Facebook has basically used the same logo since 2005—its name in white, in Klavika font, on a blue background. But this week, the company, which is now allegedly worth more than Walmart, decided to change its logo font, opting for a custom font designed in-house, according to Mashable.
Homeless signs have been a font of ideas for creatives, but rarely has the focus been on the fonts themselves.
A heartfelt hatred of Comic Sans is required for every graphic designer and anyone who happens to have good taste. But while most people use it as a cruel joke or ironically, Craig Rozynski, an Australian designer in Japan, set out to fix the font's many shortcomings.
Ryman Eco, a new "sustainable font" from U.K. retailer Ryman Stationery and ad agency Grey London, uses 33 percent less ink than standard typefaces. According to Grey, if the world switched to Ryman Eco as its default print front, it could save almost 500 million ink cartridges and 15 million barrels of oil every year. Fuck you, Verdana, filthy planet killer!
Most of us can spot Comic Sans a mile away (or at least in an email forward from Aunt Connie), but now there's a video game for those who truly get worked up about typography.
Topping today's list of first-world problems: What would famous logos look like in Comic Sans? Russian designer Oleg Tarasov provides the answer. In almost all cases, they take on a more relaxed, whimsical character. Nike's swoosh, for example, looks less severe, more rounded and organically inviting. I want to give it a hug. (OK, Nike doesn't deserve a hug. "Misled." Yeah, right.) Likewise, Coca-Cola's script takes on a positively bubbly quality, while Harley-Davidson's rough ride gets smoothed out. Lacoste's gator looks like something out of a picture book—you wouldn't gnaw off my limbs, now would you? As for Android, well, it seems the urge to kill all humans has been erased from that bot's programming. Mercedes sports a Woodstock-era peace symbol … far out! And as for eBay, Microsoft and Adidas … well, they achieve a new dimension that can best be described as … oh, screw it. I can't keep up the pretense any longer. These just suck. Thanks a ton, Oleg Tarasov! There, how does it feel? Not so cute now, is it? Via Laughing Squid.
Mayuko Kanazawa, a student at Tama Art University in Japan, was challenged recently to come up with a typeface without using a computer. So, she decided to photograph someone's leg hairs twisted into letter shapes. There are lowercase and uppercase letters. She even mocked up an Adidas ad with the font—and the results confirm that it's all but illegible in practice.