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A font designed for dyslexics.

Posted by Randee on Nov 14, 2014 in business, Design, Graphic design, inspiration

Reading printed text is so fluid and transparent for most people that it’s hard to imagine it feeling any other way. Maybe that’s why it took a dyslexic designer to create a typeface that optimizes the reading experience for people who suffer from that condition. Christian Boer’s “Dyslexie” doesn’t exactly make the letterforms look conventionally beautiful, but since when is that a prerequisite for well-designed? If it works, it works. And according to an independent study by the University of Twente in Boer’s native Netherlands, it does work.

“Dyslexie is not a cure, but it can be something like a wheelchair.”

Boer began creating Dyslexie as a personal project while he was a student in 2008. He followed his own instincts about optimizing typography to fit his own eye, then recruited eight other dyslexics (whom he didn’t know) to help him iterate through four rounds of design to refine the letterforms. One of the key features of Dyslexie is the extra visual “weight” it adds to the bottom halves of the letters. According to Boer, this is to help pin the letters to the baseline, which helps make them easier to read. But like any serious typographer, Boer made serious individual tweaks to each letter to get it just right. “I can tell you that I have worked on the comma for four hours and the letter “a” for more than 12 hours,” he tells Co.Design.

Click here to see this article set in Dyslexie.

A researcher from the University of Twente contacted Boer independently in 2009 to run a study on the font’s effectiveness. The small study of 21 dyslexics showed that they made fewer errors when reading text set in Dyslexie compared to “normal” typefaces. Boer set all the text on his website in Dyslexie, and prefers to type in it as well as read. “I hope that I can help people with dyslexia so that the everyday struggle in this information society is a little less,” Boer tells Co.Design. “Dyslexie is not a cure, but I see the font as something like a wheelchair.” If Dyslexie takes off, perhaps we’ll see the rise of whole type studios and foundries dedicated to expanding the graphic options optimized for dyslexic people. After all, why should Dyslexie be the only one?

[Read more about Dyslexie at Boer’s site]

 
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An epic tale of deception, stolen artwork, and crappy logos

Posted by Randee on Aug 10, 2014 in branding, business, Design, Graphic design

What Kind of Logo Do You Get for $5?

 

Note: this is a condensed version/follow-up of The $5 Logo. If you like this article, check out the original to get the full story, including design reviews of each logos and a very passionate comment thread.

In the past couple years, demand for good design has risen tremendously, and designer salaries in the Bay Area now routinely break the 6-figures barrier.

But that’s not the world I want to focus on today. Instead, I want you to join me on an adventure exploring the jungle of super-cheap, single-figuredesign to try and answer a simple question: what happens when you only pay someone $5 to design your logo?

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Jiffylicious!

Posted by Randee on Jul 3, 2013 in branding, business, Design, downloadables, inspiration

Finally! A resolution of a controversy which has split the web design world for more than two decades: the file format GIF (Graphic Interchange Format) is actually pronounced “jiff”. The issue was settled by none other than Steve Wilhite, who invented the format for Compuserv in the late 1980s. Steve made his pronouncement at the 2013 Webby Awards, where he was honored on the 25th anniversary of the invention of GIF. Read more…

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…of art, science and ownership

Posted by Randee on Jun 28, 2013 in inspiration

Mixing art and science to produce some amazing 3D portraits of strangers, just from DNA found in the street. Artist  Heather Dewey-Hagborg collects DNA samples from cigarette butts, old chewing gum or hair, in order to extract the genetic heritage. Read more…

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Behind the like

Posted by Randee on Feb 20, 2013 in branding, business, Graphic design

Ever since Facebook installed the ‘like’ feature, seeming like you care about what your friends say and think has never been so easy. Just kidding. The Like button was an ingenious idea to quickly and easily get people involved with interesting posts and organizations.

You can attest to this: Like us on Facebook here! Wasn’t that easy? Now you’ll end up with magnificent infographics floating in your news stream every-now-and-then.
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Where, O fonts, are thy sting?

Posted by Randee on Jan 30, 2013 in branding, Design, Graphic design

There was a time when the study and practice of typography was a true science and art. Today, anyone can download fonts, make them bold, change the size of characters, and so on within seconds thanks to most software programs. With that comes a hodgepodge of type that doesn’t always accurately reflect a brand’s promise nor does it always work cohesively with the psychological reactions consumers have to it. Read more…

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Without the Doing, Dreaming Is Useless

Posted by Randee on Jan 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
by Behance Team

Rilla Alexander: Without the Doing, Dreaming is Useless from 99U on Vimeo.

Photograph: Julian Mackler / MACKME.COM

About this presentation

We all have an idea we’ve been meaning to execute on, but how can we really make it happen? In this highly original, all-ages talk, illustrator Rilla Alexander walks us through this classic creative struggle by sharing the story of Sozi – an adorable character who walks us through the arc of an idea. She daydreams, she procrastinates, she sets deadlines, she gets tempted by new ideas, she buckles down and works hard – and finally – she realizes “Her Idea.”

About Rilla Alexander

Rilla Alexander is an Australian-born Berlin-based designer and illustrator. Her cast of creatures dance across Madrid’s Museo del Prado’s ceramics and stationery products, populate Swiss Credit Cards for Cornér Bank and sleep on the walls of Hotel Fox in Copenhagen (where she replaced the bed with a tent).As a member of design collective Rinzen, she has published several books exploring the creative process. The felt-covered book Neighbourhoodfeatured the collaborative efforts of over 30 artists reworking and remaking hand-made toys in a sequence that stretched across the world.

Her all-ages picture book, Her Idea, was launched with an exhibition at Colette in Paris — and tells the tale of her alter-ego Sozi and her quest to make ideas happen.

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Two Hemispheres Logic vs Creativity

Posted by Randee on Nov 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

Right vs Left side of the human brain in terms of Logic vs Creativity Read more…

 
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“Make good art…”

Posted by Randee on Nov 16, 2012 in Design, inspiration

 
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Cutest 43-year-old red-head ever?

Posted by Randee on Oct 25, 2012 in branding, Design, Graphic design, inspiration

First opened in 1969 in Columbus, Ohio, Wendy’s is the third largest quick-service hamburger company in the world, with more than 6,500 franchise and company restaurants in the U.S. and 27 other countries.

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