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60 Most Stunning Typography Inspiration of All Time

“Typography is the art and techniques of arranging type, type design, and modifying type glyphs. The arrangement of type involves the selection of typefaces, point size, line length, leading, tracking and kerning.

We have selected 60 Most Stunning Typography Inspiration of All Time. Please feel free to suggest your favourite ones as well. Enjoy”

Checkout the full article @THEDESIGNINSPIRATION.com

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A Handful of Fascinating Typography Tidbits

“Today, I present to you a small handful of informational tidbits which will act as glimpses into the world of a typography enthusiast.

You may not currently think about the impact of a period, types of fonts, or understand why people grumble about Comic Sans, but hopefully after this article, you might.

1. New York Times Nameplate – The Impact of a Period

The period in the New York Times nameplate died on February 21, 1967. Around the time of the removal, they put out a news release claiming that removing the period from the nameplate would save tons of ink every year.

Although the alleged ink savings were beneficial, they were not the original reason for the redesign, theTimes was looking to update it’s appearance and hired Ed Benguiat to make a number of typographical alterations. According to his Wikipedia page, Benguiat has designed over 600 typefaces, including Playboy, Sports Illustrated, and, the original Planet of the Apes film.”

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You can find the full article @BUILDINTERNET.

How to Create Social Media Buttons Using CSS3

CSS3 is truly amazing. It gives web designers the ability to create flexible and easily reusable design elements, and reduces our reliance on images and graphics editors. This is a guide shows you how to create stylish social media buttons using CSS3, HTML, and some freely available social media icons.”

You can also read the full article @ SIXREVISIONS.COM

25 Free Awesome Fonts for Logos

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“How far and how long have you gone for that perfect pair of jeans? A lot of you are shaking your head right now, a soft smile starting to play on your lips. Some of you are thinking “A perfect pair of jeans is pure myth!” and some of you lucky ones are thinking “How true! It took me so long but I finally got that pair that makes me look like a million bucks”. I am not just talking about girls here but guys too. A few of you are looking up at the browser address bar to make sure you are rightfully on a design blog and have not mistakenly arrived on a fashion rag. Why jeans? I’ll tell you why! I am going to be talking about the importance of typography in a logo today and I felt that the jeans analogy was spot on. Compare the logo to a casually dressed person. Most logos are made up of a “mark” and a “type” just as a person would be dressed in a top and a bottom item of clothing. Now imagine the “mark” to be a tee. It can be sober, funky, playful, muted or bold. It is always visual though just like the creative designs on a tee. Now imagine the “type” to be a pair of jeans. The right pair of jeans would not only emphasize the tee but also make the person look great, the wrong pair on the other hand could make a $100 tee look like a dish rag and in effect make the person look shabby and uninteresting. The right “type” in a logo not only sets the mood for the tone of the business .. casual, formal, playful, corporate; but also enhances the ‘mark” making it very memorable and binding the whole logo in creative brilliance. That is why like jeans enthusiasts, logo designers spend an awful lot of time hunting for the right type to suit the mark they have created. Good fonts are to logo designers what shoes are to some women. You can never have enough. Let us take a look at some amazing free fonts available that would jazz up a logo, making it look extremely creative and professional if used correctly. It is about time designers and list creators broke free from the likes of the same old Fontin, Delicious, Fertigo and Helvetica which are great, but a tad overused.”

This article was written by  Sneh Roy

Sneh Roy is a web designer/content developer by day and the creative force behind LBOI by night. She is also the co-founder of Stars We Love and Cook Republic. With coffee running through her veins, she enthusiastically battles each day, one design at a time! Connect with her on Twitter.

Checkout the full article with many logo examples @ Littleboxofideas.

 

Designer Portfolios to Inspire You

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“Today we will be starting with a new post string where we will be featuring designer portfolios weekly. Today will be the first installation of these posts, but we want to make sure that the showcased portfolios do inspire you. We also want to involve the community in these posts and do highly encourage you to post a link to your portfolio in the comments if you would like it featured on Creativeoverflow in the future.”

Checkout creativeoverflow for all the creative designs.

3 Tips for Maximizing Engagement With Facebook “Likes” and Shares

“David A. Yovanno is the CEO of Gigya, Inc., a leading social optimization platform for online business. He can be found on Twitter at @daveyovanno or e-mail dave(at)gigya(dot)com. 

When it comes to Facebook, if you’re uncertain where and when to place a “Like” button on your site and when to use “Share,” you’re not alone. Social sharing technologies have evolved significantly in the past several months, but it’s not as complicated as it may seem. Used in concert, “Like” and “Share” are some of the best tools around for driving referral traffic from social networks, opening new communication channels with customers and prospects, and building relationships with your best advocates.

Here are three best practices for applying them together.


1. Design for Both “Like” and “Share”


Rather than choose one or the other, sites that combine “Like” and “Share” into the user experience see the greatest level of success in terms of driving referral traffic, building relationships and learning more about their customers and visitors. Why? Not only do “Like” and “Share” have different strengths and different applications, they actually drive the most value when used in concert. Let’s drill into the specifics to illustrate.

The “Like” button has many benefits:

  • When clicked, an item is published to the person’s Facebook feed, driving referral traffic to the website. If the user is already logged into Facebook, this is a one-click process.
  • “Liking” adds data to the user’s profile on Facebook.
  • “Liking” is an easy way for users to make a connection with the things they have an affinity for — just a single-click user experience.
  • “Liking” opens a new communication channel for publishers that can subsequently share news to the feeds of Facebook users who have “Liked” that item on their site.

Facebook recently released data on the value of a “Liker” which provides compelling reasons for engaging them:

“People who click the Facebook Like button are more engaged, active and connected than the average Facebook user. The average ‘liker’ has 2.4x the amount of friends than that of a typical Facebook user. They are also more interested in exploring content they discover on Facebook — they click on 5.3x more links to external sites than the typical Facebook user.”

So where does the next generation of “Share” functionality fit into this picture? Enabling “Share,” in addition to “Like,” enhances both the overall user experience as well as the power of the “Like” button for the site:

  • Sharing provides a way for people to express themselves and share with friends when “Like” (or “recommend,” which is another form of the “Like” button) is not the appropriate sentiment. People typically “Like” things or social objects, but share activity. For example, if someone makes a comment on an article or reviews a product, they are more likely to want to share their point of view with friends rather than “Like” it.
  • When a Facebook user clicks the “Like” button, the website hosting the button does not get access to information about that user or about the “Like.” Integrating sharing into the site — via Facebook’s Open Graph API — effectively closes the data loop by asking a person to connect with a website the first time he or she chooses to share something. Once a user connects, his or her “Like” data is available to the site owner, enabling a more personalized user experience outside of Facebook.”

This article is an excerpt from MASHABLE. Click the name for the full article.

 

50+ Fonts for Big, Bold Headlines

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“Font selection for headlines on websites can be critical to achieving the right look and drawing the proper attention with the headlines. Here is a look at more than 50 fonts that will give you some options for creating strong headlines that communicate a message. Some of these fonts you probably already have, some of them can be downloaded for free, and others can be purchased. Each font is linked to a page where it can be downloaded or purchased.”

Written by DesignMag.