Kern game besotted blog

I know this won’t appeal to everyone but I sure hope it appeals to those of you that have a love for type, or want to know more about why a certain graphic piece looks so darn good, sometimes it comes down to a bit of kerning (adding some space/breathing room between your letters).  Even if you aren’t a graphic designer, playing with your kerning could take your project from ‘meh’ to ‘yeah’ in seconds!  Speaking of kerning, I found this Kerning game last night and had some fun with it and thought maybe you would too it’s called Kerntype, I felt like I won the Lotto the first time I got a 100, have at it my friends!

P.S. There’s also a letter shaping game, bezier curves, oh my!


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I was trying to pack some parcels for the shop and in the midst of doing so something rolled across my screen that made me stop in my tracks and put down the packing tape!  A new font my friends, designed by the ever talented Alissa Mazzenga of Feast Fine Art & Calligraphy. I had featured Alissa a while back, I am a big fan and I have to stop myself from hitting the like button on all her images when she posts on Instagram (it’s embarrassing to be that effusive and maybe a little scary for Alissa, lol). She teamed up with the great Molly Jacques Erikson founder of Great Lakes Lettering to bring you her signature hand.  I am so beside myself with glee, I just adore her style, I do!  All the loops are in all the right places, girly but NEVER cutsey, sophisticated. Yes, if you could see me right now I would be jumping and clicking my heels together with happiness! I hope you enjoy my find my friends, she’s at #39 right now in my favorite font shop but I am hoping she shoots to #1 shortly, they both deserve it!

P.S. Find those confetti brushes on our download page.  Yes, I write our, besotted blog is turning from a me thing to a we thing, super excited!!!


Pretty Sans Serif Besotted Blog

I get asked about the sans serif fonts I use so many times a day, if I were smart I would have A) written a post on it earlier or B) had a canned email prepped.  Since I obviously am not, I had neither ready.  I decided today I would rectify that situation pronto, being that my time is limited now and the few precious moments I do have to myself  I want to be using them for sleeping.  I thought that I would start with introducing you to Sweet Sans, I love it’s versatility and it’s amazingly legible even when I go super tiny.  Most sans serifs feel very masculine to me, but there’s a little roundness to this one that keeps it from being to sterile, I use it often and get lots of compliments on it. Century Gothic is a also something I like, I probably shouldn’t admit that in public, a lot of designers aren’t too keen on it, but I am mentioning it here because it does come standard on a lot of computers and it may be a nice sans serif that you may have overlooked previously,

And of course, you’ll probably want to know what that delicious cursive font is, it’s a beauty (add a whistle here), I so agree with you, it’s thin but curvy and is definitely a looker, it’s one of my faves by Sudtipos, it’s called Business Penmanship, if you don’t have it already they are currently running a sale, get it you won’t be sorry you did!


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Last night we all woke up at 3 a.m., not simultaneously more like stacked dominoes–one than the other and than the other and so on. If being woken up at 3 a.m. by a leaky diaper isn’t glamorous enough for you, my Frenchie decided she would throw up in our bedroom hallway, nothing like stepping in dog vomit in the early morn to put a little pep in your day.  It’s a good thing that although I am bleary-eyed and haggard I can still find great joy in discoveries of new- to-me artists like Ms. Frida Clements (I am sure she will appreciate a post on her being prefaced by diaper leakage and dog vomit, who wouldn’t?)

I came across her work the other day and of course was immediately drawn to her lettering, I love a good hand drawn serif (Maybelle did a wonderful one on her site). I was going through her portfolio and was just taken aback by how prolific she is with her lettering work, this Feist poster knocked my socks off!

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Frida is best known for her work on music posters, but you really need to check out her Tumblr and view her Punny series, it’ll be sure to turn your frown upside down.

And now my friends I must return to my life as a bumbling (but very happy) mommy…

P.S. If you are looking for some hand drawn serif fonts might I suggest FF Kath, Bookeyed Jack, Mrs. Ant, Bodini Classic Hand (LOVE!) and of course Molly Jacques Icing!

P.P.S. If you come across a good free hand drawn serif let me know and I will add it to the list!


carolyna pro besotted blog

I love, love, love seeing fonts I have mentioned ‘out in the wild’.  It’s a little thrill every time.  Heck, I love seeing any font I have admired out in the real world on packaging, places and things.  I love playing a little game of ‘ident-i-font’ with myself, it’s the little things in life…

I spotted Carolyna Black Pro on a darling baby book I picked up.  I love how the designer was able to balance the sans serifs with the flowy lettering of the Carolyna Black font.  This font suite by Emily Lime has so many glyphs and alternates that you can really customize it to make it feel like your own.  I really need to do a tutorial soon on how to access glyphs and alternates in your fonts, it will open up a whole new world of possibility and creativity!

On the baby book front, I had been searching aimlessly for a baby book that wasn’t too garish, too cheap feeling, too expensive and just well simple, Compendium Press came through, but I am curious if any of you have other suggestions?  I think it’s important for me to be able to collect these memories as this time goes by so fast and well my memory is just a wee bit foggy right now!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they just welcomed to the world a baby girl. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

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