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So you’ve decided to start an art/design Instagram? You’re uploading content as consistently as you can, awesome! Welcome to the club, we have cool fonts. We’re here to help with a collection of resources that you can use to create cool stuff, from visual inspiration all the way to interesting tools you may have not been aware of. Our goal with this blog is to walk you through some stuff you might use along your process of putting amazing work on your Insta grid!

INSPIRATION

Behance

Behance.net

This is a screenshot of the Behance homepage, it contains inspirational of all kinds and is meant to assist in the creative process. There are several boxes containing work from different people and a search bar on top to narrow down what you're looking at.
This is a screenshot of the Behance homepage, it contains inspirational of all kinds and is meant to assist in the creative process. There are several boxes containing work from different people and a search bar on top to narrow down what you’re looking at.

Behance is a classic in the design space when it comes to sharing work to inspire others. It’s been around for quite a long time and is probably the forefront of sharing work these days! This site is definitely a catch-all in terms of inspiration and is a great place to start.

Typographic Posters

typographicposters.com

This is a screenshot of the Typographic poster website, its sort of like behance with lots of stacked images of different type based works, with a search bar towards the top to narrow down what you want to find.
This is a screenshot of the Typographic poster website, its sort of like behance with lots of stacked images of different type based works, with a search bar towards the top to narrow down what you want to find.

Whether you want to make a post that literally says something, or you want to make a killer word/lettermark for a client (imaginary or not), you’ll want to look at some sort of typographic inspiration. Really great organizational system you can use to sift through all the different styles of posters.

Logo Lounge

logolounge.com

This is a screenshot of the logolounge trends tab, which contains popular logo trends for every year dating all the way back to 2003.
This is a screenshot of the logolounge trends tab, which contains popular logo trends for every year dating all the way back to 2003.

I think Logolounge is an amazing resource for brand identity and logo inspiration. Their trends tab allows you to look at a variety of themes with historical trends all the way back to 2003 like the bombastic pop logos. Logo trends go in and out of style all the time, and it takes just a few trendsetters to bring back a logo style. Check out this sweet logo Design by J.O for New Stories New Futures.

FONTS

Kern Club

kernclub.com

This is a screenshot of the kern club homepage, it contains the kernclub logo at the top and has a few different fonts on display to get an idea of whats available at this font foundry.
This is a screenshot of the kern club homepage, it contains the kernclub logo at the top and has a few different fonts on display to get an idea of whats available at this font foundry.

Kern Club was co-founded by two amazing designers with the focus on identity design in different styles and approaches. This is going to be the only paid source on the whole list, it’s just too good to not post on here but check in often because lots of fonts go on sale for $0.00! Just to be clear, the implication with buying the font for 0.00 is that you get full rights to use the font personally or commercially.

Font Share

fontshare.com

This is a screenshot of the font share landing page, it has a few type faces on it, as well as a tab that shows what's available on the website and the agreement you have to sign to use the fonts.
This is a screenshot of the font share landing page, it has a few type faces on it, as well as a tab that shows what’s available on the website and the agreement you have to sign to use the fonts.

On this site there are fonts created by a premium spot, the Indian Type Foundry. They usually sell fonts that will cost you a few Benjamins, but as long as you adhere to the not-so-limiting agreement stated on this site, you can use these free fonts to create sweet personal and even commercial work!

Lost Type Foundry

losttype.com

This is a screenshot of the lost type foundry font list, you can get a strong idea of what kind of fonts are available on the website, it has a search bar on the top and different tabs that can take you to the homepage, the idea behind the site and a button to go back to the font list.
This is a screenshot of the lost type foundry font list, you can get a strong idea of what kind of fonts are available on the website, it has a search bar on the top and different tabs that can take you to the homepage, the idea behind the site and a button to go back to the font list.

This type foundry is really an amazing resource for you Insta designers, it’s a pay-what-you-want store. So really you could have every font on the website for free, but you definitely want to support this creative individual and honor their art. These fonts have a great deal of personality and you can tell how much expression and heart is put into them.

TOOLS

What The Font

myfonts.com/whatthefont

This is a screen shot of the actual what the font tool, which is very simple, its just a box in the middle of the screen that prompts you to drop an image into it, and once thats done it tells you what fonts might be in the image you put in for processing.
This is a screen shot of the actual what the font tool, which is very simple, its just a box in the middle of the screen that prompts you to drop an image into it, and once thats done it tells you what fonts might be in the image you put in for processing.

This is a super potent tool to have at your disposal when you’re out in the world. Maybe you see a really cool sign but have no clue what the font is, snap the best pic you can and try and run it through this sweet web app to solve the mystery!

Coolors

coolors.com

This is a screenshot of the Coolors generator, it generates random colors 6 at a time, and you can lock a color and use the space bar to generate more colors randomly. It even has a way to input your own color hex code, and randomly generate colors that could go with your color.
This is a screenshot of the Coolors generator, it generates random colors 6 at a time, and you can lock a color and use the space bar to generate more colors randomly. It even has a way to input your own color hex code, and randomly generate colors that could go with your color.

Color selection is a crucial part of the design process. Coolors can help get the palette juices flowing when you’re building swatches to consider for a piece or identity.

We think that something often lost in keeping up with an art/design Insta is sustainability. If you have an internship or actual design job already, maybe just design on the weekends. Of course, if you’re between gigs or not at a design job yet, design more! if you aren’t going to be a designer by trade, just design when it feels right. Do your best to not burn out, keeping up with a design Instagram is a great way to sharpen your software skills and expand your creativity but don’t forget to have fun with it! This Instagram page belongs to you, and you only. We think that unless you’re already focused on something specific you should leave your Insta fairly open-ended, don’t be afraid to make fanart, text only posts, or just drawings.

Explore, experiment, get out of your comfort zone, get weird!

Cheers,
Sammy Sosa
J.O. Design Intern

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