Social media and typography

This morning as I was updating my twitter, checking my email, looking at Facebook, accepting requests on LinkedIn and reading some blogs on google reader, I couldn’t help but laugh at the ridiculousness of it all. I starting thinking about just how much social media has inundated our lives. I cannot think of the last morning that I woke up and did not immediately check my email or some other form of communication.

For everyone my age, we don’t even think twice about all of this. It seems silly to talk about “my generation” but it’s true. We’ve grown up at the same time as the internet which means we’re changing right along side technology.

Gone are the days where, to learn more about typography, you had to go to your local library and check out some books. Can’t remember the name of that designer you love? You’re going to have to wait until the library opens for that too. Long, long gone.

Which brings me to the point of this post. Social media and typography.

Websites and social networks make for amazing research when it comes to design. From informational websites displaying well-known artist’s work to websites such as Flickr or deviant art which allow users to share their own work, there are millions of way to share art and ideas.

we love typography, also known as WLT is a bookmarking site that organizes their content based on a number of things. If you look up a specific color, such as orange, the site will generate results of illustrations, posters, book covers, etc that all incorporate orange some how.

It is essentially similar to looking up on Flickr the color orange and getting the hundreds of pages of images. In fact, some of the search results are from Flickr. It draws from all over the internet to find examples of typography.

Another cool aspect of the website is the fact that you can click right or left with your arrow keys to go a page forwards or back in the search results. Sounds simple, but when it supplies 637 pages with 12 images on each, you will be thankful for that time-saving tool.

When searching on the site, I came across a cool design and was taken to extra-oomph the website of designer and illustrator, Linda Zacks, who happens to have some pretty neat typography projects as well as a blog.

The internet kind of works in layers, it’s just a matter of how many layers you want to get through. Starting with searching on google, you can find a website on graphic design which might link you to a design blog and then in turn to another blog or a separate website. If you go far enough, you’ll find some really cool things!