Making A List: Four Typographic Websites That Will Make Your Design Brain Happy

One of the cool things about the MFA program here is the emphasis of what you’re putting on the page. Not like similes or metaphors and whatnot, but whether you’re using a slab serif as your body text (big mistake, that). As the semester winds down and as the Bookbuilding students here begin their final project (designing and creating a chapbook of their own work), I thought I’d share some of my favorite websites about typography and design.

1) Typography Served
This website has everything from designer typefaces to fliers to brand creations. I usually find three new entries a day, so you’re always bound to spend lots of time mesmerized by the gorgeous and innovative designs here, whether they’re hand drawn or photoshopped.

2) Lost Type Co-Op
Created by Tyler Galpin and Riley Cran, this cool website offers a plethora of fonts at a pay-what-you-can deal. And these aren’t “meh” fonts either. These are gorgeous fonts, vintage fonts, experimental fonts, and so on. It’s so easy to spend hours thinking of all the neat designs you can create with these beautiful typefaces.

3) Photo Quote
Seriously, this guy makes me feel really unproductive. Alander Wong creates a new type treatment accompanied by a photo every day. Yep, every day. I have no idea how he does it. Anyway, these are his works so far, and it’s really cool to see how he’s conveyed different moods and different tricks and techniques. But also fun to see when he’s tossed everything to the side and tried something completely different!

4) The Big Caption
In a similar fashion to Photo Quote, The Big Caption actually takes samples from The Boston Globe’s The Big Picture – a photojournalism section of The captions are often hilariously poignant and stylistically brilliant. It absolutely kills me that this site hasn’t been updated since last August. The designer, Ian Collins, maintains his Twitter account more often, and continues to promise a return to the blog. Please, Ian, please!
So these are some of my favorite typographic websites. What are some of yours?

 – Ana Alvarez, Lookout Intern