Tag Archives: Freebies

Hitchcock: a Saul Bass inspired free font

hitchcock-saul-bass-inspired-free-font

Hitchcock is a great free font inspired by Saul Bass titles (though the lettering artist that did the lettering for the Saul Bass was Art Goodman) and we are extremely grateful to Matt Terich for having recreated all these beautiful glyphs.

If you want to see a good application of this typeface to an existing layout, you can check this Tumblr theme, we’ve recently reviewed.

App-Bits’ free Iphone icon set

App bits iphone icon free set

An awesome set of icons for Iphone has been released by App Bits in free download. Here you are some details about it:

Set of 48 toolbar icons for the iPhone toolbar. These buttons contain beautiful shaded portions to give added depth and to highlight icon features.
The icons in the preview to the left have effects such as gradients on them to reflect how they might look on an iPhone, but the downloaded icons have one colour with alpha, as recommended by Apple.

Romeral: a display typeface

romeral-display-typeface

Typies is the English version of Letritas (that’s Spanish for little letters), an interesting blog about types and design by gifted graphic and obviously type designer Juan Pablo De Gregorio.

I suppose that Juan’s involved in many projects since last post on Typies is dated June 19. So I was quite surprised this morning, when checking my rss-reader, I saw a 3-years-old post being updated. This post (with 2556 comments, is that crazy?) is about Romeral which is a thick slab serif type, free for download.

According to its creator:

Romeral is designed to produce a noticeable visual impact that invites the audience to the reading due to its sizable thickness.
Interestingly enough, the basic idea was to find a way to fill the color titles zone in order to create a comfortable atmosphere for the reading experience.

I think the update is due to the addition of an inline set of glyphs which makes Romeral more interesting and, if it’s possible, sexier.

Juan, we really thank you for sharing!

Iconfinder: an icon search engine

Iconfinder: an icon search engine

I’m definitely an icon person.

I mean, I really love drawing my own icons: maybe, since I’m not a full-time icon designer, they’re not quite as perfect as those you buy on stock images websites or you can get sometimes for free online but at least they’re mine, I know how I did them and, if necessary, I can change them (see recycle them) in different contests. They’re kind of unique.

I totally agree with Verlee when she says:

I think designing icons is a discipline on its own. It’s an aspect of design that is often a bit underrated in my opinion.

Often designing a custom icon set requires time, energy, inspiration and the cost of it all has to be kept within the whole project budget, especially in these days of economic downturn. Add to this that the whole effort underlying icon design is hardly visible to most people.

But it’s absolutely worth of it.

In fact, displaying a good icon set plays a fundamental role in web design and users’ perception: an icon can activate a dumb blank space, express an idea that otherwise will require a long text explanation, being images such a concise story tellers. Images and icons as well are able to draw user’s attention or add evidence and put emphasis on texts, menus, form fields…

So if:

  • you have to be a fast delivery guy or
  • you just want to set quickly a prototype up or
  • you’re fed up with your project/client and you want to cut the chase or
  • you’re just NOT a bitter masochistic web designer as I am,

you might use some help: Iconfinder is for you.

Iconfinder is a pretty unique search engine dedicated to icons and, since it’s not exactly the new kid on the block,  many of you might already know it.  You can both search or browse for icons and almost all the results of your quest will be free for commercial use.

By the way, I find the website’s logo and the favicon really stunning.

Have an awesome day.

Baseline css grid

Baseline css framework grid

Inspired by Josef Müller-Brockmann‘s work, Stéphane Curzi endeavoured to implement a css framework system based on type baseline, where every major page element would align correctly.

Creating that shouldn’t have been a cakewalk and sure there are some big limitations (the biggest one is that Baseline’s css works fully only on latest generation browsers): nonetheless, we think that using a baseline grid really brings an underlying touch of swiss geometry and a harmonious feel to the page.

If you’re interested in how to align texts of different sizes to the same baseline you can also check the article Setting Type on the Web to a Baseline Grid on A List Apart.

Striped patterns generator

Stirpe generator: un generatore automatico di striped patterns

Stripe Generator is an ajax tool that allows you to generate striped patterns  to decorate  your web sites pages background. Numerous options provide considerable flexibility of the product, as you can see by the gallery of backgrounds shared by other users.

If it’s not enough for you, you can create patterns with a tartanTartan maker, another tool of the same family. Stripe generator è un ajax tool che permette di generare  striped patterns da usare per abbellire i background dei vostri siti web.