Free Commercial Use Fonts…YES!

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Fonts are an artwork all their own and their designers create them with much anticipation and dedicated, focused work.  It is a shame to see an artist’s work not given the proper credit…always.  When you download the fonts, you will find files inside of the download that may give you history on the art or limitations of use.  Reading these notes, gives you a bigger picture of the thinking of their creator and also their limitations of use.

Here is a really awesome secret for keeping your fonts in order.  I use NexusFont .  It is a safe and free software download that allows you to type a sentence and then view the many different fonts all on one screen.  This makes it a bit easier to find the right type for your project.  The other wonderful thing about this software is that you can go in and create notes on your fonts so that you can see exactly what the license of use is without re-researching its limitations.  I can also see what type font it is, be it open or true type.   Pretty cool.  There are a few different programs like this but NexusFont is my go-to.

The fonts I am sharing today are 100% Free and Commercial Use is allowed with some limitations depending on the creator.   You can find A LOT of Free For Personal Use and half complete Demo fonts but here are complete collections for use in your art designs with only few limitations of use.  I have to say, this is a HUGE gift and should be respected with gratitude!

Here are the links to get them:
Breamcatcher by Typodermic Fonts
Freebooter Script by Apostrophic Labs
Amable by Manu Sanz Designs
Scriptina by Apostrophic Labs
Diehl Deco by Apostrophic Labs

NOTES:
The Script fonts will need an {Object, Path, Join} if you plan on outlining them.
Breamcatcher  and Diehl Deco are all uppercase.
Amable is upper and lower case.
All of these fonts are True Type.
Respect the artist’s license!
Free is still not without license!

Have a great week,
The Merry Makery!

 

Pantone Color of The Year Announced and it’s chicken liver to me.

I have exhausted my brain from pondering the new color this morning while reliving my color theory studies all over again.  Do I admit the truth or do I go along with the flow?  Maybe my perspective is incorrect and the color will dance in projects when it is utilized.  My brain gives in to my perspective and I have to admit that when I viewed the color my first thought was…chicken liver.  Pantone wants you to see pomegranates.  You decide:

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That color isn’t even remotely connected to a wine.  Am I wrong here?  The picture above has a link that will take you right to the “Color of the Year” website.  I really am not a color snob but I found myself befuddled by this revelation.  We designers wait each year just to be in the know and this is what they served to us.  It occurred to me that maybe my eyes were playing tricks and so I even retested on my color perception.  I am down one point but still high on the chart as a designer should be.

The Pantone Color of the Year for 2013 and 14 were fine with Emerald and Radiant Orchid, but it was nothing that knocked my socks off.  The last time that I felt pumped up from their color choice was in 2012 when they announced Tangerine Tango.

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A panel of people come together in an uncolored room to choose the color that best represents the Zeitgeist of the people of that time or era.  ‘Zeitgeist: noun, German. 1. the spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time.’  As a human being, I feel misrepresented.

On a happier note, this year I was introduced to Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends, which I tend to lean towards much more effortlessly.  The difference is that one color is chosen by a small group of people for the entire world, while the other is decided upon by us, the consumer.  Some may view my opinion as appalling but I ask you to decide for yourself:

This:

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Or This:

banner_imageTheir insertion of Caponata AF-650 for 2015 happens to be a very beautiful wine color that I can envision many people being drawn to.  In the end, it is a matter of personal taste and I am honestly curious as to what you think?

Hello World!

Welcome to my little blog. Like everything else in my life, it is a sweet work in progress! My name is Cherie and I am a graphic design artist. I love working in Adobe Illustrator and when pushed will work in Adobe Photoshop also. I was nudged by a few friends to begin sharing some of my creations and so this blog is born. Ephemera is my passion. There is something beautiful to me about memories and history wrapped up in a small piece of paper. I am really looking forward to making new friends and to be honest, a bit timid also. So…here I go!