Best 100 Free Fonts 2014

Posted in Fonts, Freebies, Typography3 months ago • Written by 2 Comments

I have always been a fan of beautiful fonts. Over the time that I have been writing here at 1stwebdesigner, I have discussed a lot about fonts: the types & kinds, how to sell them and which fonts are hideous and so cliché that you shouldn’t use them.

But for today, let’s take a break from criticizing fonts or learning about how they are made. Today, we will appreciate the best 100 free fonts 2014! Let’s take a look!

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50 Beautiful Web Typography Examples

Posted in Inspiration, Typography, WordPress4 months ago • Written by 2 Comments

We all love beautiful web typography because it can convey the message we want in a very artistic manner. As the world of web design evolves, the use of letters and words to send a message has become more efficient and more beautiful. Many websites usually pair big and bold colors or photographs with the beautiful use of letters.

We looked for some websites where you can get some great inspiration for your designs. These are examples that tell you that letters are never boring; it could even make the design beautiful. So, here they are!

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15 Bumper Stickers to Print and Peel

Posted in Fonts, Freebies, Illustration, Inspiration, Patterns, Typography, Wallpapers6 months ago • Written by 7 Comments

Once I saw a bumper sticker that says,

There’s no place like 127.0.0.1

Bumper stickers are very good means of relieving stress in the road. It takes our minds away from the pressure of work, traffic and the seemingly endless string of daily mishaps in life. Putting them in your car somehow helps those behind you. Somehow, you’re telling them a good joke and subtly whispering, “Read and laugh with this one instead of hitting my car from behind.”

Since one of our fundamental goals is to promote world peace (or should I say, road peace), 1WD is giving you 15 bumper stickers! We hope that you have fun with them and share them by putting them on your car. You’d do a great help, swear!

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Expert Tips When Creating and Selling Fonts

Posted in Fonts, Freebies, Freelance, Inspiration, Typography7 months ago • Written by 2 Comments

Fonts are essential for the feel of the website. Font developers, like you, need to be smart when creating and selling fonts. In media, where typefaces are very much used, fonts have changed in the same rate as any other web page elements, adjusting to the need and time of its use. As there are people who are able to read, fonts will continue to evolve in its styles, uses and forms.

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10 Portfolio Websites that Will Make You Say Wow

Posted in Illustration, Inspiration, Photography, Typography7 months ago • Written by 8 Comments

Why is it necessary to have a portfolio website? Is it a requisite for all designers? Here are 10 portfolio websites that can lead you to the answers.

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10 Easy To Understand Photoshop Tutorials on Lighting Effects

Posted in Illustration, Inspiration, Photo Effects, Photography, Text Effects, Typography7 months ago • Written by 4 Comments

Most designers find Photoshop very versatile. Photoshop tutorials on lighting effects is highly sought after. Although mainly used in photography, this favorite software of designers bridges different kinds of needs, from typography to web design.

Not to exaggerate, Photoshop can supply all your design needs. Today, we will be highlighting a very particular need. This article is directed mainly to graphic designers and photo enthusiasts but could be a very good springboard to web designers too. With lightning effects added in your photos, you will be able to add more dynamism and professionalism in your designs. In short, it would make your awesome website more awesome. How cool is that?

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10 Professional-Looking and High Quality Fonts for Web Designers

Posted in Fonts, Freebies, Typography9 months ago • Written by 15 Comments

The importance of fonts to designers has always been emphasized. Many design blogs also agree that, as designers, choosing high quality fonts should be like choosing your clothes. People will think of you differently if you sport the wrong one.

That is why we collected ten beautiful fonts for you that you will never hesitate to use. They are fonts that will both complement your body texts and titles. They are very flexible and trendy, so you will have no problem using them in your designs!

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What is Swiss Style Typography?

Posted in Tips, Typography, Web Design10 months ago • Written by 11 Comments

The world would probably thank Switzerland for the invention of the Swiss knife but the world could not thank it any better for the popularization of the Swiss Style. That though this famous design style isn’t originally Swiss-made, the touch of the country is still present even to the smallest detail of the design.

Swiss Style typography, though traced from Russia, Germany and the Netherlands, was made popular by Swiss graphic designers. They have used it with many Swiss cultural institutions, political advertisements and a lot more because it was thought to have suited the drastically increasing global postwar market. It was used in street signs, maps, public service announcements, etc. In this demand, institutions, corporations and small firms needed a universal identification method that could be easily related to them. The trick was, the method should be universal enough to be understood by every citizen of the world. The Olympics was one good example of a global institutional event Swiss style helped because it has used the simplest symbols using the most universal colors possible.

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Graphics and Lyrics: How to Make Eyegasmic Infographics

Posted in Illustration, Inspiration, Typography11 months ago • Written by 6 Comments

Graphics play a role in our Internet learning experience. Images have become part and parcel of the information acquisition process in our lives. Normally, graphics like pictures and drawings are used as aids and not the main tool for learning. They are just appendices that help people understand the information that is being fed to them.

That was the general idea before the influx of the Internet. The pre-Internet idea is dominated by the belief that graphics are just ‘aids.’ But it has surprised learning purists that graphics can be very good tools as main information sources. Thanks to the Internet, we now have Infographics!

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How to Not Suck at Typography Like a Designer-convert Doctor

Posted in Tips, Typography, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 10 Comments

We probably would all  be savages if printing was not invented. The invention of the Gutenberg movable type has been a very great leap towards the spreading of information from one person to another and from generation to generation. After this momentous invention, greater finds have flourished and soon became what we know now as the software. Of course, without the invention of the movable type, printing would not be invented and all falls into oblivion, including one of the most reliable inventions man has ever made – the Internet.

Whether we admit it or not, the invention of printing is the unofficial father of all technology. Without it, technology would just be limited to mechanical modernization. Software would have probably not existed and the world would be a much gloomier place. Truly, the gallant invention of the Gutenberg movable type saved humanity from the decadence of ignorance.

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