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So You Need A Typeface
April 16, 2010, 12:51 pm
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I never usually feature my students but I’m going to make an exception, we had such a brilliant critique today that I just want to say “Thank god for passionate students like mine!”. You guys rock!! (in spite of our verbal whupping; better to have tried and failed than not to have tried at all). So let’s end the week with a student project, an info graphic related to the job we do as graphic designers. Julian did a flowchart of the choices we go through choosing fonts, with a humorous approach. A brilliant job on such a short project.

See more by Julian on his website: http://julianhansen.com/

Be sure to click the pics to see a bigger version as it doesn’t come across in all its glory in small versions.


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Brilliant! Love the simple colors, shapes and of course humor!

Comment by Sarah

wow…. excellent project… !! and I love true humor

Comment by Isabel

This is great, I sent a link to my typography teacher from back in college and she got a kick out of it.

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So you need an image file type …

This is ~770K for JPEG with blocky text artifacts. Same image is ~380K as a 8-bit PNG, and ~190K as a 32 color GIF (with 16 levels of grey and 16 levels of yellow). If using the source to make the line art file types, result would be be much sharper than these shots in addition to much smaller file size.

Graphics design students should be taught which graphics formats are best suited for which designs.

Comment by Skeuomorph

Mod Up, Please.

Comment by K7AAY

The funniest path is the one to Comic Sans :D

Comment by Olivier FAURAX

“are you alone?” “ok come with me”

I am owed a new keyboard.

Comment by Samuel Thurston

Very nice and very beautiful

Comment by steve

Really, really nice. And we’re honored Julian used our FontShop list as a basis. Saw just a few typos:

Eurostyle > Eurostile
Din > DIN
planispoken > plainspoken
Meta > FF Meta
Scala > FF Scala

Comment by Stephen Coles

Quite possibly the smartest Typography I have ever seen! And that is including Coke.

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you want something fun? are you alone? ok follow me —> comic sans. lol.

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This is seriously awesome :)

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Super clever and funny! Great work Julian!

Comment by Jakob Kahlen

So You Need a Typeface…

An impressive flow chart by Julian Hansen, one of Julie Katrine Andersen’s students. She posted it on her blog, Inspiration Lab, which is pretty interesting to skim through on its own. [lightbox /blog/media/blogs/morgue/soyouneedatypeface.jpg [So You …

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Fantastic, Julian! My only complaint – there’s not a version of “All Roads Lead to Helvetica”, but I’ll forgive you THIS ONE TIME!! ;)

Just phenomenal.

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Any chance of getting a high res of this — or posters?

Comment by Jono

I’ll send a request to the designer :-)

Comment by myanimalfarm

I second this.I would use it as cube art!

Comment by denise smith

Hi Jono, very pleased to announce that the poster is now available here

http://www.scribbleoneverything.com/prints/type-o-file/-preorder-so-you-need-a-typeface-poster/prod_260.html

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Nice chart! But what about web fonts? ;)

Comment by smuumin

Nothing short of brilliant.
And funny.

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This is great! I shared it with my classmates.

What year is your student in, Julie?

Comment by George

Uhh sorry, didn’t see you there :-) Julian is a second year BA student (of 3 years total)

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Hilarious. Love it. Even with the typos that Stephen Coles pointed out.

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Julian has some major talent. Don’t stop believing.

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Brilliant! Especially love the “are you alone?” link to Comic Sans :-)

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beautiful!

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I would love to get this as a poster for my graphic design office! Preferably in white, but black could work. Does the student sell posters?

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I would love it as a poster, or a high res file so I can print it out myself. Please let me know if you decide to sell it on the site.

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I’m very pleased to announce that the poster is now available here

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Brilliant. Hope the student got an A+

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are you alone? follow me —-> comic sans lol :D brilliant!

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Yep, because we haven’t already seen Helvetica used everywhere for every possible (and impossible) purpose yet.

Wait.

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This is fantastic. (‘: Do let me know if this is ever sold as a poster, please!

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MUy bueno, i dont speak english but your algoritmo is the best, very nice. :)

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Hey All, Julian has been kind enough to let us print the poster in a one color version, black paper with silver ink. It should be ready by May 2nd. You can pre-order it now from the link below.

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¡Excelente!

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Very nice and usefull info.

thanks

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I’d buy a poster of this! It’s awesome!

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Too funny- This is what my brain goes through every time I trial and error the font list- although I haven’t had as much fun with it…!

Comment by Joel

what about font choice for a corporate website? tell me what to do, oh julian. ;)

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Alex, you mean you don’t use Times New Arial for both titles and bodies?

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Real solid for graphic designers

Comment by Website Design

Logo, invitation, newspaper… I’m missing Letter! What should I use to write a nice letter? What about my resumé?

Oh yeah, I love Garamond…

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This has a wonderful sense of humour and is wonderfully useful! Thank you SO much!

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This is awesome. :-)

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HAhah for Comic Sans and Times.

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So apparently, Baskerville appears among the list of non-humanistic fonts now…

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“in all its’ glory”

I may need a typeface, but you need English lessons. Incidentally, this is the first time I see the apostrophe after “its” rather than two-thirds through it. You get points for novelty, at least.

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So, you’re a teacher and can’t spell humorous.
I’m very glad I’m not one of the suckers payingyou.

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It’s a good thing I’m not an English teacher then, isn’t it?! :-D

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As a Dutch person, my favourite bit is obviously:

“The Netherlands is nice, right? –> No –> Get out of my flowchart!”

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>> … mine!”. … at all). … humerous … all its’ glory …

Maybe you can get other students to proofread and correct spelling and punctuation errors! The poster is interesting, though.

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“Ok then, come with me”……….. Comic Sans. lol

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Would ou post a vector graphics version of it? Would be grand to print it on A3 and post it beside my desk…

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