F R E E g o o d s !

I’m hoping the title grabbed your attention 😉

I have recently discovered the site Creative Market! “free is for me!”

It is a great site for two reasons: free stuff (on a weekly basis, the rest are items to purchase) and the ability to offer some of your own makings to the world!

It seems like each week there is a free item from each category: type, illustrator brushes, clipart, and some other handmade items that have been scanned in to use digitally. I thought of Emily Cromwell’s tutorial on the gouache illustrator brushes and figured I would let everyone know about this resource for free brush potential each week! Enjoy!

Check it out!  c r e a t i v e  m a r k e t


The difference between OTF and TTF

Not sure if everyone already knows this but I thought I’d share anyways. I’ve been looking into buying fonts and came across this the other day: when downloading a font, do I want OTF (OpenType Font) or TTF (TrueType Font)?

In short: TTF came first, and was created for use on multiple platforms (Windows, Mac, print, web, etc). OTF was created afterwards and offers a bit more (ligatures, glyphs, storage, small caps, etc).

Here’s a link that breaks down the difference in more detail. Hope this is helpful!

– Clarissa

Katie’s Show & Tell

Hey everyone!

My Show and Tell is about how to use your own writing, or hand lettering, and turn it into actual type!. You can use Illustrator, Photoshop, or do free hand and scan it into a PDF file. Make your own lettering come to life.

Here is the online generator to use.


Download the template to your computer and place to your Illustrator or Photoshop to work with. You can also print this out as well. Once your done, save as a PDF and upload to the site. Once it’s generated, download to your computer and add to your Font Book.

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The site is completely free to use! Have a type like Baskerville or Gill Sans, or just make it completely your own. This can be fun to use towards your portfolio, or your own personal work. Be creative and have fun!

~ Katie


Simon Walker is a graphic designer who is very famous for making his own typefaces. He has worked for Nickelodeon, American Eagle, Vanity Fair, ESPN, Nike, Pepsi, and many more. He has two original fonts currently available; one is $30 and the other is $40. Truly a steal for the amount of characters, number of ligatures, and the quality of the fonts.

Below is a link to one of his projects for Anolon Cookware that I think is BEAUTIFUL!

Take a peek!  Simon_Walker_Type