This Online Archive Will Tell You Exactly Which Typeface Your Favorite Products Use

Scott Olson, Getty Images
Scott Olson, Getty Images

Even if you’re a designer, you may not be able to identify all the typefaces you see in the world by sight, aside from a few of the most common, like Helvetica or Futura (or, sadly, Comic Sans). Luckily, Fonts in Use will find it for you, as DesignTAXI alerts us.

The online archive, created in 2010 by a trio of font and typography experts, documents the different typefaces that you can see in the wild, whether it’s on Sriracha bottles, in magazines, or on a film poster. Searchable by industry, format, and specific typeface, each entry in the archive details every one of the typefaces used in a particular image. Once you find a particular typeface used in, say, the movie poster for Moonrise Kingdom, then you can click through to the tags to find where else you can see Tilda out in the world. (Answer: a website for a design studio called Pixiegate.)

Images of bottles with their typefaces listed underneath
Screenshot, Fonts in Use

The site can identify the use of Engravers Old English on the cover of Taylor Swift's album Reputation, Albertus in the opening titles of John Carpenter’s films, and Candice in the Cheers logo. The archive features current typeface examples both familiar and obscure—there are a high number of European products and titles that might be unfamiliar to American audiences—as well as vintage ones.

Posters from film and entertainment with their typefaces listed below them
Screenshot, Fonts in Use

For a design obsessive, the site and its accompanying blog is a little slice of heaven. For the uninitiated, it provides an unexpected appreciation of type, a reminder that someone out there had to choose the seven-plus typefaces that come together to make a Sriracha bottle. It will give you a whole new way to look at the text you see everywhere, every day.

Explore for yourself here.

[h/t DesignTAXI]

BioLite Has Designed a Headlamp That Won't Irritate or Slip Off Your Head

BioLite
BioLite

Headlamps are convenient in theory. Instead of fumbling with a flashlight or your phone in the dark, you can strap one to your head and walk your dog, do some late-night grilling, or venture around your campsite hands-free.

But in reality, the awkward design—with a bulky light that digs into your skin and slides down your forehead—cancels out much of the product's appeal. Luckily, it doesn't have to be this way, as the folks at BioLite have demonstrated with their reinvented headlamp.

The BioLite HeadLamp 330, which debuted on Kickstarter in 2018 and is now available on Amazon, promises to make you forget you're even wearing it. Inspired by modern wearables, BioLite has retooled various elements of the clunky traditional design to make it as comfortable as it is functional.

A man wearing a red HeadLamp 330
BioLite

The ultra-thin light sits flat against your skull, which means you won't have any painful marks in the middle of your forehead when you take it off. The band itself is made from a moisture-wicking fabric that feels good on your skin, even when you're working up a sweat. And unlike conventional headlamps, BioLite has redistributed the power source to the back of the head in its design, balancing the weight and taking care of any slippage issues.

As is the case with other BioLite products, technology is an essential part of the design. The 330-lumen lamp projects light up to nearly 250 feet in front of you. There are variable lighting settings, too: You can opt for either a white spot or floodlight, both with dimming options, or a strobe light feature; there's also a red floodlight. It can run for three and a half hours at maximum brightness or 40 hours at minimum brightness, and when it needs to be recharged, you can just plug it into a micro-USB source like a solar panel or powerbank.

Get your own BioLite Headlamp for $49 on Amazon. It's available in in ember red, ocean teal, sunrise yellow, or midnight gray.

Teal headlamp.
BioLite

Shanghai Is Now Home to the World’s Longest 3D-Printed Bridge

World's largest 3D-printed bridge in Shanghai, China.
World's largest 3D-printed bridge in Shanghai, China.
Tsinghua University

Small items like toys and shoes aren't the only things 3D printers can make. As a team of architects from China's Tsinghua University School of Architecture recently demonstrated, the machines can be used to print sturdy bridges large enough to span waterways.

As dezeen reports, at 86 feet in length, the new pedestrian bridge on a canal in Shanghai's Baoshan District is the longest 3D-printed bridge on Earth. Designed by the university's Zoina Land Joint Research Center for Digital Architecture (JCDA) and constructed by Shanghai Wisdom Bay Investment Management Company, it consists of 176 concrete units. The parts were printed from two robotic-arm 3D-printing systems over 19 days.

The 3D-printing technology cut down on costs as well as construction time. According to Tsinghua University, the project cost just two-thirds of what it would have using conventional materials and engineering methods.

Even though their approach was futuristic, the architecture team paid homage to a much older bridge in a different part of the country. The new bridge's arched structure is inspired by that of the 1400-year-old Anji Bridge in Zhaoxian, the oldest standing bridge in China (and the world's oldest open-spandrel arch bridge).

The bridge in Shanghai may be the longest 3D-printed bridge in the world, but it isn't the first. Last year, a 3D-printed steel bridge was unveiled in Amsterdam.

[h/t dezeen]

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