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5 Trending Fonts for 2014

Font styles and trends are always changing; and new font styles are always being created. In order to keep your designs fresh and current I will go over 5 fonts that will be trending for 2014. Although sans-serif is on top right now, I believe serif fonts will be making a comeback this year. All of the fonts I will list below are free for both personal and commercial use.

1. Open Sans

Open Sans is a great font for both headings and paragraph text. It is easy to read and a simple font, so it’s great for the current web design trends of simple & minimal.

Open Sans Font

2. Roboto

Roboto comes in many varients, both condensed & bold, as well as serif and sans-serif. Roboto is a great font for use with main headings like h1’s and h2’s.

Roboto Font

3. Lato

Lato is yet another clean and modern looking sans serif font. It is a very crisp font that works great for both headings and normal paragraph text.

Lato Font

4. Droid Serif

Created for the Android platform, Droid Serif is a perfect font for readability. This font goes great for use in both paragraphs and headings.

Droid Serif Font

5. Arvo

Arvo is a very clean and more modern serif font that has gained popularity in recent years. It is a very clean cut font that is great for use on screen and print.

Arvo Font

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Free Flat Color Swatch Library

Freebie Friday is upon us again! This Friday’s freebie is a color swatch with 100 flat colors. This 100 color swatch comes in Photoshop .aco and Illustrator .ase formats free for download. This swatch of 100 flat colors is brought to you courtesy of designer Tharique Azeez. As you all know, flat is the trend right now so these 100 flat colors will sure come in handy for your next design.

Click the heading or image below to direct to the download page.

Free Flat Color Swatch

Free Flat Color Swatch with 100 Flat Colors

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Interview with Calligrapher Evgeny Tkhorzhevsky

Calligraphy is one of those arts that I have never personally done, but thoroughly enjoy looking at. Some calligraphers are just brilliant when it comes their designs, one of those being Evgeny Tkhorzhevsky. His calligraphy is amazing and it is fun following him to see what kind of designs he will come up with next.

I’ve been following Evgeny on Dribbble for awhile now and I have much respect for him as a calligrapher. I was lucky enough to be able to do a small interview with Evgeny and he was kind enough to answer a few questions which you will see below.

You can follow Evgeny Tkhorzhevsky on:

Where are you from?

I was born 1984 in Khabarovsk, Russia.

Where do you currently reside?

Now I live with my family and work in Vladivostok, Russia.

How old are you?

30

How many years have you been doing Calligraphy?

I have been writing calligraphy for 8 years.

What made you want to become a Calligrapher?

I had to learn how to create original logo with a unique shapes of letters.

Where did you land your first design related job?

It was a logo for skate’n’snowboard shop SmartShop in Khabarovsk.

What are your 3 favorite projects you have worked on?

Braxton font design of FontFabric

Braxton Font

Braxton Pro Font

Braxton Pro Font

Calligraphy object Fabric for Zarya Design Loft

Calligraphy object Fabric for Zarya Design Loft

Calligraphy object Fabric for Zarya Design Loft

Streetart project AzBukiVedi

Streetart project AzBukiVedi

Streetart project AzBukiVedi

Streetart project AzBukiVedi

Streetart project AzBukiVedi

How much time do you spend per project on average?

5–10 hours

What is your favorite non-design related hobby?

Elektronique Tanzen Musique play on my boxes

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Elektronique Tanzen Musique play on my boxes, work on village, walk with my wife, ride my Honda Scoopy, do yoga in a morning

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I take my inspiration in experiments with instruments at first, and on Behance

What does your office look like?

My workflow is now being renovated

What design tools/software do you use?

Pens, brushes, ink, paper, iMac27

Xbox or Playstation?

No!

Mac or PC?

iMac27

Chrome, Firefox, or Safari?

Safari

What would your last meal ever be?

Hmm…

What is your favorite book?

I love to read methodical literature and I have many good books. The last book that I was inspired is Design for Real World by Victor Papanek. I advise to read this book for all designers.

What is your favorite movie?

No!

What is your favorite social media network?

Behance

What are some of your future goals?

Now I’ll open Ё-FONTS type design studio and in 6 years I plan to be a great type designer.

More Work from Evgeny

Tailormade Calligraphy Logo

Live to Print Calligraphy Logo

Creative Spot Calligraphy Logo

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Common New Years Resolution Posters

We have all made a new year’s resolution before, and most all of us fail to keep them. Something you may have noticed about people’s new year’s resolutions, though, is the common theme of them all being the same few kind of resolutions.

Everybody has, or at least knows someone who has, had one of these new year’s resolutions which include lose weight, quit smoking, drink less, explore the world, etc. Viktor Hertz, a freelance graphic designer from Stockholm, realized that these were the most common new year’s resolutions and came up with this cool design project showcasing the 12 most common new year’s resolutions. These posters offer you a great source of design and typographic inspiration.

Also, if you really enjoy these, you can purchase these posters at Society6.

1. Lose Weight

New Year's Resolution to Lose Weight

2. Quit Smoking

New Year's Resolution to Quit Smoking

3. Recycle More

New Year's Resolution to Recycle More

4. No More Junk Food

New Year's Resolution to No More Junk Food

5. Drink Less Alcohol

New Year's Resolution to Drink Less Alcohol

6. Explore the World

New Year's Resolution to Explore the World

7. Save More Money

New Year's Resolution to Save More Money

8. Watch Less T.V.

New Year's Resolution to Watch Less TV

9. Save More Water

New Year's Resolution to Save more Water

10. Get Offline

New Year's Resolution to Get Offline

11. Use Less Energy

New Year's Resolution to Use Less Energy

12. More Time with Family & Friends

New Year's Resolution to Spend more Time with Friends and Family

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Ema Dimitrova created this free icon pack full of 65 different weather icons. This freebie icon pack comes in a fully scaleable vector eps file format. The weather icons have both bold and light versions so they are perfect for the modern flat/minimal design trend. Click the heading or image below to direct to the download page. Enjoy!

65 Free Weather Icons

65 Free Weather Icons

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Bro-coli design of the week

This week’s design of the week is a unique design by Meg Robichaud featuring a graphic of a piece of broccoli lifting weights. This cute design does a perfect job of illustrating the benefits of broccoli, or as the design is titled, Bro-coli.

A little about Meg, she is a Vancouver based designer & illustrator who studied Graphic Design with design foundations at The Art Institute of Vancouver. You can check out more of her work on Dribbble and follow her on Twitter.

Bro-coli

Bro-coli design by Meg Robichaud

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Web Developer Tools Part 3

Welcome to part 3 of useful tools for developers! This week we have a couple of useful tools, plus a bonus useful tool/funny/entertaining tool to help you get through boring online news reading.

As with most all of the development tools I post up in these articles, I have tried these first hand and love them. They all come in handy and make life easier for us developers.

Ajaxload

Ajaxload is a simple and easy tool to help you quickly create a animated loading icon GIF. This is a great tool that I’ve used many times and it’s especially helpful for those web projects you have that involve AJAX and have load time. You can pick from many different load icon styles from the drop-down, select background color & foreground color and quickly generate it.

AJAX Load icon maker

Downworthy

Tired of reading the same old headlines in news stories and blog posts? Spice them up a bit and read them for what they really mean with Downworthy. Downworthy is a browser plugin that turns hyperbolic viral headlines into funny, truthful, headlines.

For example: “This Guy Was Exploring His Grandpa’s Attic. What He Found Is Mysteriously Awesome…Whoa.” turns into “This Guy Was Exploring His Grandpa’s Attic. What He Found Is Mysteriously Probably Slightly Less Boring than Working…Whoa.”

Although it’s not exactly a web developer tool, it’s something than can come in handy and make you laugh when reading blog posts.

Downworthy Browser Plugin for Headlines

px-em

Another tool that comes in handy, px-em does just what you think it does, converts pixels to em’s. You just type in your parent font size in pixels and the font size you want, then it converts it to the proper em size. It’s a super useful and super easy tool that can save you the time of doing math and using a calculator while developing.

px-em conversion tool

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