New Typographic Sample: Làm Đĩ

Làm Đĩ is a novel about prostitution written by Vũ Trọng Phụng. Although it was published in 1936, the book is still a refreshing read. Vũ Trọng Phụng was such a great writer who was ahead of his time. Even though I only read it in recent months, I loved the book so much that I decided to create a sample page to preserve it. For long-form reading, I chose Job Clarendon, by Bethany Heck and David Jonathan Ross. For headings, I selected Albula Pro, by Silvio Meier. For the book title, I wanted a whimsical vibe; therefore, I went with Mireille, by Anita Jürgeleit.

Dressed My Sites In New Typefaces

I love typography. I prefer licensing new fonts over buying new clothes. I hardly wear new clothes, but I dress my websites in crisp, new typefaces whenever I can.

Yesterday, I typeset my personal blog in Job Clarendon, designed by Bethany Heck and David Jonathan Ross. It was the first time I used a slab-serif typeface for text. Since Job Clarendon Text, which David sent out a couple of weeks ago to his Font of the Month Club members, has a slightly lighter weight, I increased the font size for readability. Then again, I’ve always wanted the text on my blog to be a bit larger by default.

For the blog titles and headings, I used the variable display version of Job Clarendon. To keep the typographic system in the same family, I used Input Mono, also designed by David, for the dates and code samples. I hope you will enjoy reading my old blog in the new text face.

The main text for my blog was set in Euchre, designed by Jackson Showalter-Cavanaugh. I would like to use Euchre for my professional portfolio site, but I didn’t want to use the same typeface on both places. After switching my blog to Job Clarendon, I could use Euchre for my portfolio. Since Euchre is a sans-serif text face, I needed a serif display face to complement it. I ended up with Aneto, designed by Veronika Burian, José Scaglione, Azza Alameddine, and Roxane Gataud.

To showcase my UX design, I was searching for a beautiful, readable sans-serif text face and Euchre fulfilled my needs. I could have used Inter, but I wanted to stand out, not in. I am not knocking Inter. In fact, I give Rasmus Andersson tons of props for making Inter ubiquitous in the UX community, higher education, corporation, and everywhere else. As of this writing, Inter has been served 6.14 billion times through Google Fonts API just over the last week. Inter is featured in more than 1.20 million websites.

Let’s keep it real. Inter and many open source fonts are popular because they are free. It is insane to me that a website project could cost between $100,000 – $200,000, but we can’t license a commercial font family. As a designer, I support small, independent type foundries. If I came across a typeface that I liked, I would license it without any hesitation if it had Vietnamese diacritics. My only requirement for choosing any typeface is the support for Vietnamese. Check out my growing list of typefaces that can set in English, Vietnamese, and many more languages.

Simplexpression’s New Wordmark

Simplexpression is my wife’s online jewelry store. Since the initial launch in 2009, I worked closely with her on the branding and the site design and development.

Over the years, I kept refining the wordmark. I wanted it to be simple yet somewhat expressive. Yet I hadn’t quite got there until the latest redesign.

The new wordmark combines Poetica and Adobe Kis, both typefaces designed by Robert Slimbach. Adobe Kis is simple and elegant. Poetica adds a bit of flare to Adobe Kis. Since they were both designed by Slimbach, their proportions and structures matched effortlessly.

I am happy with the new wordmark. I finally found what I had been looking for so many years.

New Typographic Sample: Đinh Cường

After reading what Trịnh Công Sơn had to say about his artist friend, I decided to put together a tribute page for Đinh Cường, whose website I designed more than a decade ago. I also would like to present some of his oil-on-canvas masterpieces. I created an art-direction sample with the integration of typography and imagery. For typesetting, I chose Platypi, designed by David Sargent, for its quirky features such as the contrast between sharp and heavy serifs and intriguing visual rhythms. Take a look: “Đinh Cường: Thi sĩ của hoài niệm

I Love Ngoc Lan Gets New Typefaces

I gave iLoveNgocLan.com a new set of typefaces. Body copy is set in Platypi, designed by David Sargent. Headlines, UI elements, and small texts are set in Bricolage Grotesque, designed by Mathieu Triay. Just wanted to jazz the site up a bit.

Visualgui 2024: Euchre & Lavishe

Here’s the sixth iteration of this blog. I just copped a license of Euchre, designed by Jackson Showalter-Cavanaugh, and I just couldn’t wait to use it. Euchre goes well with Lavishe, designed by Dương Trần.

I am also returning to readability first. The previous iteration was cool, but could be a bit hard to read. I still like to change it up once in a while. I think I’ll stick with this design for a bit. Then again, maybe I won’t.

We’ll see how it goes. This iteration is quieter, but good for reading the text. I hope you enjoy it.

New Typographic Sample: “Bonjour Vietnam”

On February 4, 2006, I launched a slideshow based on “Bonjour Vietnam,” a French song recorded by Phạm Quỳnh Anh. With gorgeous photography of Vietnam accompanying beautiful melody, the slideshow went viral around the world. Now, 18 years later, I revisit the project and put together a sample page for my Vietnamese Typography book site. The main text is set in Herbik, designed by Daniel Veneklaas, and display text is set in Lavishe, designed by Dương Trần.

Pro Web Type

I was just making some edits to my web book and ended up changing the title from Professional Web Typography to Pro Web Type. The main reason was that Professional Web Typography was so hard to set on the homepage. The way the three words broke, which had a huge gap in the middle, bugged me. I couldn’t set the cover as big as I could. Pro Web Type is shorter and matched the web address of the book; therefore, I just went for it. Obviously I had to make some visual changes as well to make it look good.

New Typographic Sample: Lời nhắn (Messages)

In her book titled Mỗi ngày gửi cậu một cái ôm (Each Day I Send You a Hug), Là Trang shares 108 positive, thoughtful messages to the youths to help them navigate through life. Even as an adult, I find her words compelling; therefore, I quoted a few lines and added my own English translation. I created this sample page to share her positive thoughts. For typesetting, I selected Montagu Slab, designed by Florian Karsten.

New Typographic Sample: Groovy Guide to Life

I was reading Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Life, by Kimberly and James Dean, with my five-year-old son, who chose the book from the library, and falling in love with the quotes the author had compiled. I decided to translate the quotes into Vietnamese and created a sample page with both languages. To make it groovy, I chose vibrant colors for each quote and typeset in Calistoga, designed by Yvonne Schüttler and Eben Sorkin, combined with Neue DIN, by Hendrik Weber, Andreas Frohloff, and Olli Meier. Check out Hướng dẫn đi đến nếp sống hấp dẫn.