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Fontstruct your own Custom Typeface for Free

At Urban Giants Design we always have a beady eye on the prowl searching for new and creative ways to be unique, and ensure our clients remain unique. As brand identity and brand strategy specialists we are especially looking for unique typeface solutions to really make the logotype stand out from the crowd and communicate exactly the right messages.

We’ve always liked the idea of creating custom typefaces for our clients brands, but the reality of this is hours of hard work with Fontographer or commissioning a typeface agency to produce one for you which is expensive. We may however have found a fantastic solution to the issue with Fontstruct.

Fontstruct Typeface Creation by FontShop

Fontstruct Typeface Creation by FontShop

Fontstruct is a fantastic web-based application which allows you to build a custom typeface with relative ease, for free! The intuitive userinterface allows you to select various creative tools to illustrate each character of the font using a grid system. Once created you can then download your font for use.

The other fantastic element of the site, is that you can see what others have created and download their typefaces too. There are some good professional typefaces available to download from the Fontstruct Gallery.

Fontstruct Typeface Creation by FontShop

Fontstruct Typeface Creation by FontShop

Creating your own typeface is ideal for those who love typography, and just can’t seem to find the perfect face for the job. I’m sure it will also impress our clients to think that we have designed a font especially for them.

We specialise in logo design, brand identity, corporate identity, brand design, brand strategies, brand roll out, brand guidelines, brand consistency and a brand new way of thinking. Can you tell we love branding?

If you wish to discuss how we can develop your brand or provide graphic design for your product or business, call us on 0191 377 0933 or email us at creative@urbangiants.co.uk

www.urbangiants.co.uk

T: 0191 377 0933
A: Durham, UK

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T: @urbangiants

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The Face is strong with this one

At Urban Giants Design we’ve always had an obsession with typography and all things type. A lot of years ago now, we even specialised in typography and typographic communications at University because we loved it so much. So we are always on the look out for new typeface resources and inspiring typography artwork and illustrations.

Recently we have stumbled across a great typographic poster series designed by H-57 on The Ads of the World website, which combines a love of type with the obsession for Star Wars.

The series of three posters are very cleanly and precisely executed using purely type to create the distinctive and instantly recognisable characters. The posters feature three of the most iconic Star Wars figures in the Storm Trouper, Darth Vader and Master Yoda, which brings a whole new dimension to the typographic phrase “characters”.

Star Wars Typographic Poster Series

Star Wars Typographic Poster Series

The illustrations are supported with the strapline of … “May the force of typography be with you”, which maybe a little cheesy or nerdy for some, but for others there’s a cleverness to this which will make you envious you never created them yourself.

The element I like about the posters the most, besides the simplistic quirky charm, is the fact that the creator has produced a type key for every poster, outlining each of the characters used, along with their typeface and weight.

Star Wars Typographic Poster - Storm Trouper

Star Wars Typographic Poster – Storm Trouper

Star Wars Typographic Poster - Darth Vader

Star Wars Typographic Poster – Darth Vader

Star Wars Typographic Poster - Master Yoda

Star Wars Typographic Poster – Master Yoda

Typography plays a major role in our specialist area of branding and brand identity design, so it’s nice to see something creative using type in a more light hearted way.

If you wish to discuss how we can develop your brand or provide graphic design for your product or business, call us on 0191 377 0933 or email us at creative@urbangiants.co.uk

www.urbangiants.co.uk

T: 0191 377 0933
A: Durham, UK

F: /urbangiants
T: @urbangiants

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Last week was very busy for Urban Giants Design, with new clients coming on board and some exciting creative projects for existing clients coming to a close.

So it made a refreshing change to take a break from the design studio to do something a little different… a graduation ceremony. I’ve recently successfully completed a teaching qualification through Teesside University, which has strengthened our skills in training, seminar and workshop deliveries.

The qualification has also meant that Urban Giants can continue to provide support to the award winning design students at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little embarrassed to be parading around Middlesbrough town centre in a cape and hat, and it did feel a little like I was at a Batman convention. But it was good to mark the end of two years hard graft to achieve the qualification.

Congratulations to everyone else who graduated last week through Teesside University, and good luck for the future!

Teesside Graduation for Teaching Qualification

Teesside Graduation for Teaching Qualification

If you wish to discuss how we can develop your brand or provide graphic design for your product or business, call us on 0191 377 0933 or email us at creative@urbangiants.co.uk

www.urbangiants.co.uk

T: 0191 377 0933
A: Durham, UK

F: /urbangiants
T: @urbangiants

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Creative iPhone Apps for Photographers & Designers

At Urban Giants Design we love Apple products, Photography, Graphic Design and generally just being creative. So we thought we’d share with you the creative iPhone Apps which we use on a regular basis as part of our creative process.

Most of us already engage in social media and use App versions of the sites to continue to facilitate our fascination with them when we are on the move. At Urban Giants we are now exception and love to use TweetDeck, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube and we even have an icon on there for this, our studio blog. Most of these we use on a daily basis to obtain research and engage with our clients and creative peers.

Social Media iPhone Apps

We have then widened our search to fulfill our creative desires, and located some more creative Apps which we feel are commercially usable for design studios and creatives.

At Urban Giants we love photography, especially retro styles and interesting exposures, so the following Apps include some fun photography items.

Creative iPhone Apps:

 

hipstamatic iphone app iconHipstamatic iPhone App for Photography

The Hipstamatic App is like having a cool retro Lomo camera in your pocket, it’s great fun!

You can select from a range of lenses, and pick from a selection of quirky retro films to give your shots a really creative twist, with more options available from HipstaMart for a small cost.

We love this App, but the view finder can be a little annoying at times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hipstamatic iPhone Photography App

Hipstamatic iPhone Photography App

 

 

plastic bullet app iconPlastic Bullet iPhone App for Photography

The Plastic Bullet App is a late addition to our creative list, but one which think is great fun! You can get similar results to the Hipstamatic with this, but the benefit is that you can apply the retro film and lens effects to pictures you already have in your iPhone photo library.

Great App, if a little random with it’s application.

Plastic Bullet iPhone Photography App

Plastic Bullet iPhone Photography App

Instagram iPhone App IconInstagram iPhone App for sharing your Photography

This App is great for sharing your creative shots across social media websites, and viewing other peoples creative shots. The retro icon adds to the charm of this App.

myPantone iPhone App iconmyPantone iPhone App for Designers

This App is made for designers. Have you ever been out with a client and started talking about colours but didn’t have a Pantone book with you to go through? myPantone allows you to flick through the Pantone range of colours and finishes and create shortlists, which you can then email through to your Mac. The display allows you to really see the colour, and the interface allows for easy and quick access.

I’d recommend every designer to have this application in their pocket, because it really helps with meetings. Clients also like to see you demonstrating your intelligent use of technology to solve creative problems.

myPantone iPhone App for Designers

myPantone iPhone App for Designers

These are a few of the Apps we use and love on our iPhones, I’m sure we will discover more soon.

Hopefully we have made you aware of some fantastic Apps to fuel your creative urges.

If you wish to discuss how we can develop your brand or provide graphic design for your product or business, call us on 0191 377 0933 or email us at creative@urbangiants.co.uk

www.urbangiants.co.uk

T: 0191 377 0933
A: Durham, UK

F: /urbangiants
T: @urbangiants

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How to really engage people with social media

There’s more to social media marketing than just collecting friends and followers…

Most businesses are aware of Social Media Marketing, and the need to have a Facebook or Twitter account. Once you have them though, what realistically do you do with them to keep your existing clients and customers happy? Here at Urban Giants Design, we are interested in discovering what social media can really do for your business when you get creative.

There are still a large number of companies who can’t see the benefit of social media or understand how it can really impact on their business.

Online marketing is taking over in a big way, providing an instant response to change and development, raising brand awareness, reaching a wider audience and presenting you with a vital communications platform which is highly cost effective. Traditional marketing methods are still in operation, and there’s an argument to say that traditional methods are still required in some cases, but they are certainly in decline.

If you watch the following video you’ll be shocked at just how powerful social media has become.

Social Media Marketing is more than just having a chat with friends and business contacts, or following and poking each other. Existing functions which already exist within the various social media platforms can be utilised to create some truly outstanding brand awareness and marketing campaigns.

IKEA launch a new store using Facebook

Levis iSpy Twitter campaign

Mini Countryman iPhone App

Promoting the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef using YouTube

As you can see from the above videos, there’s a lot more to social media than collecting friends and followers like Panini football stickers. If you are creative you can utilise and harness the power of existing built in features to truly capture the imagination and details of thousands of potential new clients and customers.

If you wish to discuss how we can develop your brand or provide graphic design for your product or business, call us on 0191 377 0933 or email us at creative@urbangiants.co.uk

www.urbangiants.co.uk

T: 0191 377 0933
A: Durham, UK

F: /urbangiants
T: @urbangiants

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Start Your Business 2010 Events get off to a flyer

Business Link launched this years Start Your Business Events series at Darlington College on Saturday, which is designed to provide new business startups or those thinking of starting a new business with advice and support in various different areas, from finance and business plans, through to branding and social media marketing.

 

 

 

 

Start Your Business Event - Darlington

Start Your Business Event – Darlington

 

 

Urban Giants Design are proud to be part of this years events, following our successful involvement with last years program.

The event features a team of expert advisors across different supportive disciplines, providing free advice through the process of an informal chat. In addition to this there is also a structured seminar program and interactive workshops, designed to provide knowledge rich environments.

The event provides free advice and is not designed for people to sell to you, which allows you to receive good, honest, impartial advice which could really benefit you and assist you to start up the business you’ve always dreamed of.

The Darlington based launch event was a great success, with loads of fantastic feedback. We provided advice for a number of different and exciting potential new companies, as well as a few which have already started trading.

Urban Giants hosted workshops on “The Importance of Branding & Brand Protection“, along with “How to really make the most of Social Media“.

Five more Start Your Business events are pending, with an event in Newcastle this Saturday and a further event in Durham next Saturday.

We would love to see you at the Durham event, which is being held at East Durham College. It’s free to register, so why not pop along for some free advice!

Register at: www.sybevents.co.uk

Follow SYB Twitter @EventsNEstart or on Facebook

If you wish to discuss how we can develop your brand or provide graphic design for your product or business, call us on 0191 377 0933 or email us at creative@urbangiants.co.uk

www.urbangiants.co.uk

T: 0191 377 0933
A: Durham, UK

F: /urbangiants
T: @urbangiants

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