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  • Fantastic Science Fiction Fonts

    There's a plethora of awesome fonts out there in the nether-net. Some are free, some are not. But it's fun to explore different typography for your next banner ad! I love this new age in design, especially in the science fiction realm. We always see those vintage and retro fonts, but rarely do you see something that trends along the lines of science fiction. And what's cool is that people will recognize it as science fiction right away. With vintage, retro, or Western fonts, they can be used for all sorts of events. But with a science fiction font, there's almost no need for unnecessary text. There will be no mistaking your science-related event. Below are some samples of fonts that you've seen in film, television, and literature. It's the few that captured my attention, and are available for download: You can download these fonts and more, HERE. Also, Eaton Conference anyone? Now there's a science fiction convention if I've ever seen one! And what's more, Stan Lee is going to be there! If you've got a hankering for some good science fiction visuals, check it out in April.

  • Stereotypical Types: To Use or Not to Use For Banners

    Your mother told you this when you were a kid: “If you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.” Truer words have never been spoken by many a mother.

    But we’re not here to talk about words per se, but type. In particular, font type that is created to mimic another language or culture. “Stereotypical types”, as it were. You see them all the time: on ads for specialty shops, ethnic restaurants, etc. so it's not unusual. It also doesn't involve fonts inspired by old eras, such as Gothic fonts, but the "ethnic" fonts  mimic other written languages, such as Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, or Greek and transform them into a mock English. But in a culture that's striving to conquer racism, it's a curious thing that these fonts still exist.

    Considering Types for Banners

    If you're contemplating using an "ethnic font", such as from the examples below, for your next banner or sign, it may be beneficial to take a step back and think about your demographics first:

    1. Am I posting this in a neighborhood where a community might be offended?
    2. Does my chosen font type truly express the value and quality of my establishment?
    3. Is my font choice relevant to my product?

    By simply asking yourself these three questions, you can easily avoid a scandal. It's understood that choosing a type is a tricky decision, but it's recommended that you avoid these "stereotypical types" and either create your own or choose one that better expresses your business, theme, or appeals to the kind of customers that you want.

    The following fonts can be found on dafont.com.

    Shanghai

    TenchoJap

    DS Arabic

    Kremlin

    Jerusalem

    In the end, it's fun to choose a font, of course, but just be aware of where you're posting your banner and what you are advertising in order to avoid any drama with a community of potential customers.

     

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