Tom Williams, a designer in London, happened to catch a couple city workers painting text onto a road and the footage is so satisfying to watch. I have so many questions! This dude with the roller is a master, are all city road painters this skilled? I always assumed stencils were involved? If anyone out there has more insight into this I would love to hear from you.
Here’s a terrific mini-doc on the work of Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, the two designers behind what was the most respected type design studio in the world.
Watch “Font Men” below!
This is an outstanding animation, maybe the most engaging piece I’ve seen this year (despite being mostly text). BUCK directs this spot for ChildLine a free, confidential, 24-hour counseling service for children in the UK. It’s tricky to portray a heavy topic like sexual abuse without making it feel really heavy handed, but somehow they did it. I can’t remember the last time I saw something where the words felt this alive.
Watch “Childline: First Step” below!
My favourite letterer Jessica Hische just posted a fantastic article all about type. It is a must-read for anyone who has weaselled their way into a design position and hasn’t actually taken a type class (this woulda been handy when I worked at Electronic Arts).
The post includes her favourite type designers, an unbiased list of font resources, and a whole slew of things to think about when choosing typefaces.
Read it here.