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Are you a type fanatic? Chances are that if you’re a designer, the answer is “yes.” You’re in luck. This month’s edition of Top 10 Websites for Designers has a generous helping of type websites to stir your creative think-tank, like Friends of Type and Discover.typography. Is color more your thing? Well, you’ll appreciate the daily dose from The Day’s Color, and the unique pairings of objects to Pantone chips in Tiny PMS Match. Plus, if you’re looking to build up your web design knowledge, check out the Web Design Field Manual.
Highlighting the Fort and Shift fonts by MCKL, this site brings the type to foreground and invites you to click and tweak in all the text. Making it fun to interact with while demonstrating the qualities of the fonts.
Inka describes it as:
A personal project of tiny proportion—matching small everyday objects to their Pantone® colors, by designer Inka Mathew. All pictures were taken with her iPhone 5 and edited with Snapseed.
Friends of Type features original typography and lettering by four main contributors. Posts are meant as an archive, expression and inspiration for themselves and the readers. The last week of every month displays a guest designer.
The Day’s color, by Nigel Evan Dennis, seeks to daily draw from the color inspiration that surrounds us. It is simply and cleanly designed, putting an emphasis on the palettes.
The site for this Orlando-based, digital creative agency, opens with an immediate statement of culture with the full screen video background and also presents a clear statement of the value of type with the large use of Sentinel.
Typostrate is a collection of type finds from variety of sources. Each post has a little writeup to give it context, not just a visual. Plus, you can submit your own work for consideration.
If you’re looking for light-hearted, fun and unique gifts (or a bit of product inspiration and cleverness), check out Howkapow, a Bristol, England-based online shop.
Discover.typography are the typographic explorations from the designers at Hoefler & Co. You can see how typefaces pair in these arrangements and isolate fonts to identify them within the art.
This site is a free question and answer resource for graphic designers. It appears to have a pretty good amount of community involvement, and a variety of topics are discussed, from tech questions to the finer points of design.
This site is a cool, easy-to-use, guide for best practices and resources for designing for the web. The color scheme, illustrations, type and quotes all do a great job to drive home the theme.
- Remember to submit a site you think should be included in this list of top design websites next month.
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