The 12 Best Facebook Marketing Tools Available in 2016 | Elegant Themes Blog

Facebook needs no introduction. Today it boasts over 1.6 billion monthly active users, and if you haven’t extended your marketing efforts onto the platform yet, it begs the question – what on earth are you waiting for?

Well, the good news is that getting started with marketing on Facebook is honestly not that hard – anyone can create a page and start accumulating a following right away. Doing it right, however, will require you to get acquainted with a multitude of tools in order to maximize the efficacy of your efforts. You’ll need to engage with your followers, track your analytics, manage your ad campaigns, and know exactly which content to publish and when…

via The 12 Best Facebook Marketing Tools Available in 2016 | Elegant Themes Blog

20 Indispensable Gmail Calendar Hacks for 2015 – CPC Strategy

I spend If you’re anything like me, you’ll quickly find your Gmail calendar full to the brim with appointments, meetings, conference calls and anything and everything in between. And as those build up, sorting through them and staying on track can get pretty difficult.
Gmail calendar has some pretty useful built-in tools. Tools most of its users aren’t using. They can help you keep organized and on-track with multiple connections, meetings and priorities.

See the 20 Gmail Calendar Hacks via 20 Indispensable Gmail Calendar Hacks for 2015 – CPC Strategy

There’s a New iPhone Text Scam Making the Rounds – Yahoo Finance

Smartphone owners, particularly iPhone users, are the target of another new scam. And if you have an iPhone, you may have been duped without even knowing it.

This phishing scam is in the form of a text message that says your Apple ID or iCloud account needs to be updated or else it will be terminated (which would be detrimental for any iOS user). To prevent this, you’re instructed to follow the link included in the text. And this is where the hackers take over — the link sends you to a fraudulent site requesting your information, including your first and last name and even passport information.

This is a scam perpetrated with the intent of stealing your personal identity. According toApple’s privacy policy, they will not send you requests like this, and say that account related information interactions typically happen in iTunes or your Apple ID account itself. The policy also outlines information it will never ask users for outside of their account — Social Security number, mother’s maiden name, full credit cardnumber or credit card CCV code — and advise users not to follow any links and to report any potential scams to the company. Apple did not respond to our request for comment on this particular scam by the time this story was published.

via There’s a New iPhone Text Scam Making the Rounds – Yahoo Finance

Table Coding for WordPress.com users | wordpress tips

Just what I have been looking for: handy hints for coding tables in WordPress!

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via Table coding for wordpress.com users | wordpress tips

Like Art? Wanna be Inspired? Follow Global Art Junkie

This painting (Earthquake / Terremoto) by the late Japanese artist Tetsuya Ishida sold this month at Christie’s to a private American buyer for almost $350,000 U.S., 10 times the anticipated base price – demonstrating the never-ending popularity of this surrealist painter.

 

via Global Art Junkie

Adding Custom Fonts to WordPress with @Font-Face and CSS3 – WPMU DEV

Whether you’re creating a new WordPress theme or simply customizing one, custom fonts can help freshen your theme’s style.

While browsers have built-in default fonts, which you can call in your style.css file, using the same fonts everyone else uses can seem a bit dull.

Luckily, adding your own choice of fonts is relatively easy using the CSS3 @font-face rule. All that’s required is uploading a font to your server, then adding it to your theme with a few small snippets of CSS.

Let’s look at how to do it.

via Adding Custom Fonts to WordPress with @Font-Face and CSS3 – WPMU DEV

How to Add Google Forms to Your WordPress Website | Elegant Themes Blog

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If you aren’t yet familiar with Google Forms, now is a good time to get acquainted with this free yet powerful service.

Perhaps not as popular as their other apps, such as Docs and Sheets, Google Forms is a quick and easy way to collect information from your users via online forms. As well as being shared via email or published on their own web page, Google Forms can also be added to your WordPress website in just a few clicks

via How to Add Google Forms to Your WordPress Website | Elegant Themes Blog

Let the Money Roll in with an Appointment Calendar Plugin

File this under “WordPress Hacks”

What if your clients could schedule their appointments themselves? An appointment calendar can improve your bottom line and make your life easier.

I found the perfect plugin that does just that. It took me weeks of research before I found the best plugin that doesn’t require off-site registration or monthly fees.

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It sends email confirmations to the client and to you, allows you to run any kind of business, and schedule anything from hotel rooms to hair salon appointments. It gives you access to Paypal and other gateways (the Pro version only), lets you schedule discounts, coupons, and extras. From the admin, you can manually book appointments or cancel them. You can set the calendar to instantly accept appointments or set it up in a two-step approval process.

This appointment plugin is very robust and quite beautiful. The only caveat is that it was designed by a non-native English language company, and the documentation is useless. There is no tutorial either, so I had to stumble my way through it until I understood how to set it up and use it.

Configuring this plugin is not for the faint of heart, so I recommend that you work with a professional. If you want me to install and configure this plugin for you on your WordPress site, let me know!

You can see the calendar in action when you book a session with me. You can book a FREE initial creative coaching/business consultation here:http://parallelmindzz.com/creative-coaching-consultation/

If you need any WordPress, website, or social media help, please contact me:

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30 Incredibly Readable Serif Fonts for Your Next Web Design Project | Elegant Themes Blog

Typography is a key component of web design and the choice of which font to use on your projects, while often overlooked, can have a huge impact on how well they’re received.

Popular design wisdom establishes that different kinds of fonts are better suited for specific purposes, such as serif being better for printed works, and sans serif excelling when it comes to high-impact headlines. Today, we’re focusing on readability in web design, and as such, we’ll be covering only serif fonts, which (being more easily identified by the human eye) are considered more legible than their sans serif counterparts.

Without further ado, let’s quickly go over the WordPress font installation process, then over our picks one by one.

How to Add Fonts to Your WordPress Website

There are two ways you can go around adding fonts to your WordPress repertoire. The first involves making some simple CSS modifications, but they can get annoying if you want to try out a bunch of them.

The second route involves, of course, plugins. Our personal pick for this case is Use Any Font:

This handy little plugin enables you to upload third party fonts to your server via a simple interface, and use them via the WordPress editor without any additional setup. It supports both TTF and OTF file extensions, and is fully free to use.

via 30 Incredibly Readable Serif Fonts for Your Next Web Design Project | Elegant Themes Blog

The Ultimate Guide to Font Pairing

Great fonts are essential to great design. But picking great fonts can seem like an impossible dark art for most people. In the article below I’ll explain the basics of choosing great fonts and then give you my favorite combinations that you can use in your own designs.

These font pairs are perfect if you are trying to create your nextpresentation, social media graphic or anything else you’d like to design. Of course, all of these fonts are available for you to use – for free – inside Canva.

There’s a science to applying a heading, subheading and body copy to suit the type of content you’re producing and the message or tone of your brand.

Think we’ve left some good ones out? Share the font pairings you like to use in the comments section, below, and if we think it deserves to be on this list, we’ll add it in and feature your own design…

 

See visual examples via The Ultimate Guide to Font Pairing

Panama Papers: Email Hackable via WordPress, Docs Hackable via Drupal – Wordfence

The Mossack Fonseca (MF) data breach, aka Panama Papers, is the largest data breach to journalists in history and includes over 4.8 million emails. Yesterday we broke the story that MF was running WordPress with a vulnerable version of Revolution Slider and the WordPress server was on the same network as their email servers when the breach occurred.

Today we will release new information describing how the attackers may have breached the MF email servers via WordPress and Revolution Slider. We will also summarize below how they probably gained access to client documents via Drupal. We are breaking the story today about the link between WordPress and MF’s email server. The Drupal story has already been covered earlier this week in the media by Forbes (see below), but we are providing some data to support it.

How they hacked email

According to Süddeutsche Zeitung, the

via Panama Papers: Email Hackable via WordPress, Docs Hackable via Drupal – Wordfence

How to Use SMTP to Send Email from WordPress | Elegant Themes Blog

SMTP can be a lot more reliable than the typical mail function in WordPress. There may come a time where the standard PHP mail function in WordPress stops working properly, causing you to run into problems with getting emails to send and receive emails correctly. You’ll want to connect your site to an SMTP server if this is the case.
You need to use your email provider’s server, which means retrieving the SMTP settings in most cases. We’ll go over how to set up these types of settings using the Easy WP SMTP and WP Mail SMTP plugins in the first section. Instructions on how to connect your site to Gmail’s servers are in the second section…

via How to Use SMTP to Send Email from WordPress | Elegant Themes Blog

Conversational Interfaces, Explained | Co.Design | business design

Last week at Microsoft’s Build conference, CEO Satya Nadella said that the future of the company was “conversation as platform.” In other words, less Windows and Office, and more Cortana and Tay—conversational interfaces that can understand the natural language of human users.

If Nadella thought he was expressing some unique vision of the future, though, he was fooling himself. The idea of conversational UI has quickly colonized nearly every corner of Silicon Valley over the past year. Now seems like a good time to ask: What is a conversational interface?

WHAT’S A CONVERSATIONAL INTERFACE?

A conversational interface is any UI that mimics chatting with a real human. The idea here is that instead of communicating with a computer on its own inhuman terms—by clicking on icons and entering syntax-specific commands—you interact with it on yours, by just telling it what to do.

WHAT KIND OF CONVERSATIONAL INTERFACES ARE THERE?

Right now, there are two basic types of conversational interfaces. There are voice assistants, which you talk to, and there are chatbots, which you type to. I’d also probably distinguish a third “fake” kind of conversational interface: the pseudo-chatbot, which mimics a chatbot in appearance but is really a traditional point-and-click GUI. Microsoft Clippy and Quartz’s weird text-messaging news app are good examples of pseudo-chatbots—they borrow the visuals of a chatbot but don’t actually allow you to converse beyond their canned responses.

via Conversational Interfaces, Explained | Co.Design | business design

This House Costs Just $20,000—But It’s Nicer Than Yours

3056129-inline-i-1c-these-beautiful-small-houses-were-each-copyFor over a decade, architecture students at Rural Studio, Auburn University’s design-build program in a tiny town in West Alabama, have worked on a nearly impossible problem. How do you design a home that someone living below the poverty line can afford, but that anyone would want—while also providing a living wage for the local construction team that builds it?

In January, after years of building prototypes, the team finished their first pilot project in the real world. Partnering with a commercial developer outside Atlanta, in a tiny community called Serenbe, they built two one-bedroom houses, with materials that cost just $14,000 each

via This House Costs Just $20,000—But It’s Nicer Than Yours.

SHoP Architects Will Build 50 Resilient Schools In Nepal (And Share The Designs)

3055124-slide-s-8-shop-architects-to-build-50-public-schoolsIn April 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal with an epicenter 50 miles outside of the capital, Kathmandu. Natural disasters of this scale are devastating, but some experts argued that unregulated construction compounded the damage and death toll. The New York-based firm SHoP Architects recently announced a partnership with two socially-driven advocacy organizations, Kids of Kathmandu and the Asia Friendship Network, to aid in the rebuilding process by constructing 50 new schools in the hardest-hit areas.

via SHoP Architects Will Build 50 Resilient Schools In Nepal (And Share The Designs).

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Razzle Dazzle: The Hidden Story of Camouflage – OMD concert special on Vimeo

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Kindle Publishing Tips

A recent question from an associate on Linked In prompted this response:

  • Is a page break needed at either the end or start of each page. Is a change of the margin allowed, and is it therefore a viable alternative for a tab when sections of the text needed to be indented?

  • Hi Katherine, These questions are all answered in my book. Please do buy it, and maybe do an Amazon testimonial? Shares are welcome too!

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  • Your last question: think vertical instead of horizontal. Tabs do not work in ebooks. Instead, try this neat trick: offset text with simple “icons” made from text surrounded by paragraph breaks. You can get creative with this, just don’t use bullet points. Some good characters are: * : ~ dashes, etc. Center these, like so:

~~~~

  • As for pages, they are irrevelant in an ebook, which is just one big page in HTML. You can use manual page breaks in Word between chapters, though. The page breaks that you see in Word won’t render as pages in the final ebook.

I offer ebook conversion services at competitive rates: https://freshasylum.wordpress.com/publishing-services/

Taking Type to the Next Level with Alternate Characters | Media Militia

Editor’s note: a great article on swashes in typography. Be sure to follow the link to the design resources this site offers.
Cool design resources here:  http://mediamilitia.com
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Are you sick of your type looking plain and boring? Many OpenType fonts have alternate characters built into them that can transform your type into a beautiful piece of art. By using these alternate characters you can add things like flourishes and flair to your type with ease. Some type faces have alternate characters that can help out with legibility at smaller sizes. Even some handwritten fonts have alternate characters to change the style of a characters to make it seem more handwritten. In this article we will take a deep dive into using alternate characters.

How do you tell what fonts have alternates? Well most likely the fonts you are downloading from free font sites like DAFont.com will not have alternates. You have to pay money for a good font, where the designer of the font put in extra characters into the font family. At the end of this article, I have listed some of the most amazing fonts that have alternates.

Types of Alternates

Ligatures – This is where two or more characters are linked together. If you look at the example below the T and H characters are linked together. The font used in this example is Aphrodite Slim Pro.


Logotypes – This is where a word is stylized as a logo to be included in your type. You will usually find these in the Show Entire Glyphs and not as an alternate.


Biform characters – These alternate characters can make capital letters have a lowercase look or lowercase letters with capital letter look while keeping the same size and weight. The font used in this example is Press Gothic Pro.


Swash characters – This is where a certain letter can have a fancy look to them. You will see swash characters in lot’s of calligraphic fonts. They are very useful at the beggining and end of a word. The font used in this example is Burgues Script.

How To Access Alternates

To gain a better understanding of how you can benefit from using alternate characters, we should first look at how you can access them. Both Adobe Illustrator and InDesign have a great way to access these alternate characters. Unfortunately, Adobe Photoshop does not have a way to access them via a Glyphs panel. In this tutorial we are going to use Illustrator.

Step 1

The font I am going to be using is Aphrodite Slim Pro. It is an amazing handmade font full of alternate and ligature forms designed by Sabrina Lopez and Maximiliano Sproviero. You have to purchase it, but it is well worth your money. You can buy it from myfonts.com here. Make sure you buy the Pro version as it includes all the different alternate characters.

Step 2

Using the Type Tool, type out Media on one layer and change the font toAphrodite Slim Pro. I set the font size to 72 pt.

Step 3

Using the Type Tool create another type layer and type in Militia. Place it where you feel fit.

Step 4

Open up the Glyphs panel by going to Window > Type > Glyphs

This Glyphs panel gives you the ability to see all of the characters as well as the alternate characters for any given font. This panel is the heart to this tutorial. It opens by default showing all the characters available for the font.

Step 5

It is great to see all the different characters available to us, but the real power of the Glyphs panel is being able to show the Alternates for a selected character.

With the Type Tool, select the first “e” in Media. In the drop down box for Showchange it to Alternates for Current Selection. This will show all the alternates for the letter e. Find one you like by clicking on each of the different thumbnails.

Step 6

Continue going through and selecting different characters and seeing which ones look the best. Don’t over do it though!

Step 7

You may have noticed while selecting some of the characters that there are ornaments included with the type. I created two new type layers and found two ornaments that fit in perfectly with the type. The letters I used were X and Y. Using the selection tool I put them up against the other letters.

Tip:

While Photoshop does not have a Glyphs panel, you can create your typography inside of Illustrator and copy and paste it into Photoshop to manipulate.

Great Fonts With Alternates

Aphrodite Slim Pro
This font as seen in the tutorial above has more than 1000 glyphs. It a beautiful calligraphy based font.


Ministry Script
Ministry Script was designed to be “A time capsule that marks both the American ad art of the 1920s, and the current new-millennium acrobatics of digital type.
Over 1000 characters


Affair
Affair is an extraordinary new calligraphic typeface by Alejandro Paul with a party full of swash characters, ligatures, and ornaments.


Mussica
Mussica is a crisp font created by Corradine Fonts. It feature a few extra glyphs for your characters that add a wow effect.


Blanchard
Blanchard is a revival and elaborate extension of Muriel, a 1950 metal face made by Blanchard Trochut for the Fonderie Typographique Française, that was published simultaneously by the Spanish Gans foundry under the name Juventud. Blanchard is a script that embodies the post-war narrow decorative aesthetic that would become the instantly recognizable feature of that era’s design.


Metroscript
Metroscript is a handwritten script with styles from the 1920s and the 1950s. With a huge vintage sports theme, it has many ligatures, swashes, alternates, foreign accented characters and tails—all of which connect seamlessly.


Liza
Liza Pro, Underware’s latest creation, is a live-script typeface. Thanks to its extremely intelligent OpenType architecture, she approaches human hand lettering as close as technically possible. Liza Pro deeply analyzes the text. Out of a stock of 4000 hand crafted characters, Liza creates the most optimal combination. All of this works automatically. All you need to do is typing your lettres d’amour, and Liza makes the text always look different.


Nelly Script Flourish
Nelly Script Flourish is the jewelry to a beautifully appointed lady, the icing to the wedding cake, the VaVoom! Nelly Script Flourish comes complete with a large variety of alternate upper and lowercase forms in OpenType format.


Mon Amour Script Pro
Mainly for invitations; Mon Amour Script Pro, is an Open-Type font, which will delight you. It has the alternate, swash and ligature functions.


Quijote Sauvage Pro
Quijote Sauvage Pro is a very expressive calligraphic font. It includes all the ligatures, alternates and swashes..


Buffet Script
Buffet Script is based on fantastic calligraphy by Alf Becker, arguably the greatest American sign lettering artist of all time


Paradise Script
Paradise is a script font thought to be used in a wide range of pieces of design. From packaging to invitations, Paradise really looks elegant and sometimes playful at the same time. The possibilities of alternates, ligatures and combinations of them are huge. Calligraphy lovers know that words sometimes start or end with extra flourishes: This is the reason of Paradise Starters and Paradise Finishers, which will always give a sensual touch to the written word.


PF Champion Script Pro
PF Champion Script Pro is the most advanced and powerful script ever made. Four sets of alternate swashed capitals as well as a plethora of ornaments and frames (117) was included.

The Best and Most Popular Fonts for Designers in 2015

Designers need plenty of useful tools, materials and appropriate platform to work for clients or self businesses. Fonts are integral part of web design, graphics, headlines, logos, brochures, those have higher demand in design field mostly for business purpose. Fonts can be found in two ways free licensing for personal use and paid licensing for commercial use.

When you turn your level from primary to standard in producing quality design object you need premium things to extend the design quality into next level for feeding up your customers more. Free fonts are always gettable and used by millions but premium fonts as the name suggests they are appropriate to produce a different, stylish and organic outlook along with your design mode.

So try these beautiful and best fonts to use in web, desktop, apps, server based development purpose

Graublau Sans Pro

Graublau Sans pro

Graublau sans pro is one of the rising stars of Myfonts top sellers lists. The font family combines more than 1000 glyphs for each style and 7 weights, with their matching italics. It’s very much suitable for all types of typographic tasks. The italics version comes with handwriting based, vivid design while the regular style has a neutral and clear appearance. Graublau Sans pro endorses Turkish, CE, Cyrillic and Greek, with offering wide range of sets of figures.

Brandon Grotesque

Brandon Grotesque

Brandon grotesque is award winning font family which is involved in sans serif font type and designed with six weights and matching italics. The designer of this font family is Hannes von Döhren who worked for many years to develop typeface. Brandon Grotesque was released in the year 2009/10 by HVD fonts. Original typeface includes six different styles: Thin, Light, Regular, Medium, Bold and Black weights. Italics version were also made available for each case of their weight. Brandon Grotesque won the TDC2 Award, in 2011.

Proxima Nova

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Proxima Nova is originally the rework of Proxima Sans, the font family includes 42 OpenType, fully featured fonts with three width choices. In style Proxima Nova fills a gap between various typefaces like Akzindenz Grotesk and Futura. Proxima Nova is hybrid typeface which combines geometric appearance with humanistic proportions.

Helvetica Neue Lt Std

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Helvetica font family is widely used and most popular font face in 60s and 70s decades. There different types of versions were introduced in this family. A complete family was redrawn during the early 80’s by Linotype. Alignment differences were corrected and the subtle features had been made more consistent. The entire font family was redesigned again.

Graublau Slab Pro

Graublau slab pro

Graublau Slab Pro is new comer right after Graublau Sans Pro font family. They’re indeed the new addition of Graublau family which had been designed by Georg Seifert. The font family was released in 2008, but within very little period it has grabbed and wide attention by designers, now embedded in websites, graphic design, magazines, books, eBooks, corporate etc. design purposes.

Halis Grotesque

Halis Grotesque

Another rising star of Myfonts top sellers competition, Halis Grotesque is a classic font face including eight different weights, Italics and Normal. The weights all have small caps and the font itself has come to mean clean and pure. Grotesque font family includes new Turkish Lira Sign in addition with alternate ampersand which was created by Professor Halis Bicer (man has great popularity in Turkey due to being an expertise about graphic design, calligraphy and typography)

Museo Slab

Museo Slab

Museo Slab is a robust and attractive slab serif font family that combines friendliness of Museo. Museo Slab is developed to  fillup the nicer combination of design of headlines, logos and titles. Jos Buivenga from Exljbris has designed Museo  Slab. The font family supports OpenType font which is an offspring of the very popular Museo.

Thirsty Rough

Thirsty-rough

Thirsty Rough was designed by Yellow Design Studio which is a weathered and warm version of the Thirsty Script. The font family provides captivating texture with authentic characteristics of the letterpress printing. The font is highly customized and suited for any design purpose. Thirsty Rough also includes matching texture pieces for fun and extra customization.

Museo Sans

Museo-Sans

The base creature of Exljbris is Museo Sans which was most popular to design the texture of websites. Museo Sans is highly legible, geometric, low contrast and sturdy typeface perfectly suitable for any text and display use. Font family is developed with OpenType format and supports for the CE languages as well as Esperanto.

Trade Gothic

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Trade Gothic font family was initially designed in 1948 by Jackson Burke. It was not the only creature of Jackson but he has done lot of other font designs that displayed much unifying structure of other serif families. Trade Gothic fonts are most popular as to be embedded on multimedia, advertising combined with the roman fonts. Condensed texts are used popularly for headlines in the newspaper.

Futura

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Futura font family is currently top 50 best sellers’ lists of Myfonts which was first constructured in 18th century in London by the classic revival architects. The font family looks like Greek capitals that were inscribed 2500 years ago by the Cretans during the time of Pythagoras.

Avenir

Avenir

Avenir is classic font and geometric sans-serif typeface which was designed by Adrian Frutiger in 1988 and release by Linotype GmbH. Avenir is a type of French word which means “Future”. Font family is inspired by the geometric sans-serif typeface Erbar (1922). Frutiger combined Avenir to be more organic and realist interpretation of the highly geometric types, while similarities can be seen with Futura.

Frutiger

Frutiger

Frutiger is the name pronounced with “hard g” is a series of typeface which was named after, the Swiss font designer Adrian Frutiger. Frutiger is a classic font typeface which is based on humanist typeface and realist, which is intended to be clean and highly legible at a distance or at small text sizes. Frutiger was first release in 1968 by the publisher Linotype.

FF DIN

FF-DIN

FF DIN is realist sans-serif typeface designed in 1995 by Albert-Jab Pool, the font is structured based on DIN-Mittelschrift and DIN-Engschrift, as defined in the German standard DIN 1451. DIN is the acronym of Deutsches Institut für Normung (German Institute of Standardisation). The font family is modified with 20 weights, ranging from Light to Black in Condensed and Medium with matching italics.

Intro

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Intro font family includes 26 very unique font styles & weights; the font family is featured by many renowned publications in the globe. The characters are excellent in both – web & printing. Intro font family is suitable for designing purposes for headlines of all sizes in newspaper, magazines, corporations, books, web sites etc.

Bombshell Pro

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Bombshell Pro is only 1 font family is popular for hand-calligraphy, and handwriting for creating signatures or beautiful headings. It contains more than 800 glyphs like terminal and initial letters, run on connections, roman numerals and alternates.

Carolyna Pro Black

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Carolyna Pro Black is particularly popular font family from Carolyna Pro. The text is whimsical yet formal so that users can still have the hand lettered, modern calligraphy look. Carolyna is formatted in OpenType family which includes end and beginning swashes, ligatures and alternates.

Effra

Effra

Effra font family includes the roots in one of the earliest sans-serif designs commercially available, Caslon Junior, from 1816. The design of Effra is updated for contemporary use, and has been expanded to the Standard character set. It is not strictly a font intended for setting body copy, the resulting family does function well at the sizes.

Freeland

Freeland

Freeland is casual brush typeface, with a rich, inky texture and just a bit of a masculine, edgy vibe. The font family is modern, bold and lively but not too much whimsical. Freeland is perfect for headlines in magazines, books, art and creative posters.

ITC Avant Garde Gothic

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ITC Avant Garde Gothic is Adobe designed font family which is based on the logo font used in the Avant Garde magazine. The font family is currently top 10 best sellers lists in Myfonts contests.

RBNo 2.1

RBNo2

Purely condensed typeface that has a geometric and technical appearance. This family includes two different versions with seven weights and matching italics. The font looks very ideal for technical surroundings in logos, website headlines, posters, magazines and on anyplace with smaller texts.

Conclusion

Typeface is used to enhance the creativity of design in the base to form realist and humanist look and feel. To produce quality work we need to have skill and proper materials for displaying the complete preference of the creation. Fonts are the integral part of design base for websites, graphics, textures and more.
The fonts mentioned above and most popular and highly used for design purpose no matter what platform do you use to work on.

via The Best and Most Popular Fonts for Designers in 2015.

Top 10 Creative

Fonts are used to design typography of any document or object. We use fonts to design website textures, images, graphics, PDFs, eBooks and many things where written in texts. There are huge collections of fonts available to download and use for personal or commercial purposes. You can download many popular and beautiful fonts from the web from different sources that provide fonts. Webfonts are same as to desktop fonts though we use them in different ways, webfonts are embeddable but desktop fonts are in two types OpenType and TrueType.You can install any font type in your computer hard drive and use that font to design your object.

Below are quite few lists of beautiful fonts are most popular fonts used in design purposes.

Graublau Sans Pro

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Graublau sans pro is the rising star of myfonts which provides 1000 glyphs with 7 heights and this font is suitable for all types of typographic task. It’s well known typography since the italics have handwriting based, vivid design while the regular style has a neutral and clean appearance. It also supports Turkish, CE, Cyrillic and Greek offering a wide range of sets of figures.

Proxima Nova

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The font family is a reworking module of Proxima Sans. The family includes 42 OpenType, fully featured fonts with three width choices. Proxima nova was first released in 2005 after many requests came to the author and he reworked on Proxima sans and happened to create a beautiful classic fonts for design shape and purpose.

Brandon Grotesque

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Brandon Grotesque is sans serif, award winning font family with beautiful geometric style and functional look across their each character. Black and thin fonts are the great choice for creating headlines though medium and regular weights are more suitable for longer sentences.

Helvetica Neue Lt Std

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Popular Helvetica font family during the 60s and 70s and various versions are released from Helvetica introducing their family members are quite popular across the design world. The entire font family was redrawn during the early 80’s by Linotype. Alignment differences were corrected and the subtle features had been made more consistent.

Graublau Slab Pro

Grablau Slab Pro

This is new addition of Graublau family which had been designed by Georg seifert. The font family was released in 2008, as the typeface was very much popular in usages web design and development, magazines, books, and corporate designs.

Museo Sans

museo sans

These are another beautiful and popular font family based on Museo sans and Museo slab used for headline designs in many places though they work well for texture design in websites, magazines, books and logos. Museo Sans comes with OpenType family which supports for the CE language as well as Esperanto. It includes various features such as inferior, superior, denominators, numerators, old styled figures etc.

Futura

Futura font family

The only known and best fonts in 1920s when Futura font was first released and became most popular within few years. The font family is ancient like the Greek capitals that were inscribed 2500 years ago by the Cretans during the time of Pythagoras, by Imperial Romans in the Scripios tomb or during the 18th century.

Trade Gothic

Trade Gothic

Trade Gothic was also a popular web font initially designed in 1948 by Jackson Burke. While this family doesn’t display much unifying structure compared to other sans serif families, this dissonance itself adds earthy naturalism and appeal.

Halis Grotesque

Halis Grotesque

It is being another rising star from the font family includes eight different weights, italics and normal. The weights all have small caps and the font itself has come to mean clean and pure. The font has great usages in texture and typography designs that include magazines, books, website textures, logo, and corporate design.

Museo Slab

Museo Slab 500

Museo Slab is Robust and attractive font family which has a great similarity with Museo Sans font family. It works fine with Museo sans and Proxima nova when you think designing headlines alongside your site. 100 and 300 weights perform well to design headlines also 500 weight has super usages.

Conclusion

These are all the most popular and useful commercial fonts have great usefulness in designing textures and typography for websites, magazines, books, corporate, logos, banners, posters, and many where. You can also generate @font-face with these fonts by using @font-face generate services.

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Would installing fonts from a free font website give my Mac a Virus? | MacRumors Forums

There is no malware in existence that can destroy a computer. That’s complete myth. While you should be careful when downloading anything, there is no Mac OS X malware in the wild that infects by installing fonts.

Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 10 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.

  1. Make sure your built-in Mac firewall is enabled in System Preferences > Security > Firewall
  2. Uncheck “Open “safe” files after downloading” in Safari > Preferences > General
  3. Disable Java in your browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox). This will protect you from malware that exploits Java in your browser, including the recent Flashback trojan. Leave Java disabled until you visit a trusted site that requires it, then re-enable only for the duration of your visit to that site. (This is not to be confused with JavaScript, which you should leave enabled.)
  4. Change your DNS servers to OpenDNS servers by reading this.
  5. Be careful to only install software from trusted, reputable sites. Never install pirated software. If you’re not sure about an app, ask in this forum before installing.
  6. Never let someone else have access to install anything on your Mac.
  7. Don’t open files that you receive from unknown or untrusted sources.
  8. For added security, make sure all network, email, financial and other important passwords are long and complex, including upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.
  9. Always keep your Mac and application software updated. Use Software Update for your Mac software. For other software, it’s safer to get updates from the developer’s site or from the menu item “Check for updates”, rather than installing from any notification window that pops up while you’re surfing the web.

That’s all you need to do to keep your Mac completely free of any Mac OS X malware that has ever been released into the wild. While you may elect to use it, 3rd party antivirus software is not required to keep your Mac malware-free.via Would installing fonts from a free font website give my Mac a Virus? | MacRumors Forums.

The Top 10 Places to Find Free Fonts

Free fonts are a great way to add some pizzazz to your printed or online projects without adding an additional cost. There are plenty of great free fonts out there and there really is no reason to pay for a font when you can get such good ones for free.

When looking for free fonts it can sometimes be difficult to wade through which free font sites are good and which ones are going to only fill your inbox with spam or at worst give your computer a virus. I’ve made the process of finding your next free font a little bit easier for you by listing my picks for the top 10 places to find free fonts.

These free font sites have thousands of free fonts, are easy to navigate, let you preview the font before downloading, and make the process of getting the font you want easy and quick.

Tip: Many fonts are downloaded as ZIP files. You’ll need to unzip the files before you can use the free font. After the free font file is unzipped you’ll then need to go through the simple process of installing the font on your computer before you can use it.

Tip: All the free fonts at these websites are free for personal use. Each font will have a note beside it stating if it’s free to use commercially or not.

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1.  dafont.com

dafont.com tops my list as the best place to find free fonts online and after you spend a few minutes there you’ll see that’s because the process of finding and getting the font couldn’t be simpler from beginning to end.

At dafont.com you’ll find a ton of unique fonts in lots of specific categories which makes it easy to find a good quality font for a general or specific purpose.

dafont.com also makes previewing and downloading the free font of your choice is quick and easy. More »

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2.  FontSpace

FontSpace boosts that they have thousands of fonts uploaded by users all over the world and indeed they do.

What really sets FontSpace apart from the other free font websites is their list of the top thousand most popular fonts, the ability to preview multiple fonts at once, and the quick process of downloading your chosen font. More »

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3.  1001 Free Fonts

If you’re looking for a lot of different fonts with a great-sized preview window then the free font website 1001 Free Fonts is a great place to go.

Despite the name, there are a lot more than 1,001 fonts here – around 29,000 to be more precise. These free fonts are then broken down by category making it easy to find just what you’re looking for.

You’ll keep coming back to 1001 Free Fonts because of their large font previews that can easily be customized to show custom text in a variety of different sizes. More »

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4.  fontstruct

Fontstruct is a one of a kind free font website with the main purpose of using their online editor is to actually create your own font. This is a great option if you are looking for something so unique that it hasn’t even been created yet.

Fontstruct is also a great place to go because users who have created their own custom fonts often share them so everyone can download the finished product. This makes it a wonderful place to go even if you don’t want to spend the time to create your own font. More »

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5.  Font Squirrel

All the free fonts at Font Squirrel are free for personal uses as well as commercial use. So if you are looking for a free font to use commercially, you’ll know that any font you find here is a safe bet.

There aren’t quite as many fonts here as some of the other free font websites boost but the ones they have are of great quality and it’s great to know that they can all be used commercially.

If you’re going to use the font on a website, you’ll love that you can preview each font to see how it will look out on the Internet. More »

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6.  UrbanFonts

You’ll love all the ways to find free fonts at UrbanFonts. Some of my favorites is by the top 100, editor’s favorites, and using the tags at the bottom of the home page.

The font preview at UrbanFonts has all the standards plus the added feature of allowing you to view the font and background in whatever colors you choose.

Downloads here are straightforward and you’ll find it quick and easy to get the font you want on your computer. More »

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7.  abstract fonts

Abstract fonts has over 13,500 fonts uploaded by designers all over the world. You can browse the free fonts here by category, designer, recent, and popularity.

If you become a registered member at abstract fonts, which isn’t required but is completely free, you’ll get the added benefit of being able to download up to 100 fonts in one compressed file. More »

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8.  FontZone

FontZone is another source of free font downloads. It has over 50,000 fonts in numerous categories so you can find shadow, script, handwriting, architecture, pixel, cutesy, techno, and rounded fonts, among many other types.

You can also browse for these free fonts by popularity.

All fonts can be previewed before you download them so you can see what custom text will look like under a particular font type.

Registration is optional because it’s not required to have an account to download these fonts. More »

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9.  Acid Fonts

Acid Fonts has a lot of different categories of free fonts that you can browse through to find the font you want. If browsing isn’t your thing then you can also search by keyword.

A simple bare-bones font preview awaits you here and there’s no character map to view before you download. The clutter-free look to Acid Fonts might be up your alley if you already know what you’re looking for and just want to find a font fast. More »

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© FFonts

10.  FFonts

FFonts has a large amount of unique free fonts here but you’ll need to wade your way through some spam to get them.

This is an average free font site but makes the list because of the large amount of varying free fonts available.More »

via The Top 10 Places to Find Free Fonts.

Typography | Fantastic Fonts for Book Covers

Typography can make or break a book cover design. The extensive variety of typography on covers is mind-boggling – from conservative serifs to charmingly handwritten typefaces. Book cover typography has never looked so good.

If you’ve got a cover to design, but need some direction for the typography, let InDesignSkills give you some inspirational suggestions.


1. If you’re designing a cover for a Classic…


Follow the example of the iconic Penguin covers and choose the traditional sans serif typeface Gill Sans. More recent interpretations of the covers by Levente Szabo still use the same typeface, and look just as relevant today:

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The revised covers, also published by Penguin, for classic titles such as Moby Dick useWile, a lovely serif font with a clean, classic look:

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These covers, designed by Jessica Hische, reinterpret a very traditional hardback format, and use vintage-style typography for an authentic, ornate look. To mimic this look, tryNexa Rust, a more modernised version of a slab style, or Asterx, for adding a gothic twist to your text:

jessica hische classic covers typography fonts for book covers

jessica hische classic covers typography fonts for book covers


2. If you’re designing for a Contemporary Fiction title…


For a more serious title, choose Trajan Pro or Adobe Caslon Pro to command attention:

ian mcewan solar trajan pro typography fonts for book covers

For a design that places the emphasis on simple, elegant typography, you can’t go wrong with ITC New Baskerville. Or try Hebrew Michol for a similar vibe:

susan briscoe the crow's vow typography fonts for book covers

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For some titles, a simple sans serif can look really effective without being overwhelming. Try FF Nexus Sans for a clean look that will complement just about any cover design:

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A romantic or nostalgic fiction cover needs a font with more emotion. If you don’t want to venture into handwritten territory, try adding in italic caps like this cover for Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman, published by Grove Press UK with illustration by Emiliano Ponzi. Adobe Caslon Italic Swash will achieve the same effect:

say her name francisco goldman adobe caslon italic typography fonts for book covers


3. If you’re designing a cover for a Non-Fiction title…


Non-fiction titles tend to be more serious and less fantastical than their fictional counterparts. Try a digital, soviet-inspired typeface like BF Anorak to achieve a similar look to this cover, designed by Jason Ramirez:

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For a traditional yet beautiful serif font, try Classical Garamond or Adobe Garamond Pro. Contrasting large-scale text against a pale background can be really high-impact, as demonstrated in this cover design by Cristopher Brian King:

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Try Trade Gothic for a serious sans serif style that complements travel and political commentary books best:

names for the sea sarah moss typography fonts for book covers

For travel books or nostalgic historical titles, a font with a nod to retro design will bring your cover to life. Try K22 Didoni or Cabernet to achieve a similar look to this cover:

paris versus new york typography fonts for book covers

Have you got any font favourites for book covers not mentioned here? Please share them with us in the comments below! Check out more book cover design inspiration here.

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Kindle Publishing Do It Yourself

My latest book, now in a soft-launch until the final edits are done, shows you how to publish your book on Kindle in 7 easy steps. Available now on Amazon.

Publish Your Book on Kindle in 7 Easy Steps

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This book  is a “cheat-sheet” for those who wish to learn how to publish on Kindle.

Even an ebook can be beautiful, if you know how. Book designer and bestselling author Aliyah Marr reveals some super-simple techniques that she has developed to streamline the publishing process for herself and for her clients. This is a step-by-step guide that will enable you to easily and quickly produce the kind of ebook that will look great on Kindle. You worked hard writing your book; you shouldn’t have to work hard to publish it. 

Are you ready to be a published author?

Self-Sustaining Floating Home Offers a Perfect Off-Grid Getaway | The Mind Unleashed

We all need some time to relax and get away from everyday troubles and worries. Traveling is undoubtedly one of the best ways to escape from the routine of daily life. What can be more calming and relaxing than a weekend spent somewhere quiet in nature? It seems that there is a new innovation that could interest the lovers of quiet getaways, as well as off-grid enthusiasts.

A new innovative design called Floatwing allows you to enjoy a perfect off-grid getaway! Floatwing is a floating home which can move at a speed of 3 kt (3.5 mph / 5.6 km/h) using two small outboard motors. Thanks to the modular design, it can be easily stored and shipped to almost anywhere around the globe.

Created by the Portuguese engineering company Friday, this amazing self-sufficient home is aimed to achieve maximum energy efficiency by using environmentally friendly materials and taking advantage of green energy. Thanks to this, the Floatwing has a very low carbon footprint and covers 80% of its energy needs through renewable sources, mainly solar power. In fact, it can generate up to 100% of its annual energy demand in just six months. When fully charged, the watercraft is completely self-sufficient for at least seven days, including the energy needed to power the onboard appliances.

There are four configurations of Floatwing, which provide different levels of self-sufficiency. The best-equipped model is powered by solar and photovoltaic panels and has an advanced wastewater treatment system.

It is also possible to customize the layout of the floating home. It has a fixed width of 6 meters (20 feet) but can be stretched in length from 10 meters (33 feet) to 18 meters (59 feet). The interior area can also be configured between 28 square meters (301 square feet) and 52 square meters (560 square feet). Thus, being fully customizable, the Floatwing can become literally anything – from a daytime cabin for a weekend trip to a comfortable place for a long-term stay, equipped with up to three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

“A romantic gateway for two, or a mobile house in the middle of a lake for the entire family or a group of friends, the possibilities are almost endless,” the Friday team told Dezeen.

Other facilities include a fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning, wine cellar, and a barbecue in the upper level of the watercraft. The heating is provided through a heat pump and AC generator, as well as a pellet stove. So the floating home is good not only for summer vacation but can be used in the cold season too.

Just like the tiny house movement, which has become extremely popular lately, the Floatwing offers a great concept of off-grid living, only that this time it is about living on the water.

via Self-Sustaining Floating Home Offers a Perfect Off-Grid Getaway | The Mind Unleashed.

Inspiring Jim Carrey – We are Eternal

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​How Do I Deal With Unfulfilled Expectations?

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Free Energy / World peace | Keshe Foundation

One does not see wings, jet engines or propulsion rockets attached to the Earth for it to hold on to its position and to travel at thousands of Kilometers an hour for billions of years in its solar system.

With the new understanding of the creation of gravitational fields forces as of planetary systems like the Earth, the scientific intellect and the knowledge of the man has reached the level that he understands this fundamental principle of creation of universal motion and now we have replicated the technology of the universe in a plasma reactor for its applications in space travel.
 
This new method of using the interaction of both gravitational and magnetic fields of the reactor in respect to other celestial objects similar fields to attain motion and positioning, to create motion, energy and food exactly as in the universal objects as on the Earth and the Sun and without burning of any matter as in the universe and we call this new method of travels of using magnetic fields an spaceship program.
 
The Keshe Foundation is an independent non-profit and non-religious organization founded by nuclear engineer M.T. Keshe that aims to develop new scientific knowledge, new technologies and new solutions to major global problems like famine, water shortage, lack of electrical power supply, climate change, and disease, through the use of specially developed  plasma reactors which will also give Mankind the real freedom to travel in deep Space.

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The Machine that Changes EVERYTHING

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