Weeks 14 & 15: Lightroom Mobile, Fonts, and another wallet

Life got extremely busy recently and I didn't have time to write much outside of my day job. I've neglected this site and I apologise. Thankfully, things are under control again and regular posting should resume this week. However, I did miss 2 weekly roundups so I'm combining them into a single post.

These are some of the cool things I came across during my hiatus.

Adobe released Lightroom Mobile

If you read this site regularly, you've heard the news about the new Lightroom for iPad called Lightroom Mobile. I've been reading up on it and frankly, I'm disappointed.

On one hand it pisses me off that Adobe beat Apple to it. I've said before that I want an Aperture for iPad, and I've complained when Apple infers it works with iOS in any way. So kudos to Adobe for releasing it.

But on the other hand, Lightroom Mobile isn't what I wished an iPad version would be. It's limited in functionality and worse, requires a paid subscription to Creative Cloud. What a joke. I'll have more thoughts on it soon. UPDATE: Couldn't help myself and I just wrote my thoughts on Lightroom Mobile.

Font Men: Jonathan Hoe­fler and Tobias Frere-Jones

If you know who Hoefler and Frere-Jones are, watch this video. It's before their recent breakup. 

Comic Neue

Everyone that loves typography loves to hate Comic Sans. It's an awful typeface that's often overused in frightening ways.

Well, Australian designer Craig Rozynski decided to make a better version called Comic Neue. It's a brave effort and it does look much better. He's made it free to download.

Vinco Paper Wallets

Yes, another wallet. This one is kind of fun though. It's a paper wallet called Vinco and the creator has a Kickstarter campaign at the moment. If you pledge you get a wallet plus a guide to make your own later on. It's a fun idea.

Introducing Bito - A free (unfinished) typeface

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After being worked on, abandoned, worked on, abandoned, and worked on again many times over the last 15 or so years, I'm finally putting it out there.

Bito is a typeface I designed when I was studying in university that I never got around to finishing. Over the last few months I've put some time aside to finsh the lowercase glyphs and a few punctuation marks, and turn it into a font you can download and use for free.

The full story and download links are in the Bito Typeface page.

I have to thank Ryan, a former colleage, for encouraging me to work on and release Bito. It's been a fun project and I will continue to work on it as time permits. Next step is to finish the uppercase glyphs and missing punctuation marks. For example, the @ sign wasn't that important back then, but it sure is now.

Keen-eyed readers would have noticed that a few weeks ago I changed the logotype of Disturbances in the Wash to use Bito. I'm very happy to be using a typeface that I designed myself.

I encourage you to go read the story and download Bito. Let me know what you think.

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