Archive for July, 2007

Two-minute Animated Introduction to Typography


Created by Vancouver Film School students Ryan Uhrich and Marcos Ceravolo. Quick and dirty; watch it a couple of times if this is new to you!

Two-minute animated introduction to typography –> [via Design Observer]

12 Kinds of Ads


Very interesting breakdown of the types of advertisements one could create. Make sure to view the slideshow at the end of the short article.

12 Kinds of Ads –> [via swissmiss]

Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts


We’ve got 18 Exceptionally Useful Photoshop Shortcuts over here [via LifeHacker], and a smorgasbord of Photoshop shortcuts in PDF form, for every version from 5 up to CS3, over here.

Personally, I use CTRL+T to Transform (scale, rotate, skew); CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+S to save for web; CTRL+W to Close Document and CTRL+ALT+W to Close All, and the Spacebar for a temporary Hand tool.

I also use D to get to the Default black and white colours in the toolbar, and X will switch them (so the background becomes the foreground), plus B gives you a brush and the [ and ] keys will make the brush smaller and bigger.

CTRL+R gives you rulers, which gives you quick access to guides. CTRL+; shows and hides the guides and CTRL+’ shows and hides the grid.

And of course, the basics: CTRL+C for copy, CTRL+V for paste, CTRL+Z for undo, CTRL+S for save, CTRL+N for new, CTRL+H to hide or show display (like selection marquees). Oh, and CTRL+E will merge down the current or selected layers, plus I create an action set to F2 every time I install Photoshop that will flatten a layer.

I am stopping there although I know there are more that I use daily. What keyboard shortcuts do you use often?

Building-Sky Typography


Some industrious photographer went out and found arrangements of buildings, and took photographs to simulate the alphabet. This site gives credit to a Jack Turner, and this site, while I can’t exactly translate the language, seems to credit a Lisa Rienermann.

In any case, they’re really interesting and you should take a closer look. Typography is everywhere, and letterforms can be made from nearly anything :)

Stephanie Pui-Mun Law


My favourite artist is working on a Tarot deck. I know what I’ll be buying myself for my birthday in 2009!

Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s In-Progress Tarot deck –>

Typographica’s Favorite Fonts of 2006


Beautiful fonts released last year, set in real headlines and with reviews by real designers. These are fantastic and worth a look.

Typographica’s Favorite Fonts of 2006 –> [via swissmiss]

Line Weight – From Sketch to Vector Illustration


“We need our lines to vary in what is known as “weight.” “Weight” of a line basically means how thick or thin your lines are. A lot of weight is thick a little weight is thin. Making your lines vary in weight adds a LOT of character (makes them look cool.)”

It’s a lot of reading but SO worth it. Lots of great graphics in the middle to explain line weights and such.

From a Sketch to a Vector Illustration –>

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Freelancers

“Over the years, I’ve noticed that successful freelancers, eg, those who make their living entirely from freelancing (writing, editing, copywriting, web design, etc.), have the following seven traits in common.

1. Write/design every day: Many freelancers are drawn to their particular career because they love it. They love to write, design, draw – whatever it is, they would do it for free.”

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Freelancers –>

Logo Design Guide


“This is not a free Photoshop tutorial about how to make your own logo. It’s a list of quality resources that can help you to learn more about everything related to logo design. From the start, why do you need a good logo; which software to use and why; how to use software, which format is used for what and why; how to choose colors; how to choose fonts; where to ask for help and direction; where to find inspirational help, what other logo designers know and you don’t… We have facts, history, tutorials, tips, designers, portfolios and everything you need to know about logo and logo design.”

Logo Design Guide –>

Creating a CSS Layout From Scratch


“This guide will attempt to take you step by step, through the process of creating a fully functioning CSS layout.”

This is a MUST READ for all of my current Web Design students.

Creating a CSS Layout From Scratch –>