What Is a Font License? (And Do I Need One?)

Almost every design project you encounter will include type of some kind. And it’s very likely that that type will start as a font on a computer, unless you create it yourself. With using specific computer fonts, come some very specific rules regarding their use, which can vary by project. So what is a font license? Do you need one? And where can you find the tools and resources you need to make sure you are using fonts properly? Lucky for you, we have a primer. (And the images in this post include fonts that you can license to use in your projects.) What is a Font License? A font license grants the owner the right to use a typeface in a specific manner as outlined in the license. (Note that in this article we are going to use the terms “font” and “typeface” rather interchangeably.) Every typeface comes with Read the full article…

How to Use After Effects Templates

Adobe After Effects is a video-based tool that’s used to add elements to moving pictures and animations. Designers use it to create titles, intros, and transitions between video clips to enhance the production value of animations and video projects. After Effects is one of those tools that’s packed with goodies, including templates that you can use to speed up project workflows. You can create your own templates or find and download them from other sources. Here, we have a guide to using After Effects so you have everything you need to get started or better use the software. How to Use After Effects Templates An After Effects template is a pre-made video/animation project file with design elements you can customize and add to your bigger projects. The best templates are often crafted by professional designers and can help jumpstart projects for those less familiar with the tool or in need Read the full article…

Smashing Magazine Is Thirteen!

Smashing Magazine Is Thirteen! Smashing Magazine Is Thirteen! Rachel Andrew 2019-09-06T12:00:59+02:002019-09-06T10:55:45+00:00 This week, Smashing Magazine turned thirteen years old. The web has changed a lot since Vitaly posted his first article back in 2006. The team at Smashing has changed too, as have the things that we bring to our community — with conferences, books, and our membership added to the online magazine. One thing that hasn’t changed is that we’re a small team — with most of us not working fulltime for Smashing. Many in the team, however, have been involved with the magazine since the early days. You may not know them by name, but you will have enjoyed and benefited from their work. I enjoyed finding out what everyone gets up to outside of Smashing, and also how they came to be involved — I hope that you will, too. Vitaly Friedman is the person you probably Read the full article…

Inspired Design Decisions: Alexey Brodovitch

Inspired Design Decisions: Alexey Brodovitch Inspired Design Decisions: Alexey Brodovitch Andrew Clarke 2019-09-05T13:30:59+02:002019-09-06T10:55:45+00:00 Before writing Art Direction for the Web, I began to study Alexey Brodovitch when I became fascinated by editorial and magazine design. I was drawn to his precision, in particular, the way Brodovitch brought photographs and text together. Then, I became intrigued by his design process, how he sketched layouts, arranged them into spreads, and created a rhythm which flowed through his magazines. Later, I appreciated his rebellious rejection of anything he considered mediocre. I still love the advice he gave his students to look beyond his medium to inspiration from other forms of art, architecture, and design. I like to think I share a little of Brodovitch’s rebelliousness, because I want to develop the web into a creative medium, rather than as merely a platform for products. An innovative approach to website design matters because it Read the full article…

Nintendo teases strange new motion control experience for Switch

Fresh off its Nintendo Direct announcements yesterday, the gaming company is already teasing a “new experience” for the Switch — some sort of bizarre new motion controller accessory that uses the console’s Joy-Con controllers, promising more details on September 12th. The teaser is light on details but it appears that there’s two pieces of the device: a primary, flexible ring that one Joy-Con half is inserted into, and which has some additional handles around the circumference that seems to be the main “controller”, and a secondary leg strap that the other Joy-Con goes in (perhaps for some fitness tracking features?) The video shows players vigorously squeezing the ring, jumping around, and running in place, which seems to imply that… Read the full article…

Twitch Prime Members Can Play Super NES Games on Switch for Free for 12 Months

UPDATE: The SNES Games on Nintendo Switch Online are now live. The latest Nintendo Direct was packed with surprises, among them was the announcement of SNES games coming to the Switch Online service. The list of games is pretty excellent, to be honest, and you can only play these Super NES classics on Switch if you’re a Nintendo Switch Online Member. The SNES games on Nintendo Switch Online will be available sometime today. Signing up is a snap. You can even try a free Nintendo Switch Online trial for 7 days to get a feel for it AND play all the NES games currently available for Switch Online, too. Read the full article…