From Designmodo: Understanding type can be one of the most difficult elements of design. There’s a lot of terminology and lingo that type designers (and designers, in general) use when talking about lettering. Sometimes it can be tough to decipher it all. This cheat sheet describes all of the different aspects of lettering, from terminology to components to type styles and methods of typographic manipulation so you will have a better grasp on how to understand and use typography in your design projects.
From Print Magazine: View the basics of typography letters in the diagrams below and begin your journey to designing letterforms.
From Typewolf: These are the 40 best free web fonts available on Google Fonts, in my humble opinion. They are all open-source and 100% free for commercial use. This collection focuses on typeface families from reputable type designers and foundries that contain multiple weights and styles. I’m purposefully avoiding single-weight display faces as they have limited usefulness in real-world design projects.
From fonts.com: Ligatures come in handy for functional uses or merely embellishment. But under what circumstances do you want To Ligature? When is it best Not to Ligature? And what’s the difference between a standard ligature and a discretionary ligature?
From Creative Review: This year marks the centenary of Edward Johnston’s London Underground font, one of the city’s strongest and most-loved pieces of branding. Its birthday will be marked with a number of events and exhibitions over the year, beginning with a show at the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft which opened this week.
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From Tim Brown: Quite a bold claim. Can typography be universal? Can it work for everyone and still look good? How can we practice? What should we study? Which fonts and tools work best? Should designers and developers work together on this?
Whether you’re a novice or an expert in any medium, good decisions take practice — and great ones stand on a solid foundation. Typekit Practice is a collection of resources and a place to try things, hone your skills, and stay sharp. Everyone can practice typography.