its rounded corners and smooth appearance. I love this font’s sleek, modern feel and bold presence.

Homestead is a slab serif font designed by Luke Lisi who was inspired by “our desire and need to explore”. This free font package includes 6 different styles.

Metropolis 1920 “comes from the industrial movement of the 1920’s where skyscrapers where born”. This ultra-stylish font brings its Art Deco inspiration to the 21st Century.

Vegur, a close relative of Myriad, is a sans serif font that comes in 4 styles: light (my personal favorite), regular, medium, and bold. Its only downside is that it does not come with glyphs.

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Goodbye, Planet Earth

I recently discovered AtomA, an atmospheric Swedish ambient / post-rock / prog metal band, while browsing music videos on YouTube, and they completely blew me away with their beautiful and otherworldly sound.
The band describes their music as “a home for refugee souls of a planet in decay” and their music certainly has an apocalyptic feel to it. After listening to this album several times, Skylight has easily become one of my favorites. I love their use of synth, minimal vocals, and attention to detail in the amazing production quality of this debut album.
AtomA’s newly-released video for “Rainmen” visually captures the juxtaposition of simplicity and complexity in their music. The shifting color gradients also reflect the narrative quality of their rich soundscapes.

You can listen to a preview of Skylight here and purchase the album from Napalm Records.

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Marimekko S / S 2012

From their original patterns to bold colors, it’s no surprise that Finland’s Marimekko is one of my favorite brands.

The fragrance of spring’s first flowers. The sound of arrival and departure in the busy port. The colourful market, alive with smiling people, fresh vegetables, fish, seagulls. Long, leisurely hours spent with friends in cafés, parks, the nearby islands. Bike rides to the allotment garden to witness the miracle of growth. Moments of life in Helsinki…

Marimekko’s Spring / Summer 2012 collection has many beautiful ’60s and ’70s silhouettes, as well as trousers that are reminiscent of David Bowie’s iconic 1972 photoshoot with Masayoshi Sukita. I love how this collection playfully incorporates the mismatched prints trend by combining stripes with floral prints.

Left to right from top to bottom: 1. Kreisi-housut, 2. Lunni, 3. Tipo-hame, 4. Vieras, 5. Helle, 6. Mispeli-mekko, 7. Vilisee-neuletakki, 8. Hulmu-housut, 9. Puuske, 10. Liisa

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