Best of the mehallo blog (+ giveaway)

I’ve decided to start the new year off with a break.

So  . . .  here’s (my) 45 favorite posts of 2009! Should be enough to keep you reading till I post again (which will be in about two weeks).

As a thank you to everyone who has been reading my blog, sending me emails, even clicking ‘like’ on the Facebook page – in general, supporting my antics online – I’d like to show my appreciation. I’ve decided it’s time for a good old fashioned Jeanne Moderno font giveaway!

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. To comment, just click the ‘comment’ link below (and please fill out all the fields).

I will randomly select five winners from the comments. Each winner will receive a complete, licensed set of Jeanne Moderno fonts: All 9 OpenType fonts, $99 USD value. This is them here.

Contest ends 11 p.m. (pacific time) Saturday, January 16, 2010.

And now, here’s the best of the mehallo blog 2009  . . .

[1]    ‘as simple as possible, but not simpler’ –einstein

[2]    a bit about creativity

[3] what does your city sound like?

[4]    lights and type of reno

[5]    julien breton: light calligraphy

[6]    liquid glee!

[7]    tschichold: distinguisted typographer

[8]    dürer’s rhino

[9]    wood type

[10]    parkinson’s sutro fonts

[11]    the cbs gastrotypographicalassemblage

[12]    eating out

[13]    a joe’s primer

[14]    eggs and sausage with a side of type . . .

[15]    late night chocolate

[16]    jamie oliver: great chef, beautiful magazine

[17]    children of the corn

[18]    scribbling the corn field!

[19]    the road map to success!

[20]    san francisco: the drive

[21]    just thinking

[22]    information design: life, death, taxes and spam

[23]    the us has been nuked

[24]    disgust this

[25]    ‘ruin porn’ – the cliché of abandoned detroit

[26]    war commentary

[27]    what it really takes to build a global community

[28]    good is obvious

[29]    paperbag parachute

[30]    star trek-n-me

[31]    the abc movie

[32]    a drive in break

[33]    big 40 poster

[34]    in defense of myspace: good music, art and real shit

[35]    ‘vulgarize !!! buy !!! + porn + ! or die !’ -chymer

[36]    dan herrera: estan de una herencia extraña

[37]    good grade: d++

[38]    jack marchment: electroacoustic audioprose

[39]    *meiko

[40]    really simple

[41]    blackbird

[42]    the notebooks of audrey kawasaki

[43]    annie is deranged

[44]    sew cool

[45]    hurr

If 45 isn’t enough, please select from the archive at right. At current count, there’s over 500 blurgs to pour thru, with more on the way.

133 Responses to “Best of the mehallo blog (+ giveaway)”

  1. Enjoy your break, Steve!

  2. odd. i didn’t know you wrote an article about \It’s not how good you are.\ i’m basing part of my new years resolution on that book.

    i am determined to set the world on fire.

  3. ftw?

    (My captcha was “humped well.” Nice.)

  4. well here is my comment!
    p.s. thanks for the year recap.
    p.p.s. two weeks. I guess you’re going on vacation. so have fun!

  5. Here’s my comment. Great blog!

  6. Woohoo!!!

  7. Item #5 on your list still amazes me… I will have to spend a little time and read through the others… enjoy the rest of your break!!

  8. Steve, I am glad the Wood Type Entry made it on your list. That is an amazing photo!

  9. I liked the ‘Annie is Deranged’ article. I’m also a nasty lurker, but I like lurking.

    All the best to you in the New Year Steve! By the way, I’m designing a book of haiku~~ XD

  10. wood type rocks my world.

  11. count me in on the giveaway :) keep the good work up in the new year!

  12. Yay design!

  13. Yay for type! I think 2010 will be a wonderful year for it too!

  14. I’ve never seen a font giveaway before but these are stunning!

  15. It’s hard to pick just one…but I am going to have to start with the Jamie Oliver post! Maybe you can go to his restaurant 15 while on break.

  16. this is worth a try!!!

  17. great blog and giveaway! all well!

  18. Some I disagree with, but many great posts!

    Keep it up.


  19. loved the compilation, keep up the good work!

  20. If I won, I’d definitely be grateful. Thanks! Happy New Year!

  21. Good posts. Nice one… giveaway worth a go too.

  22. Love your site! Would love those fonts to help me start up my typography business!

  23. Hi, just to say that with this giveaway i’ve discovered a blog that looks very interesting. Count me in for the fonts :) B

  24. love the light calligraphy. beautiful!

  25. Got to this site via @ilovetypography tweet. Trying my luck for the free fonts :-)

  26. Comment!

  27. Great collection of posts. I especially enjoyed the Kawasaki notebooks—great illustration style. Have a good 2010.

  28. New to the blog but loving it so far. Happy new year!

  29. oy. now i will spend the rest of morning clicking and reading.
    and here’s to lusting after typography!

  30. This blog is a new find. Looking forward to perusing a little more.

  31. Dürer’s Rhino is great. Neat blog!

  32. This is pretty much awesome.

  33. This is an awesome list of posts! Will read them all until next post is up! :) Thanks!

  34. Oooooh nice!

  35. Also came here thanks to ilovetypography. Looks like this is another blog I’ll be following.

  36. Count me in.

  37. this will give me something to do this week/night
    thank you

  38. Love the wood type.

  39. ooh! Free type! (And it’s a nice family, as well…nice work!)

  40. Love the wood type entry. I’m going to try that!

  41. good mix, thanks!

  42. got here via @ilovetypography
    blogrolled :)

  43. Excellent post!

  44. Thanks for all the posts!

  45. Thanks for the giveaway!

  46. Missed the Dürer post, that’s one of my favorite pieces from art history and graphic design history class waaaay back in the day. Adding that to my inspiration folder for when I need a refresh. Thanks!

  47. thanks for the contest!

  48. Love the fonts and love the blog. Found my way here via ilovetypography—they have a great eye for good blogs :)

  49. Exciting contest!

  50. missed a couple of these. thanx for the recap and contest!

  51. Nice blog, and a great giveaway. Happy new year!

  52. Wow, I had never seen your blog before (I know, where have I been, right?) and I am really enjoying it. Happy New Year to you :)

  53. Awesome font set and an awesome giveaway!

  54. Commenting…

    Nice round-up btw!

  55. I love your blog, and the Jeanne Moderno fonts!

  56. I wait eagerly to see what you have to do in 2010

  57. typography is awesome!

  58. loving the year in contents

  59. I love the collection you picked for the top 45!

    Paper-bag parachute illustration is still my fave!
    And those fonts are lovely!

  60. love the highlights post. great intro to what you’re all about. cheers.

  61. January 16 is my birthday. ;)

  62. Hi Steve. Good to see that Jeanne Moderno is scoring an approval rating of 4.8/5 over at MyFonts. But then we wouldn’t expect any less from fat-face type that’s all about humanist geometry and vintage footwear, would we?

  63. Wow this is a great blog, nice resources. Subscribed!

    As for the contest, yeah, I’d like to win! :D

    Good luck to you all!

  64. Woah, some nice fonts.

    I’ll gladly take some off of you if you don’t need them ;)

  65. Great blog. Bookmarked it and will be visiting again. Love the fonts.

  66. Love the posts =) Thanks for sharing the fonts!

  67. Nice to see one of my posts made it in here. Haha. <3

  68. Nice to see one of my posts made it in here. Haha <3

  69. It was so nice, I commented twice. And rhymed. Happy New Year.

  70. Bwargh: But I’m only counting you once. ;)

  71. Nice collection and love the fonts! Thanks

  72. really nice giveaway.
    btw. come back! :)

  73. mmmmm… typography.

  74. I just “discovered” your blog thanks to John’s retweet and I’m loving it!

  75. Happy New Year Steve! I never thanked you for including me on your blogroll, THANKS!

    I love Jeanne Moderno, my fingers are crossed

  76. commented.

    much typographical love!!

  77. I’m in! And thanks to this giveaway I’ve discovered this great place :)

  78. Contests are fun!

  79. Hello! =)
    Nice retrospective!
    Thank you for spreading some type love.


  80. Looking forward to the giveaway!

  81. Another sucker for free fonts.

  82. Love the list. Typography will rule the world in 2010!

  83. i love when the UK falls into chaos when a little snow falls, resulting in everyone staying home and for me to find this gem of a blog!!!

    Spread the type love!!!

  84. *excited for the giveaway* =)

    this is a wonderful blog, by the way – glad I found it!

  85. I would love to get a copy of this font family! Beautiful!

  86. Hey! Cool of you to do this.

    Never heard of this blog, but i *will* read a lot of the articles, regardless of whether I win or not.

  87. I would love to get a copy of this font!

  88. wonderful giveaway! :)

  89. great recap! thanks.

  90. nice to meet you! i’ve bookmarked. especially love the manifesto and required reading on your portfolio site.

  91. Happy Holidays! Great giveaway!

  92. Great stuf!
    And now for the giveaway! :P

  93. What a nice site you have here. I must say that it’s always nice to stumble upon a new hidden gem (even if it involved dangling a carrot like a free font to get me here). You can be sure I’ll be back.

  94. Thank you for keeping the love of typography alive and for creating fonts for font-philes like me!

  95. Thank you for all the awesome stuff you post!

    P.S. my captcha is Olivetti

  96. Wow! Font giveaway! Thanks a lot!

  97. Happy New Year!

    Font giveaway.. very nice :)

  98. those are definitely some good posts!
    also, i am entering! i know there is almost a 1% chance i will win, which will diminish significantly as it draws closer to the 16th, but what the hell!

  99. mmmm never knew how pretty words could look! So lovely, I hope I win :) enjoy your break

  100. crossing my fingers! i really wanted to use jeanne in my lit/photo zine i just pumped out…

  101. number nine looks pretty awesome despite being backward. top 10!

  102. I hope I win!
    Thanks for a great blog. Happy new year!

  103. I’ve really enjoyed your blog, plus, I’ve learned quite a bit from it! My inner nerd did squee over the Star Trek one. ;)

  104. Wow, I have a lot of reading to do!

  105. Hi, just got to know your blog via @jophillips/typography twitter list.

    The giveaway fonts look great. Would be great to win those!

    Anyway, on to read the blog.

    Happy new year man!

  106. pick me pick me pick me!

    Happy New Year!

  107. Can’t pass up an opportunity for free fonts!

    Now on to some of those posts I missed last year…

  108. It’s hard to not watch and like things when you seem to be a wizard at finding so much fantastic stuff. Can’t wait to see what you come up with this year.

  109. well, here is my shameless attempt to win fonts and perpetuate the glory that is rino-esque

  110. I enjoy your online antics. I also like giveaways.

  111. This font you are giving away is a very nice one and I would like to have it. I’ve never had any other font than what has come with the software. As your student, I hope to make you proud.

  112. I LOOOVE Jeanne Moderno!!! It’s one of my favs!! :D

  113. How can I ignore free fonts? I’m almost tempted to post seriously obscene words and phrases to make my post noticeable, but my name is on here and I should probably avoid being ousted in the art community while I’m still so young and awesome.


  114. There is a kinetic type video that I love that isn’t posted on your top 45… I will see if I can find it in your blog again.

  115. Ohhh dear me, I knew 09 was a bad year, but looking at your recap reminded me just how bad it was.

  116. What’s not to love about random? :-)

  117. I’m gonna keep trying until I get these fonts!

  118. BACON!!! (will that help me win?)

  119. Its all about the typeface. That’s the first step after the idea!

  120. I love fonts. Fontsie Fonts Fonts. Here is goes down…down into my belly, hm hmm hmmm.

    If you want…. I can trade you fonts for Karate lessons.

  121. “All guys should wear a dress at some point.”

  122. My favorite is 28, I want it.

  123. #5 a should b #1! im now going to learn the language just so i can do this.

  124. kern-licious.

  125. Mehallo! So since I have to comment, I figure I might as well share a story with you as well. I went up to Washington over the break, and while there, we helped my great grandmother move out of her house into a nursing home. Because she was the last person to reside there, we had to gut her house and salvage all of the antiques that we could find. Lucky me, I found a typesetters drawer! (What she haad it for, i’m not sure). I don’t know how hard they are to find, but I am pretty excited that I could rescue it from being pawned off somewhere. Peace!

  126. The blog is coming along so great Steve! I love it!

  127. really loved the the entire blog but my favorite article was the one about the experimental project “wood type”. really great job!

    p.s.: we all love your blog for many reasons, one of them being the great content. and that’s true, your work is truly inspiring but is also true that we lost the habitude to show our appreciation, to give feedback, to comment … we open Reader, we read the last articles, we share them with our friends, we post them on facebook or twitter, so finally we all really appreciate them but sometimes we forget to say it directly, here on your blog. keep on posting

  128. Very nice links and texts. Greetings from Brazil =)

  129. Fonts rock! I am a graphic designer and have a fond appreciation for fonts.

  130. Happy New Year!

    gimme gimme

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