Here's some Fun With Type! What is Fun With Type? Instagram Photos + Various Fonts & Type Treatments. These are just a self-assigned quick exercise I've decided to share, so not too much thought put into them, just experimentation and fun!  Hence, the "fun" in Fun With Type!  


Font // Dekar Light

Font // Ostrich Sans

Font // ScalaSans Caps


Here are some of the advertisements I've been doing for ELEVEN26 lately.  Each is just a play on the object shown, and a catchy little bit of copy to go along.  If you've yet to check out ELEVEN26, please be sure to do so!  Never too early to start holiday shopping, and I'm sure your loved ones would enjoy some super sweet vintage, retro, and handmade items!



1.    Sweet typography in an antique store in Knoxville, TN.
2.    More super sweet type in the same store in Knoxville, TN.
3.    Beautiful lake in Dandridge, TN.
4.    Crazy antique place in TN.
5.    Inside the crazy antique place in TN.  Those are tons of old toasters.
6.    DO NOT PUNCH KEYS, just made me want to punch them more.  Don’t worry, I didn’t do it.
7.    They had an amazing bottle collection, too.
8.    I really liked this blue label for some reason.
9.    Garlic at the Lavender Festival in Oak Ridge, TN.
10.  Beautiful lavender was everywhere!
11.  Old bed with flowers was at the festival, so cute!
12.  I LOVE the type on this book!
13.  Beautiful river in Tremount near Cades Cove.
14.  Elkmont cabins.
15.  Leaf... nothing special, just liked the color.
16.  Wall of retro soda cans!
17.  Beautiful Fire King cups that will be for sale on ELEVEN26, COMING SOON!
18.  Adorable rose pattern that will also be for sale soon.
19.  ELEVEN26 will have men’s items!!  WOOHOO!
20.  This town was sad, everything seemed to be out of business or going out of business.  There were a few sweet buildings, though.
21.  Open or For Sale?  Confused... sadly it was closed and FULL of cool stuff. 
22.  Atop the Foothills Parkway.
23.  The mountains on that part are HUGE!
24.  Sweet old graphotype.  SO NEAT!


Hmm, been a while since I posted anything, but I assure you that is going to change.  To prove it to you that I've learned the error of my blog neglecting ways, here are some sweet designs that are sure to tickle your brain.  Enjoy!

Update on my whereabouts, what's coming up, life's interesting moments, and much more, COMING SOON!

 by :: Sarah

 by :: Mikey

 by :: Sarah

 by :: Sarah & Mikey

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 by :: Sarah & Mikey


I love to watch documentaries on Netflix, and a lot of these films open my mind or at least make me question or ponder things I might never have been aware of otherwise. I decided to share some of the more interesting ones I've watched over the course of the past year or so. All of these were interesting to watch and definitely left an impression on me. I highly recommend checking some of them out.

These are in no particular order, links go to trailers.  Enjoy!

If A Tree Falls 

Dear Zachary

Picture Me


No Impact Man

The Weather Underground

All In This Tea

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

The Future By Design

Milton Glaser: Inform & Delight

Art & Copy

Walmart: The High Price of Low Cost

Waste Land

Super High Me

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

Blood Into Wine

Exit Through the Giftshop

Herb & Dorothy

How Weed Won The West

Jesus Camp

Bomb It

Beautiful Losers

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work



I'm pretty sure there are way more than this, but this is all I could remember.


So, I guess I hadn't looked at any late 80s early 90s graphic design in a while, but I looked through a book and I have to say it's pretty terrible...  I know that it was the beginning of computer graphic design and I know that designers were playing around with all the opposites of good type design, but when I really look at it it's just terrible.  I mean they italicized things, stretched letters both up and down and side to side, the font choices weren't good before the distortion, just really bad stuff.

This is the book.  I think I bought it at the time because I thought it might be helpful in learning more about type.  I guess in a sense it was because I know I don't like any of this stuff and why, but I expected more from it.  I love typography from the early 1900s to about the 60s, but I guess after that people got a little lost with exploration.  I suppose you have to even have the bad exploration to appreciate the good.  I just like clean design like from the Bauhaus era and today.  Sure, there are plenty of things I can find in any era that aren't good, including our own, but the 80s/90s time just isn't for me.

 I don't believe this one is from the book, but it exemplifies what this book has in it.

This is an actual spread from the book.  I just don't like this kind of design.  It looks like they pushed it way too far and never stepped back at all.  With some stepping back and re-designing I think this page could be salvaged.

Welp, these are strictly my opinions, but I just don't like late 80s early 90s design.  Not to say I can't learn from it and it's not valid, it is, but out of all the more modern eras this is by far my least favorite.  What do you think?


Zookeeper, a design firm I follow on Twitter, posted a Tweet today about and  I followed the link and loved what I saw.  Photo-Lettering is a film based display type and since I'm just learning about it myself I'll direct you over to a definition and a little history of Photo-Lettering.

What does is it enables you to create headings quickly and easily with different typefaces from that era.  All they ask is a small price per header (they say around $2 a piece) and if you're not a typographer or designer this is a great way to get a quirky header.

I took some screen shots using various fonts for Replay and it was fun.  So, check it out!

Oh, and also check out this history on's page.  Ciao! 


Being a graphic designer (and lover of type), I'd like to share a quick lesson on typography.  Most people don't understand the simple science of typography and why certain typefaces (Papyrus, Comic Sans, Bleeding Cowboy) make a designer cringe and typefaces like (Helvetica, Gotham, Didot) make our hearts explode with happiness.

Anatomy of Type:

The above photo simply illustrates the anatomy of typefaces.  It's really very simple and most of the words explaining each piece make sense.  No need in memorizing it, but if you have any interest you now have a reference.

Good Typefaces:

Most GD's love Helvetica and this is why.  Helvetica is clean, it's simple, and yet it's versatile.  It can take on many different personalities, yet it's beautiful almost every time.   They even made a pretty nifty film about it in 2007 entitled, well, Helvetica.

Helvetica was created by Swiss typeface designer Max Miedinger with Eduard Hoffmann in 1957.  Originally called Neue Haas Grotesk, its design was based on Schelter-Grotesk and Haas’ Normal Grotesk.

The above image illustrates the variations of Helvetica.  I highly recommend checking out the source, it provides a lot of examples using Helvetica.

Here are some famous logos you probably (unless you're a type nerd like me) didn't know were Helvetica.  Even I sometimes have trouble immediately recognizing it.

Ok, I have to admit, I kind of love this.  It's so true, Helvetica feels a little played out to us newer designers.  I feel it's been used and hyped up a little too much, but I do feel it's a wonderful font that opened a lot of doors for other fonts.  I also use Helvetica and probably will continue to.  It has it's place, just not everywhere.  The other thing I love about this is it's written in Helvetica Ultra Light...  still from the Helvetica family.

This is one of my absolute favorites and I've used it way more than I've used Helvetica.  I think Helvetica is a wonderful font and it's certainly proven itself, but there are other simple, clean, beautiful fonts out there and Gotham is definitely a prime example of this.

Gotham was created by American type designer Tobias Frere-Jones in 2000.  I believe Gotham, although widely used over the past decade, is really just now coming into it's own.  It's being used more and more, but I think it's safe to say that it hasn't peaked yet.

Pretty snazzy, huh?  Apparently it's been dubbed the Typeface of the Decade by some designers.  I have to agree that it's a refreshing sight and I have used it on several projects and feel it's just as diverse as Helvetica.

Here are some examples of Gotham's wide use so far:

Here is an example of my own work using Gotham:

I used Helvetica for the body copy and Gotham for the headers.  This is from an old Typography class.  We had to re-design a newspaper using every single word on the front page.

Although I'm not generally a huge fan of serif fonts, I do love Didot when I need one.  It's what I used on the Help Japan button to the right side of the blog.  

Didot was created by the famous French type producing family, Didot.  Brothers Firmin and Pierre Didot created and used the typeface.  Firmin cut and cast the letters as type and Pierre used the letters in printing.  Didot is classified as modern, or Didone and the Didot we use today was based on a collection of related types developed in the period 1784–1811.
Here are some examples of Didot variations:

Here are some examples of Didot in current design:

Bad Typefaces:

Now for me there are typefaces like Papyrus,
Comic Sans, Bleeding Cowboy, etc that basically make me want to cry when I see them.  For example, when I saw that Avatar (which I still haven't seen and don't care if I ever do, don't judge) was using Papyrus, freaking Papyrus, as their font a little piece of me died inside.  Ok, melodramatic?  Surely there was a more appropriate font out there that could have done a better job!  You often see Papyrus on things trying to give it an old world appearance, something to do with nature, or for organic things or businesses trying to appear earthy.  Below are examples of these fonts:

WARNING:  These fonts sometimes induce vomiting.  This is natural, do not be alarmed!

 Papyrus, YUCK!

Bleeding Cowboy... yeah.

Basically avoid typefaces (and typefaces like these) like the plague!!  I'm not saying that "decorative" fonts can't be utilized, but they have to be done correctly or it's best to avoid them.  But, don't use the above!! 

Also, stop using fonts that were specifically designed for a company.  If it's called "Coca Cola" leave it there.  It just doesn't work.  It's like Bleeding Cowboy, I'm sure it worked for that one project, but everything since that just looks silly.

I guess I said more about good fonts because once you know what a good font is, it's easier to avoid the bad ones.  And if you don't have Helvetica you can use its Microsoft cousin Arial, but I wouldn't advise using it otherwise.  It's like RC Cola, no one really wants to drink that, but sometimes it's all there is.  

Hope this helped anyone curious!  Let me know what fonts you like or feel free to share any other comments!

I think this sums things up pretty well.  Also, I love how it looks like someone ripped this out of a book.  My God these sentences need to be justified correctly!  Wow, I am a nerd...