Saturday, August 16, 2008

Where Do Typefaces Come From?

You probably have heard of a little publication called Rolling Stone but I'll bet you never heard of Jim Parkinson who designed that famous Rolling Stone logo (left). is a great site providing resources for type designers and teachers who would like to include typography in their art and design curriculum. They also have monthly online newsletter interviews with some top designers (right) that show how they work and provide examples of their type designs.

Myfonts also provides a list of over 2000 type designers with examples of their work. Print out some enlarged examples so that students learn that typefaces have names and are designed by real people. Have students select their favorite logo or typeface and go online to find out who created it and the story behind it.

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