Category Archives: Graphic Design

Flip Your Text Upside-Down

You’ve probably seen this somewhere: ʇxǝʇ uʍop-ǝpısdn – upside-down text, rendered using carefully-chosen Unicode characters.
There are a number of web sites that will flip your text, but I wanted to point out the original: David Faden’s Flip. David got the idea from Philip Newton’s post, ¿ʇı̣ əsnqɐ ʇ,uɐɔ noʎ ɟı̣ əpoɔı̣un sı̣ pooɓ ʇɐɥʍ. [...]

Drawing Eyes – From Any Angle

If you’re drawing a face at an angle, it won’t look right unless the eyes are drawn well.

With Tento’s Eye Angle Library, Amy Reeder Hadley has created a reference chart of eyes sketched from 30 different angles, along with an in-depth description of the subtleties of the eye’s appearance in each view.

Tools for Color-Blind Web Accessibility Testing

VischeckPS, a Photoshop filter for simulating a color-blind view of an image.
Color-blind color palettes to load in Photoshop to simulate a color-blind view of an image.

Graphic Design: US Road Signs

How to make US traffic signs…
A comprehensive unofficial Manual of Traffic Signs
Highway Road Signs, US and other countries
Roadgeek fonts – free/noncommercial
Highway Gothic fonts – commercial
Shields Up! – online highway route sign generator
The official Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
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Atmospheric Artistry

Great article by Jaime Jasso about making his ethereal image, Spiritual City:

Spiritual City by Jaime Jasso (detail)

70 found images off the web, and lots of creative compositing and detail painting!

Font-watching at Disney

I don’t know if this appeals more to the font geek in me or the guy that likes random lists of arcana, but here’s a Disney font list, “an incomplete listing of typefaces seen at Walt Disney World, etc.”
Incomplete, maybe, but still not short.