Category: Inspiration

Attack of the Fontaholic

I was reading Melissa’s Buzz Off yesterday and found these gorgeous alphabet blocks. I’m such a font junkie that it really took a lot to not order them, even at $100 for the set.

I love the color and the concept but mostly I love the letter forms. Just look at them: the taper of each spiral and curve, the graceful shape of each straight line — not too light or too heavy.

My love affair with type goes back decades, literally. I was obsessed with fonts when I as in high school and that only grew when I became a graphic designer. Between my two laptops, I have thousands of fonts — more than I can keep loaded on my computer. I just can’t help myself!

I’m a huge fan of serif faces. I probably use Hoefler more than just about anything but I also like Caslon, when it works with the project. Of course, I have a soft spot for scripts, too. Poetica with all of its ornamentals can keep me entertained for hours!

It’s a crafty mag

Craft coverI was cruising the magazine offerings at Borders today and stumbled across this delightful periodical. Probably the only thing I’m addicted to more than crafts is magazines, so finding a magazine — especially a cute, fun-sized magazine — all about crafts made me swoon.

Seriously, the felted fruits and veggies have me itching (ha ha, itching — felted wool, itching … ) to give it a whirl myself. Of course, I own absolutely no felting supplies. No needles, no yarn, no nothing. And I have about 100 sewing projects in various stages of design-cutting-sewing, so it’s not like I’m lacking for something crafty to do.

Right now the mag is only quarterly but there’s a blog and a podcast so I think that can tide me over. I can already see that I’ll be checking out the website regularly. You know, because I’m lacking craft projects.