April 22, 2010

A Sick Little Obsession . . .


It has to be said.  I have an obsession with fonts.  As in typeface, not the kind you get baptized in, although those are good too.

I am currently working on two graphic design projects - one for a friend and one for family.  I am getting paid for neither, and I don't care since I'm a total faker graphic designer anyway and because it is fun for me to play around on the computer like I know what I'm doing. Plus, I get to use fonts.

Last night I spent hours (yeah, hours) staring at thousands of delicious and FREE fonts trying to find the perfect one for this summer's family reunion t-shirt.  It was a nice distraction from trying to settle on the perfect paint color for the basement, which I think I've decided upon. Or have I?  Devil!

I came up with no less than one hundred new ideas and creations just based on fonts I fell immediately in love with.  Once my eyes started hurting, I had to quit.  But then I dreamt about fonts!  Is it just me?  Why am I so strange?

I've chosen the font "Marcelle", pictured above, for our t-shirts.  It has vintage appeal with its weathered look and reminds me of old school university jersey writing.  Since we're doing a baseball themed shirt, I think it is going to look fantastic.

My fabulous friend {and shirt maker extraordinaire} Jennie Doezie is going to be printing the shirts for me.  I'm sending her the design today and will share it with you in July after the reunion.  Why July?  Well, the Hubby came up with a FANTASTIC idea for the shirts and I want to keep it under wraps until then so the whole family - a few of whom have actually started reading this silly little blog - will be surprised. I'm pretty sure it is going to put a smile on their faces.

If you're interested in free fonts, I recommend checking out dafont.com or urbanfonts.com
but let me warn in advance, you might just end up with a little obsession!
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8 comments:

Apis Melliflora said...

Won't you design T-shirts for our reunion too? =-)

AllisonK said...

Great font choice. I love fonts as well. It's a problem...

Kasey Hunt said...

Great choice. They will look great!

Sue said...

I'm a bit of an addict myself. Not just fonts, but designing on the computer in general. It looks like the family reunion T is going to be awesome, I love those distressed, vintage fonts!

MelancholySmile said...

Typeface is ALWAYS awesome. Can't wait to see the family reunion shirts!

chelsea said...

I am obsessed too! In fact, when I get a new computer, or am using someone elses, I usually open up word to see if there is good fonts in there! I spend hours and hours downloading new fonts. I just got a new computer at work and so I will probably be staring until my eyes cross at all the goodness. I love fonts that look like my own handwriting too. :)

Tobi said...

I love font and I love changing it up as often as possible! I can't wait to see the t-shirts you designed!

jd said...

Ahh yes... that font DOES look familiar (since I just pulled it out of an envelope from you, last night :)

and I've totally used that font for a baseball-themed shirt design, myself! LOVE IT. Twinners. :)

dafont.com rocks