July 8, 2009

lessons in typography

Growing up, I wanted so badly to have an "i" in my name so I could dot it with a heart. I even tried going by my middle name of Laine to attain the floating heart. No one bought into it. So I guess I over corrected the situation by working hard to have the best handwriting. I wanted people to oooh and ahhh over it. For the most part, I succeeded. My handwriting is one of the few things I can say I feel talented in; it's one of the few things I can accept a compliment about. Though if the truth be told, I'm a bit prideful about it, and I'd be lying if I said my feelings don't get hurt when someone can't read my handwriting.

My sister-in-law and I were working on a logo/header for her new "conceptual spaces" venture and had too much fun perusing DaFont, which inspired this post. Tec and I got all of our wedding suite fonts from DaFont, and found the perfect ones to fit our theme. If you're trying to make your wedding invites, RSVP cards, return envelopes, etc. yourself, make sure you check out these sites. You'll be amazed at how beautiful you can make these things by having the right font, spaced the right way, in the right color.

With the late obsession many of us have of typography, design and films like Helvetica, it's no surprise that free font sites like 1001FreeFonts and DaFont have become hugely popular. Below are just a few of my favorites from DaFont. What are your favorite fonts? Are you a sans serif or a serif gal or guy? Cursive versus print?


{ HANDWRITTEN }



{ CALLIGRAPHY }

Wouldn't this font, Wiegel Latein, be the perfect alternative to hand calligraphied envelopes?


{ DECORATIVE }



{ SCHOOL }


18 comments:

designingwoman said...

Oh, I'm in LOVE with DaFont - I actually used Penmanship Print to create the most adorable Mother's Day cards this year!

ya said...

oooo I'm looking for a font right now! to attempt to print on envelopes... soo many..

Callie said...

mmm I did a post about fave fonts a few months ago. I'm going through a "Chicago house" phase right now. But "kings and queens" is another fave that may show up on my wedding invites!
http://rubyurl.com/0aBa

Jessica @ Mason Jar Bride said...

DaFont is amazing... we're personally in love with the Quicksand font, which makes an appearance on our save the dates and invites, but I love all the fonts in this post!

Also, I've never met anyone who shares my middle name! Exact same spelling and everything... I have one "i" in my first, middle, and last name (and still will even after I get married!) so I always liked writing out my full name as a little girl and dotting all three of those i's with hearts :)

hi i'm abany said...

my most favorite type EVER is comic sans. next in line would have to be papyrus for sure.


well done, dear. ;)

Meredith said...

These fonts are adorable! two of my favorite are called Lainie Day and Peach Sundress. If my instinct serves me right, you'd probably love 'em too. thanks for the post. loved it. awh, and how awesome is this? the word verification that I have to enter before I leave my comment is "bless."

Eri said...

haha, you have no idea how often I look up random fonts!! (I clearly need to do more at work...)

k said...

As a graphic designer I probably spend way to much time thinking about fonts, but you're right about how the right one can make a project! Dafont is such a great source - one of my current favourites is "Scriptina". Although I like script and grunge fonts, nothing beats a nice clean sans serif.

Emily said...

I love typography and fonts. I am also pretty keen on nice layouts. When I'm reading a magazine and the layout its "off" it drives me nuts. But that's a whole other issue. I'm dysgraphic so my writing was doomed from the start. I think that's why I am so drawn to pretty fonts.

Thao said...

This is a great selection! I'm drawn to different fonts for different purposes. If it's something for display, then usually a strong sans serif--but if it's a large block of text, then definitely serif. I don't know why, but I've been obsessed with New Caledonia lately. I have a strange prejudice against rounded letters.

Taylor Elise said...

I was roommates for awhile with a graphic design major so I quickly learned on the importance of fonts!

Grutch Line and Little Days are two of my favorites as well. I teach 3rd grade so I really try to emphasize the importance of good handwriting which apparently a lot of teachers don't do anymore. What is up with that???

esther lee said...

I LOVELOVE fonts. Thanks for sharing some of your favs!

I made a font out of my own handwriting as a gift for my husband (but also because I like it a lot, too). You can see my silliness here.

http://ofestherlee.blogspot.com/2009/04/love-letter.html

camille said...

o my! i just found your blog and i luff it!

Ashley Cauthen said...

I wanted to cry when I read your note on the fridge you left Austin because your handwritting is SO good. I might just take that note off the fridge and copy your writing until mine looks somewhat like it because I don't write well at all.
I really like the font "Monbijoux". That's so fun!

christenjean said...

in that photo a couple posts ago (with the sparklers) what kind of camera did you guys use? it's so beautiful!

paula said...

I am addicted to pretty fonts. Love the ones you choose.

kelli said...

oh i love your story about wishing you had an "i" in your name. soooo cute.

well, since my name has an "i" instead of the typical "y" in Kelli....i was mad a kid because I could never buy any of those trinkets with my name on it because they would always have it spelled with the "y." haha. childhood memories.

love the fonts.

xo

Irvin said...

Awesome!