Kern Type and Shape Type are two interactive typography games for the web created by Mark MacKay. In Kern Type you’re presented with examples—each an introduction to a different typeface and designer—and you have to fix the kerning. Your solution for each example is compared to correct adjustment and you’re given score based on how close you came.
In Shape Type, you adjust the control handles of bezier curves to get the most pleasing path for various characters set in different typefaces. Same comparison and scoring applies.
Both are simple little games and not very deep—just 10 examples in each—but they’re a fun and interactive introduction to kerning and adjusting bezier curves.
Comic orders for May are due soon and as I placed my monthly order, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by all the amazing stuff offered this month. Sure there are the usual great comics from Marvel, DC, Image, IDW and Dark Horse. But DAMN, there are some great books out there from other publishers I’m even more excited for.
Baby’s in Black by Arne Bellstorf
Blacksad: A Silent Hell by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido
Sharaz-De by Sergio Toppi
City of Glass adapted by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli
Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand by Jerry Juhl and Ramon Perez
Number one on that list is Baby’s in Black. I’m absolutely in love with the Arne Bellstorf’s style on this. So cute. So simple. But everyone is still instantly recognizable. Plus, I’ve always been into the Beatles Hamburg period—I had a VHS copy of Backbeat back in the day I used to watch on a loop.
The fourth volume of Canales’ and Guarnido’s brilliant Blacksad, complete with extra “making of…” material? A no-brainer.
The translated version of the Sergio Toppi’s Sharaz-De? Holy Crap!! Toppi is so mind-blowingly amazing there aren’t words to describe him and now we can finally read this volume for the first time in english. Way to go Archaia.
Somehow this David Mazzucchelli gem, City of Glass, has slipped through the cracks of my collection, and I intend to remedy that with this new edition from Picador.
Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand is already out and people are saying great things about it. I’ve been a big fan of Ramon Perez for years, and on this project his work seems to be taken to a new level by the beautiful colors of Jordie Bellaire.
We’ve got a German (Bellstorf), Spaniard (Guarnido), Italian (Toppi), American (Mazzucchelli) and a Canadian (Perez). Comics rule the world!
Fontfabric is an independent type foundry founded by Svetoslav Simov that makes absolutely killer typefaces. They’ve got that modern flair that I’m particularly fond of. They’re very professionally crafted and they also offer a lot of fonts as free downloads.
IdN Magazine (International Designers Network) is basically the most amazing publication in the known universe. When I sit down to try and read an issue, I’m so overwhelmed by how mind-blowingly creative every page and element of this magazine is that I have to start pacing around the room to burn off some of my excitement. I’m not even joking a little bit.
Issues come out six times a year and from cover to cover it’s full of the most inspiring graphic design, typography, illustration, music, fashion, motion graphics, photography, and artists you’ve ever seen.
A series of posters for Dog Day Disco by dutch designer Stefan Glerum. Think Stefan is the total package—great illustrator, amazing graphic designer and beautiful typography. Love his use of textures and unusual color palettes. Be sure to check out the rest of his site to see other examples of his illustration and design work.