Typography of the Month for December 2014

Welcome to the first installment of Typography of the Month, also known as TOTM. One of the first things we do when starting a web design project is set the typographic tone for the site. As such, we’re always on the look out for beautiful, unique, and expressive type. Since we can’t use them all, we thought we’d share our findings in hopes that you’ll be able to use them in an upcoming project. Without further a do, here are our favorite typefaces for the month of December.

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Mike Monteiro

“The client is just as afraid as you are. They’ve fought for the budget to hire you. Their job is on the line. And their business might go under if this project goes badly. So have some empathy for them. And never miss an opportunity to show them that they’re in good hands with you. Be confident in what you’re doing. Take charge. Behave like the expert they hired.”

Two weeks with the iPhone 6 Plus

I’ve been using my new iPhone 6 Plus for about two weeks now. I’ve had a lot of people asking me about it, so I figured I’d write out a review. I previously had an iPhone 5, and other than cracking my screen about two months before the new release, I loved it. The battery life left a little bit to be desired, but I always feel that way about a device at the end of a two year contract cycle and after several new OS versions. When the new phones were announced the big question was, do I go for the iPhone 6 or the 6 Plus?

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Homemade Trader Vic’s Mai Tai

A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of heading down to Trader Vic’s for an Atlanta Dribbble meetup sponsored by our pals at MailChimp. We enjoyed a world-famous Mai Tai (or three) and thought it would be a good time to share my homemade, Trader Vic’s Mai Tai recipe with you thirsty folks.

Although there is some controversy around the origin of this well-known cocktail, Trader Vic Bergeron is cited as inventing what we now know and love as the Mai Tai. The story goes that on a lazy afternoon in 1944, Vic was at his bar entertaining a few friends from Tahiti. He was whipping up drink after drink and stumbled upon something special. Upon serving the first of many delightful concoctions to his guests, one of them took a taste of the newly created beverage and exclaimed, “Maita’i roa ae!”—meaning “very good” or “out of this world”. At that moment, the Mai Tai was born.

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Steve Jobs’ Playboy Interview from 1985

This article is almost 30 years old, and when you read it, you get a true sense of Steve Jobs’ genius. He knew where we were going, and he knew how to take us there. Here is a tiny excerpt from this (very) long interview.

Jobs: Socratic education isn’t available anymore, and computers have the potential to be a real breakthrough in the educational process when used in conjunction with enlightened teachers. We’re in most schools already.


Playboy: Those are arguments for computers in business and in schools, but what about the home?


Jobs: So far, that’s more of a conceptual market than a real market. The primary reasons to buy a computer for your home now are that you want to do some business work at home or you want to run educational software for yourself or your children. If you can’t justify buying a computer for one of those two reasons, the only other possible reason is that you just want to be computer literate. You know there’s something going on, you don’t exactly know what it is, so you want to learn. This will change: Computers will be essential in most homes.


Playboy: What will change?


Jobs: The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people—as remarkable as the telephone.

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