Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"The counter's on the coffee."

This is a play on coffee lingo and letter forms. A couple of months ago I mentioned that the enclosed negative space of the lowercase "e" is called the eye. And as a reminder, the negative space in a letter form is a counter.

In the coffee biz, ordering a cup of coffee with a shot of espresso is called a red eye. Two shots is a black eye, and three shots is a green eye.

Any more shots of espresso in a cup of coffee is probably just called gross. Trust me - I'm a barista.

Font - Colonna.

images © Kelci Stephenson 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bloody ligatures.

A ligature is two or more letters joined together to make one glyph (which is the form used in a type face). It's not common, but it helps very much when you have a word like "fiend" - the top curve of the f (also known as a terminal) and the tittle of the i (the dot thingy floating above) are very close and look awkward. That's when a ligature swoops in and saves the day! No more Tittles crowded by Terminals.

Ligatures are circled. Just so ya' know.

And just in case you're wondering "When the hell would I spell a word with F next to J?"
Fjord. The answer is fjord.

Fonts used - Myriad

On a side note, I have fake blood left over from my Halloween zombie costume. I'm not Dexter or anything - promise!

images © Kelci Stephenson 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

hip old guy

Font - Ariel

Yeah, that's right. I used a boring font.

images © Kelci Stephenson 2011

circuit concept

Fonts - Prestige Elite and Verdana

I created this design concept for an event poster. It was fun to play around with it, so I made another one for some domain page samples that were requested.

images © Kelci Stephenson 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

O panda

Oh hi guys. Just a panda. Wavin' at ya'. 

I was typing with the font Snap and the O's looked too much like panda eyes... I couldn't resist!

images © Kelci Stephenson 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Funny thing about Funnels...

I don't really have interesting thoughts while working alone.

Font - Your Just An Idiot.
The true font has little smilie faces for the O's counter, but I covered them up.

Oh wait, I haven't covered that yet. Okay! The negative space inside a letter form is a counter. There can be closed counters (like the inside of the letter O) and open counters (like with the letter G).
However, the negative space inside a lower case "e" is not just a closed counter... it's called the eye. Not really sure why it gets special treatment - it just does.

images © Kelci Stephenson 2011

Bein' Crafty

A friend of mine had an amazing project proposal for her sister's baby shower. Several of her friends were assigned letters to create or decorate, so the end project would be all the letters of the alphabet that will be displayed on the wall of the baby room. Click here to check out the inspiration photo.

Obviously, I asked to do the letter K. So my three letters were J, K, and L.


And after!

I really love this idea. I might steal it and make something similar to dress up the entry hall or living room.

Just in case you're curious, the J is made of some old blue jeans that I colored pink with fabric pastels. The back of the letter K is foam sheet that I spray painted lime green (just happened to have that color laying around) and then added glitter and stickers. The L has the super adorable robot I found at Hobby Lobby and the dots were made with glue & glitter.

images © Kelci Stephenson 2011