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Why Sweden Commissioned Its Own Typeface

The idea of branding a place is a fairly new one, and the notion of place-based typefaces is even newer, with national and local governments from Qatar to Chattanooga commissioning their own fonts. The latest country to set its on typeface is Sweden — but it’s also questioning whether a national font is a bit too nationalistic for their progressive Scandinavian sensibilities.


An Artist Perfectly Trolls Designers With A Comic Sans Typewriter

The easiest way to troll a pixel-pushing friend is to ensure you exclusively use Comic Sans for every email, message and homemade birthday card you send them. Graphic designers hate the font, but the rest of the world still seems to enjoy its sense of whimsy, which is what inspired artist Jesse England to hack a typewriter with the Comic Sans typeface.


Watch An Adorable Toddler Instantly Identify Fonts

I learned two things while watching this aww-inducing video. Scarlett, the cute two-year-old girl in the video, is a genius child with an eagle eye for instantly recognising typefaces better than most humans and that it’s going to be awesome to be a parent because you can teach your kid whatever the heck you want them to learn.


The Best Typeface Apple Ever Had

It was square, squat and inherently cute. It was friendly. It was easy to use. I’m talking about the beige box with the blue grinning face that came to live with us in 1985. But I’m also talking about the font that came with it.


Why You've Never Heard Of This Typeface That Defined The 1980s

Apple, Trapper Keeper and Reebok: Three of the most well-known brands of the 1980s, and three companies that used the same futuristic-looking typeface to do it. So why isn’t the typeface a classic like other period pieces *cough*Helvetica*cough*? Fate is a funny thing.


Where The Dollar Sign Comes From

This symbol first showed up in the 1770s, appearing in documents of English-Americans who had business dealings with Spanish-Americans. However, it wasn’t until the very early 1800s that it became popularised, around the same time as the first official US dollars were being minted. Previous to this, the symbol had already been in use as an abbreviation for names of Spanish currency, namely as an abbreviation for the Spanish peso “p”.


Typographic Building Blocks Teach Your Kids The Dangers Of Papyrus

Many parents dream of their children growing up to be successful doctors, lucrative athletes, or award-winning performers. But if graphic designer or InDesign-savant are goals you’ve set for your kids, these beautiful font-themed Typeblocks will put them on the right path.


Here's What All Those New Emoji Actually Look Like

On Monday, the internet was all kinds of excited over the fact that hundreds of new emoji were soon to arrive. Now, the Unicode Consortium has published a chart that shows us what they will actually look like.


Nine Crazy 3D Typefaces Made From Everyday Objects

Whether we realise it or not, the fonts we interact with on a daily basis can be wildly impactful in some pretty surprising ways. But these everyday fonts blend in so seamlessly with the world around us that we hardly even notice them. So what would happen if we tried blending our world into the fonts themselves?


Bic Is Trying To Make A Font Based On All Of The World's Handwriting

In yet another crushing blow to Comic Sans, pen-maker Bic is currently soliciting handwriting samples from anyone on Earth who wants to participate in its Universal Typeface Experiment. The goal is to create a universal font that will presumably supplant Comic Sans as the go-to typeface for amateur designers making birthday cards, lunch room signage or business cards for toddlers.


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