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Intriguing New Details on AMC’s FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

Lets call the NVIDIA Shield Android TV what it is — a console competitor

You can't throw a stick without hitting someone writing something about the downfall of the game console. Mobile gaming has exploded such that …

Android TV

The Marvel characters that have killed the most in one infographic

Some of the heroes of the Marvel universe have a lot of blood on their hands.<p>A recently-released infographic put together by the folks over at the UK-based Morph Costumes ranks a number of Marvel characters by their body counts. It features characters both heroic and villainous, as well-known as …

Comics
Supercomputers

Nintendo Bringing Mario and Other Games to Smartphones and Tablets

Nintendo announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with Japanese mobile game maker DeNA to jointly develop games for smartphones, tablets and PCs, meaning that new titles based on iconic franchises such as Mario, Pokemon and Zelda could soon be available on devices such as iPhone, iPad and Mac. …

DC Comics pulls controversial Batgirl cover at creators' request

DC Comics has announced that it will not be printing a controversial variant cover to <i>Batgirl</i> #41, at the request, and with the support, of the artist who created it and the creative team behind the issue.<p>Criticism of the cover began shortly after it was revealed on March 13, as one of a series of …

Comic Books

How I turned my Xbox's Kinect into a wondrous motion-capture device

When Microsoft started selling a basic Xbox One package without a Kinect V2 for $100 less, the result was unequivocal: Sales took off. Most gamers can take or leave the ubiquitous depth camera, because it just <i>isn't as useful</i> for gaming as, say, the Wii controller. It <i>is</i> indispensable for certain …

Here's a great way for iPhone users to send music to their friends

A new iPhone keyboard called AudioShot wants to make that whole process easier, and you don't even have to change any of your habits.<p>That's because AudioShot resides within your phone as a keyboard, and it's flexible enough to allow you to quickly message your friends songs without having to leave …

Apps

PlayBox Combines Xbox One And PS4 Consoles In One (video)

Ed Zarick who in the past has created portable gaming systems based on Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 in the form of the XBookOne and …

The wave of free-to-play video games is surging, and Sony's along for the ride

The free-to-play business model for video games first originated in the early 2000s in South Korea. The approach, embodied by games such as Nexon’s</i> …

DC Universe

Typographer’s typefaces The 25 most admired typefaces by typographers, type designers and letterers. In case you missed our most popular post from last year, here it is again. It’s also been translated into Japanese. Selecting the right typeface makes all the difference to effective design and communication. But with over 100,000 font families to pick from it can be a daunting task. There are some excellent guides on how to choose a typeface and helpful methods for pairing typefaces but in order to apply these principles it’s important to be familiar with a broad range of quality typefaces. Wouldn’t it be great to start with a short list of typefaces, hand-picked by designers in the type industry? In each issue of 8 Faces magazine we asked eight leading designers from the fields of typography, lettering and type design itself: If you could use just eight typefaces, which would you choose? Over four years and across eight issues we interviewed 64 world-renowned designers1, including; Erik Spiekermann, Jessica Hische, Michael Bierut, Nina Stössinger, Mark Simonson & Seb Lester, plus owners of respected type foundries such as, Font Smith, Type Together and Process Type. We’ve counted the number of times each typeface was selected and found consensus with the top 25. The top 10 designers’ favourite fonts will be quite familiar to many but hopefully the full list will provide a useful stepping stone to exploring many more. 1. Georgia Matthew Carter, 1993. Chosen 11 times. Originally designed for clarity on low resolution screens, for Microsoft, it is the counterpart to Verdana, which also appears in this list. Georgia has a large x-height and ascenders that rise above the cap height. It’s a sturdy yet friendly typeface, with a wonderful flowing italic, that features on millions of websites. “A gorgeous technical achievement.” Jason Santa Maria 2. Gotham Tobias Frere-Jones, 2000. Chosen 8 times. Famously used for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. “Each character just feels ‘normal’ and ‘right’”. H & FJ 3. FF Scala Martin Majoor, 1990. Chosen 6 times. FontShop International’s ‘first serious text face’. “Scala and Scala San are just about perfect.” John Boardley 4. Futura Paul Renner, 1927. Chosen 5 times. This immortal ‘modern’ typeface with its uncompromising shapes has become the benchmark geometric sans for almost 80 years. “Paul Renner’s Future characterised his time and influenced many other designers. It was a real modern typeface, not based on existing serif typefaces”. Georg Salden 5. Gill Sans Eric Gill, 1926. Chosen 5 times. A quintessential British design produced under the direction of Stanley Morison at Monotype. It remains one of the most distinctive blends of humanist and geometric shapes. 6. Garamond (Claude Garamond, c. 1480–1561), Several derivatives of the Parisian punch cutter’s design have been chosen, including; ITC Garamond (Tony Stan), Adobe Garamond & Garamond Premier (Robert Slimbach). Chosen 5 times. “Garamond was quite the master who appreciated restraint as much as elegance. Of the various roman and italic sizes that he cut, I feel his Vraye Parangonne font (about 18 pt.) best captures the essence of his vision. The subtlety of line and detail are simply remarkable.” Robert Slimbach 7. Caslon (Adobe Caslon) (William Caslon I, 1722) Carol Twombly, 1990. Chosen 5 times. Gave rise to a printer’s saying ‘When in doubt, use Caslon’. Also a favourite of Benjamin Franklin. 8. Akzidenz Grotesk H. Berthold, Berthold Type Foundry, 1898. Chosen 4 times. The first widely used sans serif typeface. “The original grotesque and still the best.” Vincent Connare 9. Alternate Gothic Morris Fuller Benton, 1903. Chosen 4 times. Designed for the American Typefounders Company (ATF). All three weights are bold and narrow. Currently used on YouTube’s homepage logo. “Very well designed and drawn. It’s a standard that I strive for in my own work” Mark Simonson 10. Baskerville John Baskerville, 1757. Chosen 4 times. Baskerville designed his own type to improve his printed works and better the dominant fonts of William Caslon. His typefaces were both admired (notably by Giambattista Bodoni and Benjamin Franklin) and criticised by his competitors. Baskerville made variations of his typeface for use at different sizes (now referred to as ‘optical sizes’). Some modern interpretations of Baskerville have been reproduced following the designs of a specific size, resulting in several distinct versions. 11. Helvetica Max Miedinger with Eduard Hoffmann, 1957. Chosen 4 times. Helvetica needs no introduction as the planet’s most famous typeface—it even inspired a very good film. “You can say, ‘I love you,’ in Helvetica. And you can say it with Helvetica Extra Light if you want to be really fancy. Or you can say it with the Extra Bold if it’s really intensive and passionate, you know, and it might work.” Massimo Vingelli 12. Metro William Addison Dwiggins, 1930. Chosen 4 times. Designed out of a dissatisfaction with the san serifs of the time like Futura. 13. ITC Franklin Gothic Morris Fuller Benton, 1902. Chosen 4 times. Created for the American Type Founders Company and named after Benjamin Franklin. 14. Meta Serif Erik Spiekermann, Christian Schwartz and Kris Sowersby, 2007. Chosen 4 times. The serif companion to Eric Spiekermann’s influential sans serif, FF Meta. Also designed to work well with FF Unit and FF Unit Slab. 15. Trade Gothic Jackson Burke, 1948/1960. Chosen 4 times. Michael Bierut described it as “The ultimate ‘I don’t give a damn” typeface. No style, no nuance, just blunt, in-your-face, straightforward attitude.”16. Adelle José Scaglione and Veronika Burian, 2009. Chosen 3 times. Adelle is a slab serif typeface conceived for intensive editorial use, mainly in newspapers and magazines but its personality and flexibility make it very adaptable. “Adelle Sans manages to capture one of the most desired of human emotions: cheerfulness.” Nadine Chahine 17. Caecilia Peter Matthias Noordzij, 1990. Chosen 3 times. A humanist rather than geometric slab serif, aiding its legibility. “A friendly slab serif that’s more contemporary in its structure. Its large, flexible, family that always sets a really nice approachable tone whenever I use it.” Frank Chimero 18. Chaparral Carol Twombly, 2000. Chosen 3 times. A “hybrid slab-serif” text face that mixes the legibility of 19th Century designs with 16th century panache. 19. DIN Albert-Jan Pool, 1995. Chosen 3 times. This clean geometric sans is based on the German standard typeface, DIN 1451, used for official documents and street signs etc. DIN stands for Deutsches Institut für Normung (German Institute of Standardisation). The font was added to the MoMA Design Collection in 2011. 20. Hoefler Text Jonathan Hoefler, 1991. Chosen 3 times. Designed for Apple to demonstrate advanced type technologies it reintroduced type design traditions once central to fine printing like ligature sets, engraved capitals, ornaments and arabesques. 21. Quadraat Fred Smeijers, 1992. Chosen 3 times. An original typeface Combining Renaissance elegance with contemporary ideas on construction and form. Named after Smeijers’ design studio in Arnhem, of the same name. “In my opinion one of the most significant type designs of the nineties” Yves Peters 22. Sabon Jan Tschichold, 1964. Chosen 3 times. An oldstyle serif typeface based on Garamond. A distinguishing feature of Sabon is the same width occupied by characters in the Roman and Italic styles, and the Regular and Bold weights. 23. Sentinel Jonathan Hoefler & Tobias Frere-Jones, 2009. Chosen 3 times. “For everyone who’s ever wished Clarendons had italics”. Three of our interviewees had. A slab serif with copious weights suitable for both text and display. Based on the original Clarendon designs by the Fann Street Foundry in Clerkenwell, London 24. Verdana Matthew Carter, 1996. Chosen 3 times. It was created specifically to address the challenges of on-screen display. Verdana’s large x-height, wide proportions, generous letter-spacing and large counters are key to its legibility at small sizes. 25. Fedra Serif Peter Bilak, 2003. Chosen 3 times. A highly original text typeface. Shaped by a unique blend of technological considerations while maintaining hand-written forms. “A beautifully crafted typeface. A very nice, contemporary example of technical quality and carful design.” José Scaglione and Veronika Burian 26. Feijoa Kris Sowersby, 2007. Chosen 3 times. Aiming to create a feeling of softness, Feijoa has an almost complete absence of straight lines. Feijoa successfully avoids the sense of coldness that Kris had felt with some previous digital typefaces. “Those gently curved straights and rounded corners lend the design a beautiful organic, almost calligraphic quality. Yet there is nothing frivolous to the typeface, it all is functional and looks very self-assured.” Yves Peters 27. Officina Erik Spiekermann,1990. Chosen 3 times. A paired family of serif and sans serif faces, originally designed as a typeface for business correspondence but found a much wider, trendier audience. 1. Interviewees: Erik Spiekermann, Jessica Hische, Ian Coyle, Jason Santa Maria, Jos Buivenga, Jon Tan, Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals, Martin Majoor, Ale Paul, Stephen Coles, Tim Brown, Nick Sherman, Rich Rutter, Veronika Burian, and José Scaglione, Ellen Lupton, Frank Chimero, Steve Matteson, Mark Caneso, Vincent Connare, Yves Peters, Jason Smith, and Phil Garnham, John Boardley, Craig Mod, Kris Sowersby, Doug Wilson, Nadine Chahine, David Březina, and Silas Dilworth and Neil Summerour, Jonathan Hoefler,Tobias Frere-Jones, Mark Simonson, Trent Walton, Keetra Dean Dixon, Peter Bilak, Gerry Leonidas, and Mark MacKay, Simon Walker, Dan Rhatigan, Seb Lester, Nina Stössinger, Grant Hutchinson, Mike Kus, and Eric Olson and Nicole Dotin, Michael Bierut, Tomáš Brousil, Georg Salden, Hannes von Döhren, Phil Baines, Ken Barber, Rudy VanderLans and Zuzana Licko, Elliot Jay Stocks, Jeremy Leslie, Jan Middendorp, Robert Slimbach, Steven Heller, Fiona Ross, Erica Jung and Ricardo Marcin.↩ Cover graphic, words & data analysis: Jamie Clarke Image graphics (1-2, 4-21): Stefan Weyer, 8 Faces Magazine. Correction, 27th November 2014. Three versions of Baskerville were chosen: Baskerville (twice), Baskerville 1757 and Berthold Baskerville. These have been combined and Baskerville added at number 10. (via typeworship)

The 25 most admired typefaces by typographers, type designers and letterers.<p>In case you missed our most popular post from last year, here it is …

Ora-Ïto's Nikeames shoe is an "homage to Charles and Ray"

French designer Ora-Ïto has developed a conceptual trainer with curved veneer sections to reference the work of Modernist furniture designers Charles …

$18 gets you 143 of the best comics on the market right now

The Humble Bundle strikes back with the Humble Image Comics Bundle 2, a deal that's going on for the next 12 hours or so. If you've ever wanted to try a bunch of comics, or simply pick up a few new books, this 143-issue bundle offers kind of an insane amount of value.<p>If you pay at least $18 you'll …

CocoJet Chocolate 3D Printer Unveiled By 3D Systems At CES 2015

During CES 2015 this week 3D Systems is showcasing a new and very unique 3D printing system they have created called the CocoJet Chocolate 3D Printer.<p>…

3D Printing

Hilarious Family Portraits Capture the Chaos of Being a Parent

As any parent knows, raising a family isn't always a walk in the park. Lifestyle photographer Danielle Guenther captures this sentiment in <i>Best Case Scenario</i>, a hilarious series that presents some of the messy, chaotic moments of parenting in a comical light.<p>Guenther, who regularly visits different …

Parenting

Xbox One frees up extra computing power for developers

Microsoft has opened up the amount of computing power developers can access in the Xbox One, according to an analysis of the console's software development kit by Eurogamer's Digital Foundry.<p>The SDK was made public earlier this week by hackers, claiming they did so in the name of "creativity and …

Is a Death Star Coming at Us? Study Says It’s Possible, but Don’t Panic

A new study analyzing the motions of more than 50,000 stars has focused attention on one orange dwarf star known as HIP 85605 that has a chance of disrupting our solar system and sending a hail of killer comets our way.<p>Such threats, known as Nemesis or Death Star scenarios, have been the stuff of …

Universe

How ILM made you believe this painting was a real hangar in Star Wars

When I saw <i>Return of the Jedi</i> in the movie theater back in 1983 I and everyone else thought this matte painting of a Rebel hangar was a real …

Star Wars

Superfan edited all the Marvel superhero movies into chronological order

A dedicated comic book superhero super fan just did God's work: he stitched together all the Marvel Phase 1 and Phase 2 movies into chronological …

Microsoft reportedly revealing Xbox VR headset at E3

It is being reported by a number of sources, including Digitimes and Techradar that Microsoft is set to finally reveal its oft-rumoured virtual …

Ralph Baer, inventor of first video game console, dies at 92

The man largely credited as "the father of video games" has died at age 92, according to a report from <i>Gamasutra</i>. Ralph Baer, a German immigrant and inventor, created the very first home video game console in the late ‘60s. It was simply called the "Brown Box," and it later came to be known as the …

10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical …

Quantum Mechanics

Kingdom Hearts history - One of gaming's most complicated stories explained

The key to the Kingdom<p>There once was a boy named Sora. His story seems simple at first: he is chosen by fate to save the world and goes on a great …

Heroism

TaiG Makes an Official Announcement on the iOS 8.1.1 Jailbreak

The TaiG team has made an official announcement regarding the TaiG jailbreak of iOS 8.1.1, recently released to the public.<p>In the announcement, the …

Graphene shows promise for bulletproof armour

<b>The "wonder material" graphene could be used to make bulletproof armour.</b><p>US researchers carried out miniature ballistic tests by firing tiny silica spheres at sheets of graphene.<p>In Science magazine, they report that atom-thick layers of this material can be stronger than steel when it comes to …

Engineering

Sony makes experimental e-paper watch

The watch's design is minimalist<p><b>Sony has developed a watch made from e-paper as part of an initiative to experiment with the use of the material for fashion products.</b><p>The Fes Watch has a minimalist, monochrome design but falls short of the features offered by smartwatches.<p>However, the battery of the …

Tech Industry

Technology is making us blind: The dangerous complacency of the iPhone era

The rise of smartphones and social media has ushered in a new age of techno-optimism. And that’s a big problem<p>The technology pages of news media can make for scary reading these days. From new evidence of government surveillance to the personal data collection capabilities of new devices, to the …

6 Mistakes Many Marketers Make Daily

<i>This article is part of SWOT Team, a new series on Mashable that features insights from leaders in marketing, brand-building and public relations.</i><p>It …