For many beginners, the task of picking fonts is a mystifying process. There seem to be endless choices — from normal, conventional-looking fonts to novelty candy cane fonts and bunny fonts — with no way of understanding the options, only never-ending lists of categories and recommendations. Selecting the right typeface is a mixture of firm rules and loose intuition, and takes years of experience to develop a feeling for. Here are five guidelines for picking and using fonts that I’ve developed in the course of using and teaching typography.

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Heads 

(by Valle)

Humans can make more than 20 distinct facial expressions but the most important thing is to see the expression from inside. I depicted here just 5 expressions. I put some elusive titles to let the viewer to imagine the state of each character.


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2014.08.13. the skully AR-1 is a safety-focused motorcycle helmet with rear camera

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augmented reality motorcycle helmet by skully is set to become the world’s smartest.
images courtesy of skully systems

with an augmented reality heads-up display, skully systems AR-1 bikers helmet is ready to be launched as the world’s smartest. the screen eliminates blind spots and distractions by keeping the driver’s focus on the road ahead, whilst projecting ultra wide angle rear view camera images. the transparent frame shows critical information in the line of sight in order to give the user full situational awareness.

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the AR-1 is lightweight and aerodynamic

with the installation of a high-speed microprocessor, GPS navigation is integrated on screen with the rear camera view to give timely information even in low-reception areas. this means motorcyclists are not distracted from the road whilst looking out for road signs. the helmet is also bluetooth connected, enabling hands-free calling and music streaming to the driver.

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side view of the smart helmet being worn

the AR-1 is certified by the DOT (department of transport) and the EVE (economic community of europe), and features a fog, scratch and glare resistant visor. the lightweight and aerodynamic shell also supports a 3d laser cut foam interior in order to provide a perfect fit. as well, the skully is made more comfortable as perspiration is reduced by 70% thanks to using an outlast(r) lining.

demonstration of how the skully AR-1 helmet functions.
video courtesy of skully systems

 

the skully AR-1 is available for pre-order now and will be shipped in may 2015.

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the head-up display shows the rear view, thanks to an ultra wide angle camera

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GPS navigation is also projected to focus the driver on the road ahead

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bluetooth connection allows hands-free calls

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streaming music is also available via bluetooth

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a technical specification of the AR-1 helmet

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Audio Orbs

It seems like we’re obsessed with making speakers smaller and smaller without sacrificing power. What would the result be if we reversed our logic and started thinking on a much bigger scale? StudioTotal answers this question with their latest conceptual sound system, Audio Orbs: the speaker you can enter. Inside the sphere are 18 speakers and plenty of comfy cushions to give the user an enhanced immersive music experience!

Designer: StudioTotal

12 THINGS WE’VE SAID AFTER TOO MANY DRINKS

We’ve all been there before - you’re out on the town with your posse tearing it up and having a blast, then it hits you like a sack of potato vodka. You’ve had one too many drinks. That fine line between cutting loose and being an embarrassing mess you were teetering along? Yeah, you fell off, and not in the right direction. With your inhibitions at an all-time low, your mouth is spewing awkward strings of words without consulting your brain. Your friends are laughing at you while shaking their heads in disapproval, yet you keep on going, oblivious to your compromised state of mind (and the fact that you’re spilling your drink with every exaggerated hand gesture).

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"Good news, everyone!" Burbank,CA-based special effects artist Frank Ippolito (previously featured here) recently created this uncannily accurate Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth makeup, which required six separate silicone prosthetic pieces. It’s a fantastic pairing for the phenomenal Dr. Zoidberg costume he created with Tested a few months ago.

Keep an eye on Frank Ippolito’s Instagram page as well as Tested.com for updates about this awesome project. We’d like to hope this means that Ippolito is going to work his way through the rest of the main cast of Futurama.

[via Reddit]

2014.07.08. 기막히게 멋진, 변형 가능한 모듈형 소파 룸

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제목에 대해서는 양해하기 바란다. 하지만 나는 이 물건들의 집합체를 달리 무엇이라 불러야할지 모르겠다. 소형 아파트의 인테리어 디자인을 맡은 러시아 건축회사 루템플 (Ruetemple)은 “레크리에이션 공간을 위한 모바일 솔루션”을 내놓았다. 루템플의 홈페이지는 너무 엉성해서 임원들의 성도 제대로 표기되어 있지 않다. 우리가 알 수 있는 거라곤 이 회사에 “알렉산더”와 “다리아”라는 사람들이 있다는 사실 정도에 불과하다. 그리고 프로젝트 페이지에는 설명이 거의 없기 때문에 여기에서는 사진을 통해 내용을 짐작할 수밖에 없을 것 같다.

그들이 내놓은 작품은 세 개의 별도로 된 바퀴달린 인테리어 구성제품들로 이 제품들은 무수히 많은 방식으로 조립이 가능하다.

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흥미롭게도 러시아어로 된 블로그를 구글 번역해서 퍼즐을 끼워 맞춰 본 결과 이 공간은 온전한 아파트는 아니고 (예를 들면 부엌이 없다) 두 명의 아이들을 위한 일종의 독립형 복층 놀이방으로 설계된 것으로 보인다.  

Originally Published by Core77 (www.core77.com)

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PRESS HAND JUICER by Antoine Persyn

Press is a juicer using 2 different sized reamers, perfect for lemons, limes and oranges. The juicer comes apart for easycleaning and is dishwasher safe. The challenge was to work on user scenarios, trying to improve the functions through a clever design.

The product is made of glass, plastic molded elements and stainless steel. I worked with the factory engineers and workers to understand all their constraints and then to update the design according to their technical requirements.

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oseph begley lights up rooms in a cheeky way with slap it
all images courtesy of joseph begley

 

a quick pinch or squeeze of the ‘slap it’ lamp by london-based designer joseph begley brightens up rooms with its warm glow. made from realistic feeling silicone, the cheeky light responds to pressure sensors when it is touched, directly turning it on or off. the squishy form is available in 8 colors, including: white, red, blue, cyan, magenta, green, yellow, and orange with each emitting a diffuse radiance. adding a sense of fun to a daily task, the interactive design is turned into a playful device. ‘slap it’ has been featured on the hit television programme, ‘made in chelsea’ and is on display at the luxury london lingerie boutique petit bisous.

the ‘slap it’ light is available in a variety of colors