Archive for April, 2011

Gravity: Free May 2011 Calendar Wallpaper

This post is part of the free calendar wallpaper series. Each month I create a new wallpaper featuring the current calendar. Looking at the same image over and over again is not very stimulating. Hence having a new desktop background each month should help getting your creative juices flowing. The May 2011 Calendar Wallpaper is entitled “Gravity”. This time round I’ve tried to steer clear of my usual abstract / geometric designs and experiment with photography as the main element. The wallpaper still has the vintage touch I love so much. In terms of inspiration there’s simply too many sources to list. If you like it please do share.

Gravity: Free May 2011 Desktop Wallpaper

Gravity: Free May 2011 Calendar Wallpaper Preview

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contains 1 .zip file – 2 Versions, 3 Resolutions, 5.4 Mb

The following resolutions (both calendar & non-calendar versions) are included:

  • 1920×1200 (suitable for 1440×900)
  • 1600×1200
  • 1280×1024

Gravity: Free iPhone Wallpaper

Gravity: Free iPhone Wallpaper Preview

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Resolution: 640×960 (Retina Display), Format: JPG

Gravity: Free iPad Wallpaper

Gravity: Free iPad Wallpaper Preview

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Resolution: 1024×1024, Format: JPG


Weekly Web Design and Development Inspiration – N.86

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This is our weekly selection of our favorite web designs from the past week, thanks to everybody for their recommendations. Feel free to comment and let us know what you think.

We have recently launched StylesInspiration, a web design showcase that aims to not only showcase the best and most innovative web design styles currently available, it also aims to give you a visual overview of current web design trends and highlight the latest in innovative web technologies. You’ll love it :)

Mark Boulton Design

Mark Boulton Design

The London Dribbble Meetup

The London Dribbble Meetup

InCub

InCub

We Are Instrument

We Are Instrument

Milk Inc.

Milk Inc.

Tinkering Monkey

Tinkering Monkey

Messages for Japan

Messages for Japan

The Wired Mind

The Wired Mind

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Golden Acrylics: Shopping Crimes

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Thanks Ryan. You can see the original here.


7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

Want to grab the attention of viewers with your next design and slap them in the face with it? If so, then thin, polite fonts probably won’t get the job done. Instead, thick, heavy duty fonts that scream for attention might do the trick.

bold fonts 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

These fonts are specifically designed for designers who aren’t afraid of taking risks by veering from traditionalist design trends. As such, if you think you’re prepared to take such as risk, consider using any of the following extra bold fonts in your next project.

1. High Contrast

Many extra bold fonts are characterized by their un-varying stroke sizes. You can use the fun font we illustrated above as a case in point. You’ll notice the letters are all exactly the same in stroke size. However, this may not be your desired option.

high contrast 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

If you’re searching for a little more font contrast in an upcoming project, choose one of the following high contrast fonts we’ve indicated below. Varying from extra thick to ultra-thin, the strokes in these fonts make them highly popular. This is because they not only make an impact visually they also ooze a "feeling" of grace and class. Taking a risk doesn’t mean you can’t do it with style!

Font suggestions:

Nouvelle Vague

Nouvelle Vague 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

Bodoni XT

Bodoni XT 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

2. Bold and Compact

The downside of extra bold fonts is how much space they typically consume. If you’re working on a compact design project but still want to make a statement with bold fonts, one of the following bold and compact choices may be the perfect option.

bold compact 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)
(Image source: brian)

By being extra bold but consuming less space, they offer the best of both worlds. You’ll notice in the example below the strokes are still very dark and make an impact, but because they are condensed you can fit it into tight places. Just be careful you don’t over-use it, because it can end up making your space look cluttered and cramped if you go overboard.

And for most people, reading pages of bold font all on its own is hard on their eyes, so condensed fonts make it even harder. Chances are if you go overboard they’ll end up skipping right over something important.

Font suggestions:

Archery

Archery 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

Furore

Furore 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

Hursheys

Hursheys 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

Forque

Forque 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

3. Vintage

Sometimes, vintage and bold is just better. At least that’s the assumption with these fonts. When you want to portray a retro feel, use one of the following fonts for an impactful result. They are great for incorporating "emotion" into a design.

vintage font 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

For instance the "scary" feel those old fashioned movie posters often portray. Or the slick artsy feel you might find on a museum advert. Anytime you want to inject a bit of "old school" into your project, vintage fonts are hands down a great way to do it.

Font suggestions:

Vintage

vintage 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

Candy Inc

candy 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

Superstar

superstar 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

4. Playful

While extra bold fonts are often loud, they don’t need to be insulting, or even classy, graceful, or retro. Sometimes they just want to be fun! If you want to retain a playful feel in your designs, consider using one of the following playful bold fonts. These fonts are great options for children-oriented designs or more relaxed projects.

playful bold 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)
(Image source: Creative Tempest)

They are a bit reminiscent of gingerbread cookies and sesame street murals. You’d also find these fonts used in the packaging design of many of today’s popular toys and other advertising geared toward youngsters and teenagers.

Font suggestions:

Cookies

cookies 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

Grobold

grobold 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

Bubblegum

bubblegum 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

5. Heavy and Sans Serif

The following fonts are heavy, black and modern. They’re also great for achieving an in-your-face effect. Use these options when you want to make an impactful impression with a modern sans serif approach. You can also try combining a sans serif font (a font without feet) with a serif font (a font with feet) and mixing it up a bit.

bold sans serif 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)
(Image source: karlfrankowski)

It can be a little bit dangerous to mix and match fonts and the result can end up looking amateur, so experiment a bit and I’d recommend always getting a second opinion before going live with any project design.

Font suggestions:

Harabara

harabara 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

Bebas Neue

bebas 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

Boris Black Boxx

boris 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

6. Serif Bold

Perhaps sans serif isn’t the route you want to take. The following font options are for those traditionalists who love a good serif font. The combination of bold strokes and elegant serif detailing can be a great option for your next project.

bold fonts 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)
(Image source: hypefortype)

Remember serif fonts are the fonts with "feet" (or the little detailing at the bottom of every letter that spreads out a bit) and can sometimes be combined with similar sans serif fonts for a great effect, often "old-fashioned" in mood.

Font suggestions:

Grendel

grendel 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

Bambi

bambi 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

Acknowledgement

Acknowledgement 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

7. The Boldest of Bold

Before proceeding, you must be prepared for the consequences of these extra bold fonts. These are the boldest of bold, the blackest of black and should be used with the utmost of care. To make the ultimate personality statement with your next project, consider using one of these boldest of bold options.

boldest 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

The downside is that these types of fonts should be used very sparingly. They can at times be hard to read clearly or easily and too much of a good thing can ruin the look you’re trying to achieve. So have fun, but proceed with caution when using the boldest of the bold. You’ll often find fonts like these used by DJ’s to blare out an advertisement on where their next gig will be, to entice people to come in and see them mix. You’ll also often find fonts like these on CD covers!

Font suggestions:

Insight Issue New

insight 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

Giant Head

giant 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

JuneBug

junebug 7 Types of Extra Bold Fonts (With Examples)

Conclusion

While extra bold fonts aren’t appropriate for all designs, they are sometimes exactly what your projects crave. Play around with different font combination such as pairing an extra bold font with an ultra-thin one for great effects. However, by using extra bold fonts, you must be prepared for the consequences, such as bolder statements and increased risk taking.

(bellefoong)