Weekly Design News: December 15, 2010

Monotype recently announced the winners in the first-ever Web Font Awards, which recognize typographic excellence in web design. You can view all submissions in the Web Font Awards Gallery and even rate your favorites; it’s a great place to view the new ways that typefaces beyond traditional web fonts like Verdana and Times are being employed across the internet. The WFA also details which fonts were used in the award-winning site designs.  For more information about the web font services available to help designers use type in their web designs, check out HOW’s recent article by tech columnist Stephen Beale.

First place (Judges Choice and Community Choice): Design Made in Germany

Second place (Judges’ Choice): Quipsologies

Third place (Judges’ Choice): Markert Immobilien

In other design news, Appleton Coated shares insights about what consumers want and expect in terms of “green” products, gleaned from market research. The “Green Outlook” report indicates that customers’ buying decisions are influenced by their perceptions of how green a company is. Get more info about green issues and request a copy of the report at UtopiaPaper.com.

Shutterstock‘s yearlong partnership with charity: water has brought clean drinking water to 1,500 people in drought-stricken areas of Northern Ethiopia. Read about the project (and see photos) here.