I recently read this great article on beauty on the internet. Take some time and you can see why this is something you should consider while designing not only for the web, print too.

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fontRecently I had to defend the usage of Sans Serif and Serif fonts on the web. With my background coming from Print Design – I understand the concern that people bring up about Serif fonts, don’t get me wrong I do like them just not all the time for web. Unlike print, web is a fast paced world – people want there information and want it quick and in an easy to read format.

The standard style for most content on the Web is sans serif fonts, like Arial, Tahoma or Verdana. Pretty straightforward on why we use this standard so often: sans serif fonts are easier to read on-screen. They also look pretty good when their size is reduced, they also tend to hold up their visual appeal across all browsers.

Serif fonts throughout the web are used for titles and subtitles on a lot of sites, this can help visual appeal on a heavily sans serif page. But can it work for the main content? 

Overall, you should design with sans-serif fonts for your main content, this is a good typography rule for Web Design. You’ll notice that as you wander the web you will see that the majority of the sites out there us sans-serif fonts.

BUT – you already knew that. 

I recently was working on a site that I wanted to have an elegent, and classy look – with my background in Print Design the first thing you think about is a serif font. So I wandered the web and tried to find some sites that actually used a serif font well. 

Here are a few that I felt use a serif font well: Seed Conference (http://seedconference.com/seed.php) Twisted Intellect (http://twistedintellect.com/) Jan Meiert: Why Reset Style Sheets are Bad (http://meiert.com/en/blog/20080419/reset-style-sheets-are-bad/) Cameron Moll (http://www.cameronmoll.com/)

Just like Print Design we need to take into consideration that typography is still important for the web as it is for print. Here are some advantages and disadvantages if you want to challenge yourself and work with a serif font:

Pros: Thanks to all the sans-serif fonts on the web, if you use a serif font you will stand out and give you a challenge to make sure you can make a serif font work and do it right. 

Cons: Serif fonts lose readability at smaller fonts sizes – also on different platforms a serif font may look terrible.

Overall I believe there is going to be a trend moving forward where people will start to use more serif fonts for their content and ignore the web standard rule that is set in place. I hope that designers decide to challenge themselves on the web and start thinking out of the box and use some serif fonts.

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R-Eco: A Game of Recycling and Ecology Game Company – http://zmangames.com/ Link to product – http://zmangames.com/cardgames/r_eco.htm

Vasilakos Design recently developed a packaging design for Z-Man Games, a publisher of games. The project consists of:

Rulebook Design – Card Design – Token Design

Check out my online portfolio to see more samples of the work: http://vasilakosdesign.com/

About the Game: You are garbage collectors whose task is to place recycled goods in their proper waste disposal facility. But you have to watch how much garbage you carry or you will overload your truck and then have to dump the excess materials illegally – not a good thing if you want to become the only authorized garbage collector in the city.

A great filler game originally published in Japan.

iconI love icons on websites – this article is a perfect read. The author also goes through tons of examples on how to properly use icons to direct viewers to a specific area of the webpage, or to keep readers engaged when reading very long amounts of content. If you love icons as much as I do this is a must read article. ENJOY!

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While doing some Flash research I stumbled on the following Alice in Wonderland interactive piece. Really cool!

Alice in Wonderland by FGA (click on “open .swf in new window”) is a very nice interactive Flash animation to promote J. Otto Seibold’s new pop-up book, Alice in Wonderland.

Created by Feel Good Anyway, a design studio based in Portland, Oregon.

As I journey through the internet I always find some interesting and amazing things today I stumbled across something amazing:

Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.

http://garfieldminusgarfield.net/