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Typefaces Designers Must Have

There's a list of Designer Must Haves as commented on by Tara MacKay over at Notes on Design.

The best fonts list includes some of my favorite typefaces. I love using Adobe [[Caslon]] Pro—it must be Pro and you have to make use of the OpenType features. Italic Swash is my favorite. Adobe [[Garamond]] Pro and Minion Pro too. They just have a ton of variants and options. I think you can milk any font created by [[Adrian Frutiger]]. They're versatile. I don't get tired of them. ([[Avenir]], [[Univers]] and [[Frutiger]] of course. [[Myriad (typeface)|Myriad]] is the [[san serif]] alternative for the versatile [[serif]] fonts I went on and on about a sentence or two ago. Sorry fourth wall. [[Helvetica]] is overused, I'm over it. That's just for my designs, you use it if you want. The modern push is toward the san serifs, so I like to try to make serifs seem modern. I don't know if there's any success in it.

Color Space

Check out Why Printers Don’t Want RGB Files And Why That Should Change from I'm a designer constantly dealing with converting RGB to CMYK conversion. It's a hot topic in the office trying to get these things to print right. Printers are stubborn so I don't think it's going to change, but this guy tells us a few reasons why it might be a good idea.

Twenty Twenty

eKarjala's Internet '96 brings us back to 1996. Web design has evolved slightly since then. I can't imagine what will stand the test of time in twelve years—and get this that's the year 2020. The one that jumped out the most to me was Nickelodeon's blog/video cast [[Natalie's Backseat Traveling Webshow]] which was synchronized with tv shorts. That's the multi-platform that the all the networks have only just caught onto.

People Watching

mental_floss' Taking Pictures of Strangers makes me wish I could have the courage to take a picture of someone I didn't know without them knowing. I love people watching. Whenever I'm with someone, I love to point out someone who caught my attention. Oh come on, you do it too. Point out the person with the funny hair or wierd pants. My dream art show for a while has been to capture that kind of candid moment in paintings. I've secretly been hoping to paint it for a while, but not much has materialized. Nothing is more fascinating to me. But I've wanted to take reference photos and capture the actual moments first. I'm too afraid that they'll look back. If I read that from someone else, I'd tell them "Oh get over it and just do it."

Do Trend on Me

There's an excellent and comprehensive article article about logo design trends in 2008 from My favorites is the rainbow logo if only for its infinite variety. I'm a sucker for color though. I also like the ugly 80s logos! There is so much room in design for the ugly-beautiful. Do we really need everything to be too pretty and too polished?

As for transparency? Well, it's true that it can't be reproduced well in one certain mediums. Sometimes you need a one color design. It's okay to take advantage of the medium that it's used for, even if it's sacrificing consistency slightly. I've seen style manuals with several variations on logos and its possible to have a transparent compatible version and a one color compatible version. I'm not really afraid when designing for spot color on newsprint. It often pays off to try things that other people say won't work.

Still, it's not just about being trendy. So apply these ideas with both inspiration and restraint. It's still about expressing visual information. Not only that, but logos can sometimes stay around for a very long time. So I wouldn't recommend something that could easily become dated. Unless it was for a time specific event maybe. I also don't think that making intelligent use of the trends would make them dated either. Logo 101 is so web 1.0.