12 Online Resources For Typography
August 14, 2013
•IADT General, Graphic Design
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Typography may be one of the most influential aspects of Graphic Design. Especially in advertisement, the ability – and necessity – to clearly convey text to viewers is undeniable. In today’s technology-driven world, typography has exploded on the Internet. There is so much variety and so many interesting graphics across the Web. As a student of Graphic Design, you may think finding dependable resources for your studies is difficult.
Check out the following 12 sites if you are looking for resources or inspiration for your typography projects. They are maintained and frequented by professional typographers and graphic designers from across the U.S. and the world.
As a student, you can take advantage the online resources available to you online. These resources can be incredibly helpful as you study and do work outside of the classroom. The following websites offer valuable information and tutorials from experts in the industry:
- A List Apart
Designed as a resource for people who make websites, A List Apart “explores the design, development and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.” The site published articles from a variety of contributors. Graphic Design students can search for articles on typography for related articles – most of which include detailed illustrations.
A great example of what you can find here is “On Web Typography,” an article by Jason Santa Maria.
- Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web
This site offers a thorough reference guide for anyone interested in typography. The resource covers topics from the basics to more advanced techniques and principles. The site was conceived by Richard Rutter, who took Robert Bringhurst’s principles of typographic style and applied them to the Internet. Rutter organized his content like a book, so it can be navigated according to chapters and sub-chapters. He continues to work on it and actively updates the site.
Maintained by Mark Jamra, Jamie Peloquin and Melanie Duarte, TypeCulture is “an independent digital type foundry and academic resource.” It was founded and is owned by Jamra, who is a type designer, graphic designer and Associate Professor at Maine College of Art. The site includes an Academic Resource section, which offers educational resources for students, educators and professionals. Resources cover topics including history, design, manufacturing and the use of typefaces.
Founded and maintained by a community of designers and typographers, Typedia is self-described as a “mix between IMDb and Wikipedia, but just for type.” The site allows anyone to join, add and edit their pages. The pages focus on classifying typefaces as well as providing information on influential professionals in the field. It also features educational advice. It is a wonderful resource for students who are just beginning to experiment with typographer or for individuals looking for somewhere to start.
- Typographic Contrast and Flow
A tutorial featured on Web Designer Wall, Typographic Contrast and Flow guides viewers through the principles of flow and contrast as it relates exclusively to typography. It is easy to navigate, making it a great review tool for students. The website it is featured on, Web Designer Wall, is run by Canadian web designer and illustrator Nick La. His site focuses on design ideas, trends and offers a variety of tutorials.
Edited by Stephen Coles, this site features reviews of typefaces and type books as well as commentary on fonts and typographic design. It was originally founded in 2002 by Joshua Lurie-Terrell, but was relaunched by Cole and Chris Hamamoto in 2009. The reviews are particularly informative for students looking to learn how to distinguish between a good typeface and a bad one.
This forum site is the longest running typographic community on the Internet. It offers threads for everyone – from typeface enthusiasts and professional typographers. Forum posts cover topics including type design, theory, advice for beginners and technique advice from professionals. The site is a great place for beginning students and beginning professionals to voice concerns. If you are having any typography-related problems, you can seek help from this open community.
Graphic designers and typographers have established webpages and blogs, collecting fonts from across the country and across the world. Typographers also use the web to showcase their fonts. Their collections can be used to inspire you. They can also teach you have fonts are being used in today’s business world.
- Fonts in Use
A public archive of typography, this site features an immense collection of type. It is indexed by typeface, format and industry. The collaborators behind the site pull examples from the real world, making the examples varied but applicable to real-life market and advertising strategy. One of the best features of the site is the write-up that accompanies the example. When you click on an image, you are taken to the full graphic that breaks down the typefaces, formats, what industry the graphic was designed for and how it was tagged within the site’s database. There are also a few sentences underneath the graphic, analyzing the typeface. This allows browsers to understand why a particular font was chosen and whether or not it was successful – making this site a great resource for students experimenting with fonts in their designs.
- Friends of Type
This type and lettering sketchblog features original typographic design and lettering, updated every day by the primary contributors. These contributors include Aaron Carambula, Erik Marinovich, Dennis Payongayong and Jason Wong. The designs featured on the site are all originals. The site is a great resource for ideas regarding typography. It is also a great resource for seeing how typographers work, what they are producing now and how they can collaborate. Additionally, the site features a guest designer at the end of every month.
- Incredible Types
This site showcases a curated collection of outstanding typography and design from around the world. It currently boasts 202 pieces of inspirational design and 222 contributors from 38 different countries. They are constantly growing and expanding, making their collection continually relevant – and worth browsing.
This site is maintained by Andrei Robu, Darren Booth, Dominic Le-Hair, Jeff Rogers, Jeremy Pruitt, Luke Lucas, Maia Then, Mary Kate McDevitt, Neuarmy, Ryan Hamrick and Simon Alander. They collaborate to create, collect and upload a variety of type lettering. Just by scrolling down, hundreds of images are revealed to viewers. The site is great for students in need of some inspiration – or just a break from studying.
- We Love Typography
Created by John Boardley, the designer behind I Love Typography, and Kari Patila, this site features multiple pages of typography. The galleries are brimming with type-related content, enabling browsers to explore for hours. The site allows you to search using keywords, and also by color. Use the color blocks at the bottom of the page to find graphics in a particular color scheme.
As you continue your studies in Graphic Design, remember these resources. The online community of graphic designers, especially typographers, is diverse and interactive. Familiarize yourself with your resources and your peers.