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Four Techniques for Combining Typefaces
So, I’ve been working on my agency’s blog that we’ll be debuting soon (keep watch for that as I will contributing content there as well). A challenge I found while coming up with the design was font pairing. Building a rich and visually interesting typographic palette can be very difficult, but fun. H&FJ (Hoefler & Frere-Jones) recently wrote a short but very helpful guide with their thoughts on the delicate matter. God I love type. Just wish I can afford all those rock star typefaces.

Four Techniques for Combining Typefaces

So, I’ve been working on my agency’s blog that we’ll be debuting soon (keep watch for that as I will contributing content there as well). A challenge I found while coming up with the design was font pairing. Building a rich and visually interesting typographic palette can be very difficult, but fun. H&FJ (Hoefler & Frere-Jones) recently wrote a short but very helpful guide with their thoughts on the delicate matter. God I love type. Just wish I can afford all those rock star typefaces.

Take Your Web Designs to The Next Level

sixrevisions.com

Great article praising the little details in website designs. I can’t begin to stress how important it is to take pride in the little details of your work. That shadow here, icon there…individually, they may seem arbitrary, but all those things add up and really make the difference in achieving a more professional look and feel throughout.

When you let those seemingly small things slide, it can turn into something that looks “off” or even seems kinda sloppy. I mean, the overall design can be good, great even, but you’ll always be irked that it can be better. You’ll definitely realize this (and those anal retentive judges will too) during awards season. Trust me, as a designer, I understand that you don’t always have 100% control over your work and have to eventually let go. One can only do so much when the work leaves your computer and you can no longer supervise the design standards that were set in place. However, what you can do is make sure that any of those little forgotten tweaks, flaws, mistakes, made later weren’t made by you at the very least.

But who am I to talk really? I’m still learning and there are plenty of flaws with my own work which I will refuse to point out to you out of an incredible amount of insecurity, haha. I’ll leave you with this to think about though: I bet that your favorite rock star designer didn’t get to “Freddie Mercury” status by not sweating the details. You’re only doing yourself a disservice in the long run. So pick a new font outside your normal fall backs, throw in a texture, add a transition effect to your links, use text-shadow for your headlines, add subtle gradients to your buttons (random suggestions of course). If you don’t get entranced by this kind of stuff, if you find it to be a grind, there may be a problem here.

Everything is a choice. Even when you don’t make one.

False Simplicity

usabilitypost.com

Are your icon designs getting the message across? Short article, but the author does make you think about the sometimes misleading notion easy communication is always possible through icons alone. Honestly, most of the time i think icons do reduce visual clutter, but what happens when they just make things more confusing? It kind of brings us back to the time when web designers were complaining of the now infamous trend of “mystery meat” navigation.

ProCSSor, Clean Up/Organize Your CSS

This is an incredible resource for helping you format you css files. I know I am guilty of organizing my rules when first starting out, but then slowly forgetting my structure and it turning into a mess near the bottom. I’m getting better with my commenting and grouping but this will definitely help me out. Good find Cameron.

cameronmoll:

ProCSSor, a CSS ‘Prettifier’

Funny, I threw 500 lines of CSS in there with default settings and it didn’t change much. Is that good or bad? For what it’s worth, this may be a handy reference tool to compare your method for writing markup to that of the other conventions suggested by this tool.
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I'm a designer/art director/geek that likes to make things on (and off) the internet. I'm black, live in the DFW metroplex, work at an ad agency, and drink alone in the dark on week nights. While being black, I write this blog as a creative outlet.

My work has been featured multiple times by Tumblr, published in NET Magazine, Communication Arts, Adweek, The Webbys, HOW Design, W3 Awards, Web Designer Magazine, Under Consideration, Awwwards, Web Design Ledger, Web Designer Depot, Designworklife, Speckyboy, my mom's Facebook Timeline, and a variety of other publications.

I am currently unmarried, live alone, have no pets, and believe in the Oxford comma. I like eating tacos as well. Pants optional.