I have a new favorite font! Monroe by Daniel Hernandez is a contemporary, lightweight slab serif, equally at home making a splash on the pages of websites as it is in printed publications like magazines and catalogs.
It offers a broad scale of typographic possibilities thanks to its plethora of alternate lettershapes, ligatures and swashed upper- and lowercase variants.
Monroe’s generous horizontal width makes makes it an excellent selection for headlines, music packaging, brochures, posters, logos and more.
With a little OpenType magic — its flamboyant flourishes and swashes set it apart from its contemporaries in the modern slab genre.
I’ve been thinking about getting some new business cards just because I like the look of these edge painted cards so much. I have been seeing this technique around a lot lately, here are a few of my favorites.
Moo.com has even come out with a new Luxe business card, with a rich seam of color running through the paper (not the same technique as edge painting, but the same effect). If you follow this Moo link you get 10% off your first order!
Photos click through to their sources. This post is not sponsored by Moo, I just really like their products.
Mother’s Day is only a few days away so I wanted to share this freebie with you guys in case you are still looking for a card! I’m trying to branch out a little in my design style so I hope y’all enjoy this whimsical, hand lettered design!
Lucky you, a new favorite font today! Skitch from Yellow Design Studio is a funky hand drawn serif with regular, solid, and fill options. It’s loaded with features including double-letter ligatures, discretionary ligatures and stylistic alternates, and is accompanied by an eccentric collection of ornaments and a set of expandable borders that can be mixed and matched for endless fun! How great right, and check out its ampersand!
I stopped in to Saloon the other night while in Davis Square and posted this photo to Instagram because I just LOVED the menu design. Actually, I noticed that everything in the bar was branded beautifully. The next day I searched the web to see who designed it and I should have know… it was the work of Somerville based, Oat Creative. I featured their work for Island Creek Oyster Bar a few months ago and they just keep pumping out spectacular work!
Saloon is inspired by the iconic New York City pre-prohibition establishment. With a focus on brown liquors and local beers, Saloon calls reference to a time when drinks were serious and uncomplicated. The menu is intended for sharing and combines American fare with contemporary favorites.
Note: This was published March 1, 2012. Facebook tends to update things frequently so if you see that anything is out of date, or you have any questions, please let me know and I’ll update this post!
On March 30, 2012, all Facebook Pages will get a new design, kinda scary, right? But the good news is, you can preview your page and try out the new features now! Just hit the “preview” button when prompted and you don’t need to publish it until you are ready (or March 30)!
I manage a few different fan pages on Facebook so when I saw that the timeline for pages was launching, I decided to go ahead and get the switch over with! I definitely learned a few things during this process and would love to share some tips!
Choose a Unique Cover Image
The new design includes a huge cover image (851 x 315 pixels) to immediately convey your brand to the public. Your cover photo is the first thing people will see when they visit your page so it’s important to be creative and have something unique! The photo should introduce your company and engage new viewers.
Example: I wanted to feature my workspace as well as a welcoming photo of myself, so I created a custom design. Some other examples of engaging photography might include, a new item in your shop, custom artwork, a popular menu item or a picture of people enjoying your services.
Simple Profile Photos Are Best
Your profile picture represents your page on other parts of Facebook, like in news feed. Select an image that is clear, simple and easily recognizable. Use your logo or another image that represents your company. Choose a photo that is square and scales well from 180 x 180 pixels to 32 x 32 pixels.
Example: For the Ciera Design page I used a simple texture along with a clean font for my company name.
Highlight What’s Important
Photos, likes and apps are now larger icons located directly beneath your Cover Image, instead of the traditional tabs along the left side of your page. Photos show in the first spot, but you can change the order of everything else so people see what matters most. Four apps are highlighted so make sure to arrange them in order of importance (you can show a maximum number of 12 apps when this view is expanded).
Example: The Ciera Design blog, Esty shop and photography are the things I want my viewer to see first, so I placed those apps in the key spaces. Other apps such as Linked In, Twitter and email sign-up are not crucial so I placed them below, along with my likes tab.
Directions: Expand the apps menu by clicking on the triangle to the right of your visible apps. Hover over each app and click the pencil icon that appears. Choose the app you’d like to swap into that spot from the menu.
Customize App Icons
Unlike the old page design, the new page lets you upload your own custom app image, which is really great! Since these tabs are now smack at the top of you page, they can really look a mess if you don’t customize them… so customize your app icons!
Before Custom App Images:
After Custom App Images:
Example: After I arranged my apps in my preferred order, I designed three custom images that matched the look of my profile photo. I wanted these icons to be bold and simple.
Directions: For each app that you would like to customize, design one image (111 x 74 pixels), click the pencil icon and “edit settings.” Here you can update the “Custom Tab Image” and the “Custom Tab Name.” Make those changes and don’t forget to hit “okay” to save!Update: You can not be in preview mode for this, but you can prepare your image ahead of time for when you are ready to make the switch.
After making these simple design changes you will be on your way to a cohesive looking Facebook page! You have from now until March 30 to work on your design in preview mode before the timeline goes live for all! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.
Please note that Facebook has placed some restrictions on what can be used in your Page Cover Image, such as no direct call to action, no website url, and no directions to Like or Share your page… read more about restrictions for Cover Images here on Facebook.
A new favorite font for you today! Carolyna, a charming new font by the Emily Lime foundry is meant to be formal, yet whimsical so that you can achieve a modern calligraphy feel.
Carolyna Pro uses OpenType features to assist with letter flow and to give each creation that spontaneous, hand-lettered touch. With over 1,000 characters, there are many stylistic alternates and fun swashes to choose from. Carolyna also has a bolder and sassy sibling, Carolyna Pro Black that was just released. So go grab them from MyFonts and create something beautiful!