Category Archives: Wedding Month

OurType Wedding Month Promotion

OurType is running their own set of great pairs this month, with half-off promotional pricing for a different pair each week. This week, get Corbeau & Tiina at 50% off. As always with OurType fonts, each package comes with webfonts included.

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- Corbeau & Tiina -

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- Parry & Parry Grotesque -

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- Edward & Fayon -

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- Meret & Stan/Stan Plus -

Medusa with Medusa Small Caps

Okay maybe it’s a bit of a stretch for the series, but to demonstrate the typographic possibilities of one of my favorite new faces (that also happens to fit perfectly with Wedding Month), today we pair Ramiro Espinoza’s calligraphy & engraving-inspired Medusa with itself—its own contrasting set of engraved Roman small caps. This is a rare mix of styles in a single font, but ultimately a very useful one as there’s never a question of what size to set the Roman in relation to the script. It’s designed to always be set at the same size.

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Scripts legendarily take up space, both vertical and horizontal. When designing with Medusa, rather than push back at its demand for more space, I design with this requirement in mind, set the type at an appropriate scale to the medium, and give ample room by saying only what needs to be said.

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The small caps mix in stylistically, but stand up with their own voice when occasion calls. The font also contains a set of decorative swashes and embellished swash caps.

Tip on using small caps

The above small caps are accessible via OpenType. To set Medusa in small caps, first, highlight the text. Then, from the top right corner of the Character panel in InDesign, choose OpenType > All Small Caps, or begin typing ‘small caps’ into Quick Apply and hit enter. If you’re in Photoshop or Illustrator, choose Small Caps from the same menu at the top right of the Character panel. In another upcoming piece in the Using Type series, I’ll discuss how to access these features in other non-professional programs.

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In tomorrow’s Using Type I’ll go into more detail on using scripts specific to wedding typography. Until then, thanks for reading Great Pairs. Another great pair will be here Wednesday.

Enter for a Font Registry – Tell Us Why You’re a Great Pair

It’s wedding month at FontShop and love is in the air! We’re hosting not just one, but two contests this month as part of our June series.

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Regular readers of the FontShop blog know that each Wednesday our type expert David Sudweeks highlights Great Pairs – typefaces that, while often dissimilar, complement each other to create something beautiful. In the spirit of that series, we want to hear from couples out there – what makes you a great pair? Do your angles fit well with her curves? Does your no-nonsense presence work perfectly with his playful demeanor? Do you stick together through thick and thin, bold and italic?

One lucky duo will win $100 credit at FontShop and David’s assistance, if desired, filling your “font registry.”

Leave your story in the comments section of this post by Sunday, June 16. We’ll pick our three favorites and open it up to voting on the blog the week of June 17.

Buyer’s Guide: Picking script fonts for design programs

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Many of the script fonts available on FontShop have contextual alternates, stylistic alternates, or just beautiful swashes in general that would work well for wedding invitations. But how do you know which font to say “I do” to?

If you’re working in Adobe Creative Suite programs (such as InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop), you’re in luck. Fonts with lots of contextual and stylistic alternates work well in these programs. To get started, you can browse our Full-Featured Formal Scripts FontList. A typeface like SudtiposPoem Script Pro has many options to choose from. The uppercase “I” alone has six additional stylistic alternates — you can say “I do” in multiple ways!

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Full-featured formal scripts are fun to work with, but only if you’re using them in design programs like Adobe Creative Suite. You can read more on how to access alternates in Photoshop or Illustrator in our Using Type: Contextual Alternates, Ligatures post. If you’re designing your wedding invitations or other materials in different programs like Microsoft Office or iWorks applications, you have to be a bit more choosy. Poem Script has a total of 1,675 glyphs in its character set — some programs just can’t access all of these alternates. Stay tuned for Part 2 of picking script fonts for use in other programs.

Send Us Your Typographic Wedding Designs and Win!

This month on the blog we’ll be highlighting some of our favorite wedding designs.  We also know our talented readers have certainly come up with some fabulous ones of their own. We’d love to inspire others with your creative collateral, so we’re announcing the first of our wedding month contests for designers.

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Whether it’s invites, placecards, programs or something else skillfully using typography to highlight that special day, share examples* with us by emailing your submissions to contest@fontshop.com by Sunday, June 16 (before 11:59 p.m. Pacific). Only three submissions per designer please (if you submit more than three, only the first three chronologically will be entered). We’ll then pin them to our Pinterest page and tally votes through the number of “likes” through June 30.

The winner will be announced on Monday, July 1 and will receive $100 credit on FontShop.com.

Look forward to watching your designs walk down the aisle!

*Please note all submissions must be designed by the entrant. We reserve the right to disqualify submissions that do not meet this criteria.

Mark Your Calendar! June is Wedding Month at FontShop

weddingmonth-savethedate300You are cordially invited to celebrate Wedding Month at FontShop throughout June 2013.

We often get requests from brides, wedding planners, etc. for help picking out just the right typeface(s) to represent that special day. In response, we’ve decided to dedicate a month of our blog to addressing various aspects of wedding collateral design.

Whether it’s invites, placecards, and/or websites for a traditional or non-traditional celebration we’ve got you covered in our regular series. Tune in Mondays for nuptial-focused Buyer’s Guide, Wednesdays for Great Pairs, and Thursdays for Using Type. We’ll also of course be creating some lovely Pinterest boards and calling out any new fonts that would work well to showcase your everlasting love.

Additionally we’ll be hosting two contests for a chance for both designers and couples to build up their font registries. Stay tuned for details.

The fun starts Monday, June 3rd right here on the FontShop Blog. We can’t wait to celebrate our love of fonts with you!

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