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Fonts took on a revival in handmade styles this year, from calligraphic, script and handwritten to brush painted and block-printed. Combined with the great visual appeal of hero images and typographic layouts in web design, handwriting fonts are a trend that you can expect to see more of. In this article you’ll find a fresh and varied selection of high quality free fonts, each as lovely and flexible as their premium counterparts. Each includes scripts, serifs, and a range of ligatures and was chosen for their readability, impact and flavor.

Four years ago, Darcy Clarke and I started Themify with a framework coded from scratch along with a few WordPress themes. Today, I’m happy to see Themify grew from a few themes to a large collection of responsive themes such as the Music theme, Fullpane, Event, Flatshop, Parallax, Magazine, Elemin, and the popular Builder plugin. Themify couldn’t have done any of this without the awesome Themify team, customers, friends, and the community. Thank you!

Update: the winners are Ethan, Chris, Francois, Anthony, and Daniel. Congrats!

Are you looking for an alternative for Font Awesome? I have a good news for you! Themify has just released a new icon font called Themify Icons — a complete icon set consisting of 320+ pixel-perfect icons inspired by the iOS7 design. It is 100% free, with the ability to use and distribute for any purpose, whether personal, commercial, or anything in between. It is a must have tool for designing web templates and apps.

I’ve have two FITC Toronto 2014 conference tickets to giveaway and all you need to do is send a tweet for your chance to win. For those who don’t know about FITC Toronto, it is an annual technology and creativity event over three days with 80 plus speakers and 1200 attendees from around the world. Everything from UX design to 3D printing to Illustration to OpenFrameworks to JavaScript to pitching your business and more will be covered. And don’t forget about the evening parties! Top names this year include design phenom Stefan Sagmeister, a 98 year old graphic designer Hal Lasko, Robert Wong the Co-founder and Executive Creative Director of Google Creative Lab, and so many more.

I’ve got two FITC Toronto 2013 tickets to give away and all you need to do is send one tweet for your chance to win! For those of you who don’t know what FITC Toronto is, it is a design and technology conference that brings together some of the world’s best digital creators for three days of learning, networking and partying, and it will all be taking place from April 21-23. This year’s event will feature over 70+ renowned digital creators from around the globe, covering everything from user experience to the awe-inspiring world of Film Holographic VFX. To enter for your chance to win a festival ticket, all you need to do is tweet the name of one of the speakers by Apr 5, 2013 with hashtag #designtechcon to enter.

Winners will be announced on Twitter, so be sure to follow @fitc and @nickla.

FITC is hosting SCREENS, a two day conference dedicated to development for mobile device and operating systems, this September 27-28 in Toronto. The conference features two full days of presentations covering a ton of topics relevant to iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry development including HTML5, NFC, PhoneGap, jQuery, responsive design and much more.

Update: The contest is closed and the winners are: Kevin Sato and Caroline McGregor.

I’m honored to announce that I’ve been featured on Offscreen magazine issue #2. Offscreen launched its first issue in Feburary 2012 and quickly became well recognized in the design community. So I’m proud to be selected in the logbook section (thanks Kai Brach). I have five copies of Offscreen #2 to giveaway. As usually, post a comment in this post before Jul 27, 2012 to enter the giveaway draw.

Update: The contest is closed and the winners are: Tim, Benedikte, Shen, Hazel, and Mana.

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