Alchemists turned into chemists when they stopped keeping secrets. — Eric Raymond

I LOVE TYPOGRAPHY (ILT)
ilovetypography.com
The world’s most popular fonts and typography blog.

The font feed
fontfeed.com
Daily dispatch of recommended fonts, typography techniques, and inspirational examples of digital type at work.

Typographica
typographica.org
Review of typefaces and typography books, with occasional commentary on fonts and typographic design.

TYPE DESIGN, TYPOGRAPHY, TYPEFACES AND FONTS
luc.devroye.org
An encyclopedic treatment of type design, typefaces and fonts. This site is also known as on snot and fonts.

Type Wolf
typewolf.com
Typography Blog

Practical Typography
practicaltypography.com
What ty­pog­ra­phy is and why you should care. Ty­po­graphy rules, sym­bols and char­ac­ters avail­able on the key­board, ap­pear­ance of char­ac­ters and text, broader is­sues that sur­face when putting doc­u­ments together and be­fore-and-af­ter ex­am­ples of com­mon doc­u­ment types.

Thinking with Type
Typography glossary
A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students.

FontStruct
fontstruct.com
Free font-building tool sponsored by FontShop.

Font Shop Typography Glossary
Typography glossary
Glossary of common type terminology.

What the Font!
myfonts.com/WhatTheFont
Submit an image to WhatTheFont to find the closest matches in their database.

Typography Q & A
typography-answers.quora.com
Potentially Useful Answers to Typography Questions.

Erik Spiekermann’s Typo Tips
Typo tips
Seven Rules for Better Typography

Kern Type
type.method.ac
Kerning Game: achieve pleasant and readable text by distributing the space between letters.

Prototypo
prototypo.io
Streamlining font creation.

Lettering Vs Callygraphy
letteringvscalligraphy.com
Visual dialogue between a letterer and a calligrapher, by Giuseppe Salerno and Martina Flor.

Eliza Hollyday
letterist.com
“The Lively Brush” Video Workshops

Blackletter Today
flickr.com/groups/blackletter_today
Images of blackletter in use today.
Examples: posters, advertising, TV, websites, logos, signage.

Blackletter Resources
typeoff.de/blackletter-resources
List of links that assembled to try and help designers navigate through the topic.

Rótulos y fachadas de Madrid (Madrid street lettering)
flickr.com/groups/rotulosyfachadasmadrid
Commerce lettering from the streets of Madrid

Letter collection for letters hunters
flickr.com/photos/lwr/collections
More than 20000 photos collected by a private user in Flickr and organized by letter.

British Library archive
flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary
The British Library’s collections offers access to millions of public domain images, which the Library encourages you to explore and re-use (book covers, illustrated letters, advertisement, etc.).

the Movie title stills collection
annyas.com/screenshots
A collection containing movie title stills from feature films and trailers.

colorrrs
hex.colorrrs.com
Find out the RGB code when only HEX is given 🙂

Colour Lovers
colourlovers.com
Creative community where people create and share colors, palettes and patterns

Sip
sipapp.io
Choose the color model you’re thirsty for, swig a pixel from anywhere on the screen, then hit paste to pour the color’s code into your project.

colorpalette.cinema
instagram.com/colorpalette.cinema
twitter.com/cinemapalettes
Cinema Palettes takes a still from a movie and pulls out a color palette based on the scene captured.

British Library archive
flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary
The British Library’s collections offers access to millions of public domain images, which the Library encourages you to explore and re-use.

Wellcome Images
wellcomeimages.org
Thousands of images and centuries of medicine, science, society and culture

Textures
textures.com
Website that offers digital pictures of all sorts of materials.

Designary
designary.es
English-Spanish Dictionary for Graphic and Editorial Design Terms

Don’t fear the Internet
dontfeartheinternet.com
Basic HTML & CSS for non-web designers

Typeform
typeform.com
Say goodbye to boring forms, say hello to typeforms.
Kyle Brush
kylebrush.com
World’s best-selling Photoshop brushes for professional illustrators, animators, and designers.
Desing Kit Methods
designkit.org/methods
Design Kit is IDEO.org’s platform to learn human-centered design, a creative approach to solving the world’s most difficult problems.

Free books


Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature
ufdc.ufl.edu
The Baldwin Library, internationally renowned for over 100,000 titles of 19th and 20th century British and American children’s literature.

Open Culture
dontfeartheinternet.com
Free cultural & educational media on the web

Books I have & I LOVE (design related)


An Essay on Typography
Eric Gill, 1931
History of typographical art and production, and its state in the 1930s

Stylepedia: A Guide to Graphic Design Mannerisms, Quirks and Conceits
Steven Heller + Louise Fili, 2007
Today’s design landscape is eclectic and confusing – and “Stylepedia” is the first handy, cross-referenced desk guide to it.

Meggs’ History of Graphic Design
Philip B. Meggs + Alston W. Purvis, 2011
For everyone who works with or loves the world of graphic design, this landmark text will quickly become an invaluable guide that they will turn to again and again.

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts
Simon Garfield, 2011
Just My Type is not just a font book, but a book of stories.

The ABC of Custom Lettering: A Practical Guide to Drawing Letters
Ivan Castro, 2016
This practical and inspirational workbook features easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for hand drawing a range of letterforms.

2100 Victorian Monograms
Karl Klimsch, 1995
Comprehensive compilation of elegant, imaginative two-letter monograms.

In Progress: See Inside a Lettering Artist’s Sketchbook and Process, from Pencil to Vector
Louise Fili + Jessica Hische, 2016
This show-all romp through design-world darling Jessica Hische’s sketchbook reveals the creative and technical process behind making award-winning hand lettering.

Brush Lettering: An Instructional Manual of Western Brush Lettering
Marilyn Reaves + Eliza Schulte, 1993
Marilyn Reaves and Eliza Schulte take you step by step through the techniques of brush lettering with the edged brush and pointed brush

El trazo : teoría de la escritura
Gerrit Noordzij, 2009
El trazo constituye la exposición más concisa y contundente realizada por Gerrit Noordzij acerca de su teoría sobre la escritura.

Veintidós consejos sobre tipografía
Enric Jardí, 2007
En una época de puritanismo tipográfico y de culto a las formas, esta lista de lo que te conviene y de lo que no te conviene rompe algunos prejuicios explicando la tipografía de una forma nueva.

Como Crear Tipografías: del Boceto a la Pantalla
Cristóbal Henestrosa + Laura Meseguer + José Scaglione, 2012
Cómo crear tipografías es una guía que responde a estas y a otras preguntas de una manera clara y directa, enfocada tanto a neófitos como a iniciados en el diseño tipográfico y la apasionante tarea de dibujar una fuente, desde el boceto a la pantalla.

Manual De Tipografia
José Luis Martín Montesinos + Montse Mas Hurtuna + Martin Montesin, 2012
Los principios fundamentales de la tipografía aplicados a las nuevas tecnologías.

Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy: Instructions and Over 150 Examples
E. A. Lupfer, 2003
Complete instructions and examples help you create your own magnificent swirls, delicately shaded curves, harmoniously crisscrossing lines, from which birds, rabbits, deer, ribbons, and other objects gracefully emerge.

Custom Lettering of 60s & 70s (& Custom Lettering of 40s & 50s)
Hughes Rian, 2010
Custom lettering gave designers’ imaginations full rein to develop individualistic solutions unconstrained by typographic practicalities.

Lust auf Lettering: Ein praxiserprobter Workshop in zehn Schritten
Martina Flor
This book concentrates on the process of drawing letter shapes by hand. However, the goal is not to make imperfect, quirky, handmade-looking type, but rather to create well-shaped, polished, exquisite digital lettering.

Manual de diseño editorial
Jorge del Buen Unna, 2014
Además de revisar estos conceptos, el autor pone al día los modelos de diseño editorial y los capítulos relacionados con la ortografía y la ortotipografía según las reformas del 2010.

Books I have & I LOVE (non design related)


Señores Del Caos*
Michael Moynihan + Didrik Søderlind + Manuela Carmona + Javier Calvo + El Pulpo Design + Óscar Palmer Yáñez, 2013
(* Spanish edition by EsPop is an editorial design GEM) An unusual combination of true crime journalism, rock and roll reporting and underground obsessiveness, “Lords of Chaos” turns into one of the more fascinating reads in a long time.

Nocilla Dream
Agustín Fernández, 2006
Nocilla Dream is a world seen in a grain of Nevada sand. Its arborescent structure stems from a solitary poplar tree, decorated with hundreds of pairs of shoes, growing alongside US Route 50.

Hollywood Maldito
Jesús Palacios, 2014
Jesús Palacios escarba en este Hollywood maldito en una serie de películas que, no solo durante el rodaje sino a menudo tras su estreno, han provocado y se han visto rodeadas de fenómenos extraños, inexplicables y trágico.

Books I wish I had


Fraktur mon Amour
Judith Schalansky, 2008
Judith Schalansky developed a serious passion for blackletter and was disappointed to find all the reference books about this fascinating genre are very dated and often quite staid, and in many cases not easily available.


iA Writer
ia.net/writer
Using simple punctuation to format your text, iA Writer lets you keep your hands on the keyboard so you can just write.

Atom
Atom.io
Atom is a text editor that’s modern, approachable, yet hackable to the core—a tool you can customize to do anything but also use productively without ever touching a config file.

Wunderlist
wunderlist.com
Organize and share your to-do, work, grocery, movies and household lists. No matter what you’re planning, how big or small the task may be, Wunderlist makes it super easy to get stuff done.

Reeder 3
reederapp.com
Reeder is the best RSS client for Mac OS X users. It syncs with lots of third-party services, looks good, and makes it easy to share content with others.

Slack
slack.com
Most conversations in Slack are organized into public channels which anyone on your team can join. You can also send messages privately, but the true power of Slack comes from having conversations everyone on the team can see.

Doo
Getdooapp.com
Doo presents your reminders as a stack of cards, making it easier to focus on one task at a time. It also enables an innovative user interface that you can use one-handed.

LetterMpress
itunes.apple.com/apps/lettermpress
LetterMpress is a creative environment that lets you design beautiful compositions with vintage wood type and art cuts on a virtual hand-driven printing press.

 

The Nib
thenib.com
The Nib is political satire, journalism and non-fiction comics on what is going down in the world.

abcdefghijklmn-pqrstuvwxyz
abcdefghijklmn-pqrstuvwxyz.com
O is a creative studio from Barcelona that creates visual and editorial content.
They produce independent projects and commercial work for agencies and clients.

The Concept Art Blog
theconceptartblog.com
Blog about Concept Art and Design for games and films. Games, Films, Animation, Cartoon, Illustration and more.

These are some of my favourite illustration & painting references. I admire them in many ways, from the use of color to the way they express with the lines or the atmosphere they create (Travis Louie is GOD at this).

If you click on the image, you will be able to see the author’s name in the title 🙂