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Font Love, Vol. X + A Contest

It's Font Friday again!  And I'm happy to report that today is no average Friday either.  Earlier this week, my font friends and I decided that we needed some kind of badge to proudly display on our sites, forever reminding the world that we are addicted to good type.  Since we're all designers by trade, we took it upon ourselves to each create a design.  Kerry of Super Swoon created a few little rules for us to follow and today we will all be sharing our creations and then voting for the one we like best.  I have seen some fabulous badges already this morning and I will be adding mine to the mix...but at the end of the post.  Patience friends!

First, I'm going to be sharing my Friday pick...Lobster.  Lobster is a free (yes free!) font by Pablo Impallari and it is pretty amazing don't you think?
















 image: Impallari

I love its boldness and all the ligatures that allows each word to flow so beautifully.  What is a ligature you ask?  Ligatures are the linked pairs of letters, like the 'o' and the 'g' in 'typography' above.  When a type is crafted by hand, an artist will alter each letter slightly to fit and flow with the letters next to it.  There are 79 subtle ligatures in Lobster so it has more of a hand-crafted feel.  

I downloaded Lobster to use in a project the other day and have been a bit obsessed with it ever since.  I knew I had to share it here.  Pair it with a skinny font and you have a great combination of bold and thin.  What do you think of Lobster?  Worth it for a freebie?  I think so!

Now for the contest and my badge design!  I drew inspiration from the classroom because I think of us fontophiles as teachers, educating each other about the best type.  Here is what I came up with:


Like it?  We all agreed that the hardest part of this contest was choosing just a few fonts to use in the design.  My design allowed me to sneak in a few more favorites than usual.  

But don't stop here...check out more Font Friday picks and see other badges from my friends:

♥ Alexandra from The Aerialist Press

♥ Jen from Blush Printables

♥ Sofia from Brancoprata (check out her first post!)

♥ Steph from Bubblerock

♥ Chelsey from Fourth & Folded  

♥ Jenny from Hank & Hunt

♥ Alison from The Knotty Bride

♥ Jenna + Elizabeth from Little Bit Heart

♥ Lauren from Palm Papers

♥ Kerry from Super Swoon

Happy Friday + weekend everyone!

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Reader Comments (6)

Lobster is one of my favorites- I love how the ligatures link up as I type, it's cool to watch (ummm, did I just really really out myself as a type geek?!?) :) The badge is super cute, awesome idea!

We just printed Lobster about a month ago and it looked so pretty! It really works well with letterpress. Super glad you shared this! Your badge (and the though behind it!) also makes me smile. Now I can't decide!

Love Lobster! Great pick and badge, Lauren!! It's going to be so hard to pick one...

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKerry {Super Swoon}

I need lobster, ASAP! I really love the handwriting lines on the badge, so cool. And I love the colorway!

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny @ Hank + Hunt

I love lobster! Great pick! @ Jenna - I think the whole font friday in general outs us all as type geeks. Love it!
cute badge too!

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren | Palm Papers

Such a great free font!

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChelsey | 4th&Folded

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