The sharing spirit in the design community is remarkable. Designers spend countless hours on side projects, and without asking for anything in return, they share their creations freely with the community, just to give something back, to inspire, and to support fellow folks in their work.
When working on a project yourself, freebies like these can come to the rescue when you have to get along on a tight budget but, more often that that, they simply are the missing piece that’ll make your design complete.
Free Fonts With Personality And Style
Editor’s Note: Today we are pleased to feature the new and free font families Yrsa and Rasa by David Březina and Anna Giedryś and their story behind the design process.
Yrsa and Rasa are open-source type families published by Rosetta, with generous financial support from Google. The fonts support over 92 languages in the Latin script and two languages in the Gujarati script. The family currently has five weights. The fonts were designed and produced by Anna Giedryś and me, and they are now released and ready for downloading.
Free Font Release: Yrsa And Rasa Available For Download
Typography can make all the difference. However, if your project has to get along on a very limited budget and you need to rely on free fonts, good ones are never easy to find. Luckily, we stumbled across some real gems lately. The following fonts can be downloaded for free and are bound to give your project — both private and/or commercial — a classy finishing touch.
Further Reading on SmashingMag: Hands On The Sigmund Freud Typeface: Making A Font Taking A Second Look At Free Fonts A Journey Through Beautiful Typography In Web Design Butler Butler is a serif typeface inspired by a mix between Dala Floda and the Bodoni family.
Free Fonts With Personality
Customers and clients cannot physically touch the products that online designers create, nor can they smell, hear or taste them. One of the important factors in a customer’s decision of whether to use a product is usually the brand’s visual presence, which can help a product stand out from the rest of what the market has to offer. Upon taking a closer look, it doesn’t take long to see that good typography is involved.
An Interview With Type Designer Akira Kobayashi
With the rise of web fonts as well as affordable hosted web font services and ready-made kits, typography is reclaiming its title as design queen, ruler of all graphic and web design. [Links checked March/06/2017]
At the same time, for far too many designers, the primary concern about typography today seems to be aesthetic in nature. The problem is, we tend to use typography and lettering as two interchangeable terms, which they are not.
Designing For The Reading Experience
I’ve always wondered, “What is it that makes a typeface or any other design good?” However simplistic this question may seem to typographers, it is a legitimate question many of us are trying to answer.
After several years working as a professional type designer, teaching, and running a type foundry, I pretty much gave up my attempts to find a golden set of rules. The answer is not so simple.
A Critical Approach To Typefaces
The ambigram is one of the few modern letterforms that engage both your intellect and intuition simultaneously. It reads as a word while also communicating a deeply familiar pattern. This is something beyond the ambigram’s obviously clever construction. I’ve thought quite a bit about why I love this word-image hybrid, and I’ll set out here to uncover just what it is about the ambigram’s design and structure that makes it so captivating.
Design Language: The Mystery of Organic Ambigram
As a Japanese person living in Europe, I’m sometimes asked: “Japanese is a difficult language, isn’t it?” Those asking are often surprised when my answer is a simple: “No, actually, it’s not.” [Links checked NOV/30/2016]
While it is true (at least to many Westerners) that Japanese is an exotic language, when compared to learning other European languages, it may seem harder because it has no relation to their own language.
Japanese Writing, A Beautifully Complex System
I’ve been meaning to write this post but just haven’t had the time to do so. I’ve received several messages and emails asking me about fonts that I use on some of my design projects. I have a pretty large font collection. Some of them are paid, but a lot of them are free! First of all, I suggest investing in some of the best typefaces out there but I also suggest that you take advantage of the free resources that can be found online.
The Best Free Fonts for Designers
The beauty of writing systems is that each has something unique from which to draw inspiration. Two weeks ago, in the first part of this article, we covered Arabic and East-Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese) and a few Indic scripts (Devanagari, Thai and Tibetan).
You may also want to check out the following Smashing Magazine articles:
Japanese, A Beautifully Complex Writing System Brush Lettering: It Only Gets Better After Practice’“) Understanding The Difference Between Type And Lettering Taking A Closer Look At Arabic Calligraphy We are now back for the second (and last) part, which is a bit different but just as interesting.
The Beauty Of Typography: Writing Systems And Calligraphy, Part 2